Reports suggest BMW’s British brand won’t increase production at its Oxford plant if UK Government talks are unsuccessful

BMW boss Harald Krueger has amplified the threat of the group moving production of the Mini abroad in the case of a hard Brexit.

The comments were made at the group's annual meeting in Munich, reports the Telegraph, where Kruger said: “We hope for pragmatism from all parties in the Brexit negotiations; that means no new barriers to trade, free movement for skilled workers. We are planning in terms of scenarios. You know that we make Mini models at VDL Nedcar in the Netherlands. We're flexible."

BMW Group has already expressed its consideration to building its 2019 electric model in Germany due to concerns relating to Brexit, according to reports in German newspaper Handelsblatt.

Using inside sources, the paper said BMW’s British brand could opt to use plants in Regensburg or Leipzig in Germany, or Dutch contract manufacturer Nedcar to produce the model, rather than expanding production at Oxford.

The shift would take place if the UK fails to secure a 'single market' trade agreement with the European Union, something the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT) has described as crucial to ensure the sustainability of Britain's automotive sector.

Mini said no decision had been made regarding its EV production at this stage. It told Autocar in an official response: "Mini has announced that it will launch an EV in 2019. The production arrangements for this model have not yet been decided and will be in due course."

Handelsblatt said BMW would open conversation with the British government at the start of March with the UK’s decision to leave the EU likely to be a key topic.

Mini’s first electric vehicle is due to make production in 2019 as the fifth model in the brand’s growing line-up. It follows a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version of the Countryman.

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27 February 2017
People won't have the option to put a Union Jack on the roof of their 'BMW'

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

16 May 2017
But you could have trafficators which perform a salute and a sat nav programned to take you to Poland.

17 May 2017
The only flag that will be permitted in the future will be the EU flag. The EU will make national flags illegal.

17 May 2017
max1e6 wrote:

The only flag that will be permitted in the future will be the EU flag. The EU will make national flags illegal.

Yes of course it is. *sigh* Fortunately the people who run U.K. car industry are not tin foil hat wearers. Unfortunately Brexit poses a real threat to its continued growth, whether you like it or not.

18 May 2017
max1e6 wrote:

The only flag that will be permitted in the future will be the EU flag. The EU will make national flags illegal.

When people make stupid unfounded comments like this, it really brings home to me the brains behind Brexit. We have very little to gain and a lot to lose - those such as Nigel Farage who spout such unpleasantries about Europe have already made their killing. It is the working & middle classes who will suffer, not the elderly or the loonies. For God's sake - the Europeans are our allies unless you want to hang onto the coat tails of Trump.

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25 May 2017
max1e6 wrote:

The only flag that will be permitted in the future will be the EU flag. The EU will make national flags illegal.

It isn't the "EU flag". It's the Council of Europe flag which Britain remains a part of. The EU merely adopts the ensign.

27 February 2017
After article 50 is triggered it can take up to two years, so if that is the case ,this Mini Ev would either have to be delayed or decision taken regardless of the Brexit negotiations.

27 February 2017
Slow news day...?

27 February 2017
We're not being 'ejected' from Europe; we're leaving of our own accord. What is it with the news nowadays? I'm really not interested in what Autocar staff writers' own opinion about Brexit is. Just report the facts and take the personal slant off it, please. If the Europeans slap import charges on British built cars we'll just do the same. We're a net importer of European cars; how many more times are we going to have this drivel thrown at us? The last time I looked Japan, Korea, India, America, China and Australia weren't part of the EU. Buy British and non EU cars and the Euro manufacturers will come running back. If the EU even still exists by then.

27 February 2017
We're not being 'ejected' from Europe; we're leaving of our own accord. What is it with the news nowadays? I'm really not interested in what Autocar staff writers' own opinion about Brexit is. Just report the facts and take the personal slant off it, please. If the Europeans slap import charges on British built cars we'll just do the same. We're a net importer of European cars; how many more times are we going to have this drivel thrown at us? The last time I looked Japan, Korea, India, America, China and Australia weren't part of the EU. Buy British and non EU cars and the Euro manufacturers will come running back. If the EU even still exists by then.

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