The MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 debuts

MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4

From BMW Group PressClub Global:

Characteristic MINI driving fun is now available in fascinating, sustainable form. The MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 is the first model of the British premium brand in which a plug-in hybrid drive provides the option of mobility that is purely electric and therefore emissions-free, in addition to offering the thrill of athletic agility and supreme versatility. The job of providing efficient forward propulsion is shared between a 3-cylinder petrol engine and a synchronous electric motor. Together they produce a system output of 165 kW/224 hp. Equally impressive is the average fuel consumption of 2.1 litres per 100 kilometres and the CO2 emissions figure of 49 grams per kilometre (EU test cycle figures for plug-in hybrid vehicles). The MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 is thus the perfect vehicle for urban target groups who wish to enjoy the benefits of purely electric mobility when commuting between home and work every day, for example, while at the same time benefiting from unlimited long-distance suitability at the weekend.

The MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 combines the variable space concept of the new model generation’s largest member with the sustainability of BMW Group eDrive technology and an electrified all-wheel drive system. The front wheels are powered by the combustion engine, the rear wheels by the electric motor. The MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 is able to run on electricity alone not just in urban traffic but far beyond, too – at a top speed of 125 km/h and with a range of up to 40 kilometres. Drawing on the power of both drive forms, it offers driving fun away from surfaced roads, too. “The plug-in hybrid concept perfectly matches the new MINI Countryman because it offers intelligent all-wheel drive as well as being able to run on electricity alone both in urban areas and over longer distances, too. This is unique in the segment,” says Uwe Seitz, MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 project manager.

The MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4: an overview of the highlights.
– The brand’s first ever plug-in hybrid model.
– High-quality BMW Group eDrive components, configured to suit this specific model, that draw on expertise gained from the development of BMW iPerformance automobiles.
– 3-cylinder petrol engine and electric motor combine to produce a total system output of 165 kW/224 hp.
– Fuel consumption in the EU test cycle: 2.1 litres/100 km, CO2 emissions: 49 g/km.
– Electric driving at speeds of up to 125 km/h with a range of up to 40 kilometres.
– Novel driving experience due to the electrified all-wheel drive system ALL4.
– Lithium-ion high-voltage battery can be charged at a wallbox in 2:15 hours.
– Three operating modes available for selection via eDrive toggle switch.
– Hybrid-specific displays. (more…)

New MINI Countryman premieres


New MINI Countryman

From BMW Group PressClub Global:

As the new generation of the MINI Countryman sees its premiere, the tradition-steeped British brand continues its advance into the premium compact segment. The new MINI Countryman is the biggest and most versatile model in the brand’s 57-year history. Having been completely newly developed, it now reflects considerable advancements in the areas of space, functionality, athletic flair and premium characteristics.

The new MINI Countryman (combined fuel consumption: 7.0 – 2.1 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 159 – 49 g/km) achieves its unique standing among direct competitors due to its powerfully expressive design, efficiently shaped bodywork and in particular its unmatched driving agility. The latest version of the all-wheel drive system ALL4 ensures driving fun beyond paved roads, too. What is more, the new MINI Countryman is the first model of the brand to be available with a plug-in hybrid drive. In the form of the MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 it has a range of up to 40 kilometres running on electrical power alone.

The new MINI Countryman – an overview of the innovations.
– Powerful proportions, 20 centimetres longer than its predecessor.
– Five fully-fledged seats, clear increase in space and versatility.
– Electrical tailgate control as well as touchless opening and closing of the tailgate.
– MINI Picnic Bench: fold-out load loading sill cushion as a comfortable seat on the luggage compartment lid and for general outdoor use.
– MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4: the first ever MINI with plug-in hybrid drive.
– New generation of engines and gearboxes, efficiency-optimised all-wheel drive system ALL4.
– Central instrument with touchscreen function for the first time.
– MINI Country Timer measures driving fun over demanding terrain.
– MINI Connected App as a personal assistant on a day-to-day basis and when travelling.
– MINI Find Mate: everything you need on board at all times – or in view. (more…)

MINI News now on Instagram

MINI News on InstagramIn conjunction with the premiere of the new MINI Countryman, MINI is launching an additional channel on the social media platform Instagram. At brand enthusiasts can find out about everything that is happening at MINI. Another new feature at MINI: introducing new digital product information, which no longer separates text, photos and videos, but combines them to form a harmonious whole.

Munich. The MINI brand is expanding both its model range as well as the range of channels on which the British premium car manufacturer communicates with the public. Parallel to the publication of the first specifications and facts, images and videos on the new MINI Countryman, a new Instagram channel is also being launched. At MINI global media communication will be posting the latest news. The open account on the social media platform will feature amazing pictures, exciting videos and information about models, events, design, lifestyle, art, sports and a great deal more. Subscribers to the new Instagram channel will be able to experience MINI from different perspectives, close-up and highly up-to-date.

