BMW Group prepares Leipzig plant for MINI Countryman production.
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BMW Group prepares Leipzig plant for MINI Countryman production.

The production of the MINI Countryman at the Leipzig plant is set to begin later this year. This will be the first time that a MINI model is produced entirely in Germany.

The BMW Group has announced that it is preparing its Leipzig plant to produce the all-electric MINI Countryman. This marks the first time that a MINI model will be produced entirely in Germany. The production of the MINI Countryman is set to begin later this year.

Petra Peterhaensel, the Plant Director, and Sonja Hengstler, the Project Manager for the new MINI Countryman, are leading the transformation towards more sustainable production and electromobility at the Leipzig plant. The plant, which has a core workforce of 5,600 employees, produces approximately 1,000 vehicles each day.

The new all-electric MINI Countryman is being produced alongside the BMW 1 Series, BMW 2 Series Gran Coupé, and BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, making the location the first plant where vehicles of the BMW and MINI brands are manufactured together. This highlights the plant’s maximum flexibility and ability to adapt to changing demands in the automotive industry.

Currently, one out of every five MINI models is already electric, highlighting the eagerness of MINI enthusiasts for sustainable and emission-free driving enjoyment. The upcoming production of the new Countryman in Leipzig is the next significant milestone and driving force for the plant, with the vehicle set to hit the market by the end of this year. Notably, the high-voltage batteries for the all-electric Countryman will be produced at the plant’s own facilities.

In an effort to achieve this goal, the BMW Group has announced plans to expand its e-component production capacities at the Leipzig site with the addition of eight production lines by 2024, backed by an investment of over 800 million euros. The new production area, spanning 150,000 square meters, will be dedicated to the sustainable production of E-components, representing a significant investment in the future viability of the Leipzig plant. This expansion is expected to secure and even grow job opportunities, with over 1,000 employees anticipated to be working in E-component production by 2024.

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