Magneti Marelli S.p.A. provides the new Mini Countryman's standard-fit halogen headlamps and front fog lamps as well as the crossover's optional bi-xenon headlamps and xenon headamps with adaptive lighting. The Italian firm, which is part of Fiat S.p.A., expects a fitment rate of 59 percent for the halogen lamps, 36 percent for the bi-xenon option and 5 percent for the adaptive lighting. Marelli ships the components from its facility in the Czech Republic while the fog lamps come from its factory in Turkey.
BAS Components Ltd. supplies cold-formed nuts for the Countryman's seat recliner mechanism. The UK company is the Tier 3 supplier, delivering the nuts to S&P Federnwerk GmbH, which adds a spring mechanism. This is then shipped to the Tier 1 seat supplier, Johnson Controls Inc. While cold-formed nuts are not as precise as bar-turned nuts, they are much quicker and cheaper to produce and are adequate for roles such as this. BAS Components estimates that by using its cold-formed nuts instead of its bar-turned alternative, Mini save 240,000 euros a year.
Mini unveiled the Countryman in April 2010. The fourth member of its lineup is the carmaker's first crossover, distinguishing itself from its siblings by its increased ground clearance -- 149mm (about 6 inches) compared with 139mm for the Mini Cooper or 130mm for the Mini Cooper S -- and raised seating. The five-door Countryman comes from launch with a choice of three gasoline and two diesel engines and five trim levels: the entry level Mini One Countryman; the Mini Cooper Countryman; the turbocharged Mini Cooper S Countryman and the diesel-powered Mini Cooper D Countryman.
The Countryman is built by contract manufacturer Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria, while the gasoline engines come from the BMW's Hams Hall engine plant near Birmingham, England. BMW produces the Mini Countryman's diesels at its engine plant in the Steyr, Austria.