BMW Mini has launched two new models at the Frankfurt motor show, which is great news for the future of factory workers in Oxford.
They will be produced at BMW's plant in Cowley, where 4,000 staff builds three other versions of the Mini. Graham Biggs, of BMW, said: "It means greater security for everyone who works at the Oxford plant. But we can't at this stage put numbers on jobs.
Both the new BMW minis are concept cars but the decision has been made to produce them. "We will open up a new segment with this car," says Ian Robertson, BMW Group sales and marketing director, though he expects the coupe and the convertible to remain niche products. Both the mini coupe and the mini convertible will have lower roof lines and lower centre of gravity than previous BMW Minis. Like BMW Mini's new coupe and convertible, the Mini E is also a two-seater, largely because the rest of the car is taken up by its huge battery but there is no confirmation that the new coupe or convertible will be electric.