Daily Archives: December 3, 2013


MINI USA sales for November 2013

MINI USA sales for November 2013

From BMW Group PressClub USA:

MINI Brand Sales

MINI USA reported sales of 4,575 automobiles, a decrease of 12.8 percent from the 5,248 sold in the same month a year ago. Year-to-date, MINI sales in the U.S. are up  0.4 percent on volume of 59,910 compared to 59,667 in the first eleven months of 2012.

MINI Pre-Owned Vehicles
In November, MINI used automobiles (including MINI NEXT certified pre-owned and pre-owned) reported their best month ever on sales of 1,936 automobiles, an increase of 46.8 percent from the 1,319 automobiles sold in November, 2012.  January through November, MINI used vehicle sales are up 21.3 percent on volume of 20,079 compared to 16,552 in the same period of 2012.

 

November 2013 November 2012 change year-to-date 2013 year-to-date 2012 change
4,575 5,248 -12.8% 59,910 59,667 0.4%

See MINI sales in the USA by month.


Amazon Cloud Player now available in MINI vehicles

Amazon Cloud Player

From Amazon Press Info:

Customers can conveniently enjoy their entire music library while on the road—no CDs or local storage needed

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Dec. 3, 2013– (NASDAQ:AMZN)—Amazon.com, Inc. today announced the availability of Amazon Cloud Player for iOS in BMW Apps and MINI Connected-equipped vehicles from model year 2011 forward. Amazon Cloud Player customers using iPhone and iPod Touch devices can now conveniently access their music using the vehicle’s controller and screen. For more information, customers can visit amazon.com/cloudplayer/auto.

Customers will love the integration of Amazon Cloud Player for BMW Apps and MINI Connected vehicles because they will be able to:

  • Easily access their music playlists stored in Amazon Cloud Player with the convenience of using dashboard controls
  • Enjoy music in high-quality up to 256kbps audio
  • Free up local storage space on their phones by storing and accessing music in the cloud
  • Get rid of bulky CDs for easier music listening in the car

“We embrace in-car entertainment as an extension of our customers’ listening experiences. We want our customers to be able to enjoy their entire music library wherever they are—that includes being able to conveniently listen to and control their music while driving,” said Steve Boom, Vice President of Digital Music for Amazon. “That’s why we’re thrilled to bring Amazon Cloud Player to top automotive brands so customers can access their favorite songs, albums and playlists with the easy-to-use, in-vehicle controller and screen. This integration with the BMW Group further solidifies our commitment to providing our customers with music listening choices that fit their on-the-go lifestyles.”

The launch of Amazon Cloud Player in BMW and Mini Cooper follows the integration in Ford SYNC Applink-equipped vehicles earlier this year. Amazon provides one of the broadest selections of playback solutions of any major cloud music service with the ability to download, manage and stream music in the cloud.

Download the app for Android and Apple devices from Amazon.com, Google Play, or Apple App Store.

Read the Amazon press release Amazon Cloud Player Now Available in BMW and MINI Vehicles.


MINI USA VP Jim McDowell to retire

Jim McDowell

Jim McDowell

David Duncan

David Duncan

From BMW Group PressClub USA:

Head of Western Region to Succeed McDowell in January

  • McDowell known for his infectious laugh, playful spirit and kind heart
  • Passion for motoring and love of life clearly evident through his leadership
  • Expanded, strengthened and transformed MINI dealership network in U.S.

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – December 3, 2013…MINI USA and the MINI community are today celebrating the retirement of their charismatic and playful leader, Chief Motorer Jim McDowell.  For the past eight-plus years, McDowell has been the face of the MINI brand in the U.S. and has been embraced by his coworkers and MINI owners around the country.  McDowell, whose formal title is Vice President MINI of the Americas, will retire at the end of the year to enjoy life and spend time motoring with his family.

McDowell, who attended countless MINI owner events throughout the U.S. during his tenure as Chief Motorer, joined the MINI organization in 2005 following a 12-year run as Vice President – Marketing for BMW of North America. Prior to joining BMW, McDowell held positions at Porsche AG in Germany and the U.S. He was named “Marketer of the Year” by Automotive News in 2002, and was twice named “Marketer of the Year” by Brandweek Magazine.  The Advertising Club also named McDowell the “2003 Silver Medal Advertising Man of the Year.”

David Duncan, Regional Vice President, Western Region, will assume the role of Vice President MINI of the Americas, effective January 1, 2014. Duncan, a 15-year veteran of the BMW Group, brings with him a diverse portfolio of experience across key operational functions including Sales, Marketing, Dealer Development and Aftersales for the BMW, MINI and BMW Motorcycles brands.

In 2001, Duncan established the original MINI U.S. dealer network prior to the re-launch of the MINI brand in the U.S. in 2002.  Duncan would later serve as Department Manager of Product Strategy for MINI in 2009, as well as overseeing MINI Sales & Aftersales in 2010.

His broad range of experience across all aspects of the business under the BMW Group makes Duncan an ideal successor to McDowell, who was only the second leader of the MINI USA organization since the brand’s return to the U.S. in 2002.

“We wish Jim the best of luck on the next journey of his life and thank him for years of exceptional service for both the BMW and MINI brands,” said Ludwig Willisch, President and Chief Executive Officer, BMW of North America. “As we move forward we are certain that David’s energy and MINI-motoring spirit will continue to catapult the MINI brand into the future. He is a natural successor of Jim.”

During his tenure, McDowell expanded, strengthened and transformed the MINI dealership network across the U.S., from 80 shared dealer facilities to more than 100 independent MINI-branded facilities today. McDowell also made four cross-country trips with MINI owners as part of MINI TAKES THE STATES and challenged Porsche to a public race against MINI in 2010.

A larger-than-life personality and figure of leadership at the company, McDowell will certainly be missed by members of the MINI USA team and the MINI community, who plan to utilize MINI USA social media channels to attempt to capture all the great moments of their fearless leader for future generations.

Read the entire press release MINI USA Celebrates Retirement of Chief Motorer Jim McDowell.

MTTS 2012 James Day Jim McDowell

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