Parent company BMW will increase the number of Mini Cooper hatchbacks it can build this summer by starting production of the car in the Netherlands. Currently, the Mini Cooper is built only in England.
The Mini Cooper will be built under contract by VDL Nedcar in Born, Netherlands, starting this summer. That will allow BMW to dramatically increase production -- and thus the supply to consumers -- of the all-new 2014 Mini Cooper by the end of this year. Currently, production capacity at the Oxford plant in England stands at about 260,000 cars annually. In 2013, the factory built 175,986 units of the Mini Cooper hatchback, Clubman, Clubvan, Roadster, and Coupe combined. On top of that, BMW contracted with Austrian company MSF to build 125,559 units of the Mini Countryman and Mini Paceman.
"The MINI brand is showing substantial growth. This is why we need additional, external production capacity on top of the capacity of the MINI plant in Oxford," BMW board member Dr Klaus Drager said in a statement. "At the same time, the U.K. production network is and will remain the heart of MINI production."
In addition to the 2014 Mini Cooper and Cooper S already launched, we know that Mini plans to dramatically expand its model range over the coming years. Our spy photographers have spotted the high-performance John Cooper Works model, a new Clubman, a four-door version of the Cooper, and a new Mini Cooper convertible.