Jul 22nd, 2013
MINI’s been toying with concepts for years that show the potential versatility of the brand’s products. Now we have three new ones based on existing products. The trio each reflect different aspects of the rise in popularity of camping and festivals, creating a choice of premium home-from-home options for the traveller.
Jun 15th, 2013
The MINI Countryman won an award. MINI then decided to drive one through the mud for photos. And now here they are. We say forget the award and enjoy the dirty Countryman. As someone who’s had the pleasure of “mudding” a ALL4 Countryman I can attest it was absolutely a joy. Now onto the self-congratulatory press release…
Official Release: Irresistible design and unstoppable progress – the MINI Countryman is winning over fresh target groups and attracting increasing numbers of fans among potential buyers of all-wheel drive automobiles. The latest evidence of this is its outstanding performance in the 2013 “Off Road Award”. A reader’s vote held by the car magazine “Off Road” has secured a place on the winner’s podium for the first MINI with four doors, a large tailgate and the optional all-wheel drive system ALL4. The MINI Countryman was ranked second in the subcompact SUV category. continued →
Jun 12th, 2013
Buried in the 2014 pricing update MINI USA has announced that it will no longer be offering the full length rail option for the Countryman. Additionally the only available rear seating will also be the bench killing the once standard split rear seating. As some MF readers may remember we had the option on our longterm Countryman test car. After 12 months and 12,000 miles we had to admit that the split seat and full length rail weren’t a practical options for those who plan on actually using the rear seating often. continued →
Jun 12th, 2013
2014 Model year pricing is in and things are looking good. In fact the only price increase is to the Paceman and Countryman and there MINI is only raising the price $100. With that $100 2014 R60 and R61s will now come standard with heated mirrors and washer jets – options technically worth more than $100.
Why no increase elsewhere? Simply put MINI is gearing up for the F56 and will be holding the line on pricing until it hits this next February/March as a 2014 model. That means that there will be no 2014 R56 models unlike the rest of the MINI range.
Production of 2014 models begins on July 1st 2013. Here’s the full release.
Official Release: The only models that will have a price increase for the MY2014 are Paceman and Countryman; however, for the $100 increase, all variants of those two models will come equipped standard with heated mirrors and washer jets.
Jun 10th, 2013
Much like the MINI hatch, Clubman and convertible MINI will be offering JCW themes exterior and interior packages for both the Cooper and Cooper S. It’s a way for MINI to offering a sportier looking car without making the customer pony up for the full JCW vehicles. More specifically that means JCW aero-kit, JCW wheels and a host of other JCW accoutrement.
The following UK release details these these changes along with some specific UK package updates. While much of it will show up in all markets take note that the packages mentioned in the release such as the Chili package will remain UK specific.
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Jun 3rd, 2013
[UPDATE: We've received official confirmation from MINI USA that the Cooper ALL4 version of the Paceman and Countryman will not be coming to the US Market at present.]
Previously, MINI’s exceptional all-wheel-drive system, ALL4, has only been available as an option on the Cooper S, and (where available) diesel versions of the Countryman and Paceman. It comes standard on the JCW version of both cars. That’s changing, however. Starting in July, the Cooper versions of both the Countryman and the Paceman will also be available with optional ALL4, extending this popular option to a new place in the model range. On the one hand, this provides a more affordable, more fuel-efficient AWD option in the MINI lineup — maximizing traction for people who feel the need for extra grip.
Apr 17th, 2013
The idea of local production is one that isn’t new to the Mini world. The classic Mini had numerous local production points throughout the world that allowed the company to efficiently meet the needs of a specific market. This also allows BMW to get past any local tariffs and produce cars more effectively. History is repeating itself with this latest announcement by BMW – which builds multiple models at the same plant. But don’t expect to see an Indian built MINI at your local European or US dealer. These cars will be sold exclusively on the sub-continent as the term “local production” suggests. Read on for the full press release.