Despite losing MINI Coopers, as well as a purchase, BMW continues to manufacture all its models in the UK, even though it has stopped production. The well-known British marque also gives BMW more of a presence on the entire car spectrum, since BMW is addressing a premium market in and of itself, but MINI is catering to the lower-end premium market, which BMW cannot compete with alone. The famous British marquee needs BMW as well, since BMW helps cut costs on its products through shared components from BMW, and it helps the British brand to clear out its product lines.
The famous British marquee rounds up BMW, providing the brand competitors in a segment that otherwise it would have been left out, while it is also providing a springboard for new technologies, platforms, and components. The Mini brand also allows the BMW Group to market vehicles at lower price points compared with the BMW luxury brands. Today, Mini and BMW share platforms, engines, technologies, and other components, saving money for both brands, the BMW blog reports.
As for BMW, BMW has moved on to a different shared enterprise with R56 Mini, working with PSA on Prince engines. Now, BMW Group had already purchased the Mini brand from British Leyland in 1996 (in 1986, British Leyland was renamed Rover Group). In 1969, Mini became a Mini-owned brand, part of the Rover Group (which was already called BL, descended from Leyland).
During the long-running Minis development stage, MG Rover was eager to make use of their K-Series, all-aluminum cars, but this was never to be. Although BMW had already handed over MG Rover to the Phoenix consortium at Minis launch in 2001, BMW did do the vast majority of legwork on the vehicle. Production was eventually streamlined down to just Longbridge, and thus that is where the final cars were made, making Longbridge a natural home for the original 2-door Mini before German car company BMW split up the business.
The Mini One, Cooper, and Mk I Cooper S used certain versions of the robust, Brazilian-built Tritec engines jointly developed by Chrysler and BMW; the Mini One D used the Toyota-built 1ND-TV diesel engines. All of BMW & Mini Coopers four-cylinder gasoline engines are now made in the UK, at Hams Hall plant near Birmingham. The current Mini Hatchback is built on the BMW platform, shared with models such as the 1 Series and 2 Series Gran Coupe, is powered by BMW engines, and is packed full of BMW tech.