new MINI Clubman ALL4 launched

MINI Cooper SD Clubman ALL4

MINI debuted the MINI Clubman ALL4 back in January and today announced the official launch.

From BMW Group PressClub Global:

The market launch of the new MINI Clubman sees the latest model generation of the British brand embark on its advance into the premium compact segment. Additional momentum is now provided by the all-wheel drive system ALL4. The new MINI Clubman ALL4 guarantees an even sportier yet particularly supreme type of driving fun.

The very latest MINI feeling in a whole new dimension – now also available with all-wheel drive; new MINI Clubman ALL4 combines the innovative vehicle concept in the premium compact segment with an even sportier and more versatile version of hallmark brand driving fun; newly developed all-wheel drive system for the latest MINI generation available in two engine variants.

Premiere for the new generation of the all-wheel drive system ALL4 with electrohydraulic regulation, optimised weight and increased efficiency in the largest and most versatile MINI model; ideal alternative and supplement to the characteristic MINI front-wheel drive featuring a new construction principle with power take-off bevel gear on the front axle, dual-section propeller shaft for power transmission and Hang-On multidisc clutch in the rear axle differential; distribution of drive torque between the front and rear wheels precisely adapted to the given situation due to interconnection of the ALL4 control unit with Dynamic Stability Control (DSC); swift response to changes in driving style and road surface enables extremely sporty handling and supreme traction properties in all weathers and road conditions.

Market launch of the new MINI Clubman ALL4 (combined fuel consumption: 6.9 – 4.8 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 159 – 126 g/km) featuring highly
powerful engines of the latest generation with MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology and also the current versions of the manual and Steptronic transmission; MINI Cooper S Clubman ALL4 with 2.0-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine (141 kW/192 hp) and standard 6-speed manual transmission as well as optional 8-speed Steptronic transmission; MINI Cooper SD Clubman ALL4 with 2.0-litre 4-cylinder diesel engine (140 kW/190 hp) and 8-speed Steptronic transmission as standard.

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Intensive driving fun due to powerful engines and traction-optimised power transmission to all four wheels; optionally available: 8-speed Steptronic sports transmission with shift paddles at the steering wheel and Launch Control function for highly dynamic acceleration from standing; optimised fuel consumption and emission figures due to efficient design and functioning of the new all-wheel drive system ALL4 as well as extensive MINIMALISM technology; auto start/stop function as standard; GREEN mode including coasting with decoupled drivetrain in conjunction with optional MINI Driving Modes and Steptronic transmission.

All-wheel drive system ALL4 as an additional contribution to the highest level of everyday practicality and long-distance suitability ever achieved by a MINI; new MINI Clubman ALL4 combines hallmark brand go-kart feeling with secure handling properties and supreme driving comfort at all times; high-quality suspension technology unique within the competitive field featuring single-joint strut front axle and multilink rear axle: maximum agility due to large track width and weight-optimised, torsionally stiff body construction; electromechanical power steering with Servotronic function as standard.

MINI Clubman ALL4 as standard with Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) including Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), Electronic Differential Lock Control (EDLC) and Performance Control; sports suspension and Dynamic Damper Control optionally available; standard trim with light alloy wheels in 17-inch format; light alloy wheels optionally available up to a size of 19 inches.

New MINI Clubman now available in eight engine variants; extended variety for a vehicle concept that is unique in the compact segment in the tradition of the classic shooting brake; distinctive body design with dynamically stretched silhouette, powerful shoulder contour, long roof line and sloping rear; optimised aerodynamic properties due to Air Curtains in the form of air inlets in the front apron and air outlets behind the front wheel arches known as Air Breathers; high level of versatility due to the four side doors and characteristic, side-opening split doors at the rear; five fully-fledged seats; luggage compartment volume: 360 litres; rear backrest with optional 40 : 20 : 40 folding split; maximum storage volume: 1 250 litres; range of body paint finishes expanded to include Digital Blue metallic.

Distinctively designed interior with wide dashboard and cockpit facia frame in upper section; instrument panel on the steering column; central instrument with diverse display functions; intuitively operated air conditioning control unit; central console with electric parking brake, storage compartments, two cupholders, MINI Controller and armrest.

Weight-optimised and crash-optimised body structure; standard safety fittings include front and side airbags, side curtain airbags, 3-point automatic belts on all seats, at front with belt tensioners and adaptive belt force limiters, ISOFIX child seat mounting at rear and optionally also on the front passenger seat; tyre pressure display; excellent acoustic and vibrational comfort.

Full range of optional equipment to increase driving fun, comfort and individuality also available for the new MINI Clubman ALL4; MINI Driving Modes for individual vehicle set-up; modern driver assistance systems including MINI Head-Up-Display, Parking Assistant, rear view camera and Driving Assistant; LED headlamps; LED fog lights; electrically adjustable seats for driver and front passenger; Comfort Access including non-contact opening of the split doors; trailer tow hitch; panorama glass roof; MINI Excitement Package with LED interior and ambient lighting and projection of the MINI logo from the exterior mirror on the driver’s side when opening and closing the car; MINI Yours Interior Styles with backlit door bezels; alarm system including red LED status light in the fin antenna; range also includes: exclusive John Cooper Works and MINI Yours options and the current MINI Connected in-car infotainment program.

