NEW MINI HATCH BACK







Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: February 17, 2014
Categories: MINI, MINI General News

BMW Group to build new MINI Hatch also at VDL Nedcar

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Born/Munich. The new MINI Hatch, which celebrated its  production start at the MINI plant in Oxford in November 2013, will  also be built in the Netherlands from summer 2014. The BMW Group  confirmed the start of production today during a visit by Harald  Krüger, BMW AG’s Board Member Production, and Dr. Klaus Draeger, BMW  AG’s Board Member Purchasing and Supplier Network, at the contract  manufacturer VDL Nedcar in Born, Netherlands.

MINI will be the only automotive manufacturer that has series  production vehicles built through a contract production in the  Netherlands. The BMW Group stands to benefit from the favourable  location of the VDL Nedcar site in terms of logistics and its  proximity to the UK MINI production network with its locations in  Oxford, Swindon and Hams Hall. At the same time, the BMW Group will be  stepping up its presence in the Netherlands significantly, making the  region an integral part of the MINI success story.

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“Contract production is a vital flexibility tool for us, and our  experience gathered over the past ten years has been nothing but  positive. Splitting production of the new MINI Hatch between Oxford  and Born will give our global production network additional leeway. We  appreciate the reliable, open and trustful cooperation with our Dutch  partner, VDL Nedcar,” stated Dr. Klaus Draeger during the plant visit  in Born.

As another important step in the implementation of the global growth  strategy with its sales target of over two million vehicles by 2016,  the BMW Group is currently expanding its overall production capacity.  Head of Production Harald Krüger said: “The MINI brand is showing  substantial growth. 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. VDL  Nedcar has many years of experience in producing high quality  vehicles, so the company is an ideal partner for us. At the same time,  the UK production network is and will remain the heart of MINI  production. Splitting production of the new MINI Hatch between Oxford  and Born will give us greater flexibility for other models.”

Preparations for the production launch of the new MINI hatch at the  contract manufacturer VDL Nedcar are on target. A workforce of around  1,500 people will be responsible for building the new MINI from summer  2014. This year MINI production volume at VDL Nedcar is anticipated to  already reach a five-digit range. The same demanding quality standards  apply to MINI production in Oxford and Born. In order to ensure these  quality standards, VDL Nedcar staff received in-depth training on the  BMW Group production system at the BMW plants in Leipzig, Oxford and Regensburg.

In 2013, 303,177 MINI vehicles were produced. Plant Oxford produced  175,986 MINI Hatch, Convertible, Clubman, Clubvan, Roadster and Coupé  models. An additional 125,559 MINI Countryman and MINI Paceman models  were built by the contract manufacturer MSF in Graz, Austria. Since  the relaunch of the brand in 2001, nearly 2.8 MINI vehicles have been produced.