Dec 5th, 2013
Sales are down across the board with one interesting exception. The Paceman has finally found buyers. 631 in November – almost double that of the Clubman. And what of the Roadster and Coupe? They’re fallen off a cliff. Not surprising considering the time of the year but it’s somewhat shocking to see the most exciting car in the line-up – the Roadster – selling under 100 united in a month. Full sales figures after the break.
Official release: MINI USA reported sales of 4,575 automobiles, a decrease of 12.8 percent from the 5,248 sold in the same month a year ago. Year-to-date, MINI sales in the U.S. are up 0.4 percent on volume of 59,910 compared to 59,667 in the first eleven months of 2012. continued →
Nov 1st, 2013
That’s what last month’s sales figures seem to indicate. Talk to MINI dealers and they’ll often tell you hushed tones how terribly the Paceman is selling. And in some markets that definitely seems to be the case. However someone is buying the two door crossover. Consider the fact that the Paceman outsold the BMW X6 and 1 Series last month. Granted the both are months away from being replaced with an all new models but that still should raise some eyebrows.
Things get more interesting if you if you look just at the Paceman in relation to the rest of the MINI line-up
Oct 18th, 2013
MINI is launching it’s first ever matte color option with a limited edition model that will be uniquely offered in most key markets. Frozen Black metallic paint is now available as a limited edition color for the top of the range MINI Countryman and MINI Paceman models around the world. In the US this will be exclusively available on the Black Knight Edition Countryman Cooper S but elsewhere will be available on both Paceman and Countryman across the MINI Cooper SD, Cooper S and JCW models.
This innovative paint which has a textured, shimmering matt finish, gives the car a depth that isn’t normally found in matte finishes. continued →
Oct 9th, 2013
MINI’s decision to keep the six speed Aisin automatic for the next generation F56 was seen as a surprise when announced last week. While MINI promises some mechanical improvements along with completely revamped software, it’s still seen as rather long in the tooth as compared to some of the more advanced offerings in the marketplace. What’s MINI thinking with this?
BMW has a long history with ZF Friedrichshafen also known simply as ZF. They’ve been producing transmissions for BMW for years and are particularly well known for their recent automatics. The current de rigueur transmission of the rear wheel drive automotive world is the ZF 8HP found in all non M brand BWWs. So good is this transmission in terms of performance and efficiency that it’s made its way into everything from Ram trucks to Bentleys. continued →
Sep 16th, 2013
Tired of all the chrome lettering on the new Countryman and Paceman? Apparently someone at MINI is as well. Starting with fall production both cars will be available with Option Code 320 (aka Stealth Mode) which debadges the cars. continued →
Jul 18th, 2013
The Paceman lies in a space between expectations. Too large to be a proper MINI and too small to be a truly utility-focused vehicle. That’s what I heard time and time again from friends and bystanders during my week with the R61 MINI. It’s got two doors in the space of four and it’s got mass in places that MINI’s historically haven’t had it. Yet why do I like it so much?
In my first two drives in the car I’ve come away impressed with its MINI-like performance characteristics, interior accommodations and surprising boot space. In many ways this is the car that rights some of the Countryman’s wrongs. The Paceman sports improved handling characteristics, thanks to subtle suspension tweaks. It has improved looks, thanks to the added dimensionally of the rear flanks and sloping roofline. These improvements, plus interior trim upgrades, all add up to a greater good. 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 →