Jul 1st, 2014
The F55 five door begins its journey to showrooms today with the first production vehicle rolling off the assembly line in Oxford. The first cars should hit UK and European showrooms in about a month’s time with US dealers seeing their first F55 later in the year.
Full release and gallery after the break.
Official Release:The new 5-door is a first for MINI production at the Oxford plant and marks another phase in the roll-out of a £750 million investment programme across BMW Group UK’s production facilities from 2011 to 2015. continued →
Jun 25th, 2014
Official Release: Two class wins in this year’s competition have boosted the BMW Group’s cache of titles acquired in the prestigious International Engine of the Year Award. The two latest accolades go to two power units that manage to combine sporty performance with exemplary efficiency in unique fashion. The 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology – as featured in numerous current BMW models – ranks among the prize-winners for the fourth time. Meanwhile, the 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo engine that drives the MINI Cooper S Countryman and the MINI Cooper S Paceman, among other models, has secured its eighth consecutive class win. continued →
Jun 16th, 2014
Official Release: The MINI combination of driving fun, expressive design and premium quality is still unique – and it is helping current models of the British brand to achieve lasting appeal. This is once again reflected in the new “Resale Value Giants” ranking published in the online edition of “Focus” magazine. Here, no less than four MINI models have been recognised for their outstandingly stable value. The new MINI One, the MINI Cooper S Paceman, the MINI One Convertible and the MINI Cooper Coupé all occupy leading positions in their respective segments. continued →
Jun 12th, 2014
BMWand GoPro have taken the wraps off of perhaps the best MINI App yet. The new GoPro App features full integration of the camera’s functionality directly in the iDrive interface. We got to play with the new app and the updated GoPro Hero3+ at Road America recently (alongside the new BMW M4) and came away incredibly impressed. The in-car app not only allows you to start and stop the video but gives you a series of presets that takes much of the guess-work out of setting up the GoPro. In short it streamlines the process and gets you driving and recording faster.
The app works by having the GoPro app on your iPhone (it’s iOS only for this initial release) and the plugging the phone into your MINI App equipped MINI. From there you go to apps in the car and press GoPro – that’s it.
Video after the break. continued →
Jun 12th, 2014
A few days ago we told you about MINI USA’s plans to release a Clubman diesel in late 2016/early 2017. Today we get an early peak at what will likely be a variation of the engine used. The Cooper SD is the fastest and most powerful diesel ever offered in a MINI. With 170hp and a healthy 266 ft lbs of torque, the new 2.0L diesel should sprint to 60 mph in under seven seconds while returning 59 MPG US (4.0 to 4.1 litres per 100 kilometers). Will we see that kind of efficiency with the Clubman? It’s much too early to tell but we’d expect MINI to aim for something over 50 MPG.
Read on for the full details on the new Cooper SD and the MINI One First that was also launched today. continued →
Jun 10th, 2014
MINI continues to struggle in building sales steam this year as the delayed F56 changeover and other new model production issues continue to hamper sales growth overall. Official statements say this downturn in year-over-year sales (and year-to-date sales which are down 12.4%) are inline with expectations due to the model changeover. We expect to see sales normalize later in the year and outpace previous sales F56 production is able to catch up to actual demand. We also expect that with the debut of the F55 four-door MINI fast approaching, overall sales are likely to rebound substantially.
Full chart after the break. continued →
Jun 3rd, 2014
With the F56 still ramping up MINI USA sales are down as expected for the month of May. The good news here (also as expected) is that MINI USA had another record month of used inventory. Basically there aren’t enough new cars for sale so customers are buying CPO MINIs. Full chart after the break. continued →