BMW Ag, world’s largest premium automaker on Wednesday said the three millionth engine has been produced at the BMW Group’s UK engine plant at Hams Hall, near Birmingham.
The milestone power unit – a 1.6 four-cylinder petrol engine – will be despatched to the MINI plant at Oxford, destined for a car to be built for the emerging Indian market.
The milestone follows a year of record production in 2011 and confirmation that facilities are to be upgraded at the Hams Hall plant to enable the production of future generation engines at the site.
According to March trade figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), Britain now makes more money from exporting cars than it spends on importing them for the first time since 1976.
More than 1.3 million vehicles rolled off the production line of UK car plants last year, and the number is up nearly 12% so far this year.
That’s still down from the 1.6 million before the last recession, and is still some way off the 1.92 million vehicles the UK made at its peak in 1972.