The lively communication style on Instagram is a result of the fast dissemination of things worth seeing and the immediate response by the public. The social media platform founded in 2010 has more than 500 million users.

At the same time MINI is continuing to digitalise the brand by employing a new form of product press communication on its traditional channel, the BMW Group PressClub Text, photos and videos used to be presented separately. Now they are coming together. Spoken text and visual presentations are blended to form a whole which makes it considerably easier for the user to understand and picture what is being explained. For example if the topic of design is being discussed, exactly the right pictures appear in context. If the light technology or innovative controls of a new model are being described in text form, an explanatory photo or video helps visualise the topic.

“A brand like MINI, which establishes trends and innovative strategies like no other, keeps setting standards time and again. By communicating digitally we are supporting the work of the media and are offering additional contents for online journalists oriented towards fast reporting,” says Alexander Bilgeri, responsible for overall product, technology and sports communication within BMW Group Corporate Communications.

If you want to follow MINI in the social media and want to keep posted on everything happening at MINI, go to:

Facebook: YouTube: Twitter: Instagram: and

details of the hybrid MINI

hybrid MINI

MINI released new information on the forthcoming plug-in hybrid MINI.  The model name of the hybrid isn’t given, but the photos show a MINI Countryman.

From BMW Group PressClub Global:

Head of MINI brand management Sebastian Mackensen and Head of MINI series management Peter Wolf preview the first plug-in hybrid model by the British premium brand.

hybrid MINI

Munich. Hallmark MINI driving fun combined with zero tailpipe emissions. With the introduction of the first plug-in hybrid model by the British premium brand, this will soon be a reality. The series development process for this car has almost been completed. It features a combustion engine and an electric motor enabling purely electric propulsion for the first time in a MINI. This marks the beginning of a new phase for MINI, and offers a glimpse into a future that is charged with excitement for MINI customers and those drivers yet to experience the thrill of a hybrid.

Head of MINI brand management Sebastian Mackensen and Head of MINI series management Peter Wolf offer insight into this new near-series test vehicle, and explain how it retains go-kart feeling in the true spirit of a MINI during a test drive of this model.

“With this model we want to convince MINI customers of the benefits of hybrid drive”, says Mackensen, “and impress everyone who already has hybrid driving experience with MINI’s unique go-kart driving feel.” The key to achieving this lies in intelligent energy management which is used to control how the combustion engine and electric motor operate together. For this reason, the first MINI plug-in hybrid model is not solely focused on efficiency, but uncompromising in pursuit of driving fun.

hybrid MINI
At first glance, you wouldn’t recognise the test car as a hybrid model. And that’s not because of the camouflage foil used. The charging socket for the high-voltage battery is discreetly integrated in the left Side Scuttle. Everything also looks familiar in the cockpit. The start/stop button in the centre of the dashboard glows yellow instead of red. As usual,  you simply press the button to start the car – this vehicle, however, remains silent as the hybrid model always starts in electric mode. The rpm counter in the instrument cluster on the steering column has been replaced with a power display. Keeping a close eye on this display is particularly worthwhile for the first few kilometres as it informs the driver about the electric motor’s power reserves before the combustion engine fires up. When exactly the combustion engine starts varies depending upon on the vehicle’s speed and the intensity with which the driver operate the accelerator pedal.

“After a short time, the driver gets a feel for this”, promises Wolf. And this new driving experience promises a lot of driving fun. The hybrid MINI makes full use of the electric motor’s entire torque, which is available right from standstill, allowing for catapult-like acceleration. Even after leaving the slower pace of the city, this vehicle maintains its zero-tailpipe emissions at motorway speeds. The high-voltage battery under the rear seats provides power for long-lasting electric driving. AUTO eDRIVE standard mode permits speeds of up to 80 km/h, whilst in MAX eDRIVE mode speeds of up to 125 km/h are possible. For Mackensen this is a question of character: “In a hybrid MINI model, driving electrically must also be an exhilarating experience. This means that entirely electric driving is not limited to speeds of 30 or 40 km/h, but to speeds well beyond city traffic pace.”

hybrid MINI

Testing the vehicle himself, Mackensen puts the car through its paces and demonstrates that you need to step on the accelerator peddle very firmly indeed to activate the second power source. Then things really start happening. With the combined output of both drives, the first MINI hybrid vehicle demonstrates unparalleled acceleration performance when compared with its combustion-only siblings.