Engine variants:

MINI Cooper S Clubman ALL4: 4-cylinder petrol engine with MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology (turbo charging, direct injection, fully variable valve control, variable camshaft control),
capacity: 1998 cc, output: 141 kW/192 hp at 5 000 rpm,
torque: 280 Nm at 1 250 rpm (300 Nm with overboost),
acceleration (0–100 km/h): 7.0 seconds (automatic: 6.9 seconds),
top speed: 225 km/h (225 km/h),
average fuel consumption*: 7.0 – 6.9 litres (6.4 – 6.3 litres)/100 kilometres,
CO2 emissions*: 162 – 159 g/km (149 – 146 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6.

MINI Cooper SD Clubman ALL4: 4-cylinder diesel engine with MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology (turbocharger with variable turbine geometry, common rail direct injection),
capacity: 1 995 cc, output: 140 kW/190 hp at 4 000 rpm,
max. torque: 400 Nm at 1 750 – 2 500 rpm,
acceleration (0–100 km/h): 7.2 seconds,
top speed: 222 km/h,
average fuel consumption*: 4.9 – 4.8 litres/100 kilometres,
CO2 emissions*: 129 – 126 g/km, exhaust emission standard: EU6.

* EU test cycle figures, fuel consumption dependent on the selected tyre format.

Exterior dimensions:
Length: 4 253 millimetres [167.4″]
Width: 1 800 millimetres [70.9″]
Height: 1 441 millimetres [56.7″]
Wheelbase: 2 670 millimetres [105.1″]


worldwide MINI sales for April 2016

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Global MINI sales are up 6.3% for the month and 5.6% for the year despite continued disappointing sales in the US.

From BMW Group PressClub Global:

Customer deliveries of MINI vehicles in April totalled 28,441 worldwide, an increase of 6.3% on the same month last year and a new record for the month. Year-to-date sales of the brand rose 5.6% to 106,753. The two newest members of the MINI line-up are driving the sales growth: sales of the MINI Convertible are up 12.0% to total 5,849 worldwide in the first four months of the year while sales of the MINI Clubman in the same period total 16,409.

April 2016 April 2015 change year-to-date 2016 year-to-date 2015 change
28,441 26,766 6.3% 106,753 101,079 5.6%

See all MINI sales worldwide by month.


special edition: the MINI Seven

The MINI Cooper S Hardtop 4 Door Seven

Today MINI debuted the MINI Hardtop 2 Door and MINI Hardtop 4 Door special edition called the MINI Seven.

From BMW Group PressClub USA:

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – May 10, 2016 – MINI USA is proud to introduce the new MINI Seven, the first special edition of the latest MINI generation which presents a striking combination of the brand’s traditional values and the progressive product quality of the current models. Exclusive design features on the exterior and interior underscore the British origins, hallmark driving fun, premium character and extrovert appeal that make the new MINI Seven a more exceptional phenomenon in urban traffic than ever before.

The 2017 MINI Seven special edition will be available in both Cooper and Cooper S variants of the MINI Hardtop 2 Door and 4 Door models in late summer. Pricing will be announced closer to the vehicle’s arrival in market.

The name MINI Seven recalls the premiere of the revolutionary British small car more than five and a half decades ago. In August 1959, the virtually identical models Austin Seven and Morris Mini Minor were presented to the public for the first time. The first specimen of the legendary 4-seater created by designer Alec Issigonis and known today as the classic Mini came off the production line as the Austin Seven.

Featuring front-wheel drive, an engine mounted transversely at the front, short overhangs and a wide track, the Mini offered an unusually generous amount of space for passengers and luggage within a minimum surface area – with a fascinatingly agile driving response to boot. The current MINI model generation embodies the very latest version of this principle of making the smartest possible use of the space available. Not only does it meet contemporary standards in terms of comfort, safety and functionality, it also offers a whole new level of driving fun and refined premium characteristics in terms of design, material selection and finish quality.

The classic body concept is once again represented by the new MINI Hardtop. A re-interpretation of traditional design features gives it an unmistakable appearance. In the interior – likewise designed in hallmark brand style – there are four seats and an 8.7 cubic-foot luggage compartment. Thanks to its high-quality drive and suspension technology, typical MINI go-kart feeling is combined with exemplary efficiency and optimized ride comfort.

The original in the small car premium segment is also geared towards the extended requirements of modern target groups with an innovative body concept. In the current generation, MINI is also represented in the small car category for the first time with a four-door model. Featuring a wheelbase extended by 2.8 inches, two additional doors, a third seat at the rear and one of the largest luggage compartments in its class, with a volume of 13.1 cubic feet, the new MINI Hardtop 4 Door provides a whole new range of options to enjoy the driving fun that is so typical of the brand.

The new MINI Seven: stylish and expressive exterior design.

