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MINI Plant in Oxford, UK
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.
BMW's new Oxford Plant
MINI Stars in "The Italian Job"
MINI in "The Italian Job"
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
has been invested in new MINI manufacturing facilities at
of the MINI began in April 2001 for an on-sale date of July
200 MINI suppliers
of which half are UK-based
suppliers are responsible for 45 per cent of all MINI parts
create the MINI bodyshell
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