AD #1616 – Toyota Posts Big Gains, Design Trend Challenges, MINI Introduces New JCW Model

May 8th, 2015 at 11:42am

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- Toyota Posts Big Gains
- Top 10 Jobs Of 2025
- MINI Introduces New JCW Model
- SEAT Reveals New Ibiza
- Design Trend Challenges

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29 Comments to “AD #1616 – Toyota Posts Big Gains, Design Trend Challenges, MINI Introduces New JCW Model”

  1. Jon M Says:

    IT’S A CROSLEY, NOT NASH, STILL LOOKS YOUNG. I love it. Sometimes the headlines just crack me up.

  2. Kit Says:

    The new MINI JCW is nice, if you want to spend $33K or more for a 2 door hardtop MINI, but they really need to get the next generation of convertible and Countryman to market, or at least put the new engines in the existing ones. We recently read here that FIAT is now outselling MINI in the U.S. That doesn’t look good, for MINI.

  3. G.A.Branigan Says:

    JCW……It still makes me think of JC Whitney.

  4. Mike Says:

    Yes, Crosley did make an engine that was “oven brazed” together out of sheet metal stampings. The engine was okay, the anti-freeze was not. It set up galvanic corrosion by electrolysis that would go after sheet metal but not cast iron. When cast iron corrodes it forms a layer that then does not corrode further. When, after WWII, Crosley switched to cast iron, it only added 13 pounds to the weight of the vehicle. The problem from then was that the rest of the car was awful. Just a tin box on wheels. Very sparse.

  5. Kit Gerhart Says:

    3 J.C. Whitney has accesories for MINI, like velour dash covers, but BMW would rather you not think of that.

  6. G.A.Branigan Says:

    Can’t help it Kit,I used to buy parts from JC Whitney back in the 60′s.If bmw wants to refer to using jcw instead of John Cooper Works for their mini,they should realize that us old folks remember those initials differently,lol.But I doubt they actually care.

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    On the MINI web site, they mostly spell out John Cooper Works, but, understandably, it is often abbreviated as JCW.

  8. pedro fernandez Says:

    Did anyone catch this new History channel show “Lost in Transmission” with one of the guys from the defunct US Top Gear? It was like Top Gear re-imagined and one hour of my life I’ll never get back.

  9. HtG Says:

    Pedro, if you’re interested, CSPAN was showing a policy discussion from the Brookings Institution hosted by the State Dept. on the topic of autonomous cars and multinational regulation thereof, and technology diffusion. Maybe you’ll like that better. I personally haven’t got the fortitude.

    Also, EETimes will have a podcast tonight on connected cars. Joy, I know

  10. HtG Says:

    crxn, the EETimes gig is on 5/11.

  11. pedro fernandez Says:

    Maybe if everyone ignores the subject, it will just go away?

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Are Red Bull/Renault getting it together, sort of? All 4 cars made it to Q3, but, surprisingly, the 2nd string outqualified the 1st string.

  13. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ Pedro: A general rule of thumb,the history channel just can’t do automotive stuff worth a damn.Counting cars is proof of that.

  14. C-Tech Says:

    @ #13 Being a little hard on the Count and crew ?

  15. C-Tech Says:

    Kit, just a follow up on the discussion the other day about stealing a push-button equippevehicles. If you can get it by amplifying the signal, and driving off, it won’t shut down until you turn it off. If you can get back to your secret shop and program a new key (or fob ), its yours to drive until caught.

  16. Kit Says:

    15 Thanks. When I checked my Prius a couple days ago, I found that it would not only keep going, but it didn’t even beep at me. It only had a couple not-too-intrusive warnings in the display, that you could get rid of with black electrical tape. The thief could get by quite a while by parking in a secure place, and not locking the doors.

    With a Prius, if the accessories are off, especially the A/C, the engine would run only occasionally to keep the battery charged, but would not run often, or very long. If the thief parked it inside, though, he might have a CO problem.

  17. pedro fernandez Says:

    There was another show in which a group of restorers would drive throughout the country, respond to a viewers wish and help them remodel their old classic. But those guys were actually mechanics, these 2 clowns, Rutledge and some other dude there, are not, they charge people and then find others to actually do the work and supposedly make no profit, complete BS non-sense.

