Targa Newfoundland 2014 Results


The Canadian 2014 Targa Newfoundland rally took place from September 14-19, 2014. Sunday was the prologue, followed by five very tough legs around St. John’s, Newfoundland.

John Hume Sr. and Craig MacMullen won the Grand Touring, Equipped class in their 2006 MINI JCW GP. Another GP driven by/navigated by Cody Morch and Nicole Troster took 2nd place in the GT, Equipped class.

2014 Targa Newfoundland GT Final Standings

In the Modern class, the team of Mepham and Solecki just missed the podium at 4th place in their MINI Cooper S JCW.  The three cars ahead of them were a Subaru WRX STI, BMW M3, and a Scion FR-S, with a Lotus Exige behind them in 5th.

See all of the results at www.targanewfoundland.com.

View videos of each stag at targanewfoundlandnews.com.

2014 MINI CHALLENGE UK results


photo copyright DaveYoungPhotographics 2014.

The 2014 season of the MINI CHALLENGE UK wrapped up last weekend with three races at Brands Hatch GP.

In the JCW Class, the winner by a large margin was veteran Chris Knox in his MINI JCW No. 888.  Joining Knox on the podium are Neil Newstead in MINI No. 77 and Luke Caudle in the No. 2.  The leading rookie was Simon Quinn in the No. 55 JCW who finished 15th overall. The winner of the JCW Directors class was Alan Taylor.

In the Cooper Class, the 2014 champion is Shane Stoney in the MINI Cooper No. 1.  The Rookie champion was Matt Hammond who finished an impressive 5th overall.  Simon Walton won the Cooper Directors Class.  Grace Williams won the Ladies Cooper Class in her No. 11 MINI Cooper.

View the complete 2014 MINI CHALLENGE UK standings at www.minichallenge.co.uk/standings.

Follow the MINI CHALLENGE UK on their Facebook page and on Twitter.

worldwide MINI sales for August 2014



After a good July, MINI sales dipped in August.  Model year 2015 Hardtop sales are being held up in the United States, MINI’s biggest market.

From BMW Group PressClub Global:

Sales of MINI brand vehicles decreased in August with a total of 19,504 delivered to customers worldwide (prev. yr. 20,654 / -5.6%). Sales for the year-to-date, which have been affected by the MINI Hatch model-change, are down 9.0% on the same period last year (175,658 / prev. yr. 192,968)..

August 2014 August 2013 change year-to-date 2014 year-to-date 2013 change
19,504 20,654 -5.6% 175,658 192,968 -9.0%

See all MINI sales worldwide by month.

3 Millionth MINI Produced

3 Millionth MINI (line)

MINI announced today that it produced the 3 Millionth MINI.  The milestone MINI is a 2015 MINI Cooper S Hardtop 5 Door with special Union Jack graphics.

Watch the video of the MINI coming off the production line at the Oxford Mail.

From BMW Group PresClub Global:

Oxford/Munich. Thirteen years after the brand re-launch in 2001, MINI has reached an impressive milestone today, as the three-millionth MINI rolled off the assembly line at the Oxford plant in the UK. Two million MINIs have been exported from the UK to more than 110 countries over the same period. Harald Krüger, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Production, and Peter Schwarzenbauer, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for MINI, BMW Motorrad, Rolls-Royce and Aftersales, joined Baroness Susan Kramer, British Minister of State for Transport, and Frank Bachmann, managing director of Plants Oxford and Swindon, to celebrate the special-anniversary vehicle as part of an official ceremony. The car is a MINI 5 Door sporting the UK’s Union Jack.

Made in England: MINI production in the UK

Plant Oxford currently produces the MINI, MINI 5-door, MINI Convertible, MINI Roadster and MINI Coupé models. The success of the MINI brand can be seen in the positive developments at Plant Oxford since 2001. Back then, a single shift of around 2,400 employees produced about 300 cars a day. Today, the Oxford site employs around 4,000 people. Working three shifts, the plant produces around 1,000 MINI cars per day.

The UK is the MINI brand’s second-largest market worldwide after the US. The UK is also the fourth-largest market for the BMW Group. 80 per cent of the MINIs made in Oxford are exported, making MINI the third-largest vehicle exporter in the UK.

“The MINI brand has had strong ties to the UK for decades. Our MINI production in Oxford represents a commitment to the brand’s identity, firmly in line with our successful strategy of “production follows the market”. Oxford is the centre of our British MINI production network, with the Swindon pressings plant and the Hams Hall engine plant near Birmingham,” stated Board of Management member for Production Harald Krüger at the event celebrating the production milestone.

“Today, we mark two important milestones for MINI. Three million MINIs produced, and two million MINIs exported from Oxford to customers worldwide. These are impressive figures and definitely a reason to celebrate. In markets big and small, MINI has always appealed to customers on an emotional level,” said Board of Management member Peter Schwarzenbauer.

Transport Minister Baroness Kramer said: “I congratulate the workers at MINI Plant Oxford on reaching this remarkable milestone. The MINI is a British icon and is a major part of a thriving automotive industry spearheading the growing British economy. This government is working to create the right environment for car manufacturers like BMW to continue innovating and developing British-made cars with worldwide appeal.”

Millions invested signals clear commitment to British production locations

The BMW Group has invested a total of around £1.75 billion in its British plants since 2000. Between 2012 and 2015 alone, the BMW Group is investing a total of £750 million in its MINI UK production network. This investment is part of the international growth strategy for the MINI brand and secures the long-term future of the Oxford plant and safeguard 5,600 jobs at the Oxford, Swindon and Hams Hall plants.

