Plant Oxford built 602,817 Minis from 1959 to 1968, before production was moved to Longbridge. Since 2001 more than 1.4 million new MINIs have been built at the production facility and in total, more than six million classic and new MINIs have been sold since the car first went on sale in 1959.
BMW Group member of the Board of Management for Production, Frank-Peter Arndt, was at Oxford today to celebrate with the Plant. Arndt said: "Anniversaries are always a wonderful opportunity to look back at the past. But on days like today, it's also good to look to the future. Therefore, our objective is absolutely clear: We are going to continue the success story of MINI and continue to strengthen it".
Dr Jürgen Hedrich, Plant Oxford's managing director, said: "Little did anyone know just how popular Sir Alec Issigonis's car for the people would be – or that half a century later it would be reborn as the MINI and once again be built in Oxford. This is a momentous day in the plant and car's history. Everyone at the plant is proud to be part of both the heritage and the future of this car".
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