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      BMW's acquisition of Mini has unquestionably done great things for the Mini brand. Is it doing the same thing for the BMW brand? Before Mini the thought of a front wheel drive BMW was so absurd it was not even entertained and mocked in advertisements. Times have changed and it is about profit above all else. BMW will clearly be saving money putting Mini and BMW models on the same platform. They are stretching their dollars and many will defend this as simply business.

      Well, the next generation Mini Countryman and the X1 will share the same platform. Jokes about the X1 being a rebadged Mini that can not be applied to the current X1 will be right on target with the next one. Essentially, the X1 will be moving downscale as will the BMW brand itself especially considering the X1 is expected to share the interior components of the Mini was well. Front wheel drive SUV's are the future. Yes, not the end of the world as there likely will be an all wheel drive option and this no doubt makes room in the lineup for an X2 which was already trademarked. Still seems weird to us that BMW is taking on characteristics from Mini and not the other way around.


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      1. DavidV's Avatar
        DavidV -
        This is not a good development at all.
        Having just another bodyshell on top of a mini is not BMW worthy IMO.
        Let's just hope the ride experience will not suffer too much. A Mini is a good steering car, but alltogether not a BMW, not should it become one.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DavidV Click here to enlarge
        Having just another bodyshell on top of a mini is not BMW worthy IMO.
        I don't think so either.
      1. 654's Avatar
        654 -
        This enables economies of scale and consequently the efficiency enables having better quality at lower cost. This is what customers and the markets want. In theory, BMW could stop listening the voice of the market, but that would not of the interest of either the market nor the shareholders.

        Why should countryman and X1 have a different platform anyway? Platform is not by any means a differentiating factor in the auto industry. It is all about branding. Some Mini owners would never buy BMW and vice versa. When you ask about the platform, they don't know, and couldn't care less. It is better to come up with one platform, that would be better than spending the same money on two separate platforms and not being able to reach the same quality due to scattering the efforts.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by 654 Click here to enlarge
        Some Mini owners would never buy BMW and vice versa. When you ask about the platform
        Some BMW owners will have a Mini without even knowing it. But, badge whores will be badge whores. Do we respect their opinion though?
      1. M3GTtt's Avatar
        M3GTtt -
        The Mini is a great car.

        I personally dont mind, hopefully though the new 1-series will not be as Fugly as the current one, and if it isn't I dont mind the FWD. Its all about cost savings, FWD is heaper to manufacture than a RWD car.

        Also,, I am pretty sure that the non BMW true fans, the corporate buyers (booring people) donīt even know that a BMW is RWD by nature.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by M3GTtt Click here to enlarge
        Its all about cost savings, FWD is heaper to manufacture than a RWD car.
        BMW never used to think about going to front wheel drive to save costs. They were all about making the best rear wheel drive cars. They MOCKED front wheel drive as not part of their philosophy.

        Does no one get what a BMW is supposed to be?
      1. 654's Avatar
        654 -
        Those were fun adds at the time and suited the BMW era of RWD only. I don't think people took them too seriously though. What BMW should offer, is the best cars, and deploy the best technology for all the various purposes. RWD, FWD, AWD have all their positives and negatives, and should be applied based on the meant and purposeful usage of the vehicle. If they would have stucked with "making the best rear wheel drive cars", we would not have had X5 or X6. I'm not a fan of either, but I'm sure they will add to the profits of BMW and enable more investments in R&D, which in turn benefits all the models, including those that I like in the model range.
      1. Puerto Rican 335d's Avatar
        Puerto Rican 335d -
        @DavidV I was an owner of an 02 MCS with 200 whp(RENNtech Flash with M7Tuning crank pulley with a 15% Pulley, AMSOIL Micro Fiber intake and free flow exhaust), the car was great either it was MINI Original with BMW parts, but the famous 1.6 PRINCE engine was great and the transmission FLAWLESS, I had the car for 9 yrs and NEVER had engine or transmission problems, but the dreaded BELT tensioner(every 50 k) and the electric steering gone once, plus clutch changed at 100k in the 128k that I put in it. Now that it has a BMW engine I cannot say about it. Its has been known for awhile that the X1 was going to use the Countrymans platform in the Mini community and the DIESELS were supposed to come sooner or later, to dismiss the Mini is somewhat vague since I know you never owned one. I can attest to it I have owned both Mini and now 335d and love both of them as well.
      1. DavidV's Avatar
        DavidV -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Puerto Rican 335d Click here to enlarge
        to dismiss the Mini is somewhat vague since I know you never owned one
        Please don't get me wrong.
        I didn't intend to put Mini down in any way, it's merely that I can not find the merging of the two brands desirable.
        It is probably beneficial to the BMW group as a whole if they share this platform, but I protest to a FWD BMW in any shape or form, even an X1.
        Handling of Minis has always been top notch for a front wheel car, but I see the BMW brand going down a sliding slope if they start making FWD only cars.
        I did not know that the X1 was meant to go on a X1 platform. I just read this in the article. Really not enthusiastic about it...
      1. Puerto Rican 335d's Avatar
        Puerto Rican 335d -
        Yeah amigo no pun intended , this X1 was going to use the Minis platform for a while. But all that said BMW has DILUTED the M brand and next we will see the X1M, BTW the X1 is using the BMW brand of 4x4 drive thats what it is SUPPOSEDLY intended to be, correct me on this Click here to enlarge
      1. BuraQ's Avatar
        BuraQ -
        screw that, I might as well keep my countryman then
      1. M3GTtt's Avatar
        M3GTtt -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        BMW never used to think about going to front wheel drive to save costs. They were all about making the best rear wheel drive cars. They MOCKED front wheel drive as not part of their philosophy.

