BMW is close to securing a deal with Great Wall that will bring manufacturing of the Mini brand to China.
The Bavarian company wants to outsource production of Minis to Great Wall, China’s largest SUV maker as well as exporting Minis from there, according to sources with knowledge of the talks, Bloomberg reports.
This will mark the first time Minis being produced outside Europe in the long history of the brand if the deal goes through.
BMW is already building cars in China in a venture with Brilliance while Great Wall currently doesn’t have any international partners. According to the founder of Great Wall, the company has plans of setting up a production facility in the US.
Last July BMW decided to build the upcoming all-electric variant of the Mini in Oxford, UK, rejecting the alternatives of Germany and Netherlands.