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Friday, October 1, 2010

Mini Countryman - Italian Advertising Series No 2 – Friday Feature


Photo and first paragraph from BMW/Mini Press Release.

As a genuine Crossover, the MINI Countryman bridges the gap between the classic concept of the MINI and a modern Sports Activity Vehicle. Boasting enhanced opportunities in urban mobility and beyond, the MINI Countryman offers that unique driving pleasure so typical of MINI to new target groups requiring extra space and flexibility. As the first model in the MINI range with four doors and a wide-opening rear lid, the MINI Countryman provides even greater freedom of space for truly versatile use, a slightly elevated seating position, and optimized driving comfort. Full integration of the passengers within the vehicle creates that driving experience so typical of MINI. And at the same time the MINI Countryman maintains that go-kart feeling likewise so characteristic of MINI, optional MINI ALL4 all-wheel drive offering an additional highlight for the genuine connoisseur. In a nutshell, therefore, the MINI Countryman offers all the characteristic features of the brand in terms of design, premium quality, handling, efficiency and customisation in new, fascinating style.  To read the rest of this press release courtesy of blogs automotive.com click  here.

Growing up in the sixties I have always been a big fan of the Mini. So when I saw a lovingly restored one in Viterbo earlier this year I just had to post the photos on News From Italy.   It was a dismal day in February and unfortunately the photos I took did not not come out very well.   Evolution of the Mini

Seeing this lovingly restored Mini I was amazed at how small it was in that original incarnation and how much it has evolved to become the 21st Century Mini.   The first photo is the restored Mini I spotted in Viterbo and the second is one that took part in the  Montefiascone Hill Climb - Cronoscalata in June of this year.

Copyright All rights reserved by LindyLouMac Photo Collection

Copyright All rights reserved by LindyLouMac Photo Collection

This is how the estate version looked era 1972. 

Courtesy of Wikimedia.org

Mini Countryman in its latest incarnation 2010

Courtesy of Social Post


 The New Mini Countryman is always an adventure.

In this recent advert for the Mini Countryman a fleet of them are running amok in the Italian countryside, no Italian needed to understand this weeks commercial! It is a fantasy world of flying Mini’s in an exaggerated picture of how the town and countryside may look if Mini Countryman dominated the car market.  I have also included the video of the making of the commercial in Milano which is an interesting explanation of how the advert was made.   Have you seen this in your country?


Television Commercial
The making of the commercial.

Just a bit of fun which I hope you will enjoy, have a good weekend everyone.


  1. Invasion of the body snatchers, LOL!

  2. Those are awesome cars! Have a great weeend..

  3. I have always loved the Mini, great little car. Diane

  4. Alessandra - Great thought!

    DoanLegacy - Welcome and thanks ffor commenting, it is appreciated .

    Diane - I am just sorry you cannot watch the videos I always think of you now when I post them.

  5. I take my Mini Cooper on an adventure nearly every day. It is blue and we stay on the road.

  6. They are really nice looking cars, aren't they? I've always wanted one.

  7. Your have a lovely view of the hills through your garden.
    I have not seen that ad yet, but I hope it will play here. Enjoyed the clip that explains how they filmed it - don't understand the technology but enjoyed it.
    It is about time that I get a newer car, and I have decided that I want a flying mini.

  8. cheshire wife - Good to see you here, I bet you wish it could fly sometimes.
    Unknown Mami - Yes andyou want one even more now you know of its magical capabilities.
    Mya - Think how we could visit each other so easily with flying cars.

  9. I really love what they've done with the Mini brand - it still looks just as cute as always, even though it's been modernised. And the "mini adventure" adverts are always so much fun.

  10. Hi! Thanks for stopping by & for your nice comment! Thank you. I see you mentioned the grammar is hard. I only started Lesson 1 so far, so I'm going to post that soon. I hope it doesn't get too hard lol. Have a great day!

  11. I see minis every day!!! I can't believe how small they are! But their drivers are FEARLESS!!! LOL! You'd think they were driving tanks or something!

  12. Rachel - Have you seen this particular adventure in the UK yet?

    Sweet Life - Thanks for calling by, I think it will be a good revision course for me.

    Jeannie - My Smart Car is even smaller! I have noticed that a lot of Italian drivers are completely fearless!


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