However, MINI’s go-kart driving characteristics consists of more than just fast acceleration. Above all, this hybrid MINI has to prove how precisely it handles when taking bends on the most exciting, twisting roads. This is where MINI’s plug-in hybrid concept plays its next trump card. “As far as the chassis and suspension are concerned, nothing changes from the conventionally driven model variants”, says Wolf, “and the set-up benefits a lot from the hybrid concept”. Thanks to the eDrive components, which are positioned very low down at the rear, the car’s centre of gravity is lowered and the weight is evenly balanced between the front and rear axle – ideal for achieving an even higher level of legendary MINI agility.

hybrid MINI

The Hybrid concept provides yet another benefit: the electric motor transmits its power to the rear wheels, the combustion engine to the front wheels. Since the intelligent energy management is linked to the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), traction and drive stability are optimised via the drive system. “As soon as there is any risk of drive slip, the second drive unit is activated to provide additional traction when starting off or ensuring a high level of steering precision when cornering”, explains Wolf.

Intelligent energy management offers a further opportunity for both power sources to work together effectively. Driving on the motorway, Mackensen activates a third mode with the eDrive toggle switch: SAVE BATTERY. In this mode, the combustion engine powers the car whilst at the same time, the high voltage battery can retain charge at a constant level or indeed increase charge via a generator. Extended driving in SAVE BATTERY mode enables enough power generation for purely electric driving later.

After driving in SAVE BATTERY mode, the MINI drives back into town in silence at the end of the test drive. The status display in the cockpit reminds the driver to recharge the battery via wallbox or power socket. Refuelling is not necessary yet because the MINI plug-in hybrid model merely took a small sip from the fuel tank. Yet another new dimension of MINIMALISM.

hybrid MINI

US premiere of the MINI VISION NEXT 100


Munich/Los Angeles. 2016 sees the BMW Group celebrate its centenery – under the motto THE NEXT 100 YEARS. The BMW Group continues to look first and foremost on the future, exploring the question of how individual mobility could look tomorrow for the four brands BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad. All four of the BMW Group’s vision vehicles can now be seen for the first time at the world premiere of the BMW Motorrad NEXT 100 in Los Angeles.


MINI VISION NEXT 100: “Every MINI is my MINI”.
Today’s MINI is the perfect premium compact car for the modern city. Digitalisation and connectivity are increasingly changing the way we get around on a daily basis – and this change is taking place most rapidly and noticeably in urban areas. The MINI VISION NEXT 100 is MINI’s answer to several key questions on urban mobility over the years ahead. In the cities of the future, will there be space for a car which engages at an emotional level? What will become of the “clever use of space” principle that underpins MINI? And how can MINI respond to a world becoming ever more digitalised and interconnected?

The core philosophy behind the MINI VISION NEXT 100 is the thoughtful use of the planet’s resources in providing personal mobility. The motto “Every MINI is my MINI” describes a particular take on car-sharing. In the future, fans of the brand will be able to call on a MINI tailored to their personal requirements where ever they are, day or night. The MINI of the future will be available 24/7, able to pick its driver up from their desired location in a fully automated way and will adapt itself to the driver’s individual tastes, interests and preferences. At the heart of this concept is fully connected digital intelligence.

Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design, describes MINI’s vision for the future: “MINI looks to offer smart and bespoke mobility in cities that engages all the senses. And in the future, you might not actually have to own a vehicle to enjoy the benefits.”



Clever approaches to future mobility with MINI:

  • “Digitally Mine” – where every MINI becomes my MINI.
  • The “Cooperizer”: a link between the driver and digital intelligence.
  • “Urban go-kart”: small, clever, nimble.
  • The hallmark driving fun of a MINI will remain intact in the years ahead.
  • Novel use of sustainable materials in the interior.
  • Experience sharing – users become part of a MINI community.



“Digitally mine” – where every MINI becomes my MINI.
In the future, as now, people will be attracted in great numbers to MINI cars and the attitude to life associated with them. But it may not actually be necessary to own a MINI to be part of the action. The design team’s challenge: how could a MINI be widely and instantly adaptable – making the driver feel it is their car, tailored precisely to their own taste – available whenever and wherever they need it? The MINI VISION NEXT 100 is wrapped in a discreet, silver skin. The MINI designers refer to it as a “blank canvas”. How that canvas is used varies according to the individual user, their mood and the situations they encounter. Even the colour of the roof and the lighting mood in the interior respond in kind. The MINI uses projections adapted to the driver in terms of colour, graphics and content to create a personalised experience and customised package of on-board information.


