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Two new Mini concepts to be built in UK

New coupé is one of two cars making production

Made in the UK: new Mini Coupé

Made in the UK: new Mini Coupé

BMW has announced plans to produce two new models at the Mini plant in Cowley, near Oxford.

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The Mini Coupé Concept and a second Mini concept will go into production, providing a much-needed boost for Britain’s motor industry.

Both models make their debut at this year’s , which gets underway on 15 September. Which? will be reporting live from the show, with the latest photos and videos uploaded straight to our .

Two new Minis

Cowley employs around 3,700 workers, building three versions of the Mini, which is owned by German giant BMW.

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.’

Mini Coupé Concept

The Mini Coupé Concept is the same length and width as a regular Mini hatchback, and it shares some of its body panels with the current . However, it’s expected to be faster than all other production Minis.

Details on the other new car to be produced at Cowley remain vague but a Mini crossover (probably called ‘Crossman’, based on the Mini Crossover Concept we saw at the 2008 Paris motor show) is scheduled for production in the near future, and rumours continue to circle concerning a roadster.

A BMW spokesman said it was too early to say whether any new jobs would be created by the production of the new Minis.


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