On the day of MINI's UK public debut at the British International Motor Show, a BMW Director has stressed the importance of the new car to British manufacturing. "At a time when there are questions hanging over the future of some car manufacturing operations in the UK, the investment in plant and jobs at the state-of-the-art Oxford factory are a shot in the arm for the UK car industry," explained Dr Norbert Reithofer, BMW Board Member for Production.