| 12th July 2011
The first Mini Coupe has rolled oof the production line at the manufacturer's Oxford plant.
The first Mini coupe has rolled off the manufacturer’s Oxford production line in preparation for its release this October.
Local councillors and MPs were on hand to welcome the famous brand’s first ever coupe model as it left the plant before it was whisked off to be used as a training vehicle for Mini dealers and technicians.
Since it was first announced the Mini coupe has garnered a lot of attention thanks to its unique roofline and two-seat arrangement; never before seen on any Mini model.
Despite its new appearance it still holds many similarities to the standard Mini range with the same front-end and similar interior to the standard Mini range including the Mini Cooper.
That’s why Mini has transferred the same specifications from its standard range to the new coupe at the top of which stands the John Cooper Works model which is the most powerful and comprehensively kitted out option available.
In securing the Mini Coupe contract, the BMW-owned brand’s Oxford plant also claimed some £500m worth of investment into the development and supply of first the coupe and then the roadster, set to follow at a later date.
"This is a great day for the Oxford plant. To see yet another model join the line-up shows just how strong demand is for MINI in the 90 markets around the world where MINIs are sold," said Andrew Smith, MP for Oxford East.
"This new model, along with BMW Group's recently-announced £500m investment into UK manufacturing, demonstrates the company's commitment to a long-term future for Plant Oxford."
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