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MINI First Born Edition

MINI First Born EditionTo mark the start of production of the new MINI Hardtop at VDL Nedcar in Born, the Netherlands, MINI Nederland has created a limited edition package for the MINI Cooper.  Called the MINI First Born Edition, production is limited to 350 cars.

Here is the list of options for the MINI First Born Edition:

  • Multi-function steering wheel with cruise control
  • Leather-wrapped 3-spoke sports steering wheel
  • Comfort Access
  • Armrest with storage
  • Park Distance Control (PDC), rear
  • Rain sensor
  • Trip computer with fuel consumption calculation
  • Radio MINI Visual Boost
  • Advanced Bluetooth phone preparation
  • Velor mats
  • Storage package
  • MINI Excitement pack
  • MINI Driving Mode
  • Sports seats
  • Automatic climate control
  • Interior Light Package
  • White indicator lights
  • Navigation system Professional
  • MINI Connected XL
  • Roof and exterior mirror caps in black
  • Chrome Line Interior
  • Chrome Line Exterior
  • 16 “alloy wheels Victory Spoke, black
  • Upholstery fabric / leatherette Carbon Black
  • Piano Black Interior Panels
  • LED fog lamps

MINI Cooper Firstborn Edition priced from €24,995.

See the MINI Nederland website MINI First Born Edition.


MINI Starts Production at VDL Nedcar

VDL Nedcar Start of Production

King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands was on-hand to drive the first MINI off the production line yesterday at the VDL Nedcar plant in Born.  The historic event was announced on the Royal House of the Netherlands’ Facebook page.

From BMW Group PressClub Global:

Dutch King Willem-Alexander giving the ceremonial go-ahead for the MINI production on the occasion of the reopening of VDL Nedcar’s Born plant. 
MINI production volume at VDL Nedcar to reach a five-digit range as early as this year.

Born/Munich. The new MINI Hatch, which celebrated its production start at the BMW Group’s plant in Oxford in November 2013, will also be built at contract manufacturer VDL Nedcar in Born/Netherlands from now on. Dutch King Willem-Alexander attended an official function on the occasion of the reopening of the plant in Born, giving the ceremonial go-ahead for the MINI production at VDL Nedcar that let the first vehicle roll off the assembly line. Further guests included the German Ambassador, Franz Josef Kremp; the Netherland’s Secretary of Economic Affairs, Henk Kamp; the CEO of VDL Groep, Wim van der Leegte; Dr. Andreas Wendt, Director of BMW Group Plant Regensburg – the partner plant of VDL Nedcar in Born; and Dr. Johann Wieland, Head of Indirect Purchasing, BMW Group.

This move makes MINI the only automotive manufacturer that has series production vehicles built through a contract production in the Netherlands. The BMW Group stands to benefit from the favorable location of the VDL Nedcar site in terms of logistics and its proximity to the UK MINI production network with its locations in Oxford, Swindon and Hams Hall. At the same time, the BMW Group is stepping up its presence in the Netherlands significantly, making the region an integral part of the MINI success story.

A workforce of around 2,000 people will be responsible for building the new MINI from summer 2014. This year, the MINI production volume at VDL Nedcar is anticipated to already reach a five-digit range. The same demanding quality standards apply to MINI production in Oxford and Born. In order to ensure these quality standards, VDL Nedcar staff received in-depth training on the BMW Group production system at the BMW plants in Leipzig, Oxford and Regensburg.

Global growth strategy – Expansion of production capacities.

As another important step in the implementation of the global growth strategy, the BMW Group is currently expanding its overall production capacity. As the MINI brand is showing substantial growth, the BMW Group needs additional, external production capacity on top of the capacity of the MINI plant in Oxford which stands at about 260,000 units per year in the medium term. Splitting production of the new MINI Hatch between Oxford and the contract manufacturer VDL Nedcar will give the BMW Group’s global production network with its 29 production sites in 14 countries on four continents greater flexibility for other models. At the same time, the UK production triangle is and will remain the heart of MINI production. “Contract production is a vital flexibility tool for us, and our experience gathered over the past ten years has been nothing but positive. Splitting production of the new MINI Hatch between Oxford and Born will give our global production network additional leeway,” stated Dr. Andreas Wendt, Director of the BMW Group’s Regensburg plant, the partner plant of VDL Nedcar in Born. “We appreciate the reliable, open and trustful cooperation with our Dutch partner. VDL Nedcar has many years of experience in producing high quality vehicles.”

In 2013, the BMW Group produced a total of 303,177 MINI vehicles. Plant Oxford produced 175,986 MINI Hatch, Convertible, Clubman, Clubvan, Roadster and Coupé models. An additional 125,559 MINI Countryman and MINI Paceman models were built by the contract manufacturer MSF in Graz/Austria, plus additional 1,632 units in other plants. Since the relaunch of the brand in 2001 until the end of 2013, nearly 2.8 million MINI vehicles have been produced.


