20 Years of Modern MINI Honored by HRH The Prince of Wales

In celebration of twenty successful years of modern MINI production, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales visited the home of the brand at MINI Plant Oxford today, to meet the people behind the cars and to get an insight into the manufacturing processes and developments in sustainable production.

HRH The Prince of Wales celebrates 20 years of modern MINI production at Plant Oxford - Inspecting the Modern MINI

His Royal Highness toured the site’s assembly hall, where he was able to meet some of the 130 apprentices, as well as the staff who were closely involved in integrating the manufacturing of the MINI Electric onto the standard production line, making Oxford the first BMW Group plant in the world to build fully electric and combustion cars on the same line.

Modern MINI coming off production line in Oxford - 20 years

The MINI Electric was launched internationally in 2020 and has been so warmly received by customers that production will double in 2021. The Prince of Wales drove a MINI Electric off the production line as part of his visit. He was also introduced to members of the MINI team whose families have worked at the plant over a number of generations, across the decades.

It was an absolute honour and pleasure to welcome HRH The Prince of Wales to the heart of the MINI brand here in Oxford and we were delighted that he could join us to mark this important manufacturing milestone. Over the past twenty years, the commitment and passion of our associates, nearly a quarter of whom were with us when the first car rolled off the line in 2001, has helped to strengthen MINI’s reputation around the world. It’s fantastic for this special celebration to have been be recognised with such a memorable royal visit. It was a real highlight to see His Royal Highness drive one of our MINI Electrics off the production line today.”

Peter Weber, Managing Director, Plant Oxford

MINI Plant Oxford has been at the heart of its community for over 108 years and employs over 3700 highly skilled employees and apprentices, who together build 1000 MINIs a day – one every 67 seconds.

HRH The Prince of Wales celebrates 20 years of modern MINI production at Plant Oxford 1

MINI will be the first BMW Group brand to go fully electric by the early 2030s.  Plant Oxford has played a pivotal role in making MINI production more sustainable over the past 20 years and will continue to do so as it plays an important part in  BMW Group’s strategy to reduce emissions from its production plants globally by 80 percent by 2030, compared to 2019.

HRH The Prince of Wales celebrates 20 years of modern MINI production at Plant Oxford - Sitting in MINI

Note: Press release courtesy of BMW Group UK.



  1. I had a 1965 Mini Cooper S 1275 when the new MINI came out. I bought the 2002 in 2001, before they got to the US shore, still have it.Still a blast to drive. I collect Brit cars and see the 2002 MINI as a future investment. people are starting to realize that now.

  2. Agreed! With the first modern MINIs now being 20 years old, they are becoming true classics. And undervalued classics at that.

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