Citing sources at BMW, German newspaper Handelsblatt said that the German carmaker is looking at its plants in Leipzig and Regensburg as alternatives to Oxford.
Production of the electric Mini is slated to begin in 2019 and BMW has to make a decision about where it will produce the new vehicles in the second half of this year, according to Handelsblatt.
Sources told the paper that the automaker plans to start talks with the British government in the coming weeks, though BMW declined to officially comment, Handelsblatt said.
A decision by BMW to produce the Mini outside of the UK could deal a major blow to the UK car industry which is already gripped by uncertainty ahead of the UK’s departure from the EU.
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