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Although it has belonged to the BMW group since 2000, Mini has always highlighted its British origins. It was therefore not without surprise that we learned that the next version of its zero-emission city car – now called Cooper – would be produced only in China. Perhaps in fear of losing part of its audience who would criticize it for denying its roots, the (German-)English brand has decided to backtrack.
£600 million invested in historic Oxford factory
Modernizing the historic Oxford site, on the other side of the Channel, will not be an easy task, but Mini will invest massively, to the tune of 600 million pounds sterling (around 7 million euros) to make it It is possible to assemble electric models on site. It will only be from 2026 that certain Mini Coopers will be produced in this establishment. It will also be accompanied by another zero-emission model, the production version of the Aceman concept. In 2030, no more thermal models will be assembled in this factory.
New models confirmed at the same time
The British brand also took the opportunity to confirm what has been rumored for some time, namely that the new Mini Cooper will not retire the thermal variants (3 doors, 5 doors and Cabrio). Next year, they will even be renewed. More than brand new generations, these will rather be copiously revised versions of the current model launched in… 2014 (that doesn’t make us any younger!).
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To sum up
The British manufacturer has decided to review its plans. If it was initially planned that the latest generation zero-emission Mini would only be assembled in the Middle Kingdom, examples will leave a factory much closer by 2026.
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