Send this page to a friend!
Fill in the form bellow

your name:
your email:
friend name:
friend email:
your comments:


Christopher Bruce0000-00-00 00:00:00

Mini Oxford Factory Celebrates a Century of Car Building

Has built 11.66 million cars in the last century

BMW is completing a major upgrade to the Oxford factory to build the next generation Mini

The Oxford factory that builds nearly every modern MiniMINI (BMW)MINI (BMW)Germany, 2000 > present15 models
2220 photos
7 videos
on the roads today is celebrating a century of building cars on March 28. In that time, it has built 11,655,000 from 14 brands and over 2.25 million modern Minis. 

The Oxford factory opened in 1913 as a factory for MorrisMorrisMorrisUnited Kingdom, 1910 > 195217 models
43 photos
. In 1932, it began building the de Havilland Tiger Moth training planes, and during World War II, it repaired Spitfire and Hurricane fighter planes.

The story of the factory is a microcosm of the history of the British motor industry. After Morris merged with AustinAustinAustinUnited Kingdom, 1905 > 198737 models
57 photos
to become the British Motor CorporationBMCBMCUnited Kingdom, 1951 > 1965 and later became British LeylandLeylandLeylandUnited Kingdom, 1896 > 19204 models
, the Oxford factory produced cars from nearly every British automaker of the last half century from famous examples like MGMGMGUnited Kingdom, 1924 > present37 models
162 photos
and TriumphTriumphTriumphUnited Kingdom, 1885 > 198430 models
40 photos
to more obscure examples like PrincessPrincessPrincessUnited Kingdom, 1975 > 19811 model
. In the 80s, it even built HondasHondaHondaJapan, 1948 > present102 models
2431 photos
10 videos
briefly. Its stamping plant created the bodies for British luxury cars like Rolls-RoyceRolls-RoyceRolls-RoyceUnited Kingdom, 1904 > present31 models
1281 photos
1 video
and BentleyBentleyBentleyUnited Kingdom, 1919 > present37 models
1476 photos
5 videos
. At its height in the 60s, the factory campus had 28,000 workers. 

BMWBMWBMWGermany, 1918 > present87 models
8655 photos
43 videos
took over the factory when it bought RoverRoverRoverUnited Kingdom, 1904 > 200523 models
24 photos
Group in 1994. The acquisition was not financially successful for BMW, and it sold Rover in 2000 but kept the rights to Mini, a few Rover brands and its factories.

Today, Oxford employs 3,700 people and builds 900 Minis a day. 

The history of the Oxford plant is not finished yet. BMW is investing £750 million into it to build the next generation Mini. It has over 1,000 new robots that build the car's bodies.





publish your news and scoops
IndustryTop 10ReviewsCar CultureGeneva Motor ShowElectric CarsHybrid CarsFormula 1