BMW Group’s UK manufacturing plants in Oxford and Swindon are celebrating twenty successful years of the car that every classic Mini owner loves to hate…
Like it or not, the ‘BINI’ is now a 21st-century classic with bright-eyed and bushy-tailed young owners cherishing the MINI that rolled off the Oxford production line back on April 26, 2001.
The last two decades have seen the brand complete over 5 million cars in the UK including the MINI 3-Door Hatch, MINI 5-Door Hatch, MINI Clubman, and the MINI Electric, all on the same production line in Oxford.
BMW Group Chairman of the Board of Management Oliver Zipse was in charge of manufacturing at MINI Plant Oxford from 2007-2008:
“Congratulations to everyone at MINI Plants Oxford and Swindon for reaching such a great manufacturing milestone. I still have very fond memories of my time at Oxford. It was a real pleasure to work at the home and heart of the MINI brand with such engaging and passionate people, nearly one quarter of whom have dedicated these 20-years or more to build our cars.”
The Plants in Oxford and Swindon have been at the heart of their communities for a very long time – 108 and 65 years respectively and currently employ around 4,500 employees including 130 apprentices, building 1000 MINI inits per day – that’s one every 67 seconds for the statisticians.
Peter Weber, Managing Director of Plants Oxford and Swindon (2019 – present) said:
“I am extremely proud of our teams at Oxford and Swindon and the incredible job they do. Their continued commitment and passion over the past 20 years has helped to strengthen MINI’s reputation around the world.”
Other 21st-century Classics
Other 21st-century classics are deemed to include the Rover 75, which isn’t surprising given the bells, whistles and stylish looks of the car. 2000s MGs, the Jaguar XJ and some of the more popular Japanese models such as the Mazda MX-5 sporty Toyota MR2.
The list below is the debatable 21st-century classic list.
- 1: MINI
- 2: Rover 75
- 3: MG TF
- 4: Toyota MR2
- 5: Jaguar XJ
- 6: Ford Focus
- 7: Mazda MX-5
- 8: MG ZR
- 9: Citroen Saxo VTR/VTS
- 10: BMW 5-Series ‘E39’
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