New fifth generation Mini Cooper production started in Oxford

Today the production of the new fifth generation Mini Cooper started at the iconic Cowley factory in Oxford. The factory was once used to produce the Rover 75 and other models from that era as well as the ‘new’ Mini which started in May 2001. Since then models of the Mini have been produced for domestic and international markets and starting on 11th March, the new 2024 firth generation Mini […]

Mini Oxford factory will transition to build new electric cars

Mini has confirmed that the Oxford factory will be upgraded in the future to support the manufacturing of its upcoming expanded range of electric cars. The company will be switching to an all electric line up from 2030 and this started a few years ago with the current three-door MINI Cooper. The company will be launching the new all electric Mini soon. The BMW Group has been using the Cowley […]

BMW could continue making electric Mini models at Oxford

BMW has been producing electric versions of the Mini for a little while, but has recently announced that starting in 2023 it would be stopping to relocate production to China. The main reasoning was put down to the fact that the current Cowley factory in Oxford isn’t that well equipped to deal with EV production. However, this week a German publication Frankfurt Allgemeine Zeitung has reported that it has learned […]

BMW will stop manufacturing the Mini Electric in Cowley next year

BMW has announced that production of the all electric Mini will cease in 2023, when the company will be moving it to China instead. We reported last week that BMW is bringing production of the Mini Cooper Convertible back to Oxford next year, but at the same time moving Mini Electric production to China instead. Going forward, the Cowley factory will build Mini Cooper three-door and five-door Hatch models, as well […]

The new Mini Cooper Convertible will be made in the UK once again

Mini is planing on bringing production of the iconic Cooper range back to the UK, when the all new Mini Cooper range launches in 2024. The company will be building only the petrol version of the cars in Oxford, with the convertible and hatchback models. For the electric Mini, production is set to be moved to China, where the new model will share a platform with Chinese car maker Great […]

Car Review – Mini Electric, first impressions

For the past few days, I have had the opportunity to get behind the wheel of the brand new Mini Electric, in the entry level ‘Level 2″ model. This particular car costs £31,000 in the UK and Mini has made the online configurator being incredibly easy to use, with simple choices. All you need to do is choose the alloys, colour and contrasting colour. If you wish to add some […]

Mini confirms that the iconic convertible will be electric in 2025

Mini has confirmed that it will be launching an all new electric convertible version of the Mini this decade, specifically in 2025. Currently the company only offers the Mini in electric form on one model, the three door hatchback so it is good that the drivetrain will make it to more models. It is likely that the Mini E Convertible will share the same drivetrain and battery set up from […]

The first BMW Mini is now 20 years old

Twenty years ago this week, the very first BMW Mini was produced here in the UK, in Oxford. On 26th April 2001 the first one rolled off the line and this was just a few months ahead of the launch to customers later that year in July. Over the tears, over five million cars have been produced here in the UK, not only in Oxford but in Swindon too. The […]

Mini will be an all electric only company by 2030

Earlier this week, BMW CEO Oliver Zipse has announced that Mini will become an all electric only company by the year 2030, with the company’s last combustion only model to be released in 2025, then on everything new the company launches will be electric only. So far the company only has the new Mini E on sale, which went on sale in March 2020 with prices starting at £25,500 for […]

Mini is going to stop using leather in future vehicles

New models offered by Mini in the future are to be leather free as part of a move for the company to be more sustainable and responsible for the materials it uses. Mini design boss, Oliver Heilmer has confirmed this news. Mini is making a move to become as sustainable as possible and one way is to stop using leather all together. 54% of new Mini cars in the UK […]