We’ve got some follow-up information on the recent Oxford plant construction article posted a few weeks back. According to a few sources, MINI should see decreased sales numbers in ’06 due to the plant shut down in January, various construction projects, and the introduction of the next generation MINI in late summer. Expect total sales to by less than 184,357 number sold worldwide last year and wait times to increase around the world. If this happens, 2006 would be the first year with lower sales than the previous one.
Once the construction is finished and the new section of the plant online, we can expect capacity to be raised to around 240,000 units annually.
We’ll have more on the next generation timeline in the coming weeks and months.