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.

Follow the LAP Motorsports LLC websiteFacebook page, and Twitter feed.

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%

See all MINI sales worldwide by month.


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 2

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%

See MINI sales in the USA by month.


special edition: The MINI Countryman Park Lane

MINI Countryman Park Lane

Just days away from the start of the Geneva International Motor Show, which runs from March 5th to 15th, MINI has debuted a special edition MINI Countryman. Recycling the Park Lane name, this edition is available on the MINI Cooper Countryman, MINI Cooper S Countryman, and MINI Cooper S Countryman ALL4.

From the BMW Group press release:

  • World Premiere at the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show
  • New edition model with exclusive design and equipment features
  • Available in Cooper, Cooper S and Cooper S ALL4 starting in July 2015

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – March 2, 2015…Bold athletic flair and supreme versatility define the character of the MINI Countryman. As the first MINI with four doors, a large tailgate, five seats and optional all-wheel drive, it took on the role of an irresistible front-line force from the very outset – both in the conquest of additional target groups for the British premium brand and in the area of off-road driving. Its irrepressible forward thrust and flexibility are now expressed even more strikingly in an exclusive edition model. The MINI Countryman Park Lane sees its world premiere at the Geneva International Motor Show in March 2015.

The MINI Countryman has enabled the brand to establish a secure standing in the premium compact crossover segment. Unmistakable design, premium quality, an interior concept of exemplary versatility and typical MINI driving fun both on and off the road go together to create an overall package that is unique in this category of vehicle, meeting the multi-faceted mobility needs of demanding target groups in urban traffic and beyond. In this way the MINI Countryman has successfully asserted itself as an all-round talent with individual style. For the first time, this special status within the competitive environment is now underscored with a special edition model. A distinct design and color concept as well as high-end equipment features make the MINI Countryman Park Lane an authentic ambassador for versatile driving fun in the compact segment.

The MINI Countryman Park Lane indicates its high-end individual flair at first sight with a specially developed design and color concept. The body finish in Earl Grey metallic is combined with the entirely new color variant Oak Red for the roof and exterior mirror caps, supplemented with optional sport stripes in the same color for the bonnet, tailgate and lower side sections. The characteristic side turn indicator surrounds in chrome known as side scuttles also comprise an inlay in Oak Red. The MINI Countryman Park Lane boldly accentuates its classic athletic character with 18-inch light alloy wheels in Turbo Fan Dark Grey design and the MINI ALL4 Exterior visual package including silver body elements for the front and rear apron as well as the side sills.

Exclusive emblems on the side scuttles and the cockpit surface bear the inscription “Park Lane,” as do the entry sills. The interior surfaces in Oxide Silver for the door bezel and cockpit trim and Cross Stripe Grey for the side surrounds of the center console were also designed exclusively for the MINI Countryman Park Lane. These go together with the inlay color Carbon Black for the door trim and center console to create a sporty and premium ambience in the interior.

Located in the London borough of Mayfair, Park Lane is one of the most distinguished addresses in the British capital. MINI itself has a prestigious showroom there. It is the third time that Park Lane has lent its name to an exclusive edition model of the brand. A version of the classic Mini with particularly high-end fittings bore the designation in 1987, while another MINI Park Lane came out in 2005, following in the footsteps of its predecessor after the brand’s relaunch. Now the tradition of naming design and edition models made by the British premium automobile manufacturer after London streets and districts is applied to the MINI Countryman for the first time.

The precisely coordinated exterior and interior features of the MINI Countryman Park Lane underscore both the versatile functionality and the exclusive charisma of the premium compact model. With its high-end features and versatile customization options, this all-round talent offers five seats, including a rear seat that can be shifted longitudinally and has a folding backrest with a 40:20:40 split. As a result the luggage volume can be expanded from 17.5 to 42.2 cubic feet as required, allowing the MINI Countryman not just to tackle the challenges of everyday urban traffic but also transport bulky sports equipment or carry everything required for a family holiday.

