MINI Production to Expand into Netherlands

MINI Production to Expand into Netherlands

Production of the new MINI hatchback will begin this summer in the Netherlands as BMW continues to expand production capacity beyond England.

The German automaker announced that the U.K. will still be the main manufacturing base for MINI but production will be split between Oxford and a factory in Born, Netherlands which is run by Dutch automotive manufacturing company VDL Nedcar. In November 2015, MINI will add production of its convertible model to the same factory, which is configured to build four MINI models according to Renee Vounckx, deputy head of the press and body shop at VDL Nedcar.

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The automaker expects production volumes to reach a five-digit figure this year, with around 1,500 employees responsible for building the vehicles. MINI’s Oxford plant has an annual capacity of about 260,000 units per year and BMW also has a partnership with Magna Steyr in Austria, which produced 125,559 MINI Countryman and Paceman vehicles last year.

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[Source: Automotive News Europe]

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