New Mini models to be built in UK

New Mini models to be built in UK

Two new models of the Mini are to be built at firm's UK plant, it has been announced, providing a boost to the British motor industry.

The new Minis, a coupe concept and a second concept car, will be unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show on September 15 before production commences at the factor in Cowley, near Oxford.

The Cowley plant employs about 3,700 workers and currently builds three versions of the Mini, which is owned by the German car manufacturer BMW. A company spokesman said it was not yet possible to tell if any new jobs would be created by the production of the new models.

Business Secretary Lord Mandelson said: "The production of two new Minis is very good news for Oxford, and for the UK car industry. It is a demonstration of BMW's long-term commitment to the UK as it celebrates its 50th birthday this year."

"British drivers have had a long love affair with the Mini and I'm sure that this will continue for many years to come."

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