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BMW Hams Hall car factory in engine landmark

A car factory in Warwickshire has built its three millionth engine.

BMW said the engine, built at the Hams Hall plant, would be sent to the Mini site in Oxford to be installed in a car for the Indian market.

Four-cylinder petrol engines have been built at Plant Hams Hall near Birmingham for BMW vehicles for more than a decade.

The UK-built engines are supplied to production plants in Germany and Austria as well as Oxford.

They power the BMW X1, BMW 1 Series and the recently-launched new BMW 3 Series, as well as all Mini petrol models.

Hams Hall director Nick Spencer said it was a "fantastic milestone" for the site.

He added: "Our 800-strong workforce is proud to be playing an important role within BMW Group's global production network, building engines in the UK for cars sold in many countries around [the] world and contributing to the success of the iconic Mini brand."

Business Minister Mark Prisk said: "BMW's three millionth engine in a Mini that's now exported to 100 countries is emblematic of the current success of the UK auto sector.

"Last year UK automotive exports were up 15% at an all-time high of £29.5 billion in cash terms and engine production increased nearly 5%."

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