The Cooperizer forms a connection between the driver and digital intelligence.
The Cooperizer is the name the MINI VISION NEXT 100 gives to the centrally positioned circular instrument that has become such a signature feature of MINI cockpits. In the MINI VISION NEXT 100 it illuminates like a kaleidoscope. The colours and patterns it generates symbolise the car’s multi-faceted digital intelligence, which allows it to select a personalised setting for each driver, encompassing entertainment, communications and autonomous-driving options. On the move, the driver can influence the Cooperizer’s decision-making, as the rotary controls allow adjustments to the interior ambience and driving mode. So the car can be adapted to give a perfectly personalised driving experience, whether driven conventionally or autonomously. Pressing the “Inspire Me” button brings another special Cooperizer trick into play. Here, the MINI checks downloaded user data to select information of interest to the driver and provide them with potential sources of inspiration. For example, the MINI VISION NEXT 100 might suggest the MINI set-up configured for an artist the driver admires and whose exhibition they have recently visited. Or it could recommend a challenging, twisting route to the outskirts of town and switch to John Cooper Works performance mode.



The urban go-kart – small, clever, nimble. MINI will continue to offer the driving fun we know and love in the future.
In the future, driving in a MINI must still be fun, to the extent that drivers will prefer to drive themselves – as often as possible. The mechanical experience of speed and the feeling of nipping swiftly through twists and turns are part of what makes a MINI a MINI. But it doesn’t stop there. In a future world of self-driving cars, this side of motoring may have an even more significant, even more special role. Various aspects of the MINI VISION NEXT 100 will take the go-kart feeling to another new level. Cleared of many controls and screens, the interior has a pure, uncluttered look. And the glass front end opens up a dynamic view of the road. Here, augmented reality displays show the route or ideal driving line, heightening the driving sensation.

In addition to these dynamic elements, dreaming up clever details and creating maximum interior space within the smallest possible footprint are other MINI essentials. The efficiently-packaged, zero-emission drive system and the reduced need for crash zones in the future enable a compactness of body not so far removed from the first MINI back in 1959. The generous feeling of cabin space is enhanced by a full-width bench seat and pedals that slide with the steering wheel to adjust their position. The steering wheel is always there, but the option remains, to ask the car to drive itself; perhaps there are things you’d rather do during a journey when the driving environment is tedious. Autonomous driving plays an important role in the MINI VISION NEXT 100, allowing it to travel occupant-free to a charging station, cleaning service, parking space or the next user. To switch from driving themselves to autonomous driving, the driver simply moves the steering wheel into the central area between themselves and the front passenger. In the process, those on board enjoy greater freedom of movement and getting in and out of the car in busy city centres is that much easier. The single-section bench seat and a fullwidth footwell, uninterrupted by a centre console, also help this, allowing passengers to gain rapid access from both sides of the car – without having to decide in advance where they would prefer to sit. When dynamic driving is the order of the day, active elements within the seat provide lateral support for the driver and front passenger. Park the car in a tight spot, and the doors automatically open as wide as possible within the restricted confines.



Innovative use of sustainable materials.
Making responsible use of resources is key in the selection of materials for the MINI VISION NEXT 100. These materials should retain their high level of perceived quality over many years, age stylishly and offer a special tactile experience. As digitisation increases, analogue qualities and experiences will become more important. With the more intensive use of a shared car, interiors will need to be much more hard wearing. In addition to the modern materials made from recycled plastic and aluminium in the floor area, roof lining and side panel trim, for example, the MINI interior designers used materials less commonly found in car cabins, such as brass, basalt and cellulose. The wraparound carrier and information strip, with its mount for the sliding steering wheel, and the Cooperizer with its thin brass structure are good examples here. The designers made the storage net behind the steering wheel from lightweight basalt, while the lower section of the seat is trimmed in a recycled cellulose material similar to paper. This novel use of materials included deliberately allowing a patina to develop through use and ensuring they retain along-lasting and sophisticated appearance. When it comes to the natural look and feel of surfaces, the designers have embraced the irregularities inherent in the chosen materials and processing methods. That also applies to the seat covers in knitted Alcantara – a robust, somewhat iridescent material. The designers have steered clear of traditional interior materials like wood and leather altogether. Another example of analogue design in the MINI Vision Vehicle can be found in the wheels, whose rotation generates an “Ombro Cinema” effect: This involves the outer surface of the wheel not moving and only a disc behind it turning with the tyre. The even movement of a shimmering graphic – again brass-coloured – can be observed through openings in the outside of the wheel. The idea is for each wheel to look like a piece of a mechanical jewellery.



Experience sharing – the user becomes part of a MINI community.
Sharing cars, homes and goods is ever-more common, as digitalisation, connectivity and artificial intelligence make processes simpler and more automated. The MINI VISION NEXT 100 can bring together a community of likeminded people, with a shared MINI lifestyle in common. Everybody benefits from everybody. And mobility opens up inspirational experiences yet stands by its sustainable approach and prudent use of resources.

For example, a MINI user in the future is interested in a certain type of art and a friend gets hold of some last-minute tickets to a preview for an exhibition they might like. The Vision Vehicle identifies what’s involved, and coordinates and organises the whole excursion. The drive itself becomes part of a perfectly arranged service. MINI calls this vision of the future experience sharing.