        Does no one get what a BMW is supposed to be?
        I am pretty sure that BMW knows best what a BMW is. However, stepping into the "small car" market and the requirements become different. The wast majority, heck all other small cars are FWD, maybe the reason the 1 series has not sold as well as expeced are 2.
        1. It's too expensive compared to the competition (Audi A3 mainly, then the higher end Golfs) hence the FWD conversion to save money
        2. The people buying these cars might actually prefer FWD for the snow/ice capabilities. For people who know how to drive this is not the issue, but again the majority of car buyers have no particular interest in RWD handling capabilities. Its a commodity.

        Just look at Porsche. When they ventured into to Front/rear on the 928 people thought they were crazy, still the 928 lived a long and healty life. What they did next was beond any true Porsche lovers nightmare.. a SUV! and a DIESEL SUV.. and the sum of all Porsche fears.. the HYBRID SUV! Still... the majority of Porsche buyers are buing a status, many of them never drive their cars properly, and when they do they crash (Lindsey Lohan?). Even True Porsche nuts now love the SUV and the Panamera. I know a guy who has a CGT, 997GT3RS 4.0, GT2 a Carrera 4s Cabrio and the Cayenne Turbo. Guess what car he uses most of the time..
      1. xbox_fan's Avatar
        xbox_fan -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        BMW never used to think about going to front wheel drive to save costs. They were all about making the best rear wheel drive cars. They MOCKED front wheel drive as not part of their philosophy.

        Does no one get what a BMW is supposed to be?
        This and the fake engine sound in the new M5 is to much to bear, I guess it is only Porsche left of the german auto makers, that is not making fwd's
      1. Forced Air's Avatar
        Forced Air -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by M3GTtt Click here to enlarge
        I am pretty sure that BMW knows best what a BMW is.
        LOL at this Click here to enlarge
      1. 654's Avatar
        654 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by xbox_fan Click here to enlarge
        This and the fake engine sound in the new M5 is to much to bear, I guess it is only Porsche left of the german auto makers, that is not making fwd's
        Porsche is just one of the marketing brands of Volkswagen group which is the worlds largest Fwd car manufacturer Click here to enlarge
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by 654 Click here to enlarge
        Those were fun adds at the time and suited the BMW era of RWD only. I don't think people took them too seriously though. What BMW should offer, is the best cars, and deploy the best technology for all the various purposes. RWD, FWD, AWD have all their positives and negatives, and should be applied based on the meant and purposeful usage of the vehicle. If they would have stucked with "making the best rear wheel drive cars", we would not have had X5 or X6. I'm not a fan of either, but I'm sure they will add to the profits of BMW and enable more investments in R&D, which in turn benefits all the models, including those that I like in the model range.
        How does creating a BMW based on a Mini make for the best car it could be?

        BMW has record sales and profits. We still don't get cars like the GTS in the USA, get crap like the 5 GT forced on us, and supercars get cancelled. Where is this money going? All to support the i brand?
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by M3GTtt Click here to enlarge
        I am pretty sure that BMW knows best what a BMW is.
        So they know a BMW is a front wheel drive car based on a Mini? They must have been confused when they said they don't do front wheel drive then. Seems to me BMW is a bit confused.

        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by M3GTtt Click here to enlarge
        The wast majority, heck all other small cars are FWD, maybe the reason the 1 series has not sold as well as expeced are 2.
        So isn't this what the Mini brand is for? What is the reason for the overlap? Let Mini be Mini and BMW be BMW.

        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by M3GTtt Click here to enlarge
        Just look at Porsche. When they ventured into to Front/rear on the 928 people thought they were crazy
        Completely different. The 928 was a premium car and still maintained rear wheel drive as many other Porsche models. I don't remember Porsche ever trying to beat cheap front wheel drives at their game.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by 654 Click here to enlarge
        Porsche is just one of the marketing brands of Volkswagen group which is the worlds largest Fwd car manufacturer Click here to enlarge
        Porsche only just now can be said to officially be a part of the VW Group.
      1. singletrack's Avatar
        singletrack -
        The mini IS a BMW IMHO. Likewise, the new Rolls Royce IS a BMW and better than the original! : O

        The X1 doesn't appeal to me at all, but I'm seeing more and more goofy cars on the road, so obviously I don't get it. : )
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by singletrack Click here to enlarge
        The mini IS a BMW IMHO.
        How?