Powerful, efficient engines and high-quality suspension technology ensure that the hallmark brand agility known as the go-kart feeling is brought to life in the compact segment, too – further enhanced by an additional facet with the permanent all-wheel drive system ALL4 that was developed especially for MINI. What is more the car’s raised seating position offers a supreme view of the road, giving the characteristic MINI drive feel a whole new dimension. Above this, the 208 hp MINI John Cooper Works Countryman provides extreme driving fun: here the engine power is transmitted to all four wheels as standard.

The MINI Countryman Park Lane is offered with three powertrain variants: The MINI Cooper Countryman, the MINI Cooper S Countryman with 181 hp, and the MINI Cooper S Countryman ALL4 with all-wheel drive.


MINI Clubman Vision Gran Turismo world debut

MINI Clubman Vision Gran Turismo

MINI officially debuted the MINI Clubman Vision Gran Turismo, a digital-only concept vehicle.

In addition to the press release (see below), Gran Turismo TV released a cool video featuring Guerlain Chicherit.

The MINI Clubman Vision Gran Turismo is available via a free update to Gran Turismo 6.

Here’s the official BMW Group press release:

Munich. Inspired by the brand’s legendary motor racing success, the MINI Design Team has created the essence of a MINI to enable maximum racing performance in the game Gran Turismo®6 for PlayStation®3. “MINI has many highly emotional achievements to its name in motor racing. The MINI Clubman Vision Grand Turismo literally puts these onto the virtual race track in Gran Turismo 6. The image of a go-kart on the road has recurring appeal,” says Anders Warming, Head of MINI Design.

The 395 hp engine accelerates the MINI Clubman Vision Gran Turismo from 0 to 100km/h in just 3.5 seconds. A sequential 6-speed transmission directs engine power to the permanent all-wheel drive system, guaranteeing optimum power transmission at all times, while gear shifting is achieved using wheel-mounted paddles. Fully adjustable dampers at the front and rear ensure an optimum connection with the road. The maximum speed is up to 290 km/h, depending on the gearbox ratio (specific to each race track).

The evocative design of the MINI Clubman Vision Gran Turismo is geared uncompromisingly towards motor racing. “The MINI Clubman Vision Gran Turismo combines all the hallmark MINI design features presented in the sportiest and most exciting style. A MINI like this has never been seen before,” says Christopher Weil, Head of MINI Exterior Design.

Pure motor racing flair in the front section.
The uncompromising orientation of the MINI Clubman Vision Gran Turismo from 0 to 100km/h to motor racing is apparent at first sight: enormous air inlets and precise air ducting surfaces dominate the low front perspective. The large central air inlet reaches down to just above the ground, almost merging the MINI Clubman Vision Gran Turismo visually with the virtual road surface. The front splitters regulate airflow to cool the high-performance engine and brakes. The wide track with broadly flared wheel arches promises agile handling when taking bends at speed. At the same time, the horizontal alignment of the air ducting elements makes the front section appear very low, with precise lines highlighting the wide track. As a technical highlight, the front apron and flat underbody are made entirely of carbon. This not only reduces air resistance, it also slims down overall weight in the chase for the best lap time.

All the familiar MINI design icons in the front section also reveal a highly dynamic design. The elliptical headlamps feature a black “X” familiar from the long-distance races of bygone days. Back then the headlamps used to be masked so as to prevent the headlamp glass from splintering as a result of stone impact or collisions, thereby avoiding broken glass on the track. The MINI Clubman Vision Gran Turismo echoes this element, giving it a modern interpretation as four separate LED light elements separated by a black X inside the ellipse. The continuous, hexagonal radiator grille has a flat, sporty design to emphasise the car’s wide track and encased by a high-end black chrome surround. Further references back to the brand’s glorious rally achievements of yesteryear are the upright windscreen wipers, the small additional headlamps and the accentuation stripes on the bonnet, roof and rear.