The exterior design features compiled exclusively for the new MINI Seven are geared towards achieving a particularly stylish and striking expression of the MINI Hardtop 2 Door and 4 Door, complete with its characteristic proportions, surface design and lines. Instantly fascinating appeal is created especially by means of a body finish in the MINI Yours color Lapisluxury Blue. This non-metallic finish is the most intensive blue tone ever applied to the body of a MINI. The paint finished conceived for the exclusive equipment program MINI Yours is based on the color Ultramarine, which is regarded as the “blue of kings”. The MINI Yours paint finish Lapisluxury Blue derives its striking brilliance, intensity and depth from the highly elaborate and technologically sophisticated production processes by which the paint and protective layers are applied to the body surfaces.

There are three other body finishes available to choose from for the new MINI Seven as alternatives to Lapisluxury Blue. The non-metallic finish Pepper White and the variants Midnight Black metallic and British Racing Green metallic are three of the classic options within the MINI color range in which the characteristic interplay of lines and surfaces on the exterior is given stylish yet discreet emphasis. This also brings out the athletic stature of both the new MINI Hardtop 2 Door and 4 Door models. It is especially defined by the powerfully arched bonnet and the large air inlets in the front apron, the dynamic wedge shape of the side window graphic and a striking sill line that combines with the parallel character line to direct attention to the large wheel arches. The fact that the width of the rear increases towards the bottom likewise contributes to the image of a body sitting powerfully on top of wheels.

Regardless of the selected body color, the roof and exterior mirror caps of the new MINI Seven are finished in Melting Silver. This contrasting color available exclusively for the design model underscores the horizontal body structuring typical of MINI, taking in the corpus, glass sections of the passenger cell and roof. The exclusive bonnet stripes of the new MINI Seven are designed to harmonize with the coloring of the roof and exterior mirror caps. The bonnet stripes, also in Melting Silver, each feature a surround in the color Malt Brown on the outside.

The 17-inch light alloy wheels of the new MINI Seven were likewise created especially for the design model. With the clear structure of their spokes and two-color finish, the wheels in MINI Seven Spoke two-tone design convey a solid, high-end impression. 18-inch light-alloy wheels are optionally available for the new MINI Seven in MINI Yours Vanity Spoke two-tone. Both variants of the light alloy wheels perfectly match the exclusive exterior features of the MINI Seven with their burnished surfaces and the MINI Yours paint finish Spectra Grey.

Another distinctive accentuation is added by the surrounds of the side indicators on the front wheel arches, known as side scuttles. These bear the logo of the design model which is made up of the wordmark “Seven” and the number seven. The MINI Seven logo is also to be found on the model-specific door sill finishers on the driver and front passenger side.

High-end and harmoniously designed ambience on the inside.

The interior design created for the new MINI generation is defined by three-dimensionally molded surfaces, high-quality color and material combinations and a modern display and operating concept. A new interpretation of classic styling is reflected in the horizontal structure of the cockpit and the circular or elliptically shaped contours of key features such as the air vents, instruments and door trim. The central instrument – another characteristic element – offers additional display content. Functionality and ergonomics are optimized by the new dashboard on the steering column and the newly positioned controls.

In the new MINI Seven, the mature character and premium ambience of the interior is highlighted by a harmoniously matched selection of colors and materials for the seats and interior surfaces. The standard trim includes sports seats in the exclusive fabric/leather Upholstery Diamond Malt Brown, which was created exclusively for this design model. The black leather of the seat and backrest surfaces is combined with fabric in the side sections. The latter have an oblique grey and black check pattern with a discreetly integrated pinstripe in Malt Brown and seams in the same color. The variants Cross Punch Carbon Black leather, Lounge Satellite Grey leather and MINI Yours Lounge Carbon Black leather are offered as alternatives.

Other features of the design model include the MINI Seven logo on the trim of the central instrument and interior surfaces in the color Piano Black high gloss. The MINI Yours interior styles Dark Cottonwood, Fibre Alloy and Off-White are optionally available. These options from the MINI Yours program lay the foundation for a particularly stylish and selective customization that underscores the car’s premium character as well as its British roots. In the MINI Yours interior styles, select materials are combined with a precise finish and high-end design. Another accentuation of stylish individuality derives from the Color Line applied to a range of elements from the outer air vents to the vertical surrounds of the controls below the central instrument, also including the armrests in the door panels. In the new MINI Seven, the Color Line comes as standard in Malt Brown, and is optionally available in Carbon Black, a variant exclusively offered for the design model and perfectly harmonized with the other colors used for the interior of the MINI Seven.

Individual style in maximum variety: two body variants, four engine types.

The launch of the new MINI Hardtop 4 Door made driving fun in the original of the small car premium segment accessible to additional target groups. The individual style of the new design comes into its own in both the MINI Hardtop 2 Door and 4 Door models. What is more, the new MINI Seven is available in two engine variants for each body type. The latest engine generation with MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology, likewise newly developed transmissions and extensive MINIMALISM Technology help ensure all model variants achieve an exemplary balance between driving fun and fuel consumption.

The engine variants will include the 1.5 liter 3-cylinder engine with an output of 134 hp for the Cooper models and the particularly spirited 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with an output of 189 hp in the Cooper S models.

