BMW Group has announced plans to invest over $751.6 million in United Kingdom MINI factories.
“With this new investment we will develop the Oxford plant for production of the new generation of electric MINIs and set the path for purely electric car manufacturing in the future,” said Milan Nedeljković, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for production, in a press release.
Beginning in 2026, the Oxford plant will build two new all-electric MINI models, the MINI Cooper three-door and the compact crossover MINI Aceman. By 2030, BMW Group plans to focus production volume entirely on electric vehicles and will have invested nearly $3.8 billion into its Swindon, Hams Hall, and Oxford plants since 2000.
Stefanie Wurst, head of the MINI brand, noted in a press release that producing the two fully electric MINI models—the MINI Cooper and MINI Aceman—confirms the company’s path to a fully electric future.
“The continuing high demand for our locally emission-free vehicles shows the openness of the global MINI community to electromobility, which we will be able to serve optimally, also thanks to Oxford.”
The MINI Plant Oxford currently produces the MINI 3-door, the MINI 5-door and the MINI Clubman and the MINI Electric, the company said.
The plant will start producing the next generation MINI three-door and MINI five-door with combustion engines, as well as the new MINI Convertible in 2024. In 2026, the automaker will add the all-electric MINI Cooper three-door and the MINI Aceman to the production roster, according to BMW.
The factory will produce up to 200,000 cars annually in the medium term, manufacturing inteernal combustion engine and battery-electric vehicles on the same production line. By 2030, only all-electric MINI models will be produced at the Oxford Plant.
Originally posted on Auto Dealer Today