Recent reports suggest the new Mini range could be produced in China, potentially for local markets only

The all-new Mk3 Mini is set to be built in China, according to City analysts. A recent report on China’s auto industry by Bernstein’s analysts says that the new Mini range and its front-drive BMW sister cars will be made at BMW’s joint-venture Tiexi plant in Shenyang, north-west China, from 2015.

Bernstein quotes local sources as saying that BMW has already allocated space at Tiexi for a big expansion in production, while the new paintshop has much greater capacity than would be needed for current production levels.

Bernstein says that building the new front-wheel-drive family of cars in China is driven by a number of factors. Firstly, demand for the Mini in China leapt massively between 2010 and the end of last year, and the country is now Mini’s fourth largest global market.

Secondly, building the small cars locally makes it easier — in terms of import quotas — for BMW to keep importing its larger and more profitable models into China.

Currently, the various Mini models are built at Oxford and under contract at Magna in Austria. BMW says that it is also going to build Mk3 Minis at the old Nedcar facility in the Netherlands, which is no longer used by Mitsubishi. The addition of Chinese production will probably be aimed at the local market only. 

Senior Mini sources have told Autocar that the company expects a “big leap” in demand once the new Mk3 model is launched at the end of the year. The addition of a five-door version of the Mini hatchback is expected to drive much of the extra production.

Join the debate


28 May 2013

Wonder if the German car built in China will be pastered in  Union Jack stickers?


Hydrogen cars just went POP

28 May 2013

This doesn't help Oxford at all. 

28 May 2013

Shenyang is in North-EAST China: it gets bloody cold in the winter.

Wide cars in a world of narrow.

28 May 2013

Expect mini clones on streets of china.

they will just copy whatever the west and Japan produce .

i remember seeing honda accord and Camry combined in one car.

they don't really care. They copy everything from iPhones to cars

Having factories there will simply make the process faster , launching it a day after the real thing. 

28 May 2013

Funny you say that, as BMW itself got its start building Austin 7 clones

8 June 2013

I want to see honda accord and Camry combined in one car.

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Car review
    9 December 2016
    Audi Sport drops a sub-4.0sec-to-60mph bomb into Porsche Cayman territory
  • First Drive
    9 December 2016
    Plug-in-hybrid 3 Series shows the benefit of BMW's experience with the i3 and i8. Sophisticated, swift and broadly talented to drive – and sweet-handing, too
  • Car review
    9 December 2016
    Italian brand emerges as a true luxury power with a large SUV
  • 2016 Porsche Panamera Turbo
    First Drive
    8 December 2016
    A smaller engine doesn't prevent the new Porsche Panamera Turbo being a ridiculously quick and capable sporting GT. We've driven it in the UK
  • 2016 Vauxhall Adam 1.0i Turbo Unlimited
    First Drive
    8 December 2016
    The 1.0-litre turbo engine and Unlimited trim combine to make this the best Adam in the line-up