Plant Ox­ford marks 15 years of MINI pro­duc­tion

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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.

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