Maximum sporty flair in the side view.
The side reveals a MINI styling that has been injected with a whole new dynamic power. The car “crouches” on the road with a flat and broad silhouette. The characteristic curves dominate the upper section, making the MINI Clubman Vision Gran Turismo instantly recognisable as a MINI. The elongated roof and the low, continuous windows appear to stretch the virtual MINI. In conjunction with the rising shoulder line they trace a slight wedge shape. The voluminous shaping below the narrow window graphic is an instantly striking feature. Almost reaching down to the ground, the powerful bodywork conveys optimised aerodynamics and perfect road-holding in visual terms. The elongated doors are embedded in muscular, tightly modelled surfaces. Precise lines emphasise the broadly flared wheel arches at front and rear – a reference to the permanent all-wheel drive. The dynamism and clarity of the lines increase in the direction of the road. This gives the surfaces a more athletic effect as well as highlighting the three-dimensional quality of the side sections. The conspicuous side sill catches a lot of light, visually reduces the height of the car and traces a line which emphasises the completely flat underbody. The wheels are placed well to the outside of the body, thereby facilitating the proverbial go-kart-style handling. 22″ bicolour rims add an elegant touch of sporty flair, while racing details such as snap fasteners on the bonnet, a small sliding window and quick-release filler caps perfectly round off the car’s side appearance.

Broad shoulders and powerful rear wheel arches.
The perspective most likely to be admired by gamers and opponents is probably the rear. Expansive wheel arches and a marked shoulder section make for a self-assured posture. In between, a three-dimensional surface design enlivens the rear view. The striking split doors of the MINI Clubman Vision Gran Turismo are given clear graphic emphasis, while the double rear spoiler ensures downforce at high speeds. As is typical of MINI, the rear lights in LED technology are designed as self-contained elements. They feature an intricate filigree design in the form of a surrounding band with rib graphic, including integrated brake lights and driving lights. The horizontal alignment of the lights underscores the car’s broad posture as well as the dynamism of the rear section.

As at the front and side, the lower section of the car features a very precise and dynamic design. Aerodynamic openings break through the smoothly modelled surfaces, giving them character and vigour. Form follows function: air outlets and ducting surfaces in carbon are located precisely where they can take optimum effect. Lower down, the completely closed and flat underbody further enhances the car’s refined aerodynamics.

Power and character from the top view.
The top view is also frequently seen in game. An athletic silhouette reveals the power and racing heritage of the MINI Clubman Vision Gran Turismo. The front section faces up to the wind with a wide track and the filigree, finely detailed body almost merging in behind. The muscular expansion at the rear means it also gains width running back to the rear axle. This is set through with precise lines and bonnet stripes that create a cohesive overall image and a general impression of self-contained unity. The continuous base line of the body remains recognisable at all times within the surrounds.

Five paint finishes provide variety.
The MINI Clubman Vision Gran Turismo would not be a real MINI if it did not offer customisation options. With a total of five colour variants, players can adapt the MINI Clubman Vision Gran Turismo visually to their own personal preferences during the game. The MINI Design Team plays with contrasts here, boldly combining apparently incompatible colours which nonetheless interact to fascinating effect. The basis is always provided by Cyber Silver, a technically cool tone with a hint of mint green that offers a modern interpretation of the classic British racing tradition. This paint finish varies in appearance depending on the light angle, showing up the full depth of the car’s powerfully expressive surfaces. Contrasting with the body colour there are stripes running across the bonnet and roof, the roof itself and the accentuation stripes alongside the bonnet stripes, known as pin stripes. In the standard version, the roof makes a self-assured statement in Reflector Blue with accentuation stripes in Radiant Orange and Curry. In the other variants, the roof is available in Mirage Black or Space Green. Depending on the roof colour, the bonnet stripes and pin stripes then provide fascinating modern contrasts in Radiant Yellow, Radiant Green or Radiant Orange.

