BMW AG has decided to take the step of completely stopping production at MINI’s Oxford plant from December 7th through January 5th. This is a two week increase from the usual time off for the holiday’s that plant workers have enjoyed.. Furthermore the BBC is reporting that MINI sales are down 40% in the UK for October (compared to a year ago) and the entire UK car industry is reeling in the wake of the current economic slow-down.

However it’s worth noting that we’re hearing from our sources at the plant that what is being reported on the BBC is a slightly more bleak picture than is necessary.