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Official: The Final R56 Hardtop Hatch Rolls off the Line at MINI Plant Oxford

MotoringFile Sections: Official News, Production, R56 (Hatch) Nov 29th, 2013 10 Comments

Last-R56

  • Over 1 million current MINI Hatch models built at Plant Oxford between 2006 – 2013
  • 1,863,289 total MINI Hatch built since 2001
  • 14% of all cars built in the UK last year were MINIs, and 14% exported were MINIs
  • The new MINI Hatch production starts, with UK launch in Spring 2014

Having put a smile on over a million drivers’ faces across the globe, the last of the outgoing MINI Hatch drove off the production line at Plant Oxford today.

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Worldwide MINI Sales Up 16% for February

MotoringFile Sections: Official News, Production Mar 10th, 2010 14 Comments

MINI Sales continue to look good for 2010. Worldwide sales are up 16% and BMW expects big things with the launch of the Countryman later this year in Europe (and early next in the US).

Official Release: Sales of the MINI brand also continued to perform well. Last month, 13,443 MINI cars, 16.0% more than in February 2009 (11,584), were delivered to customers worldwide. 25,645 MINI vehicles were sold in the year to the end of February. That represents an increase of 18.2% (prev. yr. 21,704). Ian Robertson: “Over the next few years the MINI product family will grow from three to six members. The MINI family’s fourth model, the new MINI Countryman, will arrive in showrooms in September and will play an important part in the premium brand’s long-term growth.”

Mercedes & BMW Merge Select Vehicle Processing for the US

MotoringFile Sections: Production, Sales Dec 16th, 2009 3 Comments

BMW and Mercedes have been trying to find ways to pool resources and save money for the last several years. From sharing engines to sharing the MINI platform, several options have been discussed and ultimately decided against. However this week the two are announcing that they will be cooperating not in engineering or production of delivery processing. The Automotive News is reporting that the two (including of course MINI) will be cooperating in vehicle processing in Mercedes Baltimore processing plant. Here’s an excerpt:

Jim O’Donnell, president of BMW of North America, told Automotive News today the deal will save BMW time and money. He anticipates about 50,000 cars destined for the central region, which includes Chicago, will be prepared by Mercedes-Benz. He would not disclose financial details. continued →

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1st Gen MINI
R50: One & MC Hatch
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R55: Clubman
R56: Hatch
R57: Convertible
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R59: Roadster
R60: MINI Crossover
R61: MINI Crossover Coupe
3rd Gen MINI
F54: Clubman
F55: Five Door Hatch
F56: Hatch
F57: Convertible
F60: MINI Crossover
F58: Traveller

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