MINI Cooper engine on Ward’s 10 Best Engines 2015 list

Ward's 10 Best - MINI Cooper Engine

MINI has won another award for the new 1.5 liter turbocharged engine in the third-generation MINI Cooper.  Ward’s has chosen this engine as one if its 10 Best Engines for 2015.

To be eligible for the Ward’s 10 Best Engines competition, an engine or propulsion system must be all-new or significantly re-engineered and available in the U.S. market with a base price not exceeding $60,000. This year’s pool of 37 nominees includes last year’s 10 winners and 27 new entries. Eight WardsAuto editors drove the vehicles in October and November in their routine daily commutes around metro Detroit. Editors scored each engine based on power, torque, technology, observed fuel economy, relative competitiveness and noise, vibration and harshness characteristics.

Here’s the entire list:

  • 127-kW Electric Motor (BMW i3 electric vehicle)
  • 6.2L OHV V-8 (Chevrolet Corvette Stingray)
  • 6.2L Supercharged OHV V-8 (Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat)
  • 1.0L Turbocharged DOHC 3-cyl. (Ford Fiesta)
  • 100-kW Fuel Cell (Hyundai Tucson FCV)
  • 1.5L Turbocharged DOHC 3-cyl. (Mini Cooper)
  • 3.0L Turbodiesel DOHC V-6 (Ram 1500 EcoDiesel)
  • 2.0L Turbocharged DOHC H-4 (Subaru WRX)
  • 1.8L Turbocharged DOHC 4-cyl. (Volkswagen Jetta)
  • 2.0L Turbocharged DOHC 4-cyl. (Volvo S60)

Mini has won two Ward’s 10 Best Engines trophies over the past 21 years for boosted high-output 4-cyl. engines, but this year the brand returns with an authoritative interpretation of the 3-cyl., another powertrain destined to achieve high volumes in the U.S. as efficiency demands rise.

 

Mini’s 1.5L churns out 134 hp and makes the all-new Cooper highly entertaining, while enabling every WardsAuto editor to achieve at least 30 mpg (7.8 L/100 km) in spirited driving. One editor said he couldn’t imagine buying a Mini with any other engine.

 

There was a time when people bought underpowered 3-cyl. engines out of economic necessity. Mini turns that legacy on its ear by demonstrating a base engine can totally sell a vehicle. With a starting price under $20,000, the Mini 3-cyl. is the smart choice.

Read the press release Variety Distinguishes 2015 Ward’s 10 Best Engines.


Press Kit: MINI John Cooper Works Hardtop

MINI John Cooper Works Hardtop

 

From BMW Group PressClub Global:

  • Green light for the latest edition of the top athlete in the small car segment; the new MINI John Cooper Works combines authentic race feeling with the premium characteristics and extended product substance of the latest MINI Generation; distinctive, tradition-steeped, based on a vehicle concept combining MINI and John Cooper Works, with performance qualities which are exceptional within the competitive environment.
  • Extreme driving fun and exclusive charisma based on technology for engine, suspension and aerodynamics derived directly from motor racing as well as model-specific design features for the exterior and interior; greater differentiation from the MINI 3 door highlights the model’s individual character.
  • Most powerful engine ever fitted in a serial production model of the British premium brand; 2.0-litre 4-cylinder spark ignition engine developed based on well-established racing expertise drawing on the latest generation of power units with MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology; output increased to 170 kW/231 hp, performance-oriented power delivery and highly emotional sound due to specific design of pistons, turbocharger and exhaust system, combined fuel consumption according to EU: 6.7 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 155 g/km.
  • Engine output increased by 10 per cent as compared to predecessor model; maximum torque increased by 23 per cent to 320 Newton metres; 6-speed manual transmission as standard, 6-speed Steptronic sports transmission as an option; acceleration from zero to 100 km/h in 6.3 seconds (minus 0.2 seconds) with manual transmission or 6.1 seconds (minus 0.6 seconds) with automatic; elasticity improved by 10 per cent (80 – 120 km/h in 5.6 seconds); 6-speed manual transmission as standard, 6-speed Steptronic sports transmission as an optional extra; fuel consumption and CO2 levels in conjunction with automatic transmission reduced by approximately 20 per cent to 5.7 l/100 km and 133 g/km in the EU test cycle.
  • Suspension technology precisely harmonised with the power and performance characteristics of the engine; newly developed Brembo sports brake system; exclusive 17-inch John Cooper Works Race Spoke light alloy wheels; electromechanical power steering with Servotronic; Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) including Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), Electronic Differential Lock Control (EDLC) and Performance Control; Dynamic Damper Control optionally available.
  • Aerodynamically optimised body design: model-specific front apron with large cooling air inlets which also occupy the space allocated to the fog lamps in the MINI 3 door; distinctive side sill and rear apron design; John Cooper Works rear spoiler.
  • Unmistakable appearance due to model-specific design and equipment features; LED headlamps with white direction indicators; wheel arch surround with distinctive contours; radiator grille, side scuttles and tailgate with John Cooper Works label; sports exhaust system with special tailpipes; new Rebel Green body paint finish available exclusively for the new MINI John Cooper Works.
  • Characteristic sports car flair in the interior; exclusive John Cooper Works sports seats in Dinamica/fabric with integrated headrests; John Cooper Works entry sills; John Cooper Works steering wheel with multifunction buttons and shift paddles in conjunction with 6-speed Steptronic sports transmission; John Cooper Works gear lever or selector lever; cockpit displays, central instrument display and car key in model-specific design; pedals and driver footrest in stainless steel; anthracite roof liner; Driving Excitement package as standard.
  • Weight-optimised and crash-optimised body structure; vehicle weight the same as the predecessor model when adjusted for equipment features; standard safety fittings include front and side airbags, side curtain airbags, 3-point automatic belts on all seats, with belt tensioners and belt force limiters at the front, ISOFIX children’s seat attachment at the rear and optionally also on the front passenger seat, tyre pressure control and partially active engine compartment lid for optimised pedestrian protection.
  • Additional emphasis of the exclusive character of the new MINI John Cooper Works due to model-specific special equipment features and John Cooper Works Tuning accessories; optional MINI Head-Up Display with exclusive display content; roof and exterior mirror covers in Chili Red; 18-inch John Cooper Works light alloy wheels, John Cooper Works bonnet stripes and perfectly harmonised exterior and interior components in the John Cooper Works Pro design line available as part of the MINI Original Accessories program.
  • High-end options to increase driving fun, comfort and safety: Park Distance Control; parking assistant; rear view camera; Driving Assistant including camera-based active cruise control, collision and pedestrian warning with initial brake function, high beam assistant and road sign detection; lighting package with LED interior ambient lighting with continuously variable colour adjustment; Comfort Access: electrically operated glass roof; interior and exterior mirror with automatic anti-dazzle function; seat heating; 2-zone automatic air conditioning; MINI navigation system; MINI navigation system Professional; MINI Radio Visual Boost; Harman Kardon hi-fi speaker system; additional customisation options with roof and exterior mirror graphics, bonnet stripes, seat upholsteries, interior surfaces and Colour Lines as well as particularly high-quality MINI Yours features.
  • Diverse MINI Connected in-car infotainment program; Intelligent Emergency Call and MINI TeleServices available for use with permanently installed SIM card; wide range of functions and the opportunity for ongoing expansion due to apps that allow integration in the car via smartphone; exclusive MINI functions such as Mission Control, Dynamic Music, Driving Excitement and MINIMALISM; MINI Connected XL Journey Mate with Real Time Traffic Radar; online connection also allows the use of social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, foursquare and Glympse, the reception of RSS news feeds and entertainment features such as Spotify, GoPro, AUPEO!, Stitcher, Deezer, Audible, Napster/Rhapsody and TuneIn.
  • Engines, driving performance figures, fuel consumption and emissions figures:
    MINI John Cooper Works: 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 5 200 – 6 000 rpm, max. torque: 320 Nm at 1 250 – 4 800 rpm,
    acceleration (0–100 km/h): 6.3 seconds (automatic: 6.1 seconds),
    top speed: 246 km/h (246 km/h), average fuel consumption according to EU: 6.7 litres (5.7 litres)/100 kilometres,
    CO2 emissions according to EU: 155 g/km (133 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6.
  • Exterior dimensions:
    Length: 3 874 millimetres
    Width: 1 727 millimetres
    Height: 1 414 millimetres
    Wheelbase: 2 495 millimetres

Download the BMW Group PressClub Global Press Kit: The New MINI John Cooper Works.


worldwide MINI sales for November 2014

MINI Cooper SD 5 DoorMINI has its best November of global sales, which included the launch of the 2015 MINI 5 Door / Hardtop 4 Door. From BMW Group PressClub Global:

November saw the MINI brand reach a new high for the month. Global deliveries totalled 29,018, an increase of 16.7% compared to the same month last year (24,873). The all-new third-generation core MINI three-door model saw sales increase 26.3% compared to November last year (13,248 / prev. yr. 10,488) whilst the newly launched MINI five-door model achieved total sales of 4,033 in the month. The model change earlier this year continues to affect the brand’s year-to-date figures; deliveries total 265,404, down 3.3% on the first 11 months of last year (274,575).