Head of MINI Design Anders Warming sums up the most important aspects of the car: “The MINI VISION NEXT 100 shows how MINI’s unique take on the world could look in the future. The driving experience remains the emotional centrepiece, with effortless and seamless services grouped around it.”



worldwide MINI sales for September 2016



Global MINI sales at new records with sales up over 16% for the month and 7.2% for the year.

From BMW Group PressClub Global:

Sales of MINI brand vehicles increased by 16.1% in September with a total of 40,164 delivered to customers worldwide. “This is the first time more than 40,000 MINIs have been sold in a single month, which underlines the increasing customer demand for the brand,” said Peter Schwarzenbauer, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for MINI, BMW Motorrad and Rolls-Royce. “Our biggest growth drivers are the newest members of the MINI family, the MINI Convertible and the MINI Clubman, demonstrating the success of our brand realignment,” he added. In the first three quarters of the year, MINI sales rose by 7.2% (264,077).

September 2016 September 2015 change year-to-date 2016 year-to-date 2015 change
40,164 34,600 16.1% 264,077 246,426 7.2%

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MINI USA sales for September 2016

MINI USA sales for September 2016

MINI USA sales for September 2016 are down 8.8%.  Sales for 2016 are down 13.5%.

From BMW Group PressClub USA:

MINI Brand Sales


For September, MINI USA reported 4,024 automobiles sold, a decrease of 8.8 percent from the 4,414 sold in the same month a year ago. Year-to-date, MINI USA reported a total of 38,911 automobiles sold, a decrease of 13.5 percent from 44,974 automobiles sold in the first nine months of 2015.


MINI Pre-Owned Vehicles

  • In September, sales of MINI Certified Pre-Owned set a record with 925 vehicles, an increase of 2.3 percent from September 2015.
  • Total MINI Pre-Owned sales also set a record with 2,234 vehicles in September 2016, an increase of 4.4 percent from September 2015.
  • Total MINI Pre-Owned sales year-to-date were 21,303, a 4.7 percent increase from the first nine months of 2015.


September 2016 September 2015 change year-to-date 2016 year-to-date 2015 change
4,024 4,414 -8.8% 38,911 44,974 -13.5%

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Press Kit: the new MINI John Cooper Works Clubman

MINI John Cooper Works Clubman in Paris

Nearly a year after the MINI Clubman went on sale, MINI has debuted the MINI John Cooper Works Clubman.  The JCW Clubman will make its world premiere at the 2016 Paris Motor Show.

From BMW Group PressClub Global:

Having conquered the small car category, the latest generation of the John Cooper Works model family now takes the premium compact segment by storm, too. In terms of its exterior dimensions and space, the new MINI John Cooper Works Clubman is the biggest top athlete in the history of the British brand to date. The bonus in terms of roominess, everyday practicality and long-distance suitability offers a new range of opportunities to enjoy racing passion.

Premiere for the first John Cooper Works model of the latest generation in the premium compact segment; new MINI John Cooper Works Clubman combines authentic race feeling with the most space, everyday practicality and long-distance suitability ever realised in a model of the brand; drive and suspension technology developed based on motor racing expertise, the all-wheel drive system ALL4 as standard and the versatile interior enable unique flexibility in terms of both driving properties and functionality.

Extreme driving fun and an exclusive aura due to the precisely harmonised package of engine, suspension, aerodynamically optimised exterior and sports car flair in the cockpit that is typical of the John Cooper Works models; the distinct vehicle character is given additional emphasis with model-specific standard features including LED headlamps, MINI Driving Modes, Park Distance Control, Comfort Access, Radio MINI Visual Boost, multifunction buttons on the steering wheel and cruise control with brake function.

First ever combination of the current 2.0-litre petrol engine developed for John Cooper Works models with the new generation of the all-wheel drive system ALL4; 4-cylinder engine with MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology and 170 kW/231 hp; engine output 29 kW/39 hp higher than that of the MINI Cooper S Clubman; new version of the ALL4 system optimised for weight and efficiency with electrohydraulic regulation; 6-speed manual transmission as standard, 8-speed Steptronic sports transmission optionally available; combined EU fuel consumption: 7.4 l/100 km (automatic: 6.8 l/100 km, combined EU CO2 emissions: 168 g/km (154 g/km).

New MINI John Cooper Works Clubman with unique performance qualities, fascinating characteristics and powerfully emotional sound development; traction-optimised power transmission to all four wheels; acceleration from zero to 100 km/h in 6.3 seconds (automatic: 6.3 seconds); sports exhaust system, Brembo sports brake system, 18-inch John Cooper Works Black Grip Spoke light alloy wheels and Dynamic Stability Control DSC including Dynamic Traction Control DTC, EDLC (Electronic Differential Lock Control) and Performance Control as standard; Dynamic Damper Control and 19-inch light alloy wheels optionally available.

