Following the MINI One and MINI Cooper launch in 2001 and the impending arrival of MINI Cooper S on 8 June, it was confirmed today at BMW Group’s Annual General Meeting that a diesel MINI will be available in 2003.
Specification and technical details are still to be announced, but Professor Joachim Milberg, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, confirmed that a 1.4-litre diesel engine has been sourced from Toyota Motor Corporation. The engine, recently introduced into the Toyota Yaris line-up, will be built in Japan and modified for performance and physical fit into MINI’s engine bay. The Oxford production plant will build 10-20,000 diesel MINIs per year.
Trevor Houghton-Berry, General Manager for MINI UK said: "We’re pleased the deal has been done and are looking forward to adding another chapter to the MINI story. This is a great little engine that will complement MINI’s renowned chassis and handling. It is important that MINI is represented in the growing market for small diesel cars and, as with MINI One, Cooper and Cooper S, we’ll ensure that the diesel MINI will be the most desirable small car in its field."
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