November 2014 November 2013 change year-to-date 2014 year-to-date 2013 change
29,018 24,873 16.7% 265,404 274,575 -3.3%

See all MINI sales worldwide by month.


online MINI Collection 2014/2016 catalog

MINI Collection 2014/2016 MINI Collection 2014/2016 (page 32)

THE CITY IS OUR STAGE.

MINI COLLECTION 2014/2016.

MINI has released its MINI Collection 2014/2016 catalog online.  It features new and old collections including:

  • Logo Line
  • Fashion Line
  • Bags & Luggage
  • Accessories
  • Bikes & Toys
  • Screendancer
  • Index & Sizes

Download the MINI Collection 2014/2016 (PDF) catalog.


MINI USA sales for November 2014

MINI USA sales for November 2014

From BMW Group PressClub USA:

MINI Brand Sales

For November, MINI USA reports 5,009 automobiles sold, an increase of 9.5 percent from the 4,575 sold in the same month a year ago. Year-to-date, MINI USA reported a sales total of 49,497 automobiles, a decrease of 17.4 percent from the 59,910 automobiles sold in the first eleven months of 2013.

 

MINI Pre-Owned Vehicles
In November, MINI used automobiles (including MINI NEXT certified pre-owned and pre-owned) reported sales of 1,728 automobiles, a decrease of 10.7 percent from the 1,936 sold in November, 2013. Year-to-date, MINI used automobiles (including MINI NEXT certified pre-owned) reported sales of 22,682 automobiles, an increase of 13.0 percent from the 20,079 automobiles sold in the first eleven months of 2013.

 

November 2014 November 2013 change year-to-date 2014 year-to-date 2013 change
5,009 4,575 9.5% 49,497 59,910 -17.4%

See MINI sales in the USA by month.


collectibles: MINI MotoringGear Holiday 2014 catalogs

MINI MotoringGear Holiday 2014 (folded) MINI MotoringGear Holiday 2014 catalog

MINI USA has released its MINI MotoringGear Holiday 2014 brochure and catalog.

GOOD GIFTING KARMA.

This single-page fold-out brochure features a sample of products from the full catalog.  It includes Holiday Specials such as bags from the MINI by Puma line, JCW “37” items, watches, MINI Bulldogs, caps, and more.

 

MINI MOTORINGGEAR HOLIDAY 2014.

The full MINI MotoringGear Holiday 2014 catalog is a 12-page stapled brochure.  Collections include:

  • You.Me.MINI.
  • John Cooper Works.
  • MINI by Puma.
  • Deck the Wrist.
  • Gift of Gadget.
  • Gifts That Keep on Giving.
  • Hats off to the Holidays.

The MINI USA catalog number is MGH-10-14-25M.


The MINI Citysurfer Concept debuts

MINI Citysurfer ConceptMINI debuted the MINI Citysurfer Concept, an electric powered kick scooter.

  • Weighs 40 pounds.
  • Top speed is 15 mph.
  • Range is 10-15 miles on a 12 V charge.

From BMW Group PressClub Global:

