This follows a decision by the BMW Group for the production of the all-new successor to the current MINI Countryman will be contracted out to the facility in Saxony, making it the BMW Group’s first German site to produce both BMW and MINI vehicles.
As it will be manufacturing both the combustion and electric powered versions of the forthcoming MINI crossover, Plant Leipzig has been the subject of an investment programme to ensure suitable expansion of its production capacity, including e-drive component assembly.
The realignment of the MINI product portfolio will see the brand strengthen its commitment to electromobility and the crossover segment, which continues to grow around the world.
The successor to the popular MINI Countryman will come with a choice of front or all-wheel drive, with highly efficient petrol or diesel engines, or an all-electric drive.
BMW Group Plant Leipzig will launch production of the forthcoming generation of crossovers for the premium compact segment in 2023.
“Over the last few years, we have worked continuously to lead our plant into a successful future. This contract to produce the successor to the MINI Countryman gives us another major milestone to work towards,” says Hans-Peter Kemser, Director of BMW Group Plant Leipzig.
“It is clear evidence of the company’s faith in our expertise and our site, and fantastic news for the future of our plant.”