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08. March 2017

UK / GER - BMW CONSIDERS MOVING MINI PRODUCTION TO GERMANY DUE TO BREXIT UNCERTAINTY

UK / GER - BMW CONSIDERS MOVING MINI PRODUCTION TO GERMANY DUE TO BREXIT UNCERTAINTY

The uncertainty brought caused by the Brexit vote may have some negative repercussions to the car manufacturing industry in the United Kingdom. Recent reports claim that German automaker BMW is planning on moving the production of new electric Minis from the UK to Germany.

BMW announced last year that it is developing a battery-powered Mini car and it is slated to hit the market in 2019. Moreover, BMW said that the company is still on the process of deciding where to produce the cars. BMW's manufacturing plant in Cowley has been considered as the primary choice for building electric Minis, according to The Telegraph. However, the impending exit of the UK in the European Union have casted doubts to the automakers recent decisions.

Recently, German newspaper Handelsblatt published a report claiming that BMW is considering to build the upcoming electric Mini in the company's facility in Leipzig and Regensburg rather than Oxford. The report added that BMW is also looking to shift production of Mini cars in the Netherlands.

The BMW plant in Netherlands already produces about 2,000 Mini cars annually. That is about one in three Minis being produced globally. Nevertheless, BMW is still looking forward to a discussion with the British Government regarding the matter next week.

"The BMW group has always made clear that we believe integration of the UK into the EU single market, maintaining free movement of goods, services, capital, and talent, would be best for business," BMW said in its statement.

autoworldnews.com

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