Revised Fuel Economy Figures for the MINI Hardtop

MINI F56 debut

After testing, the EPA has forced MINI to release revised fuel economy figures for the new MINI Hardtop (F56) for last year’s model.  From the EPA website:

During EPA fuel economy audit testing, the 2014 BMW Mini Cooper 3-Door was found to have values that differed from those submitted to EPA at the time of certification. Specifically, EPA conducted road-load audits of Mini vehicles produced by BMW in the 2014 model year. The Mini Cooper 3-door was found to have road-loads (i.e. aerodynamic drag, tire rolling resistance, and driveline friction) which exceeded EPA audit criteria when compared to the values originally reported by BMW at the time of certification. Both BMW and EPA performed emissions and fuel economy testing of the affected models using the road-loads determined in the production vehicle audit. While these vehicles were found to be in compliance with the emissions standards, the fuel economy label values were affected. The specific changes to fuel economy window stickers are listed in the table below.

2014 MINI Hardtop Fuel Economy Values Updates



worldwide MINI sales for September 2014


2014 MINI Lineop

Global sales have picked up despite the 2015 MINI Hardtop just now beginning to reach dealers.

From BMW Group PressClub Global:

September saw MINI brand sales increase compared to the same month last year with a total of 31,871 vehicles delivered to customers (prev. yr. 31,314 / +1.8%). “MINI has achieved its best-ever September which means we remain on course to equal last year’s annual sales,” said Peter Schwarzenbauer,  Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for MINI, BMW Motorrad, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and Aftersales. Deliveries of the new generation MINI that was launched in spring this year jumped 18.2% in September (15,337 / prev. yr. 12,977). The year-to-date sales figures for the MINI brand overall are down 7.5% due to the model change (207,529 / prev. yr. 224,282).

September 2014 September 2013 change year-to-date 2014 year-to-date 2013 change
31,871 31,314 1.8% 207,529 224,282 -7.5%

See all MINI sales worldwide by month.

List of UK 2009 Scrappage Scheme Cars

UK Scrappage Mini

Similar to the Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS), also known as “cash for clunkers” program in the US, the UK in 2009 offered a Car Scrappage Scheme for owners of old cars to trade them in for a new car and receive a £2000 rebate. Over 400,000 Brits took them up on the offer including hundreds of classic Mini owners.

The UK government just released the List of scrapped vehicles in 2009 (Download CSV). According to the list, 702 classic Minis were turned in, including several special editions such as the Mini 25, Mini 35, Mini British Open, and even 45 1990s-era Rover Mini Coopers.  There are even 3 MINI Coopers and 2 MINI Clubman on the list.

Below are the majority of the Minis on the list:

UK Scrappage List Austin Mini 1UK Scrappage List Austin Minis 2 



UK Scrappage List MiniUK Scrappage List Morris MinisUK Scrappage List Rover Minis

UK Scrappage Minis

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MINI USA sales for September 2014

MINI USA sales for September 2014

From BMW Group PressClub USA:

MINI Brand Sales

For September, MINI USA reports 4,219 automobiles, a decrease of 20.5 percent from the 5,306 sold in the same month a year ago. Year-to-date, MINI USA reported a sales total of 39,188 automobiles, a decrease of 21.0 percent from the 49,635 automobiles sold in the first nine months of 2013.


MINI Pre-Owned Vehicles – Best September Ever
In September, MINI used automobiles (including MINI NEXT certified pre-owned and pre-owned) reported sales of 2,050 automobiles, an increase of 20.5 percent from the 1,701 sold in September, 2013. Year-to-date, MINI used automobiles (including MINI NEXT certified pre-owned) reported sales of 19,065 automobiles, an increase of 17.8 percent from the 16,181 automobiles sold in the first nine months of 2013.


September 2014 September 2013 change year-to-date 2014 year-to-date 2013 change
4,219 5,306 -20.5% 39,188 49,635 -21.0%

See MINI sales in the USA by month.

