BMW Group Plant Leipzig prepares for production of a future MINI crossover.

BMW:BMW Group Plant Leipzig prepares for production of a future MINI crossover.

Leipzig.
Der In 2023 the first MINI “born in Germany” will roll off the
assembly lines at BMW Group Plant Leipzig. Following a decision by
the BMW Group, production of the all-new successor to the current
MINI Countryman will be contracted out to the facility in Saxony,
making it the BMW Group’s first German site to produce both BMW and
MINI vehicles. As it will be manufacturing both the combustion- and

electrically powered versions of the forthcoming MINI crossover,
Plant Leipzig has been the subject of an investment programme to
ensure suitable expansion of its production capacity, including
e-drive component assembly. 

The realignment of the MINI product portfolio will see the brand
strengthen its commitment to electromobility and the crossover
segment, which continues to grow around the world. The successor to
the popular MINI Countryman will come with a choice of front- or
all-wheel drive, with highly efficient petrol or diesel engines, or
an all-electric drive. BMW Group Plant Leipzig will launch
production of the forthcoming generation of crossovers for the
premium compact segment in 2023. 

“Over the last few years, we have worked continuously to lead our
plant into a successful future. This contract to produce the
successor to the MINI Countryman gives us another major milestone to
work towards,” says Hans-Peter Kemser, Director of BMW Group Plant
Leipzig.

“It is clear evidence of the company’s faith in our expertise and
our site, and fantastic news for the future of our plant.” 

Since opening in 2005, Plant Leipzig has constantly increased its
production capacity. The latest investment programme to reach
completion comprised extensions and upgrades to the body and paint
shops, assembly and logistics, and totalled around €300 million.
With production capacity now at more than 350,000 units per year,
BMW Group Plant Leipzig has the best possible prerequisites for
expanding its product portfolio to include the new MINI model. 

Thanks to its extremely flexible production processes, BMW Group
Plant Leipzig will be able to deliver a wide variety of drives for
the forthcoming generation of the MINI Countryman. Since launching
production of the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer in 2014, it has become
the pilot plant for BMW’s state-of-the-art front-wheel drive
architecture. It currently manufactures the BMW 2 Series Active
Tourer, and both the front- and all-wheel drive variants of the new
BMW 1 Series.

The site in Saxony is also the birthplace of BMW Group
electromobility. Since 2013, it has manufactured over 200,000
all-electric BMW i3 (fuel consumption combined: 0.0 l/100 km;
electricity consumption combined: 13.1 kWh/100 km; CO

2
emissions combined: 0 g/km) and BMW i3s (fuel consumption
combined: 0.0 l/100 km; electricity consumption combined: 14.6 – 14
kWh/100 km; CO

2
emissions combined: 0 g/km) vehicles. 

In the years ahead, the team’s experience in electromobility will
come to bear even more, as a further investment of more than €100
million is now adding an assembly facility for e-drive components to
BMW Group Plant Leipzig. Due to go on stream as early as 2021, the
new facility will make Plant Leipzig a member of the BMW Group’s
international production network for high-voltage batteries. It will
cover an area of some 10,000 square metres and run a highly
automated process to assemble lithium-ion cells brought in from
suppliers into standardised battery modules. These will then be
combined to create model-specific battery packs for BMW and MINI
cars. So the electrified variants of the forthcoming successor to
the current MINI Countryman will be made in Leipzig and fitted with
locally assembled battery modules. 

Please contact us if you have any questions: 

Kai Lichte, 

Head of Communications BMW Group Plants Leipzig, Berlin, Eisenach 

Phone: +49-176-601-51240 

E-mail: Kai.Lichte@bmw.de 

Andreas Lampka, Head of Communication MINI 

Phone: +49-89-382-23662 

E-Mail: andreas.lampka@mini.com 

Internet: www.press.bmw.de 

e-mail: presse@bmw.de 

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