For all model variants of the new MINI Seven there is the optional alternative of a 6-speed Steptronic transmission instead of the standard 6-speed manual transmission. What is more, the Cooper S models can also be fitted with a 6-speed Steptronic sports transmission which offers even shorter shift times and includes not just a separate gear selector lever but also shift paddles at the steering wheel.

Unique in the segment: go-kart feeling combined with a full range of safety features and modern driver assistance systems.

Regardless of the engine type selected, high-quality suspension technology extensively refined and adapted for each specific model of the new MINI generation ensures that the power of the new MINI Seven is transformed into enthralling agile driving properties. The hallmark brand go-kart feeling derives from a single-joint spring strut axle at front, a multilink rear axle, electromechanical power steering and highly powerful and precisely controllable brakes – a combination that is unique in the small car segment. Dynamic Damper Control is available optionally and features electrically controlled dampers which can be adjusted via the MINI Driving Modes.

The standard DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) also includes DTC (Dynamic Traction Control) mode and Electronic Differential Lock Control (EDLC) – an electronic locking function for the front axle. The Cooper S models are also fitted with Performance Control, a system that counters any tendency to understeer prior to reaching the threshold level. The standard trim also includes tire pressure display for each individual wheel.

Exemplary vehicle occupant protection is ensured by the integrated MINI safety concept which includes not just a body with highly resilient bracket structures, optimized deformation zones and an extremely stable passenger cell but also front and side airbags, side curtain airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, 3-point automatic belts on all seats, belt tensioners and belt force limiters at the front and ISOFIX child seat mountings at the rear as standard.

The range of driver assistance systems developed for the new MINI generation includes the MINI Head-Up Display, Parking Assistant and rear view camera and also the Driving Assistant system including camera-based active cruise control, collision and pedestrian warning with initial brake function, high beam assistant, speed limit sign detection.

Individually tailored driving fun with high-end options and MINI Connected.

The premium character of the new MINI Seven can be further highlighted with other individual options. The highlights of the range of individually selectable optional equipment include the seat heating for driver and front passenger, the panorama glass roof, Comfort Access, the Harmon Kardon hi-fi speaker system, Park Distance Control, power-folding exterior mirrors and auto-dimming rearview and driver’s side mirrors.

The new MINI Seven special edition will come standard with the MINI Connected infotainment system including a 6.5-inch high-resolution screen or an optional larger 8.8-inch display with naviation. It offers extensive integration of smartphones in the car, allowing the use of internet-based services in the areas of infotainment, communication and driving experience by means of apps. The MINI Connected XL Journey Mate provides an innovative form of travel planning and support. Operation of all functions is intuitive and reflects hallmark brand style, using the MINI Controller in the center console and the color display up to 8.8 inches in size in the central instrument.

The new MINI Seven: following in the footsteps of its ancestors in elegant and distinctive style.

The new MINI Seven combines stylish individualism and progressive technology with an awareness of brand tradition and the British roots of the original in the premium segment of small cars. The design model follows in the footsteps of the classic Mini, its name echoing the very first appearance of its legendary ancestor more than five and half decades ago in two virtually identical model versions. This first classic Mini ever produced was an Austin Seven. It left the Longbridge plant in Birmingham, UK, on 4 April 1959. The only features distinguishing the Austin Seven from its twin, the Morris Mini Minor, were the radiator grille complete with brand logo, the hub caps and the body paint finish. Tartan Red, Speedwell Blue and Farina Grey were the names of the colors in which the Austin Seven was available.

The entire production of the classic MINI was moved to the Austin Seven’s place of origin in 1969. It was at this point that Mini became the standardized brand name for the small car, which by then had gained worldwide popularity. It was not until 31 years later on 4 October 2000 that the last of almost 5.4 million classic Mini came off the production line – also in Longbridge. Belonging to the BMW Group by this time, the brand had launched a special model of the successful small car a short time previously. Its name: Mini Seven.

The memory of the first of all classic Mini models was kept alive after the relaunch of the brand in 2001, too. Another edition model bearing the tradition-steeped name was premiered in 2005. The MINI Seven introduced on this occasion was available in three engine variants and featured such elements as newly designed light alloy wheels, white direction indicators and high-end comfort fittings complete with a lighting and storage package as well as exclusive design features for the exterior and interior. Another parallel with the current design model: the MINI Seven of the year 2005 was the first model variant of its generation to feature a roof in the contrasting color of silver.

From BMW Group PressClub Global:

A sense of individual style has always been an integral part of the unmistakable MINI feeling. With the new MINI Seven, the British brand now goes even further in showcasing the distinctive qualities of the original in the small car segment. The first design model of the latest MINI generation presents a particularly striking combination of the brand’s traditional values and the progressive product quality of the current models.

First design model of the current MINI generation; available as a MINI 3 door and MINI 5 door; new MINI Seven as an expression of premium characteristics and individual style with exclusive exterior and interior design features as well as high-end equipment options.

