I had seen press that Chrysler and BMW were working on a small 4 cylinder engine prior to the DaimlerChrysler merger and that engine is what is being used to power the Mini Cooper. The engine was designed by Chrylser and manufactured by BMW.....So I called the Mini dealer and asked them about the enigine. They denied it has anything to do with Chrysler and that they wouldn't have any domestic content in such a car. O for one get tired of foreign auto makers and the people who drool about how great they are. Sure, American cars have had their problems but so the imports. Where else can you find a car like the SRT4 that can out perform cars costing $10k more!!