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Default MINIs to be built in China? - 16th October 2017, 04:58 PM

https://uk.motor1.com/news/183414/mi...e-built-china/

BMW is set to build Minis in China, if a proposed deal with the country's largest SUV manufacturer Great Wall Motor pays off. Talks are being held in secret to open up the world's largest car market to the British-branded cars, and the partnership could mean Minis being exported from China to other countries – including the UK.

The China move would mean that production of the iconic Mini Hatch could move out of Europe for the first time ever – the company's smallest cars are currently manufactured in Oxford and the Netherlands, although the Countryman SUV is built at BMW factories around the world, including Thailand and India.


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Default 17th October 2017, 10:38 AM

I personally would not buy another Mini if this were to happen.
Some here may consider this be a nostalgic pipe dream, however, I think Mini production should remain in the UK.
It's the birthplace of this iconic car after all.
Oh, and I don't see that the Mini has to be made in china for the UK market?
  
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Default 17th October 2017, 03:09 PM

Talks have already started according to this:

Great Wall Confirms Talks with BMW Regarding MINI Production in China

If it is successful, watch out for a new model... a MINI with a boot which the Chinese and American market are demanding.



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Default 17th October 2017, 05:01 PM

My two MINIs already have boots.


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Default 17th October 2017, 06:49 PM

I should have said ‘saloon’


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