Apr 18th, 2013
A few weeks back at this year’s Geneva Motorshow an MF reader noticed something odd about the fogs of the R56 hatch on the MINI stand. The Foglights were completely different and 100% LED rather than the standard bulbs. A closer look revealed even more. They were fully LED, and illuminated in three ways: the upper half of the halo only, the full halo, or the full halo and the fog lamp lit up.
In the words of MF reader Jason who spotted them, “They look amazing – much better than stock.” However surprisingly the folks at the MINI stand knew nothing about them. We know they were an officially MINI part since they had the world “MINI” stamped into the center of the light itself (and of course they were on the stand of a major auto show).
Over the past couple of week We’ve done some asking around but have thus far come up empty. So we turn to you dear MotoringFile reader. Does anything have any light to shed on these new LED fog lights? Are they unreleased accessories? Or maybe a sneak peek at what to expect on the F56? Or perhaps just MINI designers having a laugh?
Hat tip to Jason for the photos.
Mar 6th, 2013
Unlike the first GP MINI hasn’t gone to the same lengths in keeping non-owners from finding and buying the unique components of the car. This means that any one who owns a R5X MINI has some opportunity to customize their car with some of the relatively rare parts found on the fastest MINI ever made.
Mar 5th, 2013
When MINI released the first GP any part associated with it could only be bought if you had an actual GP VIN. It was assumed this would be the case with new GP as well. But surprisingly longtime reader Karl Muller did some digging and was able to order perhaps the more interesting of all parts on the new GP – the rear diffuser. And perhaps most surprising it was not only easy but relatively cheap and simple to install.
Nov 8th, 2012
MINI by PUMA stands for cleverly designed luggage solutions and casual shoe styles perfect for the everyday life in the city. The collection masterfully combines urban lifestyle with sports fashion. The appeal lies in the mix of a clear design language and intelligent functionality. The whole range of products draws inspiration from the UK – home of the automotive brand.
As of now a range of items, including six bags, one wallet and three sneaker styles will be sold through the MINI Online Shop and selected MINI dealerships.
Aug 29th, 2012
As we reported last month, MINI and sports lifestyle brand PUMA have signed a worldwide license agreement sealing their partnership over a period of several years. The collaboration brings together two innovative and iconic brands with a long-standing passion for functionality, performance and design.
The joint collection, MINI by PUMA will include a range of clothing, shoes and accessories which will be available from September 2012. The collections will be available from select MINI dealerships, PUMA stores and PUMA retail partners.
Today we see the first fruits of that partnership. continued →
Jul 19th, 2012
This isn’t the first time MINI has worked together with German brand Puma. Closer to the original launch of the new MINI in 2001/2002 Puma partnered with the brand to create one-off cars (see above) and accessories. As some may remember, Puma even produced a few pieces for MINI’s fashion line MINI_Motion.
This new line will be a bit more accessories and will be available in MINI dealers worldwide as well as Puma store.
Official Release: Automotive manufacturer MINI and sports lifestyle brand PUMA have signed a worldwide license agreement sealing their partnership over a period of several years. The collaboration brings together two innovative and iconic brands with a long-standing passion for functionality, performance and design, and centres on a joint collection of clothing, shoes and accessories. The lifestyle product lines will be available from September 2012 under the label MINI by PUMA. Selected MINI dealerships will be selling a range of items, while PUMA stores and PUMA retail partners will carry the entire collection. continued →
Mar 1st, 2012
Official Release: Against the backdrop of Milan Fashion Week, MINI launched a special limited edition of CARMINA CAMPUS bags at 10 Corso Como on 28 February. Under the style-assured guidance of Ilaria Venturini Fendi, colour samples, material offcuts and other leftovers from the production of the new MINI Roadster were turned into designer bags made by Italian craftsmen – in the true spirit of the CARMINA CAMPUS philosophy that employs only re-used or recycled materials in the creation of fashion accessories. continued →