1.7% of MINI's sold last year JCW

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  1. SAIC (MG) have surplus capacity at Longbridge, Logistically that would actually be a good shadow factory. CAB 2 already has the civil engineering work left over from last time!:D

  2. hawaiianblu wrote: “SAIC (MG) have surplus capacity at Longbridge, Logistically that would actually be a good shadow factory. CAB 2 already has the civil engineering work left over from last time!:D” .yep whatta waste !!… i wonder if uk built cars production costs will preclude negotiations in holland to maximise profit margins ??!!.. as far as mg,s i think they must be a good buy now ??!! maybe wrong on that one :D…when i go to classic car shows and see row upon row of british built cars,.eg sunbeam,hillman,austin,humber,rover,lotus,triumph et al.. it makes me quite sad !!!…the demise of uk built british cars !!!..

  3. mab0 wrote: “I sometimes wonder if only Longbridge could have been 'mothballed' for 10 years it might have been possible to re-develop it as a major modern car plant judging by the current home and export sales success/expansion of MINI and JLR…….”

    Trouble with mothballing it still costs money, in terms of rates that still need to be paid and the maintenance staff on site.

    Also a lot of it needed demolishing anyway as the west works that the original mini shells were made in was edwardian era.

  4. hawaiianblu wrote: “Trouble with mothballing it still costs money, in terms of rates that still need to be paid and the maintenance staff on site.

    Also a lot of it needed demolishing anyway as the west works that the original mini shells were made in was edwardian era.”

    True…..the interesting link below shows BMW's original plans for R50 MINI production at Longbridge before the decision was made to move the MINI to Cowley and swap over production lines with the Rover 75:
    [B]The New MINI (R50)
    Preparations to build it at Longbridge[/B]:
    [URL]http://www.austinmemories.com/page164/page164.html[/URL]

    The factory swap over delayed the MINI launch by about 9 months, cost £230 million, involved 300 people full time for 9 months and 6700 extra Rover 75 bodyshells had to be made and stockpiled, so production assembly lines could re-start 70 miles north at Longbridge before the body in white facilities were re-installed and fully working.

  5. foxy5 wrote: “as far as mg,s i think they must be a good buy now ??!! maybe wrong on that one :D”

    This update on MG was on the Austin Rover Online website recently:[B]

    A talk and a tour at MG Birmingham…
    [/B][url]http://www.aronline.co.uk/blogs/2012/08/03/news-a-talk-and-a-tour-at-mg-birmingham/[/url]

  6. The hatchback version of the MINI JCW starts at £22,455 in the UK, 89% above the base model price. The sport-tuned line accounted for 1.7% of MINI's sold last year, beating the 1.4% share of BMW's M performance models and AMG's 1.5% share of Mercedes sales. The Daimler luxury brand's compact-car push will include an AMG variant of the A-class hatchback.

    The top MINI is the new John Cooper Works GP version, which will probably outgun the 211-hp engine in current performance models, more than double power of the base model. The limited-edition GP features a special twin-scroll turbo engine, adjustable race suspension and a roof spoiler.
    Honing its image and expanding to at least 10 model lines should help MINI continue to grow. Sales are forecast to increase 30% to 370,300 vehicles by 2020 from 285,060 last year, according to IHS Automotive.

    BMW is discussing producing MINI vehicles at NedCar, the former Mitsubishi factory in the Netherlands, as the Oxford, England, assembly plant nears its production limit.
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  7. I sometimes wonder if only Longbridge could have been 'mothballed' for 10 years it might have been possible to re-develop it as a major modern car plant judging by the current home and export sales success/expansion of MINI and JLR…….

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