Innovative shooting brake concept, unique in the compact segment and interpreted in challenging, sporty style; dynamically elongated silhouette with long roof line; four side doors; sloping rear with hallmark split doors; Air Curtains and Air Breathers as well as other typical John Cooper Works design features to optimise aerodynamic properties; front section with especially large side cooling air inlets instead of parking lights and fog lamps; model-specific side sills; wide rear apron with integrated, tapered dual tailpipes of the sports exhaust system; John Cooper Works rear spoiler; hexagonal radiator grille with honeycomb pattern and cross member in Chili Red; John Cooper Works logo on radiator grille, side scuttles and rear; body finish in Rebel Green, red contrasting finish for roof and mirror caps, sport stripes in red or black as options available exclusively for John Cooper Works models.

Five fully-fledged seats; luggage compartment volume: 360 litres; by folding down the rear backrest, optionally available in a 40 : 20 : 40 split, the luggage volume can be expanded to 1 250 litres; touchless opening of the split doors as standard; storage package, roof rails and tow hitch with removable ball head optionally available.

High-end display and operating concept; instrument panel on the steering column; hallmark central instrument with standard 6.5-inch colour screen and optional 8.8-inch colour screen; toggle switch series including start/stop button for keyless activation and de-activation of the engine; centre console with armrest, MINI Controller, electric parking brake button, storage facilities and two cupholders; optional MINI Head-Up-Display with John Cooper Works specific display content.

Characteristic interior design in sports-car style; John Cooper Works sports seats in Dinamica/fabric and Carbon Black with integrated headrests; John Cooper Works door sill finishers; roof liner in anthracite; John Cooper Works leather steering wheel with multifunction buttons and shift paddles in conjunction with the 8-speed Steptronic sports transmission; gear lever or selector lever and cockpit displays in model-specific design; pedals and driver footrest in stainless steel.

Weight and crash-optimised body structure; standard safety features include front and side airbags, side curtain airbags, ISOFIX child seat mountings at the rear and optionally also on the front passenger seat, tyre pressure display as well as Intelligent Emergency Call and collision warning with city braking function; LED headlamps with LED daytime running light, white turn indicators and LED rear lights as standard; adaptive light distribution and turning light as an option.

All driver assistance systems offered for the new MINI Clubman also available for the John Cooper Works model: rain sensor with automatic driving light activation, Parking Assistant, rear view camera and Driving Assistant including camera-based active cruise control, collision and pedestrian warning with initial brake function, high beam assistant and road sign detection.

Standard comfort features including air conditioning and Radio MINI Visual Boost with 6.5-inch colour screen, USB socket, AUX-IN socket and Bluetooth hands-free facility; wide-ranging options for additional driving fun and comfort including 2-zone automatic air conditioning, panorama glass roof, seat surfaces in Dinamica/leather, seat heating, MINI Excitement Package including LED ring for the central instrument, ambient lighting with adjustable colours and MINI logo projection from the exterior mirror on the driver’s side when opening and closing the door, heatable and folding exterior mirrors, interior and exterior mirrors with automatic dip function, heatable windscreen, Harmon Kardon hi-fi speaker system, alarm system including red LED status indicator in the fin antenna, MINI navigation system and Wired equipment package including navigation system Professional, operation via MINI Touch Controller and 8.8-inch colour screen with touch function.

Additional customisation options for the exterior and interior in the distinctive style of MINI and John Cooper Works: sport stripes, chrome-plated exterior mirror caps, Chrome Line interior, lighting package, MINI Yours sports leather steering wheel and MINI Yours Interior Styles in three variants.

Current selection of MINI Connected in-car infotainment functions; Intelligent Emergency Call and MINI TeleServices for use with permanently installed SIM card; constantly updated range of apps for integration in the car via smartphone; MINI Connected App as a personal mobility assistant with wide-ranging functions in the car and on the smartphone: appointment reminder, calculation of travel time based on current traffic data, pedestrian navigation to car park, route guidance, filling station and car park search, last mile navigation to meeting point, online-based services for the use of entertainment offers such as Spotify, Stitcher, Amazon Music, Deezer, Audiobooks from Audible, Napster/Rhapsody, TuneIn, Glympse and Life360.

MINI John Cooper Works Clubman

Engines, driving performance figures, fuel consumption and emissions:

MINI John Cooper Works Clubman: 4-cylinder petrol engine with MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology (turbocharging, direct injection, fully variable valve control, variable camshaft control), capacity: 1 998 cc, output: 170 kW/231 hp at 5 000 – 6 000 rpm, max. torque: 350 Nm at 1 450 – 4 800 rpm, acceleration (0–100 km/h): 6.3 seconds (automatic: 6.3 seconds), top speed: 238 km/h (238 km/h), average fuel consumption: 7.4 (6.8 litres)/100 kilometres, CO2 emissions: 168 g/km (154 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6.

