Uh… where is my Mini Cooper Countryman? Recapping for those of you who have just joined us: since mid-December it’s been built in Ganz, Austria; traveled to Bremerhaven, Germany; ridden on the Dionysos Leader across the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, through the Panama Canal and up the Pacific coast to Port Hueneme, Calif.

It was even in San Diego waters almost two weeks ago as the Leader dropped off other cars at the Port of San Diego’s docks in National City.

Don’t know how many miles that is, but it’s a fair distance going almost halfway around the world.

So what about the last 173 miles to the dealer in San Diego?

We’re not so sure.

I’m hoping it is there nice and secure, getting checked out to make sure it’s as perfect as if it was Roger Penske’s personal car (his company owns the outlet) and I can pick it up tomorrow.

It’s been a long journey; let’s hope my car isn’t sitting in someone else’s garage…

On the assembly line

Well, I was a bit mixed up. My new Mini Cooper Countryman is just on the assembly line now in Graz, Austria. Ends up th production date is when it starts down final assembly rather than when it is done. So, a few more days before its birthday. Stay tuned.

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.

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!