Actually, the matter had already been decided: in Great Britain, BMW only wanted to build mini models with combustion engines. Since Mini is expected to become a brand that only produces electric cars, this was seen as a serious blow to the already struggling British car industry. Now follows a departure from these plans. BMW is investing heavily in its mini plant in Great Britain and will produce two new electric models there in the future.
The three-door Cooper and the small SUV Aceman will roll off the production line in Oxford from 2026, according to British government circles. The deal also helps secure 4,000 jobs in Oxford and the Swindon plant. A third electric model, the Countryman, is produced in Leipzig. The Munich-based company’s investment of 600 million pounds (currently equivalent to around 700 million euros) is “another shining example that Great Britain is the best place to build the cars of the future,” said British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. However, this was preceded by a hefty government subsidy, as BMW benefits from government subsidies worth an estimated 75 million pounds, as British media reported.
BMW had originally indicated that it would shift production of battery-electric mini models almost entirely to China and would only manufacture combustion engines in Oxford. With significant incentives, the UK government has since managed to land several projects. In July, the Indian Tata group, which also owns Jaguar Land Rover, announced the construction of a “gigafactory” for batteries in southern England. London is said to be supporting the investment with hundreds of millions of pounds.
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