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Just back from seeing the F56 in production at the MINI Oxford Plant.

We were shown around by John - a now retired guy of wisdom & wit who started working there in the 60s.

If you live near enough to take a tour (normally 3 per day - last tour at 6pm), go to the online booking system. It's well worth the £15 cost for 2 hours in the place where every F56 is born!

Although we weren't supposed to notice, we saw the robot welders making the F55 (5 door) too, and were told that they are currently making 10 per shift for the launch.

Currently, the new robot welding area (staffed by just 90 people) is running at about 30% of capacity... about 300 F56 cars per day. This will increase over the next two years as the F55 & F54 (Clubman) are launched.

By comparison to the various Mark 2 MINI Models still in production, the F56 looks very much more sophisticated under the exterior panels - and it was good to see the quality control in action. Laser alignment & measurement at various points on the line, plus panel gaps are manually checked on every car and must be 4mm exactly.

In addition, a random selection is made of 10% of the cars produced, and these are subjected to an even more intensive QC Check.

Thoroughly Recommended :)
 

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I've been on the tour once before and have just booked again for August.

Did they say why the production is only running at 30%?
 

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I've been on the tour once before and have just booked again for August.

Did they say why the production is only running at 30%?
Hi Andy, it's the huge new robot welding part that's running at around 30% - the overall factory output is running at near maximum... around 900 cars per day. One new MINI leaves the production line every 54 seconds - but this includes only 300 F56 models per day.

The pace in the welding area is very relaxed at the moment and there are still a lot of contractors from the machine suppliers who are still fine tuning everything. The official 5-door images (F55) were released yesterday and they expect to be making more of these than the 3-door... after that it's the Clubman (F54).

You'll enjoy your visit in August!
 

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Nice to see they're putting in such a huge effort building new, unlaunched models rather than clear the shambles they've created with the F56 .... this'll make the folk patiently waiting really happy.........
 

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Was mine on the line while you were there? lol

I am visiting england, (from australia) in july, and i have a tour booked, I can't wait :):):)
My car is due for production next week (week 24) and I had the chassis number/dealer order numbers with me... the tour guys kindly checked with the production manager but mine wasn't on the line last night. Would've been so cool to see it!!

The tour is excellent - I hope you get John, he's been my guide twice and he makes it fun!
 

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You think they could give you it free if you have one on order. My folks when they bought their Discovery got an off-road training day. £15 seems a little steep. But would still love to go!
 

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Back in 2003 I got a special invite to watch the Italian job remake at the factory. The front row of the audience was made up of MINI's:D
 

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I will definitely book again totally amazing and t there is so much to see. For any mini fan it's a must. They have one of the Italian job minis in the mini (ha) museum there. I can't remember the exact numbers but it was around 26 sent for filming with only 6 ish returning intact.Good pr though.
 
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