Moving to expand production beyond the current Oxford, England plant, BMW has announced its Mini brand will have a model built in the Netherlands from summer 2014.
Contract manufacturer VDL Nedcar and Oxford will split between them the production of the Mini hatchback to expand capacity, while BMW confirmed the United Kingdom would remain the main base of production for the Mini brand.
“The Mini brand is showing substantial growth,” BMW’s head of production Harald Krueger said in a statement. “This is why we need additional, external production capacity on top of the capacity of the Mini plant in Oxford which stands at about 260,000 units per year in the medium term.”
According to the German company, the factory in Born, Netherlands, will reach this year a five-digit production figure, with the VDL Nedcar contract manufacturer having around 1,500 people building the new Mini model.