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Mini is marking two production milestones this month, as the iconic small car’s past and present combine for a dual celebration.

The Mini plant in Oxford, England, will lead celebrations for 100 years of production in the precinct when, on March 28, 2013, it will be exactly a century since production of the first “Bullnose” Morris Oxford began in 1913, only a few hundred metres from the modern Mini plant.

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Just 20 cars were built each week when William Morris first started production at the plant. From humble beginnings, the total production number has grown to 11.65 million cars, with Plant Oxford now employing 3700 workers who manufacture up to 900 Mini vehicles per day.

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Now owned by BMW, Plant Oxford has seen a vast array of marques leave its doors including MG, Wolseley, Riley, Austin, Austin Healey, Vanden Plas, Princess, Triumph, Rover, Sterling, Honda and, of course, Morris. The Mini, too, under the British Motor Corporation, started its life at the plant in 1959.

Today, Plant Oxford produces the Mini hatch, convertible, Clubman, Clubvan, Roadster and Coupe.

Mini Countryman

The Mini Countryman is produced at the company’s Graz plant in Austria, which itself is celebrating a production milestone with its 250,000th Countryman rolling off the assembly line this week.

The 250,000th Countryman model comes just after the start of Mini Paceman production, the brand’s seventh model in its ever-expanding line-up.

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  • Tarquin Hair Artiste

    I’d consider one if the base engine had a turbo, I could get 5 doors and 5 seats and the pricing was adjusted in light of A Class pricing.

  • MrJ

    Go Mini. Have a Countryman Cooper S ALL4 Chilli and in love. 250,000 Countrymans produced. That should keep the haters quiet. Uneducated Australian market doesn’t understand how great these cars really are. Quality, performance (kw to weight ratio), economy and all things quirky. Price is completely justified.

    • pdcp

      Yeah but god is that name a doozy!

      • Force-15

        If you reckon that’s bad, what about the “Mini Countryman John Cooper Works ALL4 Dakar Winner 2013″ special edition that was recently unveiled? I just wish Mini would put the Rocketman concept into production; something closer in size and (arguably) ethos to the original Mini.

        • $29896495

          Yep, that would be good.

    • $29896495

      People here know it’s a reasonable car, they are finally getting smart enough not to pay the exorbitant amount of money being asked for in this country. With the exception of a few social climbers.

    • Zaccy16

      i agree that the countryman is a good car but base models engine needs updating, they are too expensive in aus but priced properly in the uk