worldwide MINI sales for April 2015

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MINI set another global sales record in April 2015, up almost 28%.  MINI is also having a record year with sales up more than 28% over 2014.

From BMW Group PressClub Global:

MINI also achieved record sales in April with customer deliveries totalling 26,766, an increase of 27.8% on the same month last year. Following the model change a year ago, full availability of the core 3 and 5 door models mean that sales for the first four months are significantly up on last year with a total of 101,079 vehicles delivered, an increase of 28.3%. It’s the first time MINI has sold more than 100,000 cars in the first four months of the year. A total of 9,578 customers took delivery of a MINI 3 door in April (+30.3%) while sales of the new MINI 5 door reached 7,814 in the month.

April 2015 April 2014 change year-to-date 2015 year-to-date 2014 change
26,766 20,917 27.8% 101,079 78,785 28.3%

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2015 MINI John Cooper Works Press Kit

2015 MINI John Cooper Works

From BMW Group PressClub Global:

The new MINI John Cooper Works.
Profile.

• 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 surround in model-specific design; pedals and driver footrest in stainless steel; anthracite roof liner; MINI Driving Modes 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 lighting; MINI Excitement package with interactive LED light ring on the central instrument and 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 colours, 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 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

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MINI USA sales for April 2015

MINI USA sales for April 2015

MINI USA sales up nearly 25% for the month and 40% for the year.

From BMW Group PressClub USA:

MINI Brand Sales

For April, MINI USA reports 5,476 automobiles sold, an increase of 24.7 percent from the 4,390 sold in the same month a year ago.

 

MINI Pre-Owned Vehicles
In April, sales of MINI NEXT (certified pre-owned) sold 955 vehicles, up 32.6 percent over April 2014, with a year-to-date gain of 25.5 percent to 3,532 cars over the same period in 2014. Total MINI Pre-Owned sales were 2,203 cars, an increase of 2.1 percent from April 2014. Total MINI Pre-Owned sales for the first four months were 7,958, a 2.2 percent decrease from the same period in 2014.

 

April 2015 April 2014 change year-to-date 2015 year-to-date 2014 change
5,476 4,390 24.7% 18,253 13,047 39.9%

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worldwide MINI sales for March 2015

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MINI is off to a great start for 2015 with global sales for the first quarter at an all time high, up 28.4% from last year.  The MINI Hardtop 2 Door outsold the 4 Door 13,890 to 9,688 in March.

From BMW Group PressClub Global:

Sales of MINI brand vehicles saw a significant increase compared to March last year, when sales were affected by the core model changeover. “MINI has achieved its best ever first quarter,” said Peter Schwarzenbauer, Member of the Board of Management BMW AG, MINI, BMW Motorrad, Rolls-Royce. “Our new 3 and 5 door models are now fully available and we’re seeing just how popular they are in the markets.” In March 2015, MINI deliveries rose 38.9% to total 36,635 with sales in the first three months of the year climbing to 74,312, an increase of 28.4% on the same period last year. The new generation 3 door MINI was delivered to a total of 13,890 customers in March, up 79.7% on the same month last year, while monthly sales of the brand new 5 door MINI totalled 9,688.

March 2015 March 2014 change year-to-date 2015 year-to-date 2014 change
36,635 26,382 38.9% 74,312 57,868 28.4%

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MINI USA sales for March 2015

MINI USA sales for March 2015

MINI USA sales up nearly 60% due to strong sales and low inventory in 2014.  Year-to-date US sales are off to a good start for 2015.  Note that MINI is showing separate sales figures for the MINI Hardtop 2 Door and 4 Door.

From BMW Group PressClub USA:

MINI Brand Sales

For March, MINI USA reports 5,829 automobiles sold, an increase of 59.5 percent from the 3,655 sold in the same month a year ago.

 

MINI Pre-Owned Vehicles
In March, MINI used automobiles (including MINI NEXT certified pre-owned) reported sales of 2,104 automobiles, a decrease of 5.2 percent from the 2,220 sold in March, 2014.

 

March 2015 March 2014 change year-to-date 2015 year-to-date 2014 change
5,829 3,655 59.5% 12,777 8,657 47.6%

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MINI begins 2015 Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge in Sebring

LAP Motorsports MINIs

photo by LAP Motorsports

 

After a two-year absence since RSR Motorsports exited, MINI returns to the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge today at Sebring International Raceway.

LAP Motorsports LLCMINI USA has partnered with LAP Motorsports LLC to field two pre-production MINI John Cooper Works Hardtops which will compete in the Street Tuner (ST) class.

The Microsoft Visual Studio 150 starts at 1:05 ET.

You can watch the race live at IMSA.com.

