BMW celebrates centenary at Oxford factory following European Mini tour

BMW Group UK marked 100 years of car manufacturing at its Oxford factory on Thursday following a two-week European tour.

Past and present employees and their families were invited to the event where transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin opened a centenary exhibition at the new Visitor Centre at MINI Plant Oxford. 

The exhibition covers the history of the Cowley-based plant and includes stories and pictures from employees and ex-employees, as well as a number of the cars made at the factory since 28 March 1913 when the first Bullnose Morris Oxford rolled off the line.

Cowley was the final stop in a two-week tour of MINI's former European production sites, which kicked off on 13 March. The 6,500-mile tour included sites in Slovenia, Milan, Malta, Portugal, Spain, Belgium, Holland and Dublin. The tour was taken by five current Mini models with a fleet of media representatives. Fans could follow the progress of the tour on the specially launched website .

A classic Mini and a new MINI Hatch are also on display at the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders’ Westminster office to mark the occasion.

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