  18. cwolf Says:

    I think I saw that show, pedro. I think the purpose was to overcome the hurdles the owner faced to restore their car. The show is not my cup of tea, because nothing was taught to the viewer during restoration.I bet the owner was happy.

  19. cwolf Says:

    The lesson I am learning from my restoration of my “69″ MGC is that one has to be very careful of the quality of any replacement parts. Many re-pop fenders are thinner than original, so proper fitting is much more difficult. Thank God I hoarded a stash of mint parts in my youth, so I am for the better. Everything has to be 100% perfect to have a car sold for to dollar at auctions, like “Macon”. The show pedro mensioned are just cars meant to be driven.

  20. pedro fernandez Says:

    That is why Wheeler Dealer is my favorite, you actually learn something by watching Edd China restoring them cars. #19 True, the cheap replacement for my Crapola’s damaged hood weighs a lot less than the original, shows how thin the metal is. I just wonder how much weight you save if you replace all these body panels with after market, thinny thin parts.

  21. jack586 Says:

    Many people buy Toyota’s without even knowing what the competition has. Take for example the Tacoma truck. All the truck experts will tell you the new Colorado is far better, but yet, Toyota’s sells a lot more Tacomas. Don’t tell me it’s because the Toyota’s are more durable because the difference today is not even worth mentioning.
    Those Toyota buyers don’t want to do their homework and feel safe because it’s a Toyota. It to show we Americans are not so smart.

  22. pedro fernandez Says:

    Isis fighters and other terrorists think they’re (Hilux)good enough to be used as military vehicles and gamble with their lives that they will not give out in battle, so I guess not only Americans are not that smart. The previous Colorado has that awful 5 cyl motor, unreliable POS

  23. Kit Gerhart Says:

    21 Yep, Toyota has the reputation, and they actually are reliable, though crude, by today’s standards. One thing Tacoma has, though, is more choice of body styles. You can get an actual regular cab Tacoma. Those seem hard to find.

  24. Kit Gerhart Says:

    22 The thing I’ve heard about the 5 cylinder in the old Colorado from a couple friends who have them is, 4 cyl performance, and 6 cyl thirst. Also, they just sound “industrial.”

    The new Colorado is much better, powertrains and otherwise. Time will tell about the reliability. Yeah, a Hilux would be much better as a war machine. I suspect most of them used by the terrorists even have carburetors, the better for repairs under adverse conditions.

  25. G.A.Branigan Says:

    The hi-lux by any standards today is crude,much like the original jeeps were.The taco’s aren’t much better,and in some cases worse,frame rust out,failing pinions due to poor angles of the driveline.I’ve read all sorts of complaints,yet the lemmings have no problem plunking down new truck prices for 10 year old tech etc.Kinda reminds me of something PT Barnum said a long time ago….

  26. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I just read a Colorado/Taco comparison by autotrader.com, and another by I forget whom. Both comparisons pointed out the obvious. The Chevy is quieter, more comfortable, drives better, etc. The “disagreement” in the comments section indicated that the people posting had never even sat in, much less, driven the Colorado. One thing mentioned is that the Taco is better off-road which may (or may not) be true. If true, it is probably only because the Chevy has an air dam that hangs down lower. Of course, that matters to only a handful of people. Fewer than a quarter of Jeep Wrangler owners use them off-road, and a lot fewer yet of pickup owners do.

  27. Kit Gerhart Says:

    BTW, one thing I thought I liked about the Tacoma was that they sold a regular cab version. I just that they have dropped it.

  28. G.A.Branigan Says:

    The taco was better off road then the last iteration of the colorado/canyon.I have no idea if that still stands.My last jeep,an 08 JK 2 door was by far the most off road capable then anything else road legal.Too bad they were junk.And I took it off road almost daily during good weather for my prospecting and using my metal detector.Great fun and it would go anywhere it would fit.

  29. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I have a standing joke with some friends, which is probably true. I do more off-road driving with my Prius and MINI than most Wrangler drivers do with their vehicles. Of course, my off-roading is very mild in nature, at the national model airplane site in Muncie, Indiana, on terrain like a poorly maintained lawn that is overdue for being mowed.