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Woofcast #273

Gabe and Todd for you this episode talking about MINI stuff for you, like they like to do. Talking more on the R60 concept in more detail and the current overall state of MINI USA and, to some extent, the state of the MINI community. Gabe also drops the bombshell that he is selling his MINI starting today. If you want to check it out be sure to wonder over to MotoringFile later Monday afternoon.

Back tomorrow with myself and Todd talking about a few things, including WRR going on hiatus for the month of October. More on this tomorrow night.

Woofcast 273:

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9 thoughts on “Woofcast #273

  1. Have to say that Gabe pretty much nailed my view of the R60. I think that the R60 has the chance of really doing well, however I have to say that at the same time a huge risk. BMW/Mini really is rolling the dice with this, they have taken many years of a hard won consumer view of the brand. I think that a huge numbers of reviewers are going to mention this fact. I also assume that the R60 is going to be at the heart of more than a few automotive joke.

    As for the community I think Mini’s success is largely what is causing the changes in the Mini community. There seems to be a increasing numbers of owners out there that are happily ignorant to anything outside of their personal car.

  2. So Gabe abhors the R60 and SUV’s in principle but is selling his MINI because it is no longer practical. Which is the exact reason most people are leaving the MINI brand (i.e. too small after kids) and why so many people drive SUV’s (because they are practical with families)…The fact that some people cant afford gas to put in them does not diminish the fact that they are functional and practical.

    As was touched on with saturn. A brand is a result of the products produced not the marketing. The marketing by MINI has ben toward small and effecient, while the soul and substance is fun and performance. Those who bought in on image rather than substance should be disillusioned by an R60 concept. Those who bought a MINI are skeptical that an SUV can be fun and performance oriented.

    What will happen in reality is that the R60 will be the smallest and one of the most fuel effecient SUV’s on the market AND it will give the functional and practical kid/cargo space needed by families. It will sell VERY well…as long as it doesn’t look anything like the concept.

  3. So Gabe abhors the R60 and SUV’s in principle but is selling his MINI because it is no longer practical. Which is the exact reason most people are leaving the MINI brand (i.e. too small after kids) and why so many people drive SUV’s (because they are practical with families)…The fact that some people cant afford gas to put in them does not diminish the fact that they are functional and practical.

    A – I didn’t say anything about it being impractical. B- if I do get something larger it WILL NOT be an SUV of any kind. So you won’t ever hear any argument for an SUV from me unless you’re living in the mountains or where it snows 24″ weekly.

  4. Quoted at the 21:36 mark

    “Todd: So, Its time to go a little more practical for ya huh?

    Gabe: Umm yeah, Just ya know, a bunch of life changes. I’m gonna get Something a little bit, little bit bigger and little bit more practical for a couple years”

  5. Ok so let me get this straight. You have no idea what the needs are in my life right now and how they relate to cars. Yet you’re trying to make some mis-guided point that I’m selling my car because it’s not practical even after I clarified that that wasn’t necessarily the reason. Am I missing something? Are you really trying to create some sort of controversy out of thin air? I’m selling my car for a bunch of reasons that can be summed up by life-changes (period).

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