Wednesday, December 4, 2013

2013 LA Auto Show Video: MINI VP Jim McDowell

Jim McDowell, Vice President MINI of the Americas, who will retire as of December 31, 2013, discusses the new classic MINI Cooper and Cooper S.  Since 2005, Jim has been responsible for all aspects of MINI Marketing, Sales and Aftersales in the United States.  Previously, McDowell was Vice President – Marketing for BMW of North America, LLC, a position he held for twelve years. David Duncan will assume the role of Vice President, MINI of the Americas, succeeding Jim McDowell.

The new 2014 MINI Hardtop gets a 134 horsepower 1.5-litre 3-cylinder engine in the new MINI Cooper and the new MINI Cooper S is powered by a 189 horsepower 2.0-liter 4- cylinder engine featuring MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology. In the new MINI Cooper and the new MINI Cooper S this includes turbocharging, direct fuel injection, variable camshaft control on the intake and exhaust side (double VANOS) and variable valve control in the form of VALVETRONIC, from the BMW Group.