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.