Daily Archives: September 9, 2010


global MINI sales for August 2010

From BMW Group PressClub USA:

With extensive revisions to the MINI model range, including striking design modifications and new engines, due to get underway in mid-September, the MINI brand reported a decrease in deliveries in August. As expected MINI sales were 6.7% lower than in August 2009 at 14,986 (prev. yr. 16,064) vehicles. A total of 142,529 MINI (prev. yr. 136,879) cars have been delivered to customers worldwide since January – 4.1% more than in the same period last year. With the addition of the new MINI Countryman mid-September, the MINI family will expand to include four versions. The first MINI crossover model will provide a strong impetus for growth in the upcoming months. Orders for the Countryman are already well over plan.

August 2010 August 2009 change year-to-date 2010 year-to-date 2009 change
14,986 16,064 -6.7% 142,529 136,879 4.1%

See all MINI sales worldwide by month.


Prodrive MINI Countryman WRC first photo

Prodrive MINI Countryman WRC first photo
Prodrive today released the first (disguised) photo of the MINI Countryman WRC after completing its “shakedown” testing.

From Prodrive’s Facebook page:

First MINI picture: This picture of the new MINI Countryman WRC was taken at our proving ground in Warwickshire. The car has successfully completed its shakedown phase. This initial part of the car’s test and development programme took place with the engineering team driving the car over four days, primarily on tarmac, but also including several kilometres on loose surfaces and Prodrive’s low grip facility. The car will now travel to Portugal for a week of testing on gravel.
This first test car is running with an interim body and aero package, while design of the final World Rally Car bodywork is underway.


collectible of the day: MINI Takes the States 2008 tattoos

MINI Takes the States 2008 tattoos
Given away at each of the festivals were these MINI Takes the States 2008 tattoos.

TAKE THE STATES IN STYLE.

Use these temporary tattoos to express yourself, whether you love the look of tire tread or have a thing for checkered flags.  It’s your skin, decorate it any darn way you please.  And if you see a fellow motorer with exquisite tattoo taste and placement, be sure to let him or her know.

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