Electric-powered Minis to be built in China will not threaten the cars future production in Oxford.
BMW, the owner of the Mini brand, announced last week that it had agreed an outline deal with Chinese manufacturer Great Wall Motor to build cars for the Chinese market.
The first electric Minis will roll off the production line from its Cowley plant next year, following a deal announced last July.
BMW has insisted the Chinese deal is about expanding the brand, adding that it would not impact its Oxford plans.
A spokesman from BMW told this newspaper: “This is about the future global potential of the Mini brand.
“It does not put into question our commitment to our UK facilities, or our plans to build the first fully-electric Mini here in Oxford in 2019.”
BMW and Great Wall Motor still have to work out the exact location of their production line and how much they will invest.
The Chinese government has set a target that 20 per cent of cars sold should be electric or rechargeable-hybrid vehicles by 2025, prompting car makers to raise their investment in China.
BMW already has a joint venture with Brilliance Auto to build BMW-branded cars in China.