No. Drivers
37 Remo Ruscitti
Dan Clarke
52 Lukas Johnson
Stephen Simpson

From the BMW Group PressClub USA press release:

Woodcliff Lake, NJ, and Indianapolis, IN – March 18, 2015… MINI USA and LAP Motorsports LLC today confirmed the team’s driver line-up for MINI’s return to the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge (CTSCC) in the Street Tuner (ST) class. The Indianapolis-based MINI John Cooper Works team owned and operated by racing veteran Luis Perocarpi will make its racing debut this weekend at the Microsoft Visual Studio 150 at Sebring International Raceway in Florida.

Earlier this week the new MINI John Cooper Works team, which formed only a few months ago, left for Sebring with brand new cars and a mix of youth, talent and experience ready to get behind the wheels. Remo Ruscitti and Dan Clarke will share the #37 car while Lukas Johnson and Stephen Simpson will share the #52 car.

The team will compete with a fleet of production-derived MINI John Cooper Works Hardtop race cars closely related to the John Cooper Works Hardtops that will be arriving in dealers this summer. This will be the first time these cars put rubber to tarmac in competition. In addition to the MINI USA support, the team also has sponsorships with Fikse Wheels and KW Suspensions.

“All four drivers have a proven history of winning championships at various levels and have experience in either the Tudor United or Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge racing series,” said Luis Perocarpi, owner and operations director of LAP Motorsports. “By combining MINI’s famous go-kart handling with a BMW Group developed turbocharged power plant and these talented drivers, we will have cars on track competing for the win.”

With a super-wide stance, ultra-rigid body and incredibly precise handling, MINI has a long history in motorsports and has always felt right at home on the track. Ever since John Cooper first exploited the racing potential of the classic Mini in the early 1960s, his name has stood for success and performance on the race track with MINI.

“We are looking forward to having Luis and the team at LAP Motorsports join the MINI Motorsports family and know that they will continue to build on the rich racing heritage that started back in the 1960s,” said Chris Potgieter, Product Manager, MINI USA. “When you combine the power and performance of the new MINI John Cooper Works Hardtop, the most powerful car that we’ve ever built, with the proven track record of the LAP Motorsports team, it is sure to be an exciting year for all the MINI fans everywhere.”

The young guns on the team are Ruscitti and Johnson, a pair of 20 year olds with racing IQs beyond their years. Hailing from Toronto, Ontario, Ruscitti had a great 2014 campaign in the ST class notching a victory and several top ten. Johnson, from St. Paul, Minn., won the 2013 Intercontinental Trophy Cup season championship and competed in both ST and GS class events during the 2014 season. Both have lengthy resumes of success in national and international karting and have seamlessly transitioned into sports cars over the past two years.

Bringing track-tested leadership and international experience of their own are Dan Clarke and Stephen Simpson. Clarke, from Yorkshire, UK, brings an outstanding resume, which includes British F3, Champ Car World Series, A1GP, Indy Lights and selected races in the 2014 CTSCC. Simpson, who hails from Cape Town, South Africa but now resides in Indianapolis, also has a long history of success climbing the open wheel ranks in Europe including British and European Formula 2.0, A1GP, Indy Lights, Formula Atlantic, and ALMS. Most recently he has enjoyed success in the Tudor United Sportscar Championship Prototype Challenge series with JDC Miller Motorsports.

MINI’s return to motorsport is all encompassing, even down to the finest details, with the cars racing under the historic numbers of 37 and 52 used during MINI’s racing success in the 1960s. In 1964, Northern Ireland’s Patrick (“Paddy”) Hopkirk and his co-driver Henry Liddon held off more powerful rivals and won the legendary Monte Carlo Rally in a Mini Cooper S for the first time. The classic Mini’s dominance of the Monte Carlo Rally continued over the years with Hopkirk’s Finnish team-mates Timo Mäkinen and Rauno Aaltonen adding two more overall victories in 1965 and 1967.

Early this year, MINI celebrated its fourth consecutive overall win at the world famous Dakar Rally when Nasser Al-Attiyah and Mathieu Baumel crossed the finishing line in the Argentinian capital Buenos Aires as the overall winners, having won five of the 13 legs in their MINI ALL4 Racing.

In addition to this new partnership with LAP Motorsports, MINI USA enjoys a partnership with the Miles Ahead driving school, which operates the MINI Motoring School at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  This year the school will operate with a program fleet using 2015 MINI John Cooper Works Hardtops.

About LAP MotorSports LLC

Involved in motorsports since 1998, Luis Perocarpi founded Indianapolis, IN, based LAP MotorSports LLC in 2008 and established LAP as one of the leading service providers in building, operating and managing race programs and race teams in North America and Europe. LAP Motorsports has been involved with ChampCar programs of Patrick Racing, Team Rahal, HVM, Herdez Competition and Minardi Team USA and series such as Formula Atlantic, Indy Lights, Superleague Formula, USF2000, Pro Mazda, Grand Am, ALMS, Ferrari Challenge, SCORE International and IMSA Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge.