  • MINI presents an innovative concept providing increased flexibility for individual mobility in conurbation areas; MINI Citysurfer Concept combines the agile riding properties of a kick scooter with an electric drive and expressive design features in the style of the British premium brand.
  • Wide range of potential uses due to compact structure, foldability and low weight of just 18 kilograms (40 lbs); MINI Citysurfer Concept suitable both for use on its own and in combination with other means of transportation; easy to transport, for example in the luggage compartment of the new MINI 3 door or on buses and trains; minimum traffic space due to single-track concept, enabling spontaneous and convenient mobility even in those sections of an urban area not accessible to motorised vehicles; therefore the ideal mobility supplement for covering the distance between car park, rail or bus station and final destination.
  • Auxiliary electric drive with thumb-operated accelerator and gearless hub motor in the rear wheel; electric motor power permits top speed of 25 km/h (15 mph); electric drive of the MINI Citysurfer Concept is not activated until a minimum speed is reached from the rider’s own physical thrust; motor is deactivated by means of a brake lever.
  • Power supply via lithium-ion battery permanently installed in the frame; charging via 12-volt automobile socket or household socket; charging during travel by means of brake energy regeneration when brake is activated; battery management system with integrated power electronics; electric range: 15 to 25 kilometres (10 – 15 miles); use of the MINI Citysurfer Concept possible at any time, independently of auxiliary electric drive using physical strength and without rolling resistance from the motor.
  • MINI Citysurfer Concept has safe, versatile and agile riding properties, large wheels with pneumatic tyres also make it suitable for bumpy paths, low foot board, stable frame and height-adjustable handlebars; three brake systems which operate independently of each other; recuperation brake via electric drive generator function, hydraulic disc brakes at the front and rear wheel; excellent deceleration and agile handling since there are no limits to the rider in shifting the centre of gravity; good all-round view and visibility to other road users due to upright riding position; folding concept with safety function for correct engagement when unfolding.
  • Protection from dirt and weather impact due to trim parts and wheel covers at front and rear; extended range of potential use of the MINI Citysurfer Concept for both private and work-based mobility; additional everyday functionality with mobile phone holder and charge facility on the handle bars; use of Last Mile Navigation possible in conjunction with the MINI Connected XL Journey Mate.
  • Vehicle fittings flexibly adaptable to market-specific public traffic regulations; MINI Citysurfer Concept also usable by young people going to school or travelling in their leisure time.
  • Vehicle concept covers the entire range of individual urban mobility: commuting to work and school, sight-seeing and shopping, tourist excursions when on motor home, camping or boat holidays; spontaneous riding fun typical of MINI derives from the interaction between rider and electric motor when generating propulsion.


MINI Connected adds Spotify

MINI Connected SpotifyMINI has added another music services to MINI Connected.  If you use an iPhone and have MINI Connected, you can now access Spotify in your MINI.

From the BMW Group PressClub Global:

Starting today, all Spotify users on iOS – both free and Premium – can enjoy a seamless music experience to BMW and MINI drivers:

  • Access your own music and playlists or use features like Radio and Browse to find the perfect music for every mood and moment
  • Enjoy an intuitive viewing experience on the car’s high-resolution Control Display
  • Comfortable and safe to use with the iDrive Controller
  • Premium subscribers can enjoy extra high quality on-demand music (320kbps) –  which sounds great on the car’s audio system – as well as ad-free and offline listening.

MINI USA wins awards for sales satisfaction and residual value

J.D. Power TrueCar

MINI USA has won a pair of awards this week for sales satisfaction and residual value.

 

J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Sales Satisfaction Index Study

J.D. Power released its 2014 US Sales Satisfaction Index Study and MINI tops the Mass Market Brands category for the fifth consecutive year.

The study:

measures satisfaction with the sales experience among new-vehicle buyers and rejecters—those who shop a dealership and purchase elsewhere. Buyer satisfaction is based on four factors (in order of importance): working out the deal (17%); salesperson (13%); delivery process (11%); and facility (10%). Rejecter satisfaction is based on five factors (in order of importance): salesperson (21%); fairness of price (8%); experience negotiating (8%); variety of inventory (7%); and facility (7%).

Their rankings:

For a fifth consecutive year, MINI ranks highest among mass market brands, with a score of 727, a 9-point increase from 2013.

 

TrueCar/ALG Residual Value Awards

MINI USA has won two Residual Value Awards from TrueCar’s analytics division ALG.  The awards are for “vehicles and brands that are predicted to retain the highest percentage of their original price after a conventional three-year period.”

The 2015 MINI Hardtop won the award for the Premium Compact Car category.

The 2015 MINI Countryman won in the Subcompact Utility Vehicle category.

“MINI models have won a number of Residual Value Awards over the years, largely due to the iconic styling and the brand’s sales strategies,” said Larry Dominique, President of ALG. “Buyers are willing to pay a price premium for MINI products because of their distinctive style and great driving experience, and the Countryman adds lots of utility to that equation.”

For more information, read the BMW Group press release.