MINI’s recent sales reports indicate that September 2012 was the company’s most successful month to date, with more than 30,000 vehicles sold worldwide, marking a company first. To account for this increase in demand, MINI has taken steps to secure a new manufacturing facility for MINI Countryman vehicles.
Former plans to build the MINI Countryman and MINI Paceman in Austria may be scrapped in favor of new manufacturing arrangements with facilities in the Netherlands. Mitsubishi’s NedCar factory is ending production of its Colt and Outlander models which will allow MINI to use the now-vacant plant (presumably leased from new owners, VDL) for its larger models.
Producing MINI Coutryman and Paceman models at the Netherlands plant will provide the BMW Group with a 200,000/year capacity which will help greatly as the company strives to meet increasing product demand. In addition, the proximity of the new Netherlands plant to MINI’s Oxford factory and nearby engine and steel press operations is favorable as well.
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