Jul 20, 2017

BMW 'favouring Oxford' to build new electric Mini

BMW's Oxford factory is the favoured location for building an electric version of the Mini, sources have claimed. Two sources told Reuters the company is leaning towards the UK plant, where it has invested heavily in recent years. Between 2012 and 2015, BMW Group invested £750m to upgrade manufacturing sites in Oxford, Hams Hall and Swindon. One source said: "If Mini became a fully electric brand in the long run, and Oxford only knew how to build combustion-engine variants, the plant would lose its relevance." The company said it could also build the vehicle at a plant in the Netherlands, where a plug-in hybrid version of the Mini is already being built, or a plant in Regensburg, Germany.

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