Last year, worldwide sales of Mini reached a record 301,526 units with US at 66,000, the biggest single market. UK followed with 51,000 followed by Germany at 37,000. Sales in China reached 23,000.
Plant capacity for the Oxford facility is "280,000 in the medium term", according to company sources.
On the plus aside, NedCar workers are familiar with the Japanese work ethic and shop floor practices, including continuous improvement and Just-in-Time manufacture.