BMW is said to be looking at transferring more car production to the UK in light of booming demand for the X1 SUV, among other models – and it is considering taking over the Honda plant in Swindon, according to Autocar sources.
The Honda factory is currently scheduled to close in 2021 when production of the Civic ends, but sources understand BMW is in discussions to take on the site after that date. However, BMW has officially denied these claims. A short statement read: "BMW has absolutely no plans to buy the Honda plant in Swindon."
Yet despite the official line there are a number of reasons that BMW is said by Autocar sources to be looking closely at expanding its operation in the UK, including the highly integrated production system already in place here.
BMW builds Minis, which are based on the UKL1 transverse-engine platform, at Oxford, using engines from its Hams Hall plant near Birmingham and body panels from its pressing plant near Swindon.