After 10 years of production at Plant Oxford in Great Britain, the two millionth Mini was driven off the production line by Prime Minister David Cameron. Of the two million, more than 1.5 million Minis have been exported to customers in more than 90 countries around the world from Australia to Venezuela.
Frank-Peter Arndt from BMW AG was present to celebrate the milestone and the continuing success of the Mini brand. “Production of the two millionth Mini comes on the back of strong worldwide demand. Our recent announcement of an additional £500 million investment in our UK Mini facilities demonstrates the important role that Oxford plays in our global network. The most essential factors in the success of Mini are the skills, passion and dedication of our associates,” he said.
Prime Minister Cameron said: “It’s a real privilege to drive this true British icon off the production line today. The 2 millionth Mini to be made here in Oxford is a fantastic symbol of the UK’s strength in the global automotive industry and a great British manufacturing success story.”
The two millionth Mini was a Convertible model specially painted in White Silver metallic with a blue denim roof. The specification boasted a selection of bespoke interior and exterior options including special wheels, a distinctive leather steering wheel and lounge leather upholstery.
The historic car is the prize in a global Facebook campaign called ‘Two Million Minis – Two Million Faces’ which involves photographs of two million fans being collected to create a dedicated Facebook ‘wall’. The winner will be chosen at random after the campaign closes on 30 September.
Producing 216,302 vehicles in 2010, Mini was the third-largest vehicle manufacturer in the UK, accounting for 17 per cent of national automotive production. The plant currently produces four Mini models – Hatchback, Convertible, Clubman and the new Coupé. A fifth model, the Roadster, will join the line-up at the end of this year.