VDL Nedcar to build some MINI Hardtops

VDL Nedcar MINI Production

MINI finally announced that VDL Nedcar will begin series production of the MINI Hardtop starting this summer. It was reported back in 2012 that MINI would expand production into the Netherlands plant, but only now do we find out which model. Most MINI Hardtops will still be built in Plant Oxford, but this move gives MINI the ability to expand and also produce other forthcoming models.

From BMW Group PressClub Global:

Born/Munich. The new MINI Hatch, which celebrated its production start at the MINI plant in Oxford in November 2013, will also be built in the Netherlands from summer 2014. The BMW Group confirmed the start of production today during a visit by Harald Krüger, BMW AG’s Board Member Production, and Dr. Klaus Draeger, BMW AG’s Board Member Purchasing and Supplier Network, at the contract manufacturer VDL Nedcar in Born, Netherlands.
MINI will be the only automotive manufacturer that has series production vehicles built through a contract production in the Netherlands. The BMW Group stands to benefit from the favourable location of the VDL Nedcar site in terms of logistics and its proximity to the UK MINI production network with its locations in Oxford, Swindon and Hams Hall. At the same time, the BMW Group will be stepping up its presence in the Netherlands significantly, making the region an integral part of the MINI success story.

 

“Contract production is a vital flexibility tool for us, and our experience gathered over the past ten years has been nothing but positive. Splitting production of the new MINI Hatch between Oxford and Born will give our global production network additional leeway. We appreciate the reliable, open and trustful cooperation with our Dutch partner, VDL Nedcar,” stated Dr. Klaus Draeger during the plant visit in Born.

 

As another important step in the implementation of the global growth strategy with its sales target of over two million vehicles by 2016, the BMW Group is currently expanding its overall production capacity. Head of Production Harald Krüger said: “The MINI brand is showing substantial growth. This is why we need additional, external production capacity on top of the capacity of the MINI plant in Oxford which stands at about 260,000 units per year in the medium term. VDL Nedcar has many years of experience in producing high quality vehicles, so the company is an ideal partner for us. At the same time, the UK production network is and will remain the heart of MINI production. Splitting production of the new MINI Hatch between Oxford and Born will give us greater flexibility for other models.”

 

Preparations for the production launch of the new MINI hatch at the contract manufacturer VDL Nedcar are on target. A workforce of around 1,500 people will be responsible for building the new MINI from summer 2014. This year MINI production volume at VDL Nedcar is anticipated to already reach a five-digit range. The same demanding quality standards apply to MINI production in Oxford and Born. In order to ensure these quality standards, VDL Nedcar staff received in-depth training on the BMW Group production system at the BMW plants in Leipzig, Oxford and Regensburg.
In 2013, 303,177 MINI vehicles were produced. Plant Oxford produced 175,986 MINI Hatch, Convertible, Clubman, Clubvan, Roadster and Coupé models. An additional 125,559 MINI Countryman and MINI Paceman models were built by the contract manufacturer MSF in Graz, Austria plus additional 1,632 units in other plants. Since the relaunch of the brand in 2001, nearly 2.8 million MINI vehicles have been produced.

See the press release BMW Group to build new MINI Hatch also at VDL Nedcar.


MINIs to be built in the Netherlands

MINI Rocketman

With MINI Plant Oxford near or at capacity, it appears BMW went looking for another existing plant to build more MINI vehicles.  BMW did this once already, partnering with Magna Steyr to build the MINI Countryman in Graz, Austria.  Now the Dutch firm VDL NedCar has signed a contract to build an as-yet-unnamed MINI model or models in Born.  The plant has the capacity to build up to 200,00 vehicles per year.  Speculation is that it could be the future home of MINI Rocketman production.  From the VDL NedCar website came this announcement:

From 1 January 2013 the company will become an independent car manufacturer for third parties under the name VDL Nedcar. VDL Nedcar’s first customer will be the BMW Group, with which the contracts have also been signed. Following conversion of the production lines, MINI will be built for the BMW Group in Born starting in the second half of 2014.

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The production lines at VDL Nedcar will be converted and prepared for manufacturing MINI between 1 January 2013 and the second half of 2014.

MINI Nederland confirmed the news on its Facebook page today.

Auto Express wrote about the partnership back on September 19th:

However, in spite of a £750 million investment in BMW’s plants in the UK in Oxford, Hams Hall and Swindon, any additional MINI models are likely to be built abroad with the Dutch Nedcar factory a likely place.

“Oxford will always be the heart of MINI” said [BMW board member Harald] Krueger, “And Nedcar is well placed not too far from Oxford.”

Since VDL NedCar has already made the announcement, BMW’s official announcement should follow soon.