MINI celebrates major milestone

Gareth Herincx

2 days ago
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20 years of MINI production at Swindon and Oxford

The one millionth MINI has been delivered in the UK, just over 20 years since the start of modern MINI production in 2001.

In all, MINI has sold more than 5.1 million cars globally in the past two decades, and the UK is the brand’s largest market.

The 3-Door Hatch, 5-Door Hatch, Clubman and Electric MINI models have all been built on the same production line at Plant Oxford.

What’s more, MINI Plants Oxford and Swindon employ 4,500 highly-skilled employees, including 130 apprentices, who all keep production moving to build 1,000 MINIs a day – one every 67 seconds.

“To have sold over one million MINIs in just 20 years is a remarkable milestone; we are all extremely proud,” said David George, Director of MINI UK.

“This achievement is testament to the fantastic cars we’ve built and launched during that time, our customers’ continued love for MINI, and the strength and unwavering dedication of our retail network.

MINI Countryman

“As we see the increasing demand for our MINI Electric and MINI Countryman Plug-In Hybrid models, which account for nearly a fifth of global electrified sales, we’re excited to see what the next 20 years hold, as we transition into our fully electric future.”

MINI will launch its last model with an internal combustion engine in 2025 and, by 2027, the share of all-electric vehicles in global MINI sales will be at least 50%. In the early 2030s, MINI will be the first BMW Group brand to go fully electric.

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MINI teams up with Dogs Trust to promote pet-friendly travel

Gareth Herincx

3 days ago
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MINI has announced a new partnership with the Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity. Together they’re on a mission to help dogs travel happier.

“With more dogs in families now than ever before, we want to help make sure they travel safely and enjoy the ride,” said David George, Director of MINI UK.

“It’s just as important to us that our four-legged customers love being in a MINI as much as the drivers do and we have had a lot of fun letting dogs of all shapes and sizes put our cars through the ultimate tail-wagging tests.

“As our partnership continues we are really looking forward to working with Dogs Trust to help us support our MINI and dog-loving customers across the car buying and ownership journey, as we strive to become the UK’s first officially dog-friendly car retailer.”

MINI UK retailers will be welcoming dogs through the doors with important doggy equipment such as bowls and mats, whilst also working with Dogs Trust experts to educate motorists on best practice for happy dog car journeys.

Dr Jenna Kiddie, Head of Canine Behaviour at the Dogs Trust, added: “As the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, we’re delighted to be part of MINI’s journey to becoming fully dog friendly.

“It’s really important that your car is right for the whole family, including your four-legged passenger, whose needs and safety requirements are slightly different to ours.

“It’s wonderful to see MINI, such an iconic automotive brand, considering the needs of dog owners, so they can make sure their beloved canine family members are safe and comfortable when on the road.”

Find out more at the MINI Dogs Hub.

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MINI John Cooper Works GP Specifications

Performance & Economy 2020 MINI John Cooper Works GP 2012 MINI John Cooper Works GP 2006 MINI John Cooper Works GP
Engine 1,998cc turbocharged inline 4-cylinder 1,598cc turbocharged inline 4-cylinder 1,598cc supercharged inline 4-cylinder
Transmission 8-speed Steptronic, front engine, front-wheel drive 6-speed manual, front engine, front-wheel drive 6-speed manual, front engine, front-wheel drive
Power (PS / bhp) 310 / 306 218 / 215 at 6,000rpm 218 / 215 at 7,100rpm
Torque (Nm / lb.ft) 450 / 332 260 / 206 at 2,000 – 5,100rpm 250 / 184 at 4,600 rpm
0 – 62 mph (seconds) 5.2 6.3 6.5
Top Speed (mph) 165 150 149
CO2 Emissions (g/km) 167 165 207
VED Band I G K
Combined Economy (mpg) 39 39 32
Weight (kg) TBC 1,235 1,120
Price (OTR) £34,995 (in 2020) £28,795 (in 2012) ££22,000 (in 2006)

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