IT’S A MINI CELEBRATION
Plant Oxford marks 15 years of MINI production
Plant Oxford marked 15 years since the first new MINIs rolled off the production line with a special celebration on April 26. More than 2.5 million MINIs have been built in Oxford since 2001, with the three million milestone expected to be hit this year.
The first generation MINI was voted ‘Car of the Year’ in 2001 by Auto Express, and nearly 40,000 MINIs examples were sold worldwide in that first year. By 2015 this number had risen to nearly 340,000, with more than 63,000 sold to customers in the UK – the highest since the brand’s launch. The first MINIs – which were registered with ‘Y’ prefix numberplates – are now considered by many enthusiasts to be modern classics, with the British Mini Club hosting a special display of first generation cars at its recent Mini Day on May 8.
MINI enthusiast Tanya Field, who together with husband Jason is well known for her collection of classic Minis, is working to set up a new club – Y REGister – to bring together owners of MINIs made in Oxford in 2001.“The first MINIs are 15 years old and are now becoming modern classics and are increasingly collectable,” said Tanya. “The creation of the Y REGister shows the growing interest in these MINIs and the heritage of the modern MINI. As someone who’s passionate about the plant’s heritage, this is something that’s really important to me.”
Plant Oxford workers with a pair of R50 MINIs.