2015 MINI Yours accessories collection

MINI Yours steering wheel

MINI released its MINI Yours accessories collection for 2015.  Some highlights:

  • MINI Yours Lapisluxury Blue paint
  • 18″ MINI Yours Vanity Spoke design alloy wheels
  • MINI Yours Lounge Carbon Black leather seats with Union Jack headrests
  • MINI Yours Dark Cottonwood, MINI Yours Fibre Alloy and MINI Yours Off-White interiors
  • MINI Yours leather sports steering wheel

From BMW PressClub Global:

MINI Yours – for individualists with personality.

It’s not just the driving fun that is unique. With an incomparable variety of special equipment and accessories, the British premium car maker MINI offers its customers enormous scope for customising their vehicles to reflect their own personal style. The wide range of exterior paint finishes and alloy wheels, upholstery variations and interior colour schemes, trims and colour lines, as well as the numerous MINI-specific options such as mirror caps, additional headlamps, roof decor and graphic elements create almost limitless options for making every MINI a unique made-to-measure creation. The options available from the MINI Yours programme are the most exclusive way to customise your car according to your personal preferences. Top-quality materials, stylish designs and precise workmanship to the highest standards characterise the special equipment available ex works for the exterior and interior of the latest MINI models.

The market launch of the latest generation of the MINI 3 door and the also completely newly developed MINI 5 door means that the MINI Yours range is more extensive and more attractive than ever. The packages specially designed for the new models are particularly effective in setting clear standards in exclusivity and style in individual car design. In addition, MINI Yours also widens the choice of special equipment available for the MINI Convertible, MINI Coupé and MINI Roadster models. Like all special equipment, these unusually high-quality options are installed at the MINI plant in Oxford or, in the case of the MINI 3 door, as part of contract manufacturing at VDL Nedcar in Born, Holland.

British pedigree – fascinating tradition, personal style.
MINI Yours builds on the British brand’s decades of tradition with carefully and stylishly customised small cars. Following its launch in 1959, the classic Mini quickly transforms itself from the ultimate example of clever use of space and impressive agility in an urban setting into a firm favourite among trendy drivers. Its unconventional yet pioneering vehicle concept meant that it was not just a mode of transport, but also an expression of personal style. The classic Mini inspired creativity among its fans at home in the UK in particular. Extravagant one-off models for celebrity clients were evidence of this, as were the special versions of the classic Mini created by fashion designers Mary Quant and Paul Smith.

Since the relaunch of the brand in 2011, MINI has been meeting the wishes of customers with an unerring eye for the unusual in fascinating special editions and design models. The MINI Yours range also answers the need to distinctively underline the individual spirit of the MINI, its high-end character and its British roots. All ranges reflect the tradition of the brand, an awareness of superior quality and a highly developed sense of creativity in design and choice of materials. They are created in special production processes that are inspired by classic hand-crafting skills. The exclusive character of MINI Yours reaches its pinnacle in MINI INSPIRED BY GOODWOOD. This limited special edition of the MINI 3 door with a perfectly balanced combination of top-quality exterior and interior features was produced under the inspiring leadership of the design team from Rolls-Royce Motor Cars in cooperation with the MINI design team.

Stunning paint finishes and eye-catching alloy wheels.
The latest MINI Yours programme for customising the car’s exterior encompasses a selection of unusual, sophisticated paint finishes and highly expressive, elegant alloy wheels tailored to each specific model. Maximum depth and intensity are achieved by the MINI Yours Lapisluxury Blue paintwork, developed specially for the new MINI 3 door and MINI 5 door. 18 inch MINI Yours alloy wheels in two-tone Vanity Spoke design are also available for both models.

The MINI Yours Highclass Grey metallic paint finish and 17 inch twin-spoke turned black MINI Yours alloy wheels are currently available for the MINI Convertible, MINI Coupé and MINI Roadster models.