BMW Group gaming involvement.
To mark the 15th anniversary of the franchise Gran Turismo producer and President of Polyphony Digital Inc. Kazunori Yamauchi invited leading automobile manufacturers to contribute to the successful Gran Turismo series. Design departments were called upon to cast their eyes into the future and share their groundbreaking concept models with the gaming community. The virtual automobiles are being integrated into latest iteration of the new game Gran Turismo 6 for PlayStation 3, in the form of online updates. Head of BMW Group Design Adrian von Hooydonk: “The MINI Clubman Vision Gran Turismo is in fact the second cooperation in connection with Gran Turismo 6. I very much appreciate the opportunity to collaborate with Kazunori-San because he is just as interested in automobile design and performance as we are at the BMW Group”. The BMW Group has been active in the area of gaming for many years. The company attaches importance to being able to bring to life concepts such as the MINI Clubman Vision Grand Turismo as well as classic and current BMW Group vehicles in an interactive way for a wide audience and not just present them passively in the form of images and trailers.

The MINI Clubman Vision Grand Turismo will become available in game as part of today’s Gran Turismo update.

Gran Turismo 6.
Gran Turismo is an award-winning racing simulation game franchise first releases in 1998. Created exclusively for Sony PlayStation® it has become one of the most successful franchise in the world. According to Sony Computer Entertainment, more than 72 million copies of the game have sold in over 100 countries.

The latest iteration, Gran Turismo 6 for PlayStation 3, was released in December, 2013 and features 39 realistically reproduced race tracks and over 1200 cars reproduced in authentic HD graphics.

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collectibles: A Motorer’s Guide to Waiting activity book

A Motorer's Guide to Waiting activity book Build Your Own MINI. insert

A MOTORER’S GUIDE TO WAITING.

An activity book for the kid in you.

This 8-page booklet measures 8.5″ x 11″ and contains various activities for kids, presumably to keep them occupied while waiting at a MINI dealership.

Activities are:

  • MINI Libs.
  • MINI Maze.
  • Design Your Own MINI and Roof Graphic.
  • Color Your Own Road Trip.
  • Tic-Tac-Go.
  • MINI Libs.
  • [Connect-the-Dots]

There is a separate BUILD YOUR OWN MINI. insert which allows one to design, punch out, and fold up a MINI Cooper S Hardtop.


collectibles: MINI Accessories / JCW Tuning 2015 catalog

KEEP IT MINI. KEEP IT WILD.

KEEP IT MINI. / KEEP IT WILD.

The first Original MINI Accessories catalog has been released for the third-generation MINI Hardtop.  The 22 page flip brochure is filled with 17 pages of MINI accessories and 5 pages of John Cooper Works Tuning accessories.

The MINI USA catalog number is 8/14 MMA-F56.


worldwide MINI sales for January 2015

2015 MINI Hardtop and MINI 4 Door

MINI has its best January of global sales with sales up 12.0% from January 2014.

From BMW Group PressClub Global:

Overall sales of MINI brand vehicles were also higher than ever before in January, with the brand achieving double-digit growth of 12.0% compared with the same period last year (17,373 / prev. yr. 15.510). “Following on from our core model change last year, MINI is aiming for sustainable growth in 2015,” said Peter Schwarzenbauer, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for MINI, BMW Motorrad and Rolls-Royce. “The strong sales of the new MINI 3 door and 5 door models we saw in the fourth quarter have continued into the new year and I am confident that these and other new upcoming models will see MINI building on this momentum throughout the year,” Schwarzenbauer added. Sales of the new MINI 3 door are up 33.6% on the same period last year, totalling 7,502 units (prev. yr. 5,616) and the new MINI 5 door model was delivered to a total of 3,876 customers worldwide.

January 2015 January 2014 change year-to-date 2015 year-to-date 2014 change
17,373 15,510 12.0% 17,373 15,510 12.0%

See all MINI sales worldwide by month.