Exterior dimensions:

Length: 4 253 millimetres

Width: 1 800 millimetres

Height: 1 441 millimetres

Wheelbase: 2 670 millimetres.

the new MINI Seven launched

MINI Seven

We had the debut of the special edition MINI Seven back in May, but now the MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S versions are soon to be launched.

From BMW Group PressClub Global:

A sense of individual style has always been an integral part of the unmistakable MINI feeling. With the new MINI Seven, the British brand now goes even further in showcasing the distinctive qualities of the original in the small car segment. The first design model of the latest MINI generation presents a particularly striking combination of the brand’s traditional values and the progressive product quality of the current models.

First design model of the current MINI generation; available as a MINI 3 door and MINI 5 door; new MINI Seven as an expression of premium characteristics and individual style with exclusive exterior and interior design features as well as high-end equipment options.

New MINI Seven underscores the distinctive character, British origins and tradition-steeped vehicle concept of the original in the premium segment of small cars; named after the Austin Seven, the model with which production of the classic Mini began in 1959.

Market launch of the design model with four engine variants as the MINI 3 door Seven (combined fuel consumption: 5.7 – 3.5 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 133 – 92 g/km) and the MINI 5 door Seven (combined fuel consumption: 5.9 – 3.6 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 136 – 95 g/km); output range from 85 kW/116 hp to 141 kW/192 hp.

Specific exterior design: MINI Yours body finish in the variant Lapisluxury Blue; three alternative paint finishes to choose from; roof and exterior mirror caps in Melting Silver; 17-inch light alloy wheels in exclusive MINI Seven Spoke two-tone design; MINI Seven door sill finishers; side scuttles with MINI Seven logo; bonnet stripes in Melting Silver with surrounds in Malt Brown available as an exclusive option.

Exclusive interior ambience with seats in fabric/leather finish Diamond Malt Brown, interior surfaces in Piano Black, optional Colour Line Malt Brown and MINI Seven logo on the central instrument surround.

Additional emphasis of the design model’s exclusive character with optional equipment package MINI Seven Chili; extension of the range of equipment features to include LED headlights, LED fog lamps, white direction indicators, automatic air conditioning, on-board computer, MINI Driving Modes, MINI Excitement Package, sports leather steering wheel with multifunction buttons, rain sensor with automatic driving lights control, seat height adjustment on the passenger side, storage package, floor mats in velours and lighting package.

Design model MINI Seven in two body variants and with harmonised character; new MINI 3 door as a modern interpretation of the classic principle of the creative use of space with the highest level of space and ride comfort ever achieved in this model; new MINI 5 door as an innovative vehicle concept with wheelbase extended by 72 millimetres, third seat at the rear and outstanding figures within the small car premium segment in terms of legroom, headroom and luggage compartment volume.

Hallmark brand go-kart feeling due to high-quality suspension technology with model-specific suspension set-up in each case; optional sports suspension and Dynamic Camper Control; body and suspension in weight-optimised design and with optimised stiffness for agile and secure driving properties.

Full range of occupant protection features based on integrated safety concept and standard equipment including six airbags, 3-point automatic belts, ISOFIX child seat mountings and tyre pressure display for each individual wheel; increased efficiency due to engines and transmissions of the latest generation, extensive range of standard MINIMALISM Technology and optimised aerodynamic properties.

Modern display and operating concept with dashboard on the steering column as well as central instrument with extended display elements and optional illuminated LED ring; control of navigation, entertainment, telephone and vehicle functions via optional colour display up to 8.8 inches in size and MINI Controller in the centre console.

High-end options to enhance driving fun, comfort and individual flair including LED headlights, LED fog lamps, MINI Driving Modes, MINI Excitement Package, Comfort Access, electrically operated glass roof, 2-zone automatic air conditioning, Radio MINI Visual Boost, MINI navigation system and Wired equipment package including navigation system Professional with MINI Touch Controller.

Extensive range of driver assistance systems: MINI Head-Up-Display, Parking Assistant, rear view camera and Driving Assistant with camera-based active cruise control, collision and pedestrian warning with initial brake function, high beam assistant and road sign detection.

Current MINI Connected in-car infotainment program; the latest MINI Connected App including MINI Streetwise, online search, Sports Instruments and Force Meter; online-based use of social networks and entertainment features using the vehicle operating system; MINI Connected XL Journey Mate with real-time traffic radar; Intelligent Emergency Call and TeleServices via a SIM card permanently installed in the vehicle.