The finest leather, top-quality wood, precise workmanship.
Personal style and a sense of superior quality can be expressed with the MINI Yours interior range. Carefully selected leather for the seats, instrument panel and steering wheel, interior surfaces in genuine woods and other particularly high-end materials as well as precise and artful workmanship come together to produce the options available for the latest MINI models. The seats of the new MINI 3 door and MINI 5 door feature a particularly natural material finish, soft surfaces and precisely worked details in particularly luxurious MINI Yours Lounge Carbon Black leather, their prestigious characteristics emphasised by an eye-catching seam and a Union Jack design artfully incorporated on the back of the head rests. In addition, particularly expressive interior styles are also available in the MINI Yours Dark Cottonwood, MINI Yours Fibre Alloy and MINI Yours Off-White variants, while the MINI Yours leather sports steering wheel is also to be had in nappa leather with hand-finished aluminium-coloured contrasting stitching:

The MINI Convertible, MINI Coupé and MINI Roadster models can be fitted out with exclusively designed seats in the MINI Yours Leather Lounge style, Satellite Grey, and with a MINI Yours instrument panel fully covered with nappa leather in Black/Satellite Grey, including a colour line in Satellite Grey. A matching MINI Yours leather sports steering wheel is also available.

Read the press kit MINI Yours – for individualists with personality.


MINI 5 Door / Hardtop 4 Door press reviews

2015 MINI 5 Door / 4 Door

MINI calls this 2015 model the MINI 5 Door while MINI USA calls it the MINI Hardtop 4 Door.  View our comprehensive list of reviews from major automotive magazines and websites.


The Auto Channel: First Drive 2015 Mini 5-door Cooper S Automatic [September 13, 2014]

Auto Express: MINI 5-door review [September 14, 2014]

Auto Express: MINI Cooper 5-door review [September 25, 2014]

Auto Express: MINI Cooper D (diesel) 5-door review [September 25, 2014]

Autocar: Mini five-door first drive review [September 13, 2014]

Automobile: 2015 Mini Cooper Hardtop 4-Door Review [September 17, 2014]

Car and Driver: 2015 Mini Cooper S Hardtop 4-Door – First Drive Review [September 2014]

Car Magazine: Mini five-door hatchback (2014) review – we test Mini 5dr [September 13, 2014]

Carbuyer: MINI 5-door hatchback [September 14, 2014]

CarsGuide: 2015 Mini Cooper S five-door review | first drive [September 26, 2014]

Drive: Mini Cooper S five-door first drive review [September 15, 2014]

Edmunds: 2015 Mini Cooper Hardtop Four-Door Road Test [September 17, 2014]

Motor Trend: 2015 Mini Hardtop 4-Door Cooper S First Drive [September 19, 2014]

MotorAuthority: 2015 MINI Cooper 5 Door Preview [June 4, 2014]

The Telegraph: 2014 Mini 5 Door first drive [September 14, 2014]

Top Gear: It’s the five-door Mini! [June 4, 2014]

Top Gear: First drive: Mini five-door hatch [September 13, 2014]

TopSpeed: 2014 Mini Cooper 5-Door [June 5, 2014]

MINI 5-Door Hatch UK press kit

MINI 5-door Hatch

Just ahead of the world debut of the MINI 5 Door in Paris, MINI UK released a press kit with everything you want to know about what they call the MINI 5-Door Hatch.

Below you can download the Cooper and Cooper D specifications, the presentation, and the press release (PDF).

See the MINI UK press release MINI 5-DOOR HATCH PRESS PACK for all of the photos.

2014 ADAC PROCAR season results

2014 ADAC PROCAR season results

The German ADAC PROCAR Season finished last weekend with a pair of races at the Sachsenring. This is the series that replaced the MINI CHALLENGE series which ended last year. MINIs race in an exclusive Division 3 (also known as Division M) for MINI John Cooper Works. They can also compete in the new Division 1T which is exclusively for cars with 1.6 L turbocharged engines.

2014 ADAC PROCAR Division 3 StandingsThe 2014 Division 3 champion is Steve Kirsch in his MINI JCW No. 41. Kirsch won ten of the 16 races during the season and easily won the division. Second and third places were much closer with Kai Jordan taking 2nd by two points over the 3rd-place Thomas Tekaat.

Division 3 team results saw Frensch Power Motorsports take the championship. They were followed by H&R Team Dombek in 2nd place and Besaplast Team Dombek in 3rd.

In Division 1, MINI came in 2nd and 3rd place behind the champion Heiko Hammel in a Ford Fiesta ST. In 2nd was Reinhard Nehls and completing the podium was Franjo Kovac, both driving a MINI John Cooper Works. The only other MINI driver was Joachim Schirra who finished 7th, competing in only four of the 16 races.

Visit the ADAC PROCAR website and Facebook page for more.

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

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