BMW will not hire a third party to produce the next generation Mini Countryman. Since 2016, the Mini Countryman begins production at the Nedcar VDL machine in the Netherlands. This third-party auto assembly plant has also produced vehicles for many major brands since 1967.
VDL Nedcar has produced 5.5 million vehicles for DAF, Volvo, Smart, Mitsubishi, and Mini. This factory can produce 200,000 vehicles per year if it maintains 2 shifts per day.
However, the Covid-19 pandemic changed everything. VDL Nedcar said it has no longer received orders from BMW, the parent company of Mini. That means VDL Nedcar will not produce a new generation Countryman.
“VDL Nedcar has not received an order for a new Mini Countryman production from BMW Group. Due to the global epidemic and development difficulties, BMW decided to produce the next model of the Mini Countryman on its own, ”VDL Nedcar said in the press release.
Countryman was upgraded mid-term (facelift) not long ago, so fans are looking forward to the next version will have many important improvements.
In addition to VDL Nedcar, Countryman is also produced at BMW’s international assembly plants in India, Malaysia and Indonesia.
With the name of the VDL Nedcar and its own production of the new generation Countryman, BMW hopes to bring a new breeze to this popular car line.