Heard from the dealer that my new Mini Cooper Countryman is due to come through the birth canal — er, come off the assembly line — on Wednesday.

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The Austrian assembly line.

The Mini website told me it was scheduled for production last week but to check with the dealer for more details. He let me know it has a birth date.

That means that as I write this, the painted body, drivetrain and the rest of the 20,000 parts that make up the car are sitting on or near the final assembly line, ready to go.

Next step is for them to finish the car and start it on the way to San Diego!
  

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