Monthly Archives: July 2011


MINI Coupe and Roadster discussions

MINI John Cooper Works Coupe
With the forthcoming MINI Coupe going into production very soon, and the MINI Roadster to follow next Spring, there is a lot of buzz on the Internet about these models. So we have tracked down these discussions on forums and blogs around the Web.

MINI Coupe and MINI Roadster discussions

German Car Forum – The MINI Coupé. | Officially Official: The MINI Coupé

MINI² – Coupe | Roadster

MINIforum – MINI Coupe and Roadster Talk

Motoring Alliance – Coupé and Roadster

MotoringFile – MINI USA Coupe Options & Package Pricing

North American Motoring – R58 :: Coupé Talk (2012+)

totalMINI – MINI Coupe

 


RSR Motorsports first and second in New Jersey

Owen Trinkler and Sarah Cattaneo

Owen Trinkler and Sarah Cattaneo

RSR Motorsports took first and second places in the GRAND -AM Continental Sports Car Series B+ Foundation Heroes 200 in New Jersey yesterday.  The No. 198 MINI defended its win there last year.

The team of Sarah Cattaneo and Owen Trinkler and got the win, beating out teammates Tom Dyer and Chris Puskar in the No. 197 MINI.  Puskar was a last-minute substitution for Randy Smalley who withdrew due to health problems.

Two other RSR Motorsport entries were VJ Mirzayan and Chris Sarian in the No. 195 MINI who placed 15th and Ron Farmer and Jason Hart in 20th place in the No. 196 MINI.

The race will be broadcast on SPEED at 3:00pm on Saturday, July 30.

See the official results from the GRAND-AM website.

GRAND-AM posted a video of interviews with the winning drivers.  The portion with Sarah and Owen begins at 1:26.  Watch the video.

Sarah Cattaneo

 


new MINI Countryman accessories catalog

KEEP IT MINI. MINI COUNTRYMAN 2011-PRESENT KEEP IT WILD. MINI COUNTRYMAN 2011-PRESENT

MINI USA has released its first MINI Motoring Accessories / JCW Accessories catalog exclusively for the MINI Countryman.  The two-sided flip brochure contains MINI Motoring Accessories in the 21-page “KEEP IT MINI.” side and John Cooper Works Accessories in the 7-page “KEEP IT WILD.” side.  Stapled inside is an “OFFICIAL YOU-IFICIATION PLANNER” which contains the part numbers and prices.

The MINI USA catalog numbers are MMA-R60 for the Catalog and MMA-R60PL for the Planner.


Bentley Service Manual for second-generation MINIs coming

MINI Cooper Service Manual: Cooper, Cooper S, John Cooper Works (JCW) Including Clubman, Convertible 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

Nearly five years after the second-generation MINI arrived, Bentley Publishers is about to release its well-known MINI Cooper Service Manual for the R56 Hardtop, R55 Clubman, and R57 Convertible.  Set to be published on September 6, 2011, this large and thick paperback book has over 1,000 pages of information for do-it-yourself repairs.  The cover price is $139.95.

MINI Cooper Service Manual: Cooper, Cooper S, John Cooper Works (JCW) Including Clubman, Convertible 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
Bentley Publishers, 2011
1,058 p.
ISBN-10: 0837616719
ISBN-13: 978-0837616711

You can pre-order your copy at Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble.

Bentley Publishers has previously published several service manuals for the first-generation MINI:

  • MINI Cooper 2002-2006 Cooper, Cooper S: Diagnosis Without Guesswork
  • MINI Cooper Service Manual: 2002, 2003, 2004 MINI Cooper, MINI Cooper S
  • MINI Cooper Service Manual: MINI Cooper, MINI Cooper S, Convertible 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
  • MINI Cooper Service Manual: MINI Cooper, MINI Cooper S, Convertible 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 [with Diagnostic Trouble Code Manual]
MINI Cooper 2002-2006 Cooper, Cooper S: Diagnosis Without Guesswork MINI Cooper Service Manual: 2002, 2003, 2004 MINI Cooper, MINI Cooper S MINI Cooper Service Manual: MINI Cooper, MINI Cooper S, Convertible 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 MINI Cooper Service Manual: MINI Cooper, MINI Cooper S, Convertible 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 [with Diagnostic Trouble Code Manual]

worldwide MINI sales for June 2011

From BMW Group PressClub USA:

MINI reported sales of 31,111 vehicles in June, a new record for the month and an increase of 34.1% over the 23,202 cars sold in June, 2010. Year-to-date, MINI sales are up 29.8% on volume with 141,913 compared to 109,302 in the first six months of 2010.

MINI brand: Record first six months

The January to June numbers of 141,913 are the highest achieved since MINI’s relaunch in 2001. More than 40,000 customers bought the new MINI Countryman in the first half of 2011.  In June, MINI announced that a new member will join the family in autumn 2011, the MINI Coupé.

June 2011 June 2010 change year-to-date 2011 year-to-date 2010 change
31,111 23,202 34.1% 141,913 109,302 29.8%

See all MINI sales worldwide by month.


MINI USA sales for June 2011

From BMW Group PressClub USA:

MINI Brand Sales

MINI USA reported sales of 5,228 automobiles in June, a new record for the month.  The June 2011 sales are an increase of 26% over the 4,149 sold in June, 2010.

“Fuel prices have moderated in the last month or so but we are still seeing an increase in MINI sales” said Jim McDowell, Vice President MINI USA.  “It’s not just the new Countryman that’s popular but the entry hardtop as well, telling me that more Americans are embracing small cars as a rational choice.”

Year-to-date, MINI sales in the U.S. are up 42.3% on volume of 29,816 compared to 20,953 in the first six months of 2010.  The January to June numbers are the highest achieved in that six month period since MINI was launched in the U.S. in 2002.

June 2011 June 2010 change year-to-date 2011 year-to-date 2010 change
5,228 4,149 26.0% 29,816 20,953 42.3%

See MINI sales in the USA by month.