Daily Archives: December 1, 2010

MINI USA sales for November 2010

From BMW Group PressClub USA:

MINI USA reported sales of 2,786 automobiles, an increase of 8.7 percent from the 2,564 cars sold last year. Year-to-date, MINI USA is reporting sales of 41,324 automobiles, a decrease of 1 percent from the 41,736 cars sold in the same period of 2009.

November 2010 November 2009 change year-to-date 2010 year-to-date 2009 change
2,786 2,564 8.7% 41,324 41,736 -1.0%

See MINI sales in the USA by month.

Gert Hildebrand to leave MINI

Gert HildebrandAccording to BMW Group PressClub, Gert Hildebrand will be leaving MINI at the end of the year after ten years at MINI Design:

Munich. After 10 successful years at MINI Design, Gert Volker Hildebrand is handing over the running of the MINI Design studio to Anders Warming at the end of 2010. Gert Hildebrand will be leaving the company on 31.12.2010. Gert Volker Hildebrand (57) has been responsible for the complete design development of the MINI brand since January 2001 and, with his design team, has shaped the development of the MINI brand portfolio. Over the last 10 years, the head of the MINI Design studio has provided the impetus for countless MINI vehicle concepts and for the entire design development. Alongside the further development of the third generation of the classic MINI, the MINI Cabrio and MINI Clubman were also created under his leadership. This year, Gert Hildebrand and his team added a real 4-door version to the MINI brand: the MINI Countryman, launched in September.

The MINI Coupé and MINI Roadster concepts presented in 2009, which will be appearing on the market in 2011 and 2012, were also created in the MINI Design studio under his guidance. Apart from designing cars, Gert Volker Hildebrand has also devoted himself to encouraging young designers and to talking about design in institutions and to the public.

Anders Warming, head of Exterior Design, BMW Automobiles, started working for DesignworksUSA in California in 1997. Following this, the 38-year-old Dane was employed in various positions as an automobile designer before coming to Munich in 2005 as Team Leader, Advanced Design, BMW Group. In 2007, he took over as head of Exterior Design, BMW Automobiles. Under his leadership, the BMW Z4, BMW 5 Series and the BMW Concept 6 Series Coupé, presented at the Paris Auto Show, were created.

“I would like to wish Gert Hildebrand all the best for the future and thank him for working with us so well and so successfully”, says Adrian van Hooydonk, head of BMW Group Design. “Anders Warming has the expertise, the necessary experience and the intuition to take the MINI brand, with the support of the entire MINI Design team, into a ever more successful future.”

collectible of the day: MINI condom

MINI condom (front)

MINI condom (back)

MINI has used many, many items to promote its vehicles, accessories, and gear.  But if you thought to yourself that surely MINI never distributed condoms for marketing purposes, you’d be wrong.  This MINI condom comes from Germany.


Keep your MINI well protected. MINI indoor car cover.

1 black condom of natural rubber latex – with reservoir – with lubricant – nominal width: 52 mm – keep cool and dry – protect against direct sunlight – avoid damage – please read the instructions carefully.