After ten years of production, MINI proudly completed assembly of their two millionth MINI from the production line at their Oxford plant. British Prime Minister David Cameron, pictured below, was the honorary driver for the two millionth MINI. The two millionth MINI was a convertible with special paintwork and additions to celebrate the milestone.
Cameron proclaimed, “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 Oxrford is a fantastic symbol of the UK’s strength in the global automotive industry and a great British manufacturing success story.”
MINI has come quite a long way since production began. In 2010, MINI was the third-largest manufacturer in Britain and saw 216,302 vehicles roll off its production line and sent to 90 different countries, quite a global reach. The advancement of the MINI production process is astounding. When production was going on in 2001, there were 2,400 employees for a single shift that would churn out 300 cars a day.
Today, 3,700 workers are employed at the plant for two shifts, five days a week and can build 900 cars each day. The plant itself has gained with the ability to produce over 200,000 units annually compared to 100,000 in the beginning. The plant is expected to achieve 260,000 units annually.
In anticipation of the milestone, MINI has been running a “2 Million MINI – 2 Million Faces” campaign on their Facebook page. Contestants submit their face to MINI’s wall and MINI will compile all two million faces on a special wall. The randomly chosen winner from the faces will walk away the winner of the special-anniversary MINI. The contest ends September 30.
Get your face on MINI’s wall so you can get your chance to take this beauty home!