BWM wants to manufacture the mini, which has so far been built exclusively in europe, in china in the future as well. Together with the chinese carmaker great wall, the second generation of the electrically powered mini is to be produced in the people’s republic – a declaration of intent to this effect has been signed, BMW announced in munich.
The first all-electric mini is due to roll off the production line at the oxford plant in the uk from 2019, with batteries and motors from the bavarian plants in dingolfing and landshut. The exact location, level of investment and launch date for the second generation of e-minis from china are still open. Great wall is china’s largest manufacturer of urban suvs.
After the uk, the u.S. And germany, china is mini’s fourth-largest market, with 35,000 vehicles sold last year. In view of the minimum quota for electric cars that will apply in china from 2019, BMW also sees very great potential for the electric mini. But china imposes high tariffs on imported cars, forcing foreign manufacturers to produce locally – with a chinese partner.