New MINI Seven underscores the distinctive character, British origins and tradition-steeped vehicle concept of the original in the premium segment of small cars; named after the Austin Seven, the model with which production of the classic Mini began in 1959.

Market launch of the design model with four engine variants as the MINI 3 door Seven (combined fuel consumption: 5.7 – 3.5 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 133 – 92 g/km) and the MINI 5 door Seven (combined fuel consumption: 5.9 – 3.6 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 136 – 95 g/km); output range from 85 kW/116 hp to 141 kW/192 hp.

Specific exterior design: MINI Yours body finish in the variant Lapisluxury Blue; three alternative paint finishes to choose from; roof and exterior mirror caps in Melting Silver; 17-inch light alloy wheels in exclusive MINI Seven Spoke two-tone design; MINI Seven door sill finishers; side scuttles with MINI Seven logo; bonnet stripes in Melting Silver with surrounds in Malt Brown available as an exclusive option.

Exclusive interior ambience with seats in fabric/leather finish Diamond Malt Brown, interior surfaces in Piano Black, optional Colour Line Malt Brown and MINI Seven logo on the central instrument surround.

Additional emphasis of the design model’s exclusive character with optional equipment package MINI Seven Chili; extension of the range of equipment features to include LED headlights, LED fog lamps, white direction indicators, automatic air conditioning, on-board computer, MINI Driving Modes, MINI Excitement Package, sports leather steering wheel with multifunction buttons, rain sensor with automatic driving lights control, seat height adjustment on the passenger side, storage package, floor mats in velours and lighting package.

Design model MINI Seven in two body variants and with harmonised character; new MINI 3 door as a modern interpretation of the classic principle of the creative use of space with the highest level of space and ride comfort ever achieved in this model; new MINI 5 door as an innovative vehicle concept with wheelbase extended by 72 millimetres, third seat at the rear and outstanding figures within the small car premium segment in terms of legroom, headroom and luggage compartment volume.

Hallmark brand go-kart feeling due to high-quality suspension technology with model-specific suspension set-up in each case; optional sports suspension and Dynamic Camper Control; body and suspension in weight-optimised design and with optimised stiffness for agile and secure driving properties.

Full range of occupant protection features based on integrated safety concept and standard equipment including six airbags, 3-point automatic belts, ISOFIX child seat mountings and tyre pressure display for each individual wheel; increased efficiency due to engines and transmissions of the latest generation, extensive range of standard MINIMALISM Technology and optimised aerodynamic properties.

Modern display and operating concept with dashboard on the steering column as well as central instrument with extended display elements and optional illuminated LED ring; control of navigation, entertainment, telephone and vehicle functions via optional colour display up to 8.8 inches in size and MINI Controller in the centre console.

High-end options to enhance driving fun, comfort and individual flair including LED headlights, LED fog lamps, MINI Driving Modes, MINI Excitement Package, Comfort Access, electrically operated glass roof, 2-zone automatic air conditioning, Radio MINI Visual Boost, MINI navigation system and Wired equipment package including navigation system Professional with MINI Touch Controller.

Extensive range of driver assistance systems: MINI Head-Up-Display, Parking Assistant, rear view camera and Driving Assistant with camera-based active cruise control, collision and pedestrian warning with initial brake function, high beam assistant and road sign detection.

Current MINI Connected in-car infotainment program; the latest MINI Connected App including MINI Streetwise, online search, Sports Instruments and Force Meter; online-based use of social networks and entertainment features using the vehicle operating system; MINI Connected XL Journey Mate with real-time traffic radar; Intelligent Emergency Call and TeleServices via a SIM card permanently installed in the vehicle.

Engine variants:
MINI Cooper S 3 door / MINI Cooper S 5 door: 4-cylinder petrol engine with MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology (turbo charging, direct injection, fully variable valve control, variable camshaft control),
capacity: 1 998 cc, output: 141 kW/192 hp at 4 700 – 6 000 rpm, max. torque: 280 Nm at 1 250 rpm (300 Nm with overboost),
acceleration (0–100 km/h): 6.8 seconds (automatic: 6.7 seconds) / 6.9 seconds (automatic: 6.8 seconds),
top speed: 235 km/h (233 km/h) / 232 km/h (230 km/h),
average fuel consumption*: 5.8 – 5.7 litres (5.4 – 5.3 litres )/100 kilometres /
0 – 5.9 litres (5.5 – 5.4 litres )/100 kilometres,
CO2 emissions*: 136 – 133 g/km (126 – 123 g/km) / 139 – 136 g/km (128 – 125 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6.

MINI Cooper 3 door / MINI Cooper 5 door: 3-cylinder petrol engine with MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology (turbo charging, direct injection, fully variable valve control, variable camshaft control),
capacity: 1 499 cc, output: 100 kW/136 hp at 4 400 rpm,
max. torque: 220 Nm at 1 250 rpm (230 Nm with overboost),
acceleration (0–100 km/h): 7.9 seconds (automatic: 7.8 seconds) / 8.2 seconds (automatic: 8.1 seconds),
top speed: 210 km/h (210 km/h) / 207 km/h (207 km/h),
average fuel consumption*: 4.6 – 4.5 litres (4.8 – 4.7 litres )/100 kilometres /
4.8 – 4.7 litres (4.9 – 4.8 litres )/100 kilometres,
CO2 emissions*: 107 – 105 g/km (112 – 109 g/km) / 111 – 109 g/km (114 – 111 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6.

