Every MINI is given a barcode and transponder (a little red box on the bonnet), so each one can be immediately identified and tracked throughout the assembly process. This barcode also contains details of the customer's individual specifications.
Each MINI passes through a number of key fitting stages, including the cockpit, front end and electrical wiring harness. There is a stop at the automated robot glazing cell, before engine marriage, that uses state of the art camera visioning systems for quality checking. Then the wheels are fitted, and it's on to fluid fill, petrol fill and door fitting before the car drives off the end of the production line.
After completing the assembly process, the vehicle undergoes an extensive programme of checks, including wheel and headlight alignment, braking and electronics tests - and a trip on the rolling road.