BMW Close To Outsourcing MINI Production To China’s Great Wall

BMW is close to securing a deal with Great Wall that will bring manufacturing of the Mini brand to China.

The Bavarian company wants to outsource production of Minis to Great Wall, China’s largest SUV maker as well as exporting Minis from there, according to sources with knowledge of the talks, Bloomberg reports.

This will mark the first time Minis being produced outside Europe in the long history of the brand if the deal goes through.

BMW is already building cars in China in a venture with Brilliance while Great Wall currently doesn’t have any international partners. According to the founder of Great Wall, the company has plans of setting up a production facility in the US.

Last July BMW decided to build the upcoming all-electric variant of the Mini in Oxford, UK, rejecting the alternatives of Germany and Netherlands.

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  • Jay

    yikes. Minis were already questionable and I’m all for globalization but these scenarios aren’t to allow those poorer markets to thrive but rather take advantage of them. Often standards fall out of their own control as other costs are cut and the whole education and onboarding. Theres like maybe 4 BMWs that even get made in Germany anymore (some regions not even that)… and I can’t believe that’s now the better option.

    • Status

      Well, would you trust a BMW made in America? I certainly don’t.

      • TheBelltower

        BMW SUV’s and crossovers are made in the US and shipped worldwide. Some of the best vehicles on the market.

        • Jay

          And one of my main reasons to not want their SUVs although in this case they help that community . If I’m paying import prices it better be from source though. I just know there’s not as much care taken when offshoring anything to anywhere. If the parts were still made in Germany it would be a step forward. Not buying a 3 series from Mexico either. It may be short sighted of me but it’s how I feel about any car brand. Countries that treat their own people aggressively poorly is the last place I want my car built.

          • TheBelltower

            Completely agree.

        • Status

          But those BMW’s are made by Americans, and Americans aren’t terribly great at making cars themselves.

          I can go further and point out that Americans, by and large, don’t trust cars made in China to be of high quality, even if they were Chinese made BMW’s or Cadillac’s. To me, it says that brand names don’t matters as much as the car’s final point of assembly.

          Going further, the rest of the free world doesn’t consider American cars to be of high quality, even if they were American made BMW’s or Cadillac’s. To me, it says that brand names don’t matters as much as the car’s final point of assembly.

          There’s a hierarchy of product quality, and unfortunately America isn’t at the top when it comes to luxury cars.

          • TheBelltower

            With all that said, the global popularity of Tesla or SUV’s like the X5 would suggest that being American made isn’t as much of a negative as you may believe. I agree that most American cars suck. But that’s generally due to the junky design and the perceived quality resulting from junky design.

      • Jay

        No I wouldn’t either. Unless there was a massive discount. It’s like a reverse scam by luxury brands. We get a great value in cars imported vs other countries- unless it’s made here in which you aren’t really getting something of higher value. I.e we get the most affordable m3s but with a x5 bmw makes more off of you

      • gary4205

        Seriously?

        • Status

          Have the Americans ever made a reliable luxury car that had the world lust over and uphold as a symbol of wealth and status?

          • Shane

            Americans might use cheaper quality stuff in interiors but I would trust the reliability of one before a German made car without a doubt.

  • Rocc E. Normyss

    Mini cars for a smaller people. A win win indeed.

    • Miknik

      But surely China will need a LWB version

  • Miknik

    SO in 1 Year we can expect a Great Wall clone for half the price I guess. The Great Wall Nimi Super flying Drgaon or like 😉

  • Michelin

    Do Great Wall improve its quality level or is it BMW that reduce its quality level ???

  • Luigi S.

    The last generation MINI Countryman was produced in Brazil, the same factory produces 1 series and 3 series ActiveFlex, the X1 (which is exported to the US) the X3 and the X4.

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