MINI Cooper SD 3 door / MINI Cooper SD 5 door: 4-cylinder diesel engine with MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology (turbocharger with variable turbine geometry, common rail direct injection),
capacity: 1 995 cc, output: 125 kW/170 bhp at 4 000 rpm,
max. torque: 360 Nm at 1 500 – 2 750 rpm,
acceleration (0–100 km/h): 7.3 seconds (automatic: 7.2 seconds) / 7.4 seconds (automatic: 7.3 seconds),
top speed: 227 km/h (225 km/h) / 225 km/h (223 km/h),
average fuel consumption*: 4.1 – 4.0 litres (4.1 – 4.0 litres )/100 kilometres /
4.3 – 4.1 litres (4.2 – 4.1 litres )/100 kilometres,
CO2 emissions*: 109 – 106 g/km (107 – 104 g/km) / 112 – 109 g/km (109 – 107 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6.

MINI Cooper D 3 door / MINI Cooper D 5 door: 3-cylinder diesel engine with MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology (turbocharger with variable turbine geometry, common rail direct injection),
capacity: 1 496 cc, output: 85 kW/116 hp at 4 000 rpm,
max. torque: 270 Nm at 1 750 rpm,
acceleration (0–100 km/h): 9.2 seconds (automatic: 9.2 seconds) / 9.4 seconds (automatic: 9.5 seconds),
top speed: 205 km/h (204 km/h) / 203 km/h (202 km/h),
average fuel consumption*: 3.6 – 3.5 litres (3.8 – 3.7 litres )/100 kilometres /
3.7 – 3.6 litres (3.9 – 3.8 litres )/100 kilometres,
CO2 emissions*: 95 – 92 g/km (99 – 98 g/km) / 97 – 95 g/km (102 – 99 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6.
* EU test cycle figures, fuel consumption dependent on the selected tyre format.

Exterior dimensions:
MINI 3 door:
Length: 3 821 millimetres (MINI Cooper S 3 door, MINI Cooper SD 3 door: 3 850 millimetres)
Width: 1 727 millimetres
Height: 1 414 millimetres
Wheelbase: 2 495 millimetres

MINI 5 door:
Length: 3 982 millimetres (MINI Cooper S 5 door, MINI Cooper SD 5 door: 4 005 millimetres)
Width: 1 727 millimetres
Height: 1 425 millimetres
Wheelbase: 2 567 millimetres


MINI USA sales for April 2016

 

MINI USA sales for April 2016MINI USA sales for April 2016 are down 12.4%.  Sales for 2016 are down 14.3%.

From BMW Group PressClub USA:

MINI Brand Sales

For April, MINI USA reported 4,796 automobiles sold, a decrease of 12.4 percent from the 5,476 sold in the same month a year ago. Year-to-date, MINI USA reported a total of 15,635 automobiles sold, a decrease of 14.3 percent from 18,253 automobiles sold in the first four months of 2015.

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MINI Pre-Owned Vehicles

  • Sales of MINI Certified Pre-Owned set an April record with 1,094 vehicles, up 14.6 percent over April 2015.
  • Total MINI Pre-Owned sales also set an April record with 2,537 cars, an increase of 15.2 percent from April 2015.
  • Total MINI Pre-Owned sales year-to-date were 9,063, a 14.0 percent increase from the first four months of 2015.

 

April 2016 April 2015 change year-to-date 2016 year-to-date 2015 change
4,796 5,476 -12.4% 15,635 18,253 -14.3%

See MINI sales in the USA by month.


15 Years of MINI Production at Plant Oxford

15 Years of MINI Production at Plant Oxford

From BMW Group PressClub UK:

Plant Oxford today celebrates 15 years since the first new MINIs rolled off the production line on 26 April, 2001.

The BMW Group, which is marking its centenary year in 2016, acquired the plant in 1994 and relaunched the brand in 2001 with the debut of the new MINI Hatch.

Since then more than 2.5 million MINIs have been produced in Oxford, with the three million milestone expected to be hit later this year. 80 per cent of the cars made here are exported to more than 110 countries around the world.

The 2001 MINI launch was the reinvention of a British motoring icon, which generated headlines around the world. As well as making the news, the car was subsequently recognised with several industry awards after it went on sale. This included being voted ‘Car of the Year’ in 2001 by leading UK weekly car magazine, Auto Express. Impressed by the car’s driving abilities, quality levels and safety features, the magazine praised the fact that the classic Mini’s DNA was “unmistakable” in the new car.

Sales of MINI, both in the UK and internationally, have gone from strength to strength over the last 15 years. In its first year nearly 40,000 MINIs were sold worldwide. By 2015 this number had risen to nearly 340,000, with more than 63,000 sold to customers in the UK – the highest since the brand’s relaunch.

