Statement on BMW's plans to invest £600 million in MINI Plant Oxford

Statement from Councillor Liz Leffman, Leader of Oxfordshire County Council, on BMW's plans to invest £600 million in MINI Plant Oxford:

"This is fantastic news for BMW Cowley, for the thousands of people who work at the MINI plant, for Oxfordshire’s economy, and for the fight against climate change.

"An investment of this scale shows the faith being placed in Oxford to produce the latest all-electric, emission-free models of this iconic car which is synonymous with the city.

"The future of motoring is electric, and the future of MINI manufacturing is here in Cowley, where it began in 1959. Oxford has a long and proud history of car production, and this investment will see it continue for many years to come, producing cleaner, greener cars which won’t pollute our streets or contribute to climate change by burning fossil fuels.

"It demonstrates what an incredible location Oxfordshire is for those wanting to invest in state-of-the-art manufacturing, and how vital it is to move towards sustainable technology.

"BMW’s role at the heart of the Oxford for more than 20 years has helped the whole county’s economy thrive, and we are grateful that this relationship is going to continue and flourish.

“As the sign outside the Cowley plant proudly proclaims, Oxford is ‘the home of MINI’. Long may that continue.”

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