The iPod and your MINI Cooper

Is the BMW MINI Cooper more or less progressive than an iPod?

October 23, 2001—Apple® today introduced iPod™, a breakthrough MP3 music player that packs up to 1,000 CD-quality songs into an ultra-portable, 6.5 ounce design that fits in your pocket. iPod combines a major advance in portable music device design with Apple’s legendary ease of use and Auto-Sync, which automatically downloads all your iTunes™ songs and playlists into your iPod, and keeps them up to date whenever you plug your iPod into your Mac®.

The launch of the New MINI produced by BMW in 2001 adds perhaps not a new chapter, rather a whole new book to the Mini story. The new MINI currently comes in three models, the standard MINI One with a 1.6 liter 90bhp Chrysler engine, the Cooper powered by a 115bhp version of the same engine and the Copper S adding a supercharger. First impressions are good, the styling is mini-esque Mini, although the size is not quite so, nevertheless it drives almost as well as the original in terms of enjoyment, but is far better for long distance cruising. Overall while the New MINI is a far cry from Issigonis’ original design, in my opinion it is a great car. (copyright: Mark Malaczynski)

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