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Electric Mini production in Cowley to boost UK car industry

BMW has given a boost to the UK car industry by confirming that the production of its new electric Mini will start in Cowley in November.
Deliveries of the brand's first fully electric car will start in March 2020.
Earlier this year, a BMW board member said the company would have to consider moving car production out of the UK if there was a no-deal Brexit.
But David George, head of Mini UK, told the BBC the UK was firmly in the company's plans going forward.
"It is too early to say what the impact of Brexit will be," he told the BBC. "But as a business, we have committed and invested heavily over recent years in our production facilities in the UK, so we remain committed to UK production.
"The team here at Plant Oxford are incredibly proud that it's been chosen to be the plant to launch the first all-electric Mini."
When asked if that meant the company would still be producing cars in the country in 10 years' time, he said: "It is impossible to see that far ahead.
"However, the UK is an important part of our capacity requirements for the future."
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