19 September 2011
Ten Years & Two Million MINIs
BMW's MINI has hit a double milestone. There have been ten years of building the new 'not so mini' MINI at Oxford, England and in that time two million of them have also rolled off the production line. Over the last decade, one Mini has been made at the plant every 68 seconds. That is impressive by any standards.
UK Prime Minister David Cameron took this photo opportunity, where he also congratulated workers on the achievement. He also toured the new production line presently being constructed, where the next generation BMW Mini is to be made.
The car was a MINI Cooper Convertible as you can see, with an ugly decal on the door. This MINI is to be won in a Facebook giveaway. Being a left hand drive car could be interesting if the winner drives on the other side of the road.
MINI has been a good export earner for the UK, with in excess of 1.5 million of them exported. In the first half of 2011, the principal overseas markets were USA (29,800), Germany (20,200), France (10,800) and Italy (10,600). The UK total was 24,600.