“BMW emphatically states that VDL Nedcar’s quality, delivery reliability and competitiveness were not the basis for the decision,” the manufacturer said in a statement.
Since opening in 1967, the third-party manufacturer has built cars for DAF, Volvo, Smart, Mitsubishi, and Mini. When operating in two shifts, the factory has a production of over 200,000 cars per year. Exactly when the all-new Mini Countryman will enter production is unknown, but it’s safe to assume it will arrive later than planned since the production of the next-generation Mini Cooper has also been delayed because of the pandemic. As a result, Mini is currently working on a surprise second facelift to keep sales strong.