Frank Bachmann, Managing Director of MINI Plant Oxford, said: “MINI is an iconic British brand that has made a remarkable journey over the past 15 years. In that time we’ve more than doubled our capacity and gone from producing just one model to an entire range of MINIs that have proved hugely popular with customers around the world. Making 1,000 high-quality cars to individual order each day is a huge challenge but we succeed in doing so because of the passion and expertise of our workforce. Today, we celebrate what’s been achieved so far and look forward to an even brighter future here in Oxford – the heart of MINI production.”

The plant’s automotive history dates back to 1913 when the great designer, entrepreneur and philanthropist William Morris (later Lord Nuffield), produced its first car, a “Bullnose” Morris, near today’s present state-of-the-art MINI production facility. The classic Mini was produced at Oxford from 1959 until 1968 with a peak output of 94,889 cars during 1966/67.

Today, more than 4,500 people are employed at the site in Cowley, which manufactures around 1,000 cars a day, including three and five door MINIs, the MINI Clubman and its first all-wheel drive All4 model – and the high-performance MINI John Cooper Works.

Three UK plants have had a part to play in MINI production – Hams Hall near Birmingham makes engines, Swindon produces body pressings and sub-assemblies for MINI, and this all comes together at Oxford with body shell production, paint and final assembly. Together these plants have helped to generate and sustain employment for thousands of people directly and indirectly though the wider supply chain and retailers.

Between 2012 and 2015 BMW Group invested £750 million at the plants, taking investment in UK production to £1.75 billion since 2000. At Oxford this has included a state-of-the-art paintshop, a high-technology body building facility, a new final assembly area, a new logistics centre, Quality and Engineering Centre and the MINIcademy, where the plant’s apprentices are trained.

Joining Technician Chris Wherritt is one of 22 current plant associates who began their careers as apprentices in 2001.

Chris said: “Starting my apprenticeship straight from school was exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time. After all, 2001 was a big year for the plant — I knew it would be a big change but I wasn’t aware at the time just how successful the new MINI was going to be. I already had a position secured for after my apprenticeship when the 2001 MINI rolled off the production line, and the launch was all over the news — that’s when I knew both the MINI and I had a bright future ahead of us.”

Helen Evans, currently in her first year as an engineering apprentice, said: “I’ve always been fascinated by cars and so seeing MINI’s transformation while still paying homage to the original has been really interesting. It’s been a great experience working at the plant so far and I’m really excited to see how my career with MINI will evolve in the future.”

The first MINIs – which were registered with ‘Y’ prefixed number plates – are now considered by many enthusiasts and fans of the brand to be modern classics.

MINI enthusiast Tanya Field, whose husband Jason works at the plant in IT, is working to set up a new club – Y REGister – to bring together owners of MINIs made in Oxford in 2001.

Tanya said: “Today is a wonderful milestone for MINI Plant Oxford. The first MINIs are 15 years old and are now becoming modern classics and are increasingly collectable. The creation of the Y REGister shows the growing interest in these MINIs and the heritage of the modern MINI.  As someone who’s passionate about the plant’s heritage, this is something that’s really important to me.”

Editor’s notes

  • MINI is the only car in the segment that offers Head Up Display, which projects important information into the driver’s line of vision, thus eliminating the need to take their eyes off the road.
  • The John Cooper Works Hatch has the best power to weight ratio in the segment as well as the highest top speed and the best acceleration of a non 4-wheel drive car in the segment.
  • MINI Cooper D is the fastest accelerating car to be sub 100kg / km in the segment.
  • MINI Touch Controller enables users to draw in postcodes using their fingertips.

 


Thomas Felbermair named new Vice President, MINI Region Americas

Thomas Felbermair

Thomas Felbermair

David Duncan

David Duncan

BMW Group just announced that Thomas Felbermair, VP MINI Europe, will take over the role of Vice President, MINI Region Americas currently held by David Duncan.  Duncan will move on to BMW Group.

From BMW Group PressClub USA:

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – April 14, 2016… BMW of North America, LLC (BMW NA) today announced new appointments within its senior management team. David Duncan will transition to a BMW Group position as the Head of Corporate and Special Sales for the company while Thomas Felbermair will join as Vice President, MINI Region Americas, Duncan’s former role. These appointments take effect May 1, 2016.

In his new role as Department Head, Corporate and Special Sales, Duncan will lead the team responsible for European Delivery, Corporate Fleet Sales, Executive Allowance Sales and Daily Rental Account Sales. The position is a BMW Group function supporting multiple brands within the company portfolio including BMW, MINI and BMW Motorcyles. He will collaborate closely with the sales department, regional offices, field teams, and the dealers to continue volume development of corporate and special sales accounts.

An 18-year employee of the BMW Group, Duncan has extensive business experience in various leadership positions within the organization. He joined the company as an area manager for BMW Motorcycles on the West Coast in 1998. Three years later he moved over to the MINI brand where he established the original U.S. dealer network prior to the 2002 re-launch of the brand in the market. Duncan then transferred over to the BMW brand in 2004 as Center Development Manager in the eastern region before being promoted to Regional Sales and Marketing Manager in 2006. He rejoined MINI in 2009 first as Department Manager of Product Strategy, later assuming responsibility for MINI Sales and Aftersales in 2010, and finally leading the MINI organization since 2014.

