Monthly Archives: December 2009


global MINI sales for November 2009

From BMW Group PressClub USA:

MINI brand volumes were also considerably higher in November. With sales of 17,199 (prev. yr. 15,113) vehicles, deliveries rose 13.8%. For the year to the end of November a total of 198,163 (prev. yr. 217,415 / -8.9%) MINI cars were sold.

November 2009 November 2008 change year-to-date 2009 year-to-date 2008 change
17,199 15,113 13.8% 198,163 217,415 -8.9%

See all MINI sales worldwide by month.


book: MINI Design

Wickenheiser, Othmar and Gert Hildebrand

MINI Design: Past Present Future

Stuttgart: Motorbuch, 2009

400 p.

ISBN-10: 361303123X

ISBN-13: 978-3613031234

What will certainly be considered the definitive MINI book to date, MINI Design: Past Present Future by Othmar Wickenheiser and Gert Hildebrand traces the design of the MINI back to its early days.  The large volume, written in German, presents inside interviews and technical information enhanced by hundreds of drawings and photographs.

MINI Design: Past Present Future can be purchased from Amazon.de and shipped to the US.

See more MINI books.


MINI 50 Deutsche Post stamp

MINI 50 Deutsche Post stampDeutsche Post, the German postal system, is offering a MINI 50 stamp that you can purchase online and print yourself.  You must buy at least two stamps at 0.55 EUR each, but then also pay an additional 8.90 EUR to reach the minimum order of 10.00 EUR.  You get credited for the 8.90 EUR but probably won’t have the chance to use it if you’re outside of Germany.  The site does accept PayPal to make payment easier for Ausländer like us in the US.

Deutsche Post Internetmarke

[Source: biggblogg]


MINI USA sales for November 2009

From BMW Group PressClub USA:

MINI USA reported sales of 2,564 automobiles, a decrease of 43.6 percent compared to 4,545 cars reported in the same month a year ago.  Year-to-date, MINI USA also reported sales of 41,736 automobiles, a decrease of 17.4 percent, compared to the 50,511 cars reported in the first 11 months of 2008.

“November was a peculiar month as we saw fewer consumers shopping for small, fuel efficient vehicles,” said Jim McDowell, Vice President MINI USA.  “However, we know we have the right kind of vehicles for the future and remain committed to expanding our dealer network and getting ready for three new MINI models in the near future.”

November 2009 November 2008 change year-to-date 2009 year-to-date 2008 change
2,564 4,545 -43.6% 41,736 50,511 -17.4%

the new library of motoring

Welcome to the new Library of Motoring.

Begun in January 2005, the Library of Motoring is a place for Mini and MINI information, audio and video, books and brochures, print ads and inserts, fact and figures, and links.

New to the website will be news articles covering MINI, the MINI community, and noteworthy events.  No library would be complete without a collection of MINI in print, so articles will include MINI book and magazine reviews.  The Library has a large collection of MINI ephemera and will highlight its collection over 2010 in a daily feature called “Collectible of the Day”.

The website is still evolving.  Expect a full relaunch on January 1, 2010.