Nov 20th, 2013
We’ve just returned from MINI’s public North American debut at the LA Autoshow where both a Cooper and Cooper S were shown. The cars were swarmed by media as you can imagine however we managed to elbow our way in (and wait out the crowds) to bring you another look at both models. Enjoy.
Nov 20th, 2013
MINI threw a massive party last night at the Kim Sing Theatre in downtown LA to usher in a new era. The F56 was present in both Blazing Red Cooper and Volcanic Orange Cooper S forms. Celebrities and MINI designers mingled while listening to Passion Pit and eating Korean Tacos via a Kogi food truck. In a word it was incredible.
The bigger question – is the F56 starting to look better the more you see it in the flesh? So far the answer is a resounding yes.
Check out the full gallery and videos of the introduction and MINI and BMW designers discussing the car after the break.
Sep 2nd, 2013
Traditionally the major fall European motor show (which alternates between Paris and Frankfurt annually) sees at least one major debut from MINI. Many had hoped it would be the public debut of the F56, the next generation MINI that has been so highly anticipated. However that will not be the case as it’s saving the production debut spotlight for the BMWi brand and the i3 and i8. Instead MINI will make do with the following accessories.
Or so it seems. Despite the following press release being devoid of a mention, we believe MINI will be showing off a concept based on the MINI Vision rendering we saw last month and one that foreshadows the F56. continued →
Mar 27th, 2013
MINI quietly brought the Clubvan to both the North American International Auto Show in Detroit and to the Paceman launch in Puerto Rico. With pricing recently released, they’re giving this Clubman variant its time in the sun at the New York International Auto Show later this week. Click past the jump for the press release as well as a bunch of new Clubvan photos (which strangely, appear to be taken in Paris).
Mar 5th, 2013
The Geneva Motorshow is one of the largest of the year and often a major source of Euro car debuts. Despite this things are relatively quiet from MINI with this year’s major debuts happening at Frankfurt in the fall or via the web this summer. However that hasn’t stopped other automakers from making Geneva a spectacular show this year – especially with the supercar debuts from Ferrari, Porsche, Lamborghini and McLaren. Then there’s the debut of the new Golf GTI, AMG A45 and the Alfa 4C that may appeal to the small car lovers out there.
Click through to check out the entire gallery from today’s press preview. continued →
Feb 21st, 2013
Geneva is a major auto show on the international circuit each year, and MINI and BMW both have used the Geneva venue to make some major announcements in the past. What about this year? MINI has just announced what they plan to bring with them to Switzerland this year, and as much as we’d like to tell you that you’ll see the 2014 MINI Cooper, the F56, it looks like for now MINI is staying focused on a new trim package (The Bond Street) for the Clubman, and a similar emphasis on JCW to what we saw at Detroit in January. They’re still excited about the Paceman JCW (as are we), and of course the JCW GP will be on hand. That, however, is as far as the official information goes. Is that it? MINI may very well have something else up their sleeves for this show in early March. MINI and BMW both are fond of showing pre-production cars as thinly veiled concept cars. Will we see an early F56? We don’t think so. Instead look for something a bit more conceptual but still foreshadowing something eventually meant for production.
Jan 24th, 2013
At the North American International Auto Show, Gabe and I had the chance to sit down with MINI USA’s head Jim McDowell and Marketing leader Tom Salkowski. We talk about Jim’s expanded role with MINI in the Americas (North and South) as well as the state of the MINI brand in 2013 here in its largest market. And then there are the surprises. From a big event announcement to a hint at a new options it’s well worth a listen.