| Thursday, February 10, 2005
| A WORLD OF PARTS
|Icon of the 1960's British automobile Industry,
the old Mini was once a favorite ride of all four
of the Beatles. Now German carmaker BMW owns the
brand since 2001 has produced a new Mini in England
with parts from companies based around the world.
Where do the pieces really come from?
a selection of the Mini's parts reveals the popular
little car's complicated global pedigree. Automakers
are increasingly turning to international outsourcing
to remain competitive. The growing complexity of car
designs means there are more parts to find. The mini's
own 250 available options -- from chrome plated roll
bars to rain sensors that automatically start the
windshields wipers -- allow for some 50,000 unique
Front and rear bumpers is made in U.K.
Diesel engine is made in Japan
Gasoline engine is made in Brazil
Grille is made in Germany
Hood is made in the Netherlands
Windhsield is made in Belgium
Headliner is made in U.K.
Outside mirrors is made in Germany
Seats is made in U.K.
Exhaust system is made in U.K.
Wheel bearings is made in U.K.
Wheels is made in Germany
DRIVING THE ECONOMY
Countries all over the world are gearing up their
manufacturing to take advantge of expected new
markets for automobile sales -- in their own backyards.
Some may soon need more roads and fresh source of fuel.
Projected Annual Sales for Cars and
Light Commercial Vehicles
(abstracted from GEOGRAPHICA/
|posted by infraternam meam @ 5:12 AM