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Source: BMW GroupLeipzig. The first MINI “born in Germany” will be built from 2023 at the BMW Group plant in Leipzig. The BMW Group has decided to award the contract to build the completely newly developed successor generation of the current MINI Countryman to the production site in Saxony. The Leipzig plant will thus become the first German location of the BMW Group to jointly manufacture BMW and MINI brand vehicles. The new crossover model from MINI will roll off the assembly line there with both combustion engines and purely electric drives. The necessary expansion of production capacities, including the assembly of e-drive components, is ensured by the current investment program for the BMW Group plant in Leipzig. As part of the realignment for the MINI product range, the brand is intensifying its commitment in the field of electromobility and in the globally growing segment of crossover models. The successor to the successful MINI Countryman is available with either front-wheel or all-wheel drive and both highly efficient petrol and diesel engines as well as all-electric drive. Production of the next generation of the crossover model in the premium compact segment at the BMW Group plant in Leipzig will start as early as 2023. “In recent years we have worked continuously to lead our plant into a successful future. Now we can strive for another major milestone with the order to manufacture the successor to the MINI Countryman, ”says Hans-Peter Kemser, Head of the BMW Group Plant Leipzig. “With this, the company shows great confidence in our skills and our location. This is great news for the future of our plant. ”Since it opened in 2005, the Leipzig plant has continuously expanded its production capacities. The recently completed investment program includes expansions and modernizations in the areas of body construction, paint shop, assembly and logistics. A total of around 300 million euros were invested in this. In this way, the production capacity of the site has been increased to up to 350,000 vehicles per year. The BMW Group Plant Leipzig thus offers ideal conditions for expanding its product range to include a new MINI model. The planned diversity in the drive portfolio of the next generation of the MINI Countryman is also guaranteed by the high level of flexibility in the production process at the BMW Group plant in Leipzig. The site has been the company’s pilot plant for the brand’s modern front-wheel drive architecture since the start of production of the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer in 2014. In addition to the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, the new BMW 1 Series is currently being produced in Leipzig with both front-wheel and all-wheel drive. In addition, the Saxon production site is the birthplace of electromobility for the BMW Group. Since 2013, more than 200,000 copies of the all-electric BMW i3 models have been sold there (combined fuel consumption: 0.0 l / 100 km; combined power consumption: 13.1 kWh / 100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g / km) and BMW i3s (combined fuel consumption: 0.0 l / 100 km; combined power consumption: 14.6 – 14.0 kWh / 100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g / km). The expertise gathered in the field of electric mobility will be used even more intensively in the future. With an investment volume of more than 100 million euros, the production of electric drive components is now being set up at the BMW Group plant in Leipzig. The location will be part of the company’s international production network for high-voltage batteries as early as 2021. Delivered lithium-ion cells are then assembled into standardized battery modules in a highly automated process on an area of ​​around 10,000 square meters. They are used to create the model-specific high-voltage batteries for electrified BMW and MINI models. The high-voltage storage system for the future electrified model variants of the successor to the MINI Countryman, which will be built in Leipzig, will also be equipped with locally produced battery modules currently valid version determined. The information relates to a vehicle with basic equipment in Germany, the ranges take into account differences in the selected wheel and tire size and the optional special equipment and can change during configuration. The information has already been determined on the basis of the new WLTP test cycle and converted back to the NEDC for comparability. For these vehicles, other values ​​than those given here may apply to the assessment of taxes and other vehicle-related charges that are (also) based on CO2 emissions. Further information on the official fuel consumption and the official specific CO2 emissions of new passenger cars can be found in the ‘Guide to Fuel Consumption, CO2 Emissions and Power Consumption of New Passenger Cars’, which is available at all sales outlets at Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH (DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern-Scharnhausen, and is available free of charge at https://www.dat.de/co2/. If you have any questions, please contact: Kai Lichte, Head of Communication BMW Group Works Leipzig, Berlin, Eisenach Phone: + 49-176-601-51240 E-Mail: Kai.Lichte@bmw.de Andreas Lampka, Head of Communication MINI Phone: + 49-89-382-23662, Fax: + 49-89-382-28567 E-Mail: andreas.lampka@mini.com Internet: www.press.bmwgroup.com E-Mail: presse@bmw.de

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