MINI Motoring Rewards Program
Don’t worry if you don’t have a name as cool as legendary Classic Mini drivers Paddy, Rauno, or Timo. You can still take home cash racing a MINI in amateur or professional competitions through the MINI Motoring Awards Program. It’s just a little extra incentive for MINI owners to get out there and give racing a go. Not that the sheer fun and adrenaline rush of pressing a MINI through a closed course isn’t already enough. But getting your gas money covered never hurts. For more information about the MINI Motoring Rewards Program visit MINIUSA.COM and click on MINI Motorsports.

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IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge 2015

Date Race Track Location
1/23 BMW Performance 200 Daytona International Speedway Daytona Beach, FL
3/20 Microsoft Visual Studio 150 Sebring International Raceway Sebring, FL
5/2 Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Monterey, CA
6/27 Watkins Glen International Watkins Glen International Watkins Glen, NY
7/11 Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Bowmanville, ON
7/25 Lime Rock Park Lime Rock Park Lakeville, CT
8/8 Road America Road America Elkhart Lake, WI
8/22 VIRginia International Raceway VIRginia International Raceway Danville, VA
9/18 Circuit of The Americas Circuit of The Americas Austin, TX
10/2 Road Atlanta Road Atlanta Braselton, GA

 


worldwide MINI sales for February 2015

2015 MINI Hardtop and MINI 4 Door

Global MINI sales are up about 27% for the month and almost 20% for the year.  Of the 12,965 MINI Hardtop sales in February, 60.7% were the Hardtop 2 Door (3 door) and 39.2% were the Hardtop 4 Door (5 door).

From BMW Group PressClub Global:

Following the model change last year, the MINI brand saw sales rise 27.1% to total 20,303 (prev. yr. 15,976). 2015 has seen the best start to the year in the brand’s history with a total of 37,678 MINIs delivered to customers in the first two months, an increase of 19.7% compared to the same period last year (31,486). The new MINI 3 door is proving a great hit with customers: 7,877 were delivered worldwide in February, up 69.8% on the same month last year, when sales were affected by the model change (prev. yr. 4,640). The MINI 5 door is also seeing strong sales, with a total of 5,088 sold in February.

February 2015 February 2014 change year-to-date 2015 year-to-date 2014 change
20,303 15,976 27.1% 37,678 31,486 19.7%

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MINI in the Pirelli World Challenge 2015

Pirelli World Challenge 2015

The Pirelli World Challenge season is underway at the Circuit of the Americas.  MINI will be competing in the TCB (B-Spec) class.  The TCB class will race only a selection of the PWC venues, but each weekend they do will feature two or three races.  MINI won this series in 2013 with Robbie Davis.  In 2014, Tyler Palmer finished third in the standings.  Neither driver is racing this year and MINI USA is not officially supporting any team.

You can follow the Pirelli World Challenge through their website with the schedule, results, photos, video, and live streaming.  Pirelli World Challenge racing can be watched online at www.world-challengetv.com.

 

Pirelli World Challenge 2015

03/06 – 03/08 Circuit of The Americas, Austin, Texas

05/15 – 05/17 Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada

06/26 – 06/28 Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin

08/14 – 08/16 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio

08/21 – 08/23 Miller Motorsports Park, Tooele, Utah

09/11 – 09/13  Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Salinas, California

 

MINI Teams

Breathless Performance Racing – Driver Jason Fichter.

P.J. Groenke Racing – Driver P.J. Groenke.

Racing.ca – Drivers Andrei Kisel, Glenn Nixon, and Wei Lu.

Shae Racing – Driver Tom Noble.


MINI USA Configurator updated with JCW Hardtop 2 Door

MINI USA Configurator: MINI JCW Hardtop 2 DoorThe MINI USA Configurator has been updated and you can now build a MINI John Cooper Works Hardtop 2 Door.  A new JCW-exclusive color is JCW Rebel Green.  An exclusive Chili Red roof and mirrors option continues for the new JCW.

Build a 2015 MINI John Cooper Works Hardtop 2 Door at MINIUSA.com.


MINI USA sales for February 2015

MINI USA sales for February 2015

MINI USA reported a large sales gain for February of 51%.  After missing January, they are again reporting sales by model.  We’ll have the calculated figures for January soon.

From BMW Group PressClub USA:

MINI Brand Sales

For February, MINI USA reports 3,720 automobiles sold, an increase of 51.3 percent from the 2,459 sold in the same month a year ago.

 

MINI Pre-Owned Vehicles
In February, MINI used automobiles (including MINI NEXT certified pre-owned) reported sales of 1,827 automobiles, a decrease of 2.6 percent from the 1,875 sold in February, 2014..

 

February 2015 February 2014 change year-to-date 2015 year-to-date 2014 change
3,720 2,459 51.3% 6,948 5,002 38.9%

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