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It’s a Mini milestone: 20 years back in production

Iconic British brand returned on April 26, 2001


April 26 marks the 20th anniversary of the return to production of England’s iconic Mini, albeit this time around under the ownership of the BMW Group. It was on April 26, 2001, that the first of the new-generation compact vehicles rolled off the assembly line at Oxford.

Since then, more than 5 million Minis have been produced, and in various body architectures, including 3-door hatch, 5-door hatch, Clubman and Electric.

With parts coming from Swindon and assembly at Oxford, more than 4,500 people produce 1,000 Minis a day, with another rolling off the line every 67 seconds.

Public tours of the Oxford facility attract more than 25,000 people a year, Mini noted in its anniversary announcement.

Sales of the new Mini in the US began in 2002.

Mini, It’s a Mini milestone: 20 years back in production, ClassicCars.com Journal
Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


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