This week saw the 250 000th E46 3 Series and 500 000th Mini roll off the production lines in Rosslyn, Pretoria, and Oxford, England, respectively.

This week saw the 250 000th E46 3 Series and 500 000th Mini roll off the production lines in Rosslyn, Pretoria, and Oxford, England, respectively.
Production of the current E46 began in 1999 and the range has become one of South Africa's best-selling cars and the main ingredient of BMW SA's ongoing vehicle export programme.
The 250 000th 3 Series, a Titan Silver 330i, was officially accepted by Dr Norbert Reithofer, BMW AG Board member responsible for production worldwide, BMW SA managing director Ian Robertson, and Technical and Logistics Director Wolfgang Stadler.
To date, the current 3 Series has outstripped production of the two previous-generation ranges put together - the E30, produced from 1983 to 1989 (96 732 units) and the E36, built between 1990 and 1998 (92 589 units).
Last year, BMW SA exported 41 046 3 Series models. Nearly 70 per cent of models produced at the Rosslyn plant were exported to markets including the United States and Japan.
The Mini plant in Oxford, England (a BMW Group facility), also announced on Wednesday that the 500 000th Mini had come off its production line after three years of production.
More than 375 000 Minis were exported – including to southern Africa where 2 401 have been sold from May 2002 up to the end of July. Britain's secretary of state for work and pensions, Andrew Smith, was at the plant to wave off the car, a dark silver Mini Cooper S bound for the US - the car's the second-biggest market after the United Kingdom.