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Cars New electric Mini models to be built in China

14:15  29 november  2019
14:15  29 november  2019 Source:   autocar.co.uk

Electric Minis will be built in China, not Oxford

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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 Initially at least, the Chinese factory will produce vehicles for the Chinese market. The cars made there there will be a different model from the

BMW is set to produce a new electric Mini in China , thanks to a new The firm will partner with long-time collaborator Great Wall Motor to build electric vehicles in a new factory in Jiangsu The car is expected to be a Mini -badged model that’s bespoke to the region, as opposed to the new Mini Hatch

a close up of a car: New electric Mini models to be built in China © Autocar New electric Mini models to be built in China

Electric Mini models will be built at a new plant in China through a joint venture between the BMW Group and Great Wall Motor – but BMW has pledged Oxford will remain "the heart and home" of the brand’s production operation.

The 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.

BMW says it will be used for “production of future electric Mini vehicles”, along with several Great Wall models, but hasn't offered specifics of the models that will be built there. The Mini Electric, due on sale early next year, will be built at Plant Oxford, and BMW said that site “will remain the heart and home of Mini manufacturing, while the Spotlight Automotive joint venture will provide additional capacity and flexibility.”

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But a second electric Mini will strictly be a Chinese market exclusive, and will be another product of BMW's partnership with Chinese carmaker Great Wall The reason for a second electric , Chinese market Mini is that although the previously announced model will be built in China , its battery pack

BMW is set to produce a new electric Mini in China The car is expected to be a Mini -badged model that’s bespoke to the region, as opposed to the new Mini Hatch EV that’s set to be launched towards the tail end of 2019 and will be built at the company’s current main production facility in Oxford.

While it's likely that the new plant will focus primarily on producing Mini models for the Chinese market, likely including the Electric, it's also set to build some that will be sold worldwide.

Nicholas Peter, BMW’s finance boss, said: “This joint venture will enable us to produce a larger number of Mini-brand fully electric vehicles at attractive conditions for the world market. 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.”

The BMW Group is committed to its existing sales structure in China and will continue its BMW Brilliance joint venture. It added the new joint venture could “accelerate development of the Mini brand significantly.”

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BMW plans to build electric Minis in China . by Alanna Petroff @AlannaPetroff February 23, 2018: 10:13 AM ET. BMW said last year that it would start to produce the electric Mini in 2019 at the model 's main factory in the UK. But that production run is expected to be small, and Friday's news

The electric Mini will be based on the company's 3-door hatchback model . However, BMW has yet to release pictures of a prototype vehicle. And the first vehicle manufacturing facility to be built in Britain for more than a decade opened in Ansty, Coventry, in March to produce a new electric

Autocar has previously reported that the Mini Rocketman is set to be revived as a compact electric car in 2022, with production taking place at the Spotlight plant.

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