In 2000, after the sale of the Rover Group, the modernised Oxford car factory, which has been used since 2001 to build the MINI, remained in BMW’s possession as did the new engine production plant in Hams Hall and the new press shop in Swindon . Initial production forecasts of 100,000 units per annum doubled to more than 230,000 units produced in 2007 owing to high global demand.
First unveiled as a concept car in 1997, the new MINI is launched by the BMW Group in 2001 – the first premium vehicle in the small-car segment. The advanced design combined with the athletic, cheeky character expressed the lifestyle of an entire generation. The MINI Hatch made a start in 2001 – the MINI family had grown to seven model versions, with the MINI Convertible, MINI Paceman, MINI Clubman, MINI Countryman, MINI Coupé and MINI Roadster.
The official MINI dealer, on the island, is Muscats Motors Ltd. who is located in Rue D’Argens, Gzira. Muscats Motors has been representing BMW Group since 1996.