The legendary Mini was born in 1959. The British marque was bought by BMW in 2001 and reinvented for the 21st century. The third generation, introduced in 2014, has just had a modest facelift.
BMW has moved forward the annual shutdown of its Mini plant in Oxford to coincide with the UK's EU withdrawal date. The German carmaker said it hoped to guard against any supply hiccups in case of a no-deal Brexit.
With just 10 weeks left until the UK is scheduled to leave the EU, the prospect of a no-deal exit remains firmly on the table. That’s bad news for the UK car industry, which is already planning for the worst.
German companies are closely following all developments that might give them an idea of exactly how the United Kingdom will leave the European Union. Soft or hard Brexit — that's the question yet to be answered.
German car giant BMW has urged clarity from the UK government on post-Brexit trade with the EU before the end of the summer. Earlier this week, Airbus warned it could pull out of Britain altogether.
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