Jan 21st, 2015
The most basic family transportation MINI has ever created, the MINI One First Five door is only available in markets that normally get such entry level MINIs. As you’d expect North America is excluded.
Official Release: Five doors and a new basic engine type now make entry into the world of MINI even more convenient and highly economical at the same time. As of March 2015, the model program of the latest generation of the original in the premium segment of small cars will be expanded to include the MINI One First 5 door. As for the new MINI 3 door, this means that the five-door body variant will also offer a range of seven engine types to choose from. continued →
Jan 21st, 2015
Official Release: Jochen Goller will move to China where he will take over an extended role with overall responsibility for Sales and Marketing at the BMW Brilliance Joint Venture in China. Mr Goller (48), who has headed up the MINI brand since 2013, already has experience when it comes to the Chinese market. During his 15-year career with the BMW Group, he was previously Head of Marketing at BMW China before returning to Europe, where he first took over responsibility for the MINI brand in Great Britain and Ireland ahead of moving to his current job. continued →
Jan 20th, 2015
The news is light but certainly looks serious. According to multiple sources at dealers, MINIUSA has issued a delivery stop on all F56 MINI Cooper produced from Dec 2013 to Dec 2014. continued →
Jan 20th, 2015
Starting off with a PSA or two (seriously, drive careful out there gang!) before rolling into news of the week and Alex’s take on NAIAS. We have interviews coming this week from the show that we think you’ll enjoy. Also, Ask Chad inbox is back online, so send those questions over to our man Chad and he will answer those for you, relatively free of charge.
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Jan 19th, 2015
Nasser Al-Attiyah has defended MINI’s crown at Dakar for 2015. The Quatar native won for team X-raid making it four consecutive wins for the German racing team as well. continued →
Jan 18th, 2015
As we mentioned here and here, everything appears to indicate that 2015 will be MINI USA’s best year yet. With a great number of MINIs sold comes great responsibilities in educating news comers to the brand. To that extent, MINI USA has released a series of introduction videos to its MINI Financial Services. We’ve compiled a playlist of these clips for your viewing pleasure. continued →
Jan 17th, 2015
This week was definitely dedicated to John Cooper Works. On Monday MINI took the wraps of the F56 JCW, with the car due to hit dealer lots by the end of spring. However, that doesn’t stop MINI from continuing to develop JCW for other FXX models. Next on the list, the F57 Convertible. Based on spy shots from Autoblog, the F57 JCW is already undergoing winter testing in Scandinavia. While the car is covered in swirly graphics, obvious cues (i.e soft top, aero kit, exhaust, brakes) confirm that we are indeed looking at a JCW Convertible.
When we first saw spy pictures of the JCW 3-door Hardtop, the F56 had been on sale for three months. With this new sets of photos coming out before the F57 is even released, it appears that MINI is ramping-up JCW models at a faster pace now that the JCW F56 has been announced.
Expect the F57 to start production in November and its JCW variant in March 2016.
Don’t forget to visit Autoblog for a detailed look at the pictures. continued →