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BMW to shed 850 jobs at UK factory

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  • BMW: Mini has weathered economic downturn but it is not immune from challenges
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LONDON, England (CNN) -- Automaker BMW is cutting 850 jobs at the UK factory that makes its iconic Mini car, the company announced Monday.

It will also shut down the production line on the weekends instead of running seven days a week, as it now does, the company said in a statement. The changes at the factory near Oxford will go into effect March 2.

"While Mini has been weathering the economic downturn, it is not immune from the challenges of the current situation," the company said.

"Against this backdrop, the company felt that a review of its shift patterns was necessary."

Unions had been involved in discussions about the job cuts and shift changes, the company said.

The Mini Cooper was featured in the 1969 British caper comedy "The Italian Job," starring Michael Caine, and in the 2003 remake starring Mark Wahlberg.

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