Engine variants:
MINI Cooper S 3 door / MINI Cooper S 5 door: 4-cylinder petrol engine with MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology (turbo charging, direct injection, fully variable valve control, variable camshaft control),
capacity: 1 998 cc, output: 141 kW/192 hp at 4 700 – 6 000 rpm, max. torque: 280 Nm at 1 250 rpm (300 Nm with overboost),
acceleration (0–100 km/h): 6.8 seconds (automatic: 6.7 seconds) / 6.9 seconds (automatic: 6.8 seconds),
top speed: 235 km/h (233 km/h) / 232 km/h (230 km/h),
average fuel consumption*: 5.8 – 5.7 litres (5.4 – 5.3 litres )/100 kilometres /
0 – 5.9 litres (5.5 – 5.4 litres )/100 kilometres,
CO2 emissions*: 136 – 133 g/km (126 – 123 g/km) / 139 – 136 g/km (128 – 125 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6.

MINI Cooper 3 door / MINI Cooper 5 door: 3-cylinder petrol engine with MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology (turbo charging, direct injection, fully variable valve control, variable camshaft control),
capacity: 1 499 cc, output: 100 kW/136 hp at 4 400 rpm,
max. torque: 220 Nm at 1 250 rpm (230 Nm with overboost),
acceleration (0–100 km/h): 7.9 seconds (automatic: 7.8 seconds) / 8.2 seconds (automatic: 8.1 seconds),
top speed: 210 km/h (210 km/h) / 207 km/h (207 km/h),
average fuel consumption*: 4.6 – 4.5 litres (4.8 – 4.7 litres )/100 kilometres /
4.8 – 4.7 litres (4.9 – 4.8 litres )/100 kilometres,
CO2 emissions*: 107 – 105 g/km (112 – 109 g/km) / 111 – 109 g/km (114 – 111 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6.

MINI Cooper SD 3 door / MINI Cooper SD 5 door: 4-cylinder diesel engine with MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology (turbocharger with variable turbine geometry, common rail direct injection),
capacity: 1 995 cc, output: 125 kW/170 bhp at 4 000 rpm,
max. torque: 360 Nm at 1 500 – 2 750 rpm,
acceleration (0–100 km/h): 7.3 seconds (automatic: 7.2 seconds) / 7.4 seconds (automatic: 7.3 seconds),
top speed: 227 km/h (225 km/h) / 225 km/h (223 km/h),
average fuel consumption*: 4.1 – 4.0 litres (4.1 – 4.0 litres )/100 kilometres /
4.3 – 4.1 litres (4.2 – 4.1 litres )/100 kilometres,
CO2 emissions*: 109 – 106 g/km (107 – 104 g/km) / 112 – 109 g/km (109 – 107 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6.

MINI Cooper D 3 door / MINI Cooper D 5 door: 3-cylinder diesel engine with MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology (turbocharger with variable turbine geometry, common rail direct injection),
capacity: 1 496 cc, output: 85 kW/116 hp at 4 000 rpm,
max. torque: 270 Nm at 1 750 rpm,
acceleration (0–100 km/h): 9.2 seconds (automatic: 9.2 seconds) / 9.4 seconds (automatic: 9.5 seconds),
top speed: 205 km/h (204 km/h) / 203 km/h (202 km/h),
average fuel consumption*: 3.6 – 3.5 litres (3.8 – 3.7 litres )/100 kilometres /
3.7 – 3.6 litres (3.9 – 3.8 litres )/100 kilometres,
CO2 emissions*: 95 – 92 g/km (99 – 98 g/km) / 97 – 95 g/km (102 – 99 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6.
* EU test cycle figures, fuel consumption dependent on the selected tyre format.

Exterior dimensions:
MINI 3 door:
Length: 3 821 millimetres (MINI Cooper S 3 door, MINI Cooper SD 3 door: 3 850 millimetres)
Width: 1 727 millimetres
Height: 1 414 millimetres
Wheelbase: 2 495 millimetres

MINI 5 door:
Length: 3 982 millimetres (MINI Cooper S 5 door, MINI Cooper SD 5 door: 4 005 millimetres)
Width: 1 727 millimetres
Height: 1 425 millimetres
Wheelbase: 2 567 millimetres

worldwide MINI sales for August 2016


Global MINI sales increase their record pace with sales up over 10% for the month and 5.7% for the year.  The rest of the world is making up for the slow US sales.

From BMW Group PressClub Global:

Sales of MINI brand vehicles increased by 10.3% in August with a total of 22,575 delivered to customers worldwide. In the first eight months of the year, sales rose by 5.7% (223,913). The premium brand’s biggest growth drivers are the MINI Clubman, with 36,687 sold worldwide so far this year, and the new MINI Convertible – which achieved sales growth of 148.0% in August (2,153).

August 2016 August 2015 change year-to-date 2016 year-to-date 2015 change
22,575 20,471 10.3% 223,913 211,826 5.7%

See all MINI sales worldwide by month.