BMW bucked the financial downturn by announcing record sales for 2012 ahead of it celebrating one hundred years of manufacturing in Britain this week.
It was a double boost for the German carmaker whose Cowley plant marks a century since the first “Bullnose” Morris Oxford was driven out of the factory.
The car maker announced an impressive sales total of 1.8 million vehicles last year; including selling over three hundred thousand Minis and more than three thousand five-hundred Rolls-Royce cars.
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BMW’s chairman, Norbert Reithofer, indicated that the improved profits give the manufacturer “financial leeway” to keep BMW heading down the right path.
He indicated that these exceptional figures will maintain BMW’s plans to roll out a range of new motors in the near future including the most powerful Rolls Royce Wraith ever, a new Mini Paceman and an all new BMW 4 Series model.
BMW’s success has not been to the detriment of British manufacturing with the car maker’s Cowley factory marking its century milestone this week. The historic Oxford plant was the birthplace of the first iconic Mini produced over sixty years ago; and has been a beacon of the Motoring industry having also rolled out motors under the Austin Healy, MG and Triumph brands.
It forms a valuable slice of the UK jobs market employing over 3500 staff and produces nigh on a thousand vehicles each and every day.
The German car maker’s legacy and performance is a good sign for the Motor industry, which is struggling like every other sector to keep its head above water. Hopefully these sales figures can ensure that the Cowley Plant in Oxford can keep producing top notch cars for another hundred years to come.