Thomas Felbermair replaces Duncan as the Vice President, MINI Region Americas. Felbermair will focus on driving sales, service, customer and dealer satisfaction, overseeing the business operations for the brand in the Americas region. He most recently held a similar postion in Germany as Vice President for MINI in the European region.

Felbermair’s automotive career spans more than two decades across multiple aspects of the business from sales and product launches to sports marketing and sponsorships. While much of his background is rooted in sales, Felbermair spent a significant portion of his years in the industry supporting the Porsche Michelin Supercup. He began his career at Audi and then transited to Porsche where he focused on Formula 1 motorsports events, marketing, dealer development and product management. Felbermair later returned to Audi to become the Head of Sales for the brand in Germany where he increased market share to a record 8.6%.  He then moved over to Lamborghini to take on the challenge of running their sales and marketing division before joining the MINI brand in 2015.

“Our business is all about our customers and improving their experience through all aspects of the customer journey,” said Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO, BMW of North America. “These changes will strengthen our business and I congratulate David Duncan on his new role in the burgeoning area of corporate and special sales and we welcome Thomas Felbermair as the new leader of MINI. I know they both will do well.”


worldwide MINI sales for March 2016

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Global MINI sales are up 6.6% for the month and 5.4% for the year despite disappointing sales in the US.

From BMW Group PressClub Global:

MINI sales were higher in March 2016 than in any previous single month in the brand’s history. A total of 39,061 units were delivered to customers worldwide, an increase of 6.6% compared with the same month last year. In the first quarter of 2016, MINI sales also achieved a new record high with 78,311 units delivered, an increase of 5.4% on last year. “Customers around the world are responding to the attractive new models we have in our line-up, as is proven by our record sales,” said Peter Schwarzenbauer, BMW AG Management Board member responsible for MINI, BMW Motorrad and Rolls-Royce. “The recently launched MINI Clubman in particular is attracting new customers, with a total of over 12,000 sold so far this year,” he added.

March 2016 March 2015 change year-to-date 2016 year-to-date 2015 change
39,061 36,635 6.6% 78,311 74,312 5.4%

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MINI USA sales for March 2016

 

MINI USA sales for March 2016

MINI USA sales for the month are down again (-18.3%).  Sales for 2016 are down 15.2%.

From BMW Group PressClub USA:

MINI Brand Sales

For March, MINI USA reported 4,762 automobiles sold, a decrease of 18.3 percent from the 5,829 sold in the same month a year ago. Year-to-date, MINI USA reported a total of 10,839 automobiles sold, a decrease of 15.2 percent from 12,777 automobiles sold in the first three months of 2015.

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MINI Pre-Owned Vehicles

  • Sales of MINI NEXT (certified pre-owned) set a March record with 1,090 vehicles, up 15.8 percent over March 2015.
  • Total MINI Pre-Owned sales also set a March record with 2,442 cars, an increase of 16.1 percent from March 2015.
  • Total MINI Pre-Owned sales year-to-date were 6,526, a 13.5 percent increase from the first three months of 2015.

 

March 2016 March 2015 change year-to-date 2016 year-to-date 2015 change
4,762 5,829 -18.3% 10,839 12,777 -15.2%

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worldwide MINI sales for February 2016

MINI Cooper S Clubman in Pure Burgundy

Global MINI sales are up slightly for the month and up 4.1% for the year.

From BMW Group PressClub Global:

MINI sales increased 4.1% in the first two months of the year, with a total of 39,237 vehicles delivered to customers. One significant growth driver was the MINI 5 door: with a total of 11,606 units sold, sales are up 29.5% compared with the same period last year. So far this year, the recently launched MINI Clubman has been delivered to a total of 5,603 customers around the world.

February 2016 February 2015 change year-to-date 2016 year-to-date 2015 change
20,370 20,303 0.3% 39,237 37,678 4.1%

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MINI USA sales for February 2016

MINI USA sales for February 2016

MINI USA sales for the month dropped by almost a quarter from last year.  Sales for 2016 are down 12.5%.

From BMW Group PressClub USA:

MINI Brand Sales

For February, MINI USA reports 2,839 automobiles sold, a decrease of 23.7 percent from the 3,720 sold in the same month a year ago. Year-to-date, MINI USA sales are 6,077 vehicles, a 12.5 percent decrease from the same period last year.

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MINI Pre-Owned Vehicles

  • Sales of MINI NEXT (certified pre-owned) set a record with 1,046 vehicles, up 33.2 percent over February
  • Total MINI Pre-Owned sales also set a record with 2,231 cars, an increase of 22.1 percent from February 2015.
  • Total MINI Pre-Owned sales year-to-date were 4,084, an 11.9 percent increase from the first two months of 2015.

 

February 2016 February 2015 change year-to-date 2016 year-to-date 2015 change
2,839 3,720 -23.7% 6,077 6,948 -12.5%

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