The last of the current generation of Mini hatchbacks leaves the company's Oxford plant
Darren Moss
29 November 2013

The last of the current-generation Mini has left the manufacturer's Oxford production line.

Production of the all-new 2014 Mini hatchback is already underway at the plant. The new model will launch in spring next year, and will include much sharper looks as well as a new range of three-cylinder engines.

Prices for the latest generation will start at £15,300 for the entry-level Cooper, rising to £16,450 for the Cooper D and £18,650 for the range-topping Cooper S.

The car is underpinned by parent firm BMW's UKL1 platform, which will go on to underpin the entire new Mini range. The platform is capable of supporting various wheelbase lengths as well as different powertrains, including hybrid and electric options.

The firm says that, to date, over a million of the current-generation Mini hatchback models have been built at the site, between 2006 and 2013. In total, the site has constructed over 2.1 million Mini vehicles since 2001.

The outgoing Mini hatchback was launched in 2006, and saw the introduction of a new range of turbocharged engines, as well as new technologies to improve fuel economy and performance.

Mini describes its new Mk3 hatchback as "distinctly familiar, yet completely fresh from the ground up and enhanced in every single way".

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29 November 2013
Production stops because the new model is going to be built? Not exactly news. More like a BMW PR wire.

29 November 2013
Hopefully the new engine range will prove more reliable than my 2009 Cooper S which needed numerous new parts including water pumps, cambelt chains (the type that don't need replaced!) and eventually 2 turbos, shame it was a fun car when it wasn't getting in the garage......


29 November 2013
The end of the Mini Mk2 and also that particular production line - Mini Mk3 gets a whole new assembly plant! Public tours (when they start up for the new line) should continue to be fascinating - and are highly recommended.

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