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>New MINI prices will reportedly be 3-4% higher than the current model’s, and BMW expects its investment in capacity expansion at Oxford to raise output to 240,000 units by 2008. Although the current MINI has more or less doubled its initial forecast volume, and will have made a profit over its lifecycle, it is reportedly far from meeting BMW’s profit criteria, which will be met once the expanded new range is on stream. Break-even volume will be well below the planned 240,000-unit capacity, according to the report.

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