Bangalore: The BMW Group on Thursday announced commencement of local production of MINI Countryman at the company plant near Chennai.
The locally produced MINI Countryman will be introduced in two diesel variants -- MINI Cooper D Countryman and MINI Cooper D Countryman High, for the first time in India along with new petrol variant - MINI ONE Countryman, senior company officials said.
The BMW Group introduced MINI as a premium brand in India in January 2012 with the launch of MINI Hatch, MINI Convertible and MINI Countryman.
"As one of the world's top growth markets, India is a great place to continue accelerating MINI's global momentum," Philipp von Sahr, President, BMW Group India, told reporters here.
MINI India continued to grow its presence in India with the opening of Navnit Motors, its exclusive dealership here, its fifth outlet in India.
In the start-up phase, BMW Group will concentrate on successfully establishing the MINI brand in India, the company said in a statement in Chennai.

BMW Chennai plant, spread on a 40-acre land at Mahindra World City in Singaperumalkoil, currently produces BMW 3 series, BMW 5 series, BMW X1, BMW X3, the statement added.
Besides MINI Cooper, the company in 2013 will also produce BMW 7 series and the BMW 1 series, it said.
"With the production of MINI Countryman at the BMW Plant Chennai, MINI is the first premium small car to be locally manufactured in India and expects significant growth over the medium and long-term," it said.
The cars manufactured from the facility would fulfil the same quality standards that apply to production of BMW group models worldwide, the statement said.


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