The history of carmaking in The Netherlands is can pretty much be summed up by one acronym: DAF. They built some interesting cars before that division of the company was bought by Volvo. But that DAF plant in Born has turned out an odd string of vehicles for almost 50 years.
BMW announced Monday the 2014 Mini would begin production in the Netherlands beginning this summer, in addition to its UK home. The plant now known as VDL NedCar is now a plant for contract manufacturing, like Valmet in Finland and Magna Steyr in Austria. But before, it was run by Volvo and Mitsubishi, turning out an extremely diverse range of cars – some of which were sold in the U.S.