The Petrol News office has been an exceedingly happy place this week after we learned of a significant milestone for one of our favourite cars of all time – the Mini.
The three millionth Mini Cooper has rolled off the production line at the manufacturer's Oxford plant, with the model in question being a John Cooper Works Clubman.
Oliver Zipse, member of the board of management at BMW, described it as a "fantastic milestone" and everyone here at Petrol News can only agree.
Up to 1,000 cars per day have been rolling off the Oxford production line since the first Mini was built there in 2001, with the 4,500-strong workforce completing one new vehicle almost every minute for more than a decade.
It means the last 15 years have been a busy time for the brand and despite its longevity, the Mini remains hugely popular with the motoring public, both in the UK and around the world.
Indeed, as many as eight out of ten of the Minis built in Oxford have been exported to the global market in recent years, with the Mini now sold in 110 countries around the world.
Overall, the milestone acts as a reminder of what it is that makes the Mini so attractive, with its great looks, rich heritage and excellent driveability all at the heart of the model's lasting appeal.
Stephen Hasley, brand manager at Petrol News, adds: "The Mini is one of the most iconic driver's cars of all time.
"It's therefore great to see the appetite for these splendid models remains undiluted among the driving public, so here's to the next three million!"
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