German automaker BMW says it will start UK production of an all-electric mini model as planned, despite questions surrounding Brexit.
According to the automaker’s production chief Oliver Zipse, BMW expects any disruption to just-in-time supply chains will stabilise within our to six weeks, even in the case of a hard Brexit.
The company says it anticipates tariffs to range from zero to 5%, that “won’t change Mini’s business model,” according to Zipse.
Furthermore, there are no changes anticipated for Mini production plants in the country as “to consider fundamentally changing our production sites in the UK, there’d have to be significantly more severe developments.”
BMW, and other carmakers have already brought forward annual production stops to meet the lapsed 31 March Brexit, in an effort to minimalise disruption to deliveries, meaning that the Mini plant in Oxford is likely to remain closed during the month of April.
BMW has moved its Mini production in China forward, following recent confirmations from its joint venture partner Great Wall Motors to build a factory in Jiangsu, where the first electric cars by Mini will roll off the line in 2021.