Mini production will halt on Brexit date

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MINI Electric at Plant Oxford

A temporary stoppage will take place on October 31 and November 1.

BMW is planning to temporarily halt Mini production at its Oxford factory, and is considering cutting back production too.

The news comes in a report from Automotive News Europe which says that the Germany firm's Chief Financial Officer Nicolas Peter confirmed that it is planning to put a stop to Mini production on October 31 – the date that the UK is set to leave the European Union – and November 1.

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A no deal Brexit could hamper Mini production, and the choice to stop production on the intended date of Brexit and the day after is thought to help protect BMW from logistical problems shout Brexit result in a no-deal.

MINI Electric at Plant Oxford

Mini isn't expected to completely remove production from the UK after Britain's exit from the EU. In fact, it is intending to build the upcoming electric Mini in the UK.

The first electric Mini has been slated to begin production this year, and will become available worldwide, including the US where there is a possibility the brand could become electric-only in the coming years in a bid to boost sales.

MINI Electric at Plant Oxford

BMW hopes it and Mini's push towards electric cars will lead to 15 to 25 percent of its sales being electrified vehicles as soon as 2025. At the moment it is building electric cars in smaller numbers because it feels that EV production isn't yet profitable enough to justify producing them to the same level as petrol and diesel cars, but it will start building electric vehicles on a large scale when the latest drivetrain technology comes along in the next couple of years.

BMW's Rolls-Royce plants in the UK aren't expected to be affected by Brexit. Toyota meanwhile is stopping production because of anticipated Brexit production. The Japanese company will stop Corolla and Avensis production on the first day of November.


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