Mar 14th, 2015
Unlike the U.S., most automobiles in Europe sport a manual gearbox. Historically I’m not sure why this is the case, but it may have something to do with the price of gas and the fact that auto trannies used to be less fuel efficient than manuals. Or perhaps, it’s an item on the option list that European consumers always overlooked because they mostly get bottom-level cars with minimal features. If anyone knows, please enlighten me. continued →
Mar 12th, 2015
The last time I bought a MINI was in 2012. Back then I was still living in Europe and I was about to move back to Boston. Because I needed to drive to my job, having a car ready when I would arrive was a must. I just had two little problems to overcome. First off, living across the pond I couldn’t really visit a dealership to buy a car. Second, I could have easily gotten a MINI off the lot at my local dealership when I arrived, but that’s not the proper way to buy a MINI. In this particular case, the Internet came to my rescue and after a couple of exchanges with a Motoring Advisor, my order was processed and scheduled for completion upon my arrival. Turns out these days, buying a car on the net has become a common thing and MINI is one the brands riding this trend. continued →
Mar 11th, 2015
In the latest episode of White Roof Radio, we dedicated some time talking about the state of current infotainment systems. Needless to say it is not great, but seeing a number of established technology companies and smaller players entering the space makes us believe there’s hope for a brighter future. In the meantime, car companies continue to develop their offering and it appears that BMW might complement the interior design of its models with touchscreens sooner rather than later. continued →
Mar 5th, 2015
Historically, the BMW Group and Apple have held a number of conversations regarding the integration of Apple products and services into their cars. In fact, BMW was one of the first brands to integrate the iPod in its vehicles. Most recently, these discussions have surrounded the topic of advanced connectivity, and according to Auto Motor und Sport, the two giants have partnered to develop a deeply integrated OS that would make its way into the i3. This new system “would allow not only iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad, laptop and Mac computers to communicate and exchange data, but it also could be integrated with the car’s fuel consumption and movement data.” continued →
Mar 3rd, 2015
MINI Space published last week an interview with Christopher Weil, Lead MINI Designer of the MINI Clubman Vision Gran Turismo and Gran Turismo founder Kazunori Yamauchi. Their discussion is focused around the collaboration between MINI and Gran Turismo along with the design process behind creating the Clubman Vision GT. continued →
Mar 1st, 2015
Chris Harris on why every car brand is obsessed with building every kind of car:
Every CFO on the planet will now laugh at my naiveté, but would it really be impossible for a company like BMW to make 500,000 cars a year, cars it wanted to produce and which squared with the brand image it has carefully cultivated for decades, and still make good money? I can’t see why it would be impossible.
Interesting opinion but we already know the answer; automakers just have to.
Mar 1st, 2015
MINI confirmed earlier this month that the R58 Coupe and R59 Roadster will end their production run in the coming months. The question that came to mind when the news broke was what will be next after the Twins are gone? According to our colleagues at Autocar, not much. continued →