This is the final stage in the MINI's journey through Plant Oxford and is where the car will be fully finished and sent on its way to its customer.
Every car is equipped with a barcode and is also fitted with a transponder, which ensures immediate identification of each car, so that it can be tracked throughout the assembly process. This barcode also contains details of the customer's individual specifications.
Each MINI passes through a number of key stages, including fitting of the electrical wiring harness, cockpit fitment, and where MINI Convertibles have their soft tops fitted. There is also a stop at the newly automated robot glazing cell, before going on to engine marriage. This facility is also new and now contains camera visioning systems for quality checking. Then the wheels are fitted, and it's on to fluid fill, petrol fill, and door fitment before the car drives off the end of the production line.
After completing the assembly process, the vehicle undergoes an extensive programme of checks which includes testing on a rolling road and extensive electronic tests.
Facts and figures
- A new MINI drives off the production line every 68 seconds.
- There are more than 300 different interior trim options, and more than 300 different exterior options, allowing for 15,000,000,000,000,000 different combinations of MINI. It is therefore highly unlikely for Plant Oxford to ever see two MINIs exactly the same.
- Plant Oxford has made more than 2.4 million MINIs since production started in 2001.
- More than 40 Automatically Guided Vehicles (AGVs) carry cockpits for the new MINI hatchback to the production line.
- There are approximately 3,600 components in a new MINI hatchback.