Oct 26, 2022
Moving electric Mini production to China unfortunate, minister says
A transport minister has said BMW's decision to move production of electric Minis to China was "Very unfortunate". She said she was "Not concerned" about the future of electric car production in the UK. BMW said Oxford would remain the "Home of the Mini" and no jobs would be lost. It added that the plant would make the Mini Cooper three-door and five-door Hatch models, as well as the Mini Convertible from 2025. Asked about the changes in the Lords, Baroness Vere said: "As far as I am aware, the Department for Transport has not had any discussions with BMW about this very unfortunate decision... none of us wants the Mini to be produced in China." A Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy spokesperson said: "We are determined to ensure the UK remains one of the best locations in the world for automotive manufacturing as we transition to electric vehicles."We do not comment on speculation or the commercial affairs of private companies.
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