Fu­ture of Mini’s Cowley fac­tory as­sured

Autocar - - PARIS MOTOR SHOW -

MINI’S PLANT IN Cowley has re­ceived long-term back­ing from the chair­man of par­ent firm BMW, Har­ald Krüger – but it could still lose pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity as a con­se­quence of Brexit, with cars for main­land Eu­ro­pean sale be­ing built in the Nether­lands in­stead.

Krüger did not elab­o­rate on how the Mini plant could re­main vi­able while los­ing Mini vol­ume, but spec­u­la­tion sug­gests the com­pany is draw­ing up plans that could lead to the BMW 1 Se­ries and 2 Se­ries be­ing built on the Cowley line for UK sale.

Krüger said: “A hard Brexit is a lose-lose sit­u­a­tion. We lose, the cus­tomers lose and the coun­tries in­volved lose. My hope is that the so­lu­tion can be prag­matic, but we must plan for ev­ery even­tu­al­ity. So we could move some Mini pro­duc­tion from Ox­ford to the Nether­lands.

“At the same time, how­ever, I must point out that there are ad­van­tages to hav­ing our Mini plant in Cowley. We see an ad­van­tage in man­u­fac­tur­ing there that we have in­vested in and in­tend to keep.”

Cowley may lose some of its Mini pro­duc­tion to the Nether­lands

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