Apr 23rd, 2014
Since its inception, MINI has been working to make MINI Connected smarter and better integrated. While so far much of MINI Connected’s functionality has focused on things like streaming music, driver feedback and economical driving, today they’ve announced a new app for MINI Connected XL called Journey Mate. By integrating the built-in navigation system with real-time traffic info, your own calendar appointments, nearby gas stations and available parking, Journey Mate is designed to help get you where you’re going and provide helpful context along the way.
We’ve said from the start that the potential of MINI Connected is perhaps its most appealing feature. As the system gets more and more well integrated into the digital world around us, it can only get more useful. For those of you looking for more than just the next streaming music service, this app’s for you.
As soon as any of you new F56 owners get your hands on this, we’d love to hear from you on how it works. Meanwhile, here’s full details from MINI:
Apr 22nd, 2014
Last week we reported that MINI USA had decided at the last minute to delay all F56 Cooper deliveries. Since that time MINI USA has not only sent us an official statement but also spoke with us off the record about the incident. You can read the official statement here. But as usual the off record comments are a bit more telling. They not only speak to the importance of the F56 launch but to the lessons learned from various R56 issues.
Apr 19th, 2014
Fresh off of the light refresh of the Countryman MINI has turned its attention to the Paceman. But lets cut straight to what you want to know. Every part of the Countryman’s refresh is seen in the Paceman (detailed below). New trim, colors, grille design and sound deadening. The only exception is that the Paceman doesn’t get the Countryman’s silver trim seen on the All4 model of the Countryman. The refreshed Paceman should hit showrooms in July or August depending on where you are in the world.
Official Release: Fresh stimuli for the first Sports Activity Coupé in the premium compact segment; the new MINI Paceman underscores its exceptional standing as a sporty, elegant individualist with fresh design details, increased driving performance figures, further optimised efficiency, innovative equipment features and refined premium characteristics in the interior; pioneering automobile concept of a compact 3-door model with coupé-like lines, unique combination of driving fun and functionality and the optional all-wheel drive system ALL4 now gains additional appeal; increased engine output in the new MINI Cooper S Paceman consolidates driving fun leadership within the segment driving fun; market launch in July 2014 also includes the launch of the new edition of the extreme athlete MINI John Cooper Works Paceman. continued →
Apr 19th, 2014
As part of the new Malaysian F56 MINI launch MINI of Malaysia has created a Gymkhana video that’s perfect for a Saturday morning youtube session.
Apr 18th, 2014
The F56 JCW Exterior package will debut for the 2015 model year later this summer. That’s the word straight from MINI USA products managers from the floor of NYIAS. The JCW exterior package will consist of wheels, aero-kit and some new trim. It appears that continued →
Apr 17th, 2014
The 2015 refresh of the Countryman is subtle. But it’s the right kind of subtle. MINI has carefully addressed issues throughout the R60′s production making this refresh less dramatic than it could have been. Furthermore the overall look of the car has held-up well and (in our minds) didn’t require a drastic nip and tuck to maintain it’s sales momentum. However what it is both subtle and striking in the form of exterior and interior trim updates. The results are a car that feels more upmarket and more refined.
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Apr 16th, 2014
The MINI Paceman will debut the same 2015 refresh we saw with the Countryman in NYC in Bejing next week. The refresh will focus in three new colors, improved sound deadening, new grill designs for all models and new exterior and interior trim. continued →