Global growth strategy: expansion of production capacity

The BMW Group produced a total of 303,177 MINI-brand vehicles in 2013. The production volume at MINI Oxford reached 175,986 units. A further 125,559 units of the MINI Countryman and MINI Paceman were contract-manufactured at MSF Graz in Austria and other assembly plants in Asia.

The BMW Group further expanded its production capacities as the next major step in the implementation of its global growth strategy. With the significant growth of the MINI brand, the BMW Group requires additional external production capacity beyond that of MINI Plant Oxford. Sharing production of the MINI Hatch with contract manufacturer VDL Nedcar (Born, Netherlands) since July 2014 will give the BMW Group global production network greater flexibility for other models. The British production network will nevertheless remain the heart of MINI production.

Read the press release: Double reason to celebrate: two milestones for MINI in Oxford.

3 Millionth MINI

MINI USA Configurator updated with Hardtop 4 Door


The MINI USA Configurator has been updated with a new interface and the forthcoming MINI Hardtop 4 Door has been added.  Electric Blue returns for the 2015 Hardtop in both 2 Door and 4 Door versions.

Build a 2015 MINI Hardtop 4 Door at MINIUSA.com.

first next-generation MINI Countryman spy photos

autoevolution MINI Countryman Spy Photo

Photo by autoevolution.

Two separate sources have published spy photos of the next-generation MINI Countryman.  The new Countryman will have more a more rugged appearance and share a platform with the BMW X1.  It will grow in size as a result.

View five autoevolution photos at 2017 MINI Countryman Spied for the First Time.

View seven Auto Express photos at New MINI Countryman spied in testing.

Auto Express created this rendering showing what they think the next Countryman will look liked.

autoevolution MINI Countryman spy photo

Photo by autoevolution.

Auto Express MINI Countryman Rendering

Image by Auto Express.

MINI USA sales for August 2014

MINI USA sales for August 2014

From BMW Group PressClub USA:

MINI Brand Sales
For August, MINI USA reports 5,006 automobiles, a decrease of 16.9 percent from the 6,023 sold in the same month a year ago. Year-to-date, MINI USA reported a sales total of 34,969 automobiles, a decrease of 21.1 percent from the 44,329 automobiles sold in the first eight months of 2013.


MINI Pre-Owned Vehicles – Best Month Ever
In August, MINI used automobiles (including MINI NEXT certified pre-owned and pre-owned) reported sales of 2,561 automobiles, an increase of 17.4 percent from the 2,182 sold in August, 2013. Year-to-date, MINI used automobiles (including MINI NEXT certified pre-owned) reported sales of 17,015 automobiles, an increase of 17.5 percent from the 14,480 automobiles sold in the first eight months of 2013.


August 2014 August 2013 change year-to-date 2014 year-to-date 2013 change
5,006 6,023 -16.9% 34,969 44,329 -21.1%

See MINI sales in the USA by month.

worldwide MINI sales by model for first half 2014

worldwide MINI sales by model for first half 2014

BMW just published its global sales figures by model for the first half of 2014.

From BMW Group Quarterly Report – Q2:

MINI sales volume influenced by model change
Due to the model change, sales of the MINI Hatch fell by 25.3 % to 47,056 units (2013: 62,958 units) in the first half of the year. The MINI Countryman achieved
sales volume of 53,363 units in the period under report (2013: 50,669 units; + 5.3 %).

[Source: BMW Group Quarterly Report to 30 June 2014]

worldwide MINI sales for July 2014



BMW Group had its best July sales ever and that includes MINI having its best July ever, as well. BMW is optimistic about the rest of 2014 despite the sale of 2015 MINI Hardtops being suspended until October in the US.

From BMW Group PressClub Global:

MINI sales figures are above last year’s level, making it the brand’s best July ever. A total of 24,259 vehicles were delivered to customers worldwide (prev. yr. 23,515 / +3.2%) and this positive trend is expected to continue in the second half of the year. Sales of the new third-generation MINI Hatch, the brand’s core model, are up 22.3% compared to the same month last year with a total of 11,970 delivered in July (prev. yr. 9,785). In the year-to-date, a total of 156,154 MINIs were sold (prev. yr. 172,314 / -9.4%).

July 2014 July 2013 change year-to-date 2014 year-to-date 2013 change
24,259 23,515 3.2% 156,154 172,314 -9.4%

See all MINI sales worldwide by month.

collectibles: MINI 2014 pocket brochure

MINI 2014 pocket brochure MINI 2014 pocket brochure (MINI Hardtop)


The 2014 MINI brochure is out and it is again the stapled, pocket brochure.  The full-color, 32-page brochure is a mix of model year 2014 and 2015 vehicles including the discontinued Clubman.

Colors shown for the Hardtop: Volcanic Orange, Moonwalk Gray, Blazing Red, Midnight Black, British Racing Green, Deep Blue, Thunder Grey, Iced Chocolate, White Silver, Pepper White.

Colors shown for the Convertible, Clubman, Coupe, and Roadster: British Racing Green II, Lightning Blue, White Silver, Eclipse Gray, Midnight Black, Highclass Gray, Iced Chocolate, Spice Orange, Pepper White, Chili Red, Ice Blue.

Colors shown for the Countryman and Paceman: Absolute Black, Crystal Silver, Jungle Green, Cosmic Blue, Blazing Red, Brilliant Copper, Starlight Blue, Midnight Grey, Light White, Light Coffee, Chili Red.

The MINI USA catalog number is MINI-2505-119,750-F56, R57, R58, R59, R60, R61 (MY15) and R55 (MY14) for use 1/14-9/14.  36 USC 220506.

MINI 2014 pocket brochure (colors)