12 November 2014 - The BMW Group celebrated the first car to be assembled in its new South American automobile plant in Araquari, Santa Catarina State (Brazil). Over the course of the next few years, more than 200 million Euros will be invested in the plant, resulting in a production capacity of more than 30,000 vehicles annually. The first car to roll off the assembly line in Araquari is a BMW 328i ActiveFlex. This car is specifically designed for the flexible use of either ethanol or petrol and thus meets the special requirements of the Brazilian market.
10 July 2014 - It offers more interior space than any MINI before it, as well as new ways to experience hallmark brand driving fun with its optional all-wheel drive system ALL4. The MINI Countryman has become firmly established in its segment and is now also one of the top favorites among fans of all-wheel drive automobiles. This is again reflected very clearly in the results of the 2014 "Off Road Award". Like last year, readers of "Off Road" magazine voted the compact MINI all-rounder into second place in the category "Subcompact SUV".