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Old 07-10-2011, 01:12 AM
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MINI Hatch and Clubman are small front wheel drive cars built by BMW. The larger MINI Countryman is built for BMW by Magna in Austria.

MINI Cooper SD models are powered by a BMW N47 engine. This is the same engine BMW uses in the 118d. Neither of these cars are presently sold in the US.

Other MINIs are powered by versions of the Prince engine family. These engines are a joint venture between BMW and PSA Peugeot Citroen. The engine design is a based on a PSA motor but includes BMW technologies like Valvetronic and Efficient Dynamics. Some of the engine components come from France.

The motors are built at BMW's Hams Hall plant in England. Hams Hall produces all 4-cylinder gasoline engines for both BMW and MINI.

BMW Swindon produces body components and sub assemblies for MINI. BMW Swindon is one of the parts of the old Rover Group that BMW kept when selling off MG-Rover.

BMW Plant Oxford has the Body Shop, paint and assembly lines for the Hatch, Convertible and Clubman. Plant Oxford is in Cowley across the road from where the old Mini plant used to be. We've toured both Oxford and South Carolina and they both look like BMW plants...

The Countryman is built under contract by Magna Steyer in Graz Austria.

Current MINIs share electronics design with the e90 3 series. Drive both cars and you will notice some similarities. Few if any of the parts interchange though.

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