In 2015, MINI Plant Oxford produced over 201,000 cars, and with a workforce of around 4,500 people, the plant is capable of building up to 1,000 cars per day. Plant Oxford is the home of MINI assembly, with body panels arriving from Plant Swindon, and engines from Plant Hams Hall, near Birmingham.
The body panels are joined by automated robots to produce a 'body in white' which then progresses through the factory to the paint shop, before being mated with engine, suspension, interior panels, trim, etc, to produce the finished car.
This Manual takes a look inside a modern, heavily automated car factory, where every car produced is bespoke, having been built specially to fulfil an individual customer's order. A fascinating insight into the processes, equipment and people involved behind the scenes in building a MINI, from initial design studies and 'body-in-white' metal panels, to completed car on the way to its new owner.
About the Author
Chris Randall is a freelance motoring journalist, regularly contributing to magazines and websites such as Car Mechanics, Classic Car Weekly, Total 911. He is the author of Haynes Wheeler Dealers Car Restoration Manual and has also written three Haynes car workshop manuals. He lives in London.
Extensively illustrated, and featuring input from the people involved throughout the design and production processes.
The MINI story - brief biography of Alec Issigonis and other personalities involved in designing and producing the original Austin/BMC Mini. Brief history of MINI through BMW ownership. Details of models produced since 2001.
Designing a MINI - the design process, development, tools used, the designers, the evolution of MINI design and the various models in the range.
Building a MINI - follows the build story of a car progressing through the factory, with detailed, illustrated explanations of each step and each workstation in the plant. Body in white, painting, assembly, testing, quality control and final release and transport to the owner.
MINI people - profiles of the people involved in the design and production process, providing an insight into the various roles at Plant Oxford.
The MINI factory - the history of Plant Oxford, and details of its current layout and facilities.
The future - a look at future developments for the MINI, and the production process.
Appendices - MINI model history, specifications and facts and figures.
Series: Haynes Operations Manual
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 4th September 2017
Publisher: HAYNES PUBLISHING GROUP
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 27.7 x 21.8
Weight (kg): 0.73