Nov 30th, 2005
As the hotly debated JCW GP project continues to advance, today we look at some of the factors that appear to have lead MINI to select an outside firm to be so heavily involved in the production of its own special edition.
Nov 29th, 2005
We’ve got some follow-up information on the recent Oxford plant construction article posted a few weeks back. According to a few sources, MINI should see decreased sales numbers in ’06 due to the plant shut down in January, various construction projects, and the introduction of the next generation MINI in late summer. Expect total sales to by less than 184,357 number sold worldwide last year and wait times to increase around the world. If this happens, 2006 would be the first year with lower sales than the previous one.
Nov 29th, 2005
Some interesting thoughts in a recent FastCompany article about turning your back on brand history and how it relates to MINI and VW (via DC):
In their endless rush to embrace the next big thing, too many businesses have forgotten what they are and what they really do. The fashionable compulsion to break with the past has, bizarrely, come to mean abandoning the true value they once offered customers.
Nov 28th, 2005
Despite a few delays, The Gift Guide is indeed back just in time for the holidays. The 2005 MotoringFile Holiday MINI Gift Guide packs all of our old favorites plus a few new ones. From apparel to armrests, we’ve tried to include a cross section of accessories available for the MINI and the MINI enthusiast. Like last year we’ve created the gift guide as a downloadable PDF for easy off-line viewing and printing. It’s also easier this way to print out slip to someone for gift ideas.
As usual the gift guide is a free download. All that we ask is that you try to only download it once. You can download the file (compressed as a ZIP file) by clicking on the image above or the link below. Enjoy!
[ MotoringFile 2005 Holiday Gift Guide ] Zipped
Nov 28th, 2005
With the recent Thanksgiving holiday in the US we’ve decided to take the week off and instead give you a short outtakes show. So if you want to hear fascinating MINI insights you’ll want to look in the archives. If you want to hear quality random banter and some of that copyright free music all the kids are talking about, start downloading.
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Nov 25th, 2005
Since the start of winter is almost upon us we thought it might be time for a little winter driving recap. For those in warmer climates you might want to skip this one. This is only for those hardy souls that can do snow induced hand-brake turns in their sleep. The Tirerack has a series of winter driving articles for those that would like to know more about the wonderful world of oversteer and understeer. Here's an excerpt of one of the better ones:
Nov 24th, 2005
BMW Group has launched its first UK Environmental Report today (24 November). The report contains UK base data for BMW GroupÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s key environmental performance indicators for the periods from 2001 to 2004 with ten case studies also included highlighting environmental improvement programmes across BMW GroupÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s operations in the UK.
Speaking at the launch of the report, Roger Twiney, BMW GroupÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s UK Director of Environmental Affairs, said: ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œBMW Group has a significant manufacturing and employment impact within the UK and is working hard to improve its environmental performance. The publication of the first BMW Group environmental report shows the progress we are making in putting environmental and sustainability issues at the heart of our business and manufacturing thinking.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â