BMW starts producing Mini in India

Yogesh Sarkar

The BMW Group today announced commencement of local production of MINI Countryman at the BMW plant near Chennai (formerly Madras), India. The vehicles manufactured at BMW Plant Chennai will fulfill the same quality standards that apply to production of BMW Group models worldwide. The new MINI local production facility has been brought on stream just a year after the start of MINI sales in India and will help to meet the steadily increasing demand.


The locally produced MINI Countryman will be introduced in two diesel variants for the first time in India - MINI Cooper D Countryman and MINI Cooper D Countryman High.

A new petrol variant of MINI ONE Countryman will also be produced at BMW Plant Chennai.

The other petrol variants of the MINI Countryman - MINI Cooper S Countryman and MINI Cooper S Countryman High - will be imported in India as Completely Built-up Units (CBU). The MINI (MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S) and MINI Convertible (MINI Cooper Convertible) will be imported in India as Completely Built-up Units (CBU) in petrol variants.

The ex-showroom prices (INR) of the MINI cars in India are as follows -

MINI Cooper : 26,60,000
MINI Cooper S : 29,90,000

MINI Convertible
MINI Cooper Convertible : 32,50,000

MINI Countryman
MINI ONE Countryman* : 23,50,000
MINI Cooper D Countryman* : 25,60,000
MINI Cooper D Countryman High* : 28,90,000
MINI Cooper S Countryman : 34,20,000
MINI Cooper S Countryman High : 37,50,000


In Pursuit of Happyness
Firstly it was reducing duties and now indigenous production, German brand have multiple reasons to grin, however the pricing is still too high to entice the Indian customer, who is wooed by cheap sedans like Amaze ;)


Let's see how much the prices will come down now with this local production. Otherwise IMO, Mini's still are grossly overpriced. After all its just a hatch...though a glorified one!

Btw, love the above shot...wish the elephant was white....apt to signify the cost of ownership!?:cool:


Old school
We should sell M800 to the brits and germans for 30,000 Euros as lifestyle product. I adore/worship Mini for its rally pedigree and for its plucky-ness, I wish they really bring back the old classic one.