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 MINI Convertibles have their soft tops fitted. There is also a stop at the glazing cell, before going on to engine marriage, where the Hams Hall engines are inserted into the MINIs. Then wheels are fitted, fluid fill, petrol fill, and doors fitted 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 372 different interior trim options, and 319 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 celebrated its 2 millionth MINI drive off the production line.
- Every MINI is road tested in our state-of-the-art 'Rolling Roads' system.
- Approximately 2,800 separate parts are fitted onto each MINI.