UKL Platform to Underpin 8 to 10 New Generation MINI Models

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Next month, MINI will unveil its brand new Cooper and Cooper S hatchbacks, first at an event held in Oxford, followed by the LA Auto Show and a venue in Asia. This is going to be a crucial third chapter for the company, especially after so much technology has been developed for the car.
In a recent interview with BMW's board member in charge of MINI, Peter Schwarzenbauer, Autonews Europe has learned that "next-generation MINI could have up to 10 variants". The part of the interview where they talk about this is really short and kind of misleading.

What they actually mean is that the UKL platform will be used by 8 to 10 MINI models, not 8 to 10 versions of the new hatchback. The BMW official hints that not all of the current models will be kept, saying they want to surprise customers in this aspect.

Schwarzenbauer also talks about increased production thanks to a former Mitsubishi factory in Holland, where they used to make the Colt. There's also going to be increased capacity at the Oxford plant.
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