The two millionth MINI has been driven off the production line today by Prime Minister David Cameron, 10 years after production started.
Frank-Peter Arndt, BMW AG board member responsible for production, said: "Production of the two millionth MINI comes on the back of strong demand worldwide. Our recent announcement of an additional £500 million investment in our UK MINI production facilities demonstrates the important role that Oxford plays in our global production network. The most essential factors in the success of MINI are the skills, passion and dedication of our associates."
Mr Arndt gave the Prime Minister an update on preparations undertaken by the plant to produce the next generation MINI, including the current construction of new production facilities. The latest decisions is helping secure the long term future of the Oxford plant, jobs at the pressing plant in Swindon and the engine plant at Hams Hall near Birmingham.
Prime Minister David Cameron said: "It's a real privilege to drive this true British icon off the production line today. The 2 millionth MINI to be made here in Oxford is a fantastic symbol of the UK's strength in the global automotive industry and a great British manufacturing success story.
"BMW's continued investment in its UK operations, together with its export success - selling to over 90 countries worldwide - is contributing to a real renaissance for the UK car industry and a brilliant example of the sustainable, balanced growth we are determined to achieve. MINI is not just a symbol of our industrial past, but also the great industrial future we want to build."
The two millionth car to be driven off the production line is a MINI Convertible finished with specially painted White Silver metallic with a blue denim roof. The model features a bespoke interior and exterior options including special alloy wheels, a distinctive leather steering wheel and lounge leather upholstery. The car will be given away as the prize in the global Facebook campaign called "Two Million MINIs - Two Million faces" which sees the photographs of the faces of two million MINI fans being posted to a dedicated Facebook wall. The winner will be randomly selected after the campaign closes on 30th September 2011.
Dr Juergen Hedrich, managing director for MINI Plant Oxford, said: "It's a really great milestone for Plant Oxford and everyone who works here. Oxford has been the heart of MINI production for the last 10 years and all our associates are proud and excited to be contributing to the continuing success of this iconic brand."
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