- The MINI factory in Oxford has produced over 3 million MINIs since it started production in 2001.
- The parts for each car come from 27 different countries.
- The assembly line is 1.7 kilometres long and has 500 workers.
The MINI factory in Oxford assembles 1,000 cars a day.
Each MINI starts as a series of steel panels, these panels are imported each day from the MINI plant in Swindon. The Swindon Plant uses 100,000 tonnes of steel a year.
Around 1,000 robots are used to weld each car body before it’s painted. It takes four litres of paint to cover each MINI and they can take up to 14 hours to paint. There are over 600 colour variations that can be ordered.
Once it has been painted the car is ready for the assembly line. This line is over 1.7 kilometres long. Engines are built in the Hams Hall factory, this factory works 24 hours a day and can produce one car engine every minute.
Before they’re sold the MINIs go through rigorous testing, enduring 50 litres of simulated rainfall and temperature conditions of -40°C to 90°C.
Produced by Charlie Floyd
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