The market success of the MINI continues unabated. Since the launch of this cult car in summer 2001, demand has always outstripped the supply available. The plant in Oxford is therefore being expanded to an annual capacity of around 240,000 units in the medium term. Production at the plant had to be interrupted between mid-December 2005 and mid-January 2006 because of the building works required for this.
This is the reason for the current delivery bottlenecks and the resultant decline in deliveries by 10.0% to 12,214 units (prev.yr.: 13,567) in February 2006. For the year to February, 27,757 MINIs left the dealerships (prev.yr.: 30,565/-9.2%).
(Source: MINI Press)