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Cars Electric Minis will be built in China, not Oxford

13:35  29 november  2019
13:35  29 november  2019 Source:   motoringresearch.com

New electric Mini models to be built in China

  New electric Mini models to be built in China New BMW Group and Great Wall plant will produce Mini EVs – but Oxford will "remain the heart" of operationsThe German company and Chinese firm Great Wall have launched a new joint venture, Spotlight Automotive, to build and run the £555 million factory in Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu province. Due to open in 2022, it will employ 3000 staff and have a capacity of up to 160,000 vehicles per year.

Electric -powered Mini cars are to be built in China , as well as in Oxford where most Minis are currently made. BMW, the owner of the Mini brand, said it had agreed an outline deal with Chinese manufacturer Great Wall Motor. Cars made under that partnership will be for the Chinese market.

However, the electric motor will be built in Germany before being shipped to Cowley for assembly. BMW said it had "neither sought nor received" About 360,000 Minis are made each year, with more than 60% of them built at Oxford . But BMW has built up an alternative manufacturing base in the

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BMW Group is teaming up with Chinese car manufacturer Great Wall for a new factory, plus the ongoing development of electric cars. The plant in China will produce future fully-electric models from Mini.

“Today we are taking the next step in our collaboration,” said Klaus Fröhlich, head of development at BMW.

“With the BMW Group as a pioneer in the field of electromobility and Great Wall as a major player and expert in industrialisation in the Chinese market, we are joining forces for development and production of the future electric Mini and new Great Wall models.”

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A fully electric version of the Mini will be built at the Cowley plant in Oxford , BMW has said. The carmaker said the model would go into production in 2019

The current plan is for MINIs built in China to serve the Chinese market mainly. This means that the F56 electric MINI you will buy in England, Europe It will be made in Oxford and China (the latter for the Chinese market specifically). As much as we ’ re looking forward to this car, this F56 electric MINI

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The joint venture is called Spotlight Automotive Limited. The plant will be able to produce 160,000 cars a year, employ around 3,000 people and mean a joint investment of £550 million.

That doesn’t necessarily mean Mini’s Oxford home is being retired. In BMW’s words, ‘Mini Plant Oxford will remain the heart and home of Mini manufacturing, while the Spotlight Automotive joint venture will provide additional capacity and flexibility’.

“This joint venture will enable us to produce a larger number of Mini-brand fully electric vehicles at attractive conditions for the world market,” Dr. Nicolas Peter, head of finance at BMW.

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Mini currently makes around 60 per cent of its approximately 360,000 compact cars a year at the Oxford plant, according to Reuters. Rival carmakers have already signalled their intent to claim a share of China ’s growing electric car market. China ’s increasingly favourable policies towards building

We already know that Mini is planning an electric model that will be built in both China and at the established Mini factory in Oxford . The reason for a second electric , Chinese market Mini is that although the previously announced model will be built in China , its battery pack isn't locally sourced

“This is also an important strategic step for the Mini brand. The joint venture with Great Wall underlines the enormous importance of the Chinese market for us.”

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BMW Group will have five electric cars in its portfolio by the end of 2021, by which time it hopes to have sold one million EVs and hybrids.

Joining the new Mini Electric are the existing BMW i3, plus the iX3, iNext and i4.

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