Coupe and Roadster production creates 1000 jobs
3 September 2009

The Mini Coupe and Roadster will be built at BMW's plant in Oxfordshire, creating up to 1000 jobs.

The cars, which will be unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show on 15 September, are expected to go into production within the next three years.

See the Mini Coupe Concept picture gallery

Speaking about the news, business secretary Lord Mandelson said: "The production of two new Minis is very good news for Oxford, and for the UK car industry.

"It is a demonstration of BMW's long-term commitment to the UK.

"British drivers have had a long love affair with the Mini and I'm sure that this will continue for many years to come."

It marks good news for Mini, which earlier this year shut its site for a week and cut 850 jobs.

Production was also suspended in June due to a strike in France involving a firm that supplies bearings for the cars' steering units.

Mini's Cowley plant currently employs around 4000 workers, building three versions of the Mini.

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3 September 2009

Speaking about the news, business secretary Lord Mandelson said: "The production of two new Minis is very good news for Oxford, and for the UK car industry.

I just hope this doesn't mean he takes his eye off the ball as far as the Vauxhall situation is concerned.

Love it or loath it (especially the polarising new models), the Mini is still a British success story.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

3 September 2009

Three years...? Yeah, right.

They could have closed the plant and relocated it to China or Hungarobekistan by then.

3 September 2009

"...are expected to go into production within the next three years..."

What is wrong with the European motor industry? Three years to adapt an existing model! No wonder they are losing out to the Koreans, Indians and Chinese.

3 September 2009

And like all other BRITISH successes most of what's underneath is foreign!. I can't name off the top of my head a British built car that is wholely made from British parts, and i mean every bit of the car, i'd be only too happy if someone would enlighten me because i hope there is!

Peter Cavellini.

3 September 2009

[quote Peter Cavellini]I can't name off the top of my head a British built car that is wholely made from British parts, and i mean every bit of the car, i'd be only too happy if someone would enlighten me because i hope there is! [/quote]

I'm struggling to think, but does the Bentley Brooklands, Azure and new Mulsanne count? German owned, but i think the whole car, or near as damn it makes no difference, is British and built in Britain. But 100% British? I'm well struggling!

3 September 2009

How many Japanese cars use all Japanese parts? Answer = 0 No car maker sources ALL their parts from home. Even the MG TF which is now assembled from largely Chinese sourced parts has to have bit made in the UK because things like windshields don't travel well.

Also where did BMW say it will take 3 years to put this car into production? Answer no where, because they have been silent on the issue. Bearing in mind the concept car looks remarkably well built and most bits on the car is shared with the standard mini then I'd wager the Coupe could be with us within 12 months.

4 September 2009

God, some of you lot are a suspicious bunch and like a moan! And here I was thinking this was good news for the UK car job market.....!

4 September 2009

".. but does the Bentley Brooklands, Azure and new Mulsanne count?"

Autocar 19Aug09:

Head of exterior design - Raul Pires

Engineering boss - Ulrich eichhorn

Design Director - Dirk van Braeckel

Chairman/CEO - Franz-Josef Paefgen

Well-known Brit names

4 September 2009

The 3 year timescale is probably quite realistic as if BMW are in the early stages of the design (and I suspect they are) then they've got a lot of work to do. It's not simply a case of slapping on a new roof unfortunately and if other manufacturers can do it quicker then I'd suggest that they're not doing a proper job!

5 September 2009

Being built in britain does NOT make it British. If that was the case, then cetain models of Nissan, Citroen etc makes them a british car which oviously its not. The new mini's roof does not blend in with the rear window making it look silly. Plus, its about time Mini's had a decent boot, not the silly glove compartment behind the seats.

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