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#445 of 1491 Re: Factory Closing dates (7/31/06 - 8/13/06) [mlwagner79]
Aug 04, 2006 (11:02 am)
F.Y.I. Here's more info on the closure (which seems to mostly affect the vistor's center):
Thank you for your further reply.
We can confirm that it is only the MINI Visitor Centre which is the subject
Production of the MINI in all its forms will continue as before with MINIs
rolling off the production line on a daily basis and also being delivered to
MINI Dealerships, MINI Customers and MINI Shows throughout the UK and the
rest of the world.
We hope that this reassures you and would advise that we are not yet aware
of when the refurbishment will be complete.
Product Information Advisor
Also, here's another comments on the matter at motoringfile.com:
To all concerned:
The factory closure will not delay the production of MINIs. However, it has severly decreased the monthly allocation to each dealership. MINI Delearships only received an allocation of 15 to 20 MINIs for August Production. This is very small compared to the usual 40 to 50 MINIs. When late September comes around, most MINI lots should be empty.
The 2006 Hardtop will be built through October for the United States. 2007 Hardtop production for the US Market will begin in December and should reach dealerships in February. Most dealerships will be receiving around 12 units for the first month.
Worldwide MINI Sales Down in 2006
Sections: Sales Aug 3rd, 2006
Measures to expand the production capacity of the Oxford plant to approximately 240,000 units per year have impacted on the sales volume of the MINI brand over the six-month period. As a result of the reduced production volume during this period, worldwide MINI sales, at 101,063 units, were down by 6.5% compared to one year earlier (first half-year 2005: 108,114 units).
Source: BMW Group Press
MINI Plant Oxford To Close for Construction
Sections: In the Press Jul 31st, 2006
As reported previously, BMW will be halting production for a couple of weeks while it puts the finishing touches on plant remodelling in anticipation of full R56 production. You can read more about it from the Sunday Times:
Last year Oxford built 200,119 Minis. Helmut Panke, who retires next month after four boom years as BMW chairman, predicts that production will rise to 230,000 over the next few years. BMW is spending £100m on expanding the Oxford facility and expects to create an additional 200 jobs there by the end of next year.
But, like the original BMC Mini of the 1960s, the car is not very profitable. Bernd Pischetsrieder, a former BMW chief who now heads VW, once described the sales margin as “unacceptable” and wanted to set the Mini Cooper’s price higher than the £11,600 at its 2001 launch.
[ BMW to Boost MINI Production ] Sunday Times
#446 of 1491 Oxford Cowley Shutdown
Aug 04, 2006 (1:39 pm)
Bear in mind that in the U.K., most people get between 4 to 6 weeks a year of vactaion time (plus the 9 public holidays). A lot of car plants will shut down for two weeks in the summer for general maintenance and cleaning.
Aug 04, 2006 (1:25 pm)
i am trying to buy a mini but, i am having the worst trouble. i mean i know that they are high in demand. but, the dealers don't offer any incentives and they want you to take the price as is. what happened to negotiating.
#449 of 1491 Re: Factory Closing dates (7/31/06 - 8/13/06) [mlwagner79]
Aug 04, 2006 (6:23 pm)
i just went to east bay mini on wednesday august 2. i fell in love with a grey mini. but, i wasn't in love with paying msrp. the fact that they are not willing to come down on the price. or work any kind of deal. sort of turns me off.
#450 of 1491 Re: Buying a new mini [mlwagner79]
Aug 04, 2006 (6:35 pm)
hi, try going to east bay mini in pleasanton.
#452 of 1491 Re: mini problems [snowjet03]
Aug 04, 2006 (9:41 pm)
Focus on the car you're getting for the money, not the discount. You can get a hell of a discount on a Chevy Cobalt or Dodge Stratus, but that doesn't make either a good value. The market is saying that the Mini is a good value at MSRP.
#453 of 1491 Re: Factory Closing dates (7/31/06 - 8/13/06) [snowjet03]
Aug 05, 2006 (12:05 pm)
I think you and I were probably there at the same time. I was at the counter filling out forms while you were checking out the grey one with the sales woman.
#454 of 1491 Re: South Bay Mini Purchase gone wrong. [patelk]
Aug 09, 2006 (9:26 am)
just bought a mini is southern california. Monrovia is selling at MSRP with free floor mats. that is the best deal that I could find in so cal. Hope this helps anyone who wants a mini.