In the next three years, BMW plans on investing 250 million pounds in all three Mini factories located in the United Kingdom, securing 5500 jobs at the main plant in Oxford, its engine manufacturing facility in Birmingham and its pressing operations in Swindon. This announcement has been made shortly after Mini revealed its plans of rolling out new models, expanding the company’s lineup to ten different vehicles. Last year, BMW announced a 500 million pounds investment in Mini, while so far since 2000 the German company invested 1.75 billion pounds.
A part of this expansion plan is also to find new production partners overseas and a possible choice is the Nedcar plant in the Netherlands which up until recently made vehicles for Mitsubishi. If this deal will be signed, this is the place where Mini is going to make the Countryman and possibly, the Paceman which will be a different version of the Countryman.
Source: Mini via Autocar.co.uk