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The new MINI is being manufactured on one of the world's most modern and advanced production systems at the BMW Group plant at Oxford - the result of a £230 million investment programme at the factory.

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MINI Stars in  "The Italian Job"

MINI in "The Italian Job"

MINI, the 2003 North American Car of the Year, will join a stellar cast that includes Mark Wahlberg, Edward Norton, Charlize Theron, Jason Statham, Seth Green, Mos Def and Donald Sutherland, in Paramount Pictures’ film, “The Italian Job,” opening nationwide May 30th.


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BMW Oxford Plant: Facts

  • £230 million has been invested in new MINI manufacturing facilities at Oxford

  • Series production of the MINI began in April 2001 for an on-sale date of July 7

  • 200 MINI suppliers of which half are UK-based

  • 10 Just-in-Time suppliers are responsible for 45 per cent of all MINI parts

  • 229 robots create the MINI bodyshell

  • 12 different bodyshells for the new MINI model range

  • The MINI paintshop was the UK's second biggest construction project (after the Millennium Dome) in 1996/97 and cost £80 million

  • The MINI paint plant has a two-shift capacity of 100,000 cars a year

  • It takes 10 hours to paint each MINI body in an eight-stage process

  • 2,415 different parts are fitted on the MINI final assembly line

  • The MINI cockpit assembly of facia moulding, steering wheel and column, instrument cluster, heater, switch pack, column stalks and wiring harness is probably the most complex single pre-assembled module in any car.

  • "All electric" power tooling in assembly is first in Europe and allows highest degrees of both ergonomics and precision

(July 10, 2001)














































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