Monthly Archives: August 2015


2016 MINI Clubman colors

2016 MINI Clubman colors

Above is the entire lineup of colors for the new 2016 MINI Clubman (F54).

From left to right: Pepper White, Volcanic Orange, Moonwalk Grey Metallic, Blazing Red Metallic, Deep Blue Metallic, British Racing Green Metallic, Midnight Black Metallic, Thunder Grey Metallic, Melting Silver Metallic, Pure Burgundy Metallic, MINI Yours Lapisluxury Blue, Chili Red.

Roof colors are Melting Silver Metallic, Aspen White, Jet Black, and body color.

See all of the past MINI colors on our comprehensive MINI Colors page.


worldwide MINI sales for July 2015

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Global sales up almost 5% for the month and 22.5% for 2015.

From BMW Group PressClub Global:

A total of 25,416 MINIs were delivered to customers around the world in July, an increase of 4.8%. Year-to-date sales climbed 22.5% to total 191,355. Sales of the 3 door MINI grew by 24.0% in the first seven months of the year (73,226) while the new 5 door MINI was delivered to 51,666 customers worldwide in the same period.

July 2015 July 2014 change year-to-date 2015 year-to-date 2014 change
25,416 24,259 4.8% 191,355 156,154 22.5%

See all MINI sales worldwide by month.


MINI ON THE MACK facts and figures

MINI ON THE MACK

From BMW Group PressClub USA:

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – August 3, 2015… Another MINI ON THE MACK is in the history books! Although the world record attempt at the largest parade of MINIs fell short, the biennial MINI owners rally organized by MINI of Grand Rapids and MINI USA did manage to set the new record for the largest gathering of MINIs in the U.S. The event attracted 1,319 MINIs of all shapes, colors and sizes for the rally across the 26,372 feet long, 500 feet high span of Michigan’s Mackinac Bridge – missing the world record by only 132 MINIs.

This was the second attempt at the world record for the largest parade of MINIs. In 2013, the brand had 848.5 vehicles attend the event. The current Guinness Record was set in 2009 in the UK by the London & Surrey Mini Owners Club, which brought together 1,450 MINI cars to fill the historic 2-mile auto racing circuit around the famous Crystal Palace Park in London.

“While we didn’t break the world record at this year’s event we were thrilled to see a record number of MINI owners from all over the country motor to northern Michigan just to be a part of this celebration of the MINI community,” said David Duncan, Vice President MINI of the Americas. “We’d like to thank all the owners out there who motored from 38 states and parts of Canada just to be there, as well as the team at MINI of Grand Rapids and St. Ignace Events Committee.”

Now that MINI on the Mack is complete, MINI owners from across the country (and the world!) can start preparing for next summer’s MINI TAKES THE STATES (MTTS) rally. MINI USA recently announced that the biennial cross-country owners rally will kick off on Saturday, July 9, 2016, and finish on Saturday, July 23, 2016. The route will be announced at a later date.


MINI USA sales for July 2015

MINI USA sales for July 2015

MINI USA sales down for the month but still up for 2015.

From BMW Group PressClub USA:

MINI Brand Sales

For July, MINI USA reports 5,191 automobiles sold, a decrease of 10.7 percent from the 5,811 sold in the same month a year ago.

 

MINI Pre-Owned Vehicles
In July, sales of MINI NEXT (certified pre-owned) were 1,108 vehicles, up 31.7 percent over July 2014, with a year-to-date gain of 30.2 percent to 6,791 cars over the same period in 2014. Total MINI Pre-Owned sales were 2,537 cars, an increase of 20.0 percent from July 2014. Total MINI Pre-Owned sales for the first seven months were 15,509, a 7.3 percent increase from the same period in 2014.

 

July 2015 July 2014 change year-to-date 2015 year-to-date 2014 change
5,191 5,811 -10.7% 35,451 29,963 18.3%

See MINI sales in the USA by month.


MINI Connected update launching soon

MINI Connected Update

From BMW Group PressClub Global:

Munich . After five years, the MINI Connected app is undergoing a major relaunch, with the new version available to download from mid-August. The design follows the same principles applied to the brand’s realignment as recently revealed, meaning that the focus has been clearly placed on the essentials. In the same way as the brand has now adopted a much more pared-down overall approach, MINI Connected will in future concentrate on driving-related functions.

From now on, the MINI Connected App will comprise the following features:

  • MINI Streetwise
  • The basic functions Status, Apps and Profile
  • Online Search
  • Sports Instruments and Force Meter
  • Calendar

MINI Streetwise: the new central feature of the MINI Connected app.
MINI Streetwise, the MINI Connected app’s new application, lets users display the best route on their smartphone before the journey has even started. For this purpose, the app makes use of personal driving data together with the user’s own past journeys, and shows information such as journey duration and fuel consumption. The application determines the current location and displays all destinations recorded to date and the best routes on the smartphone. If several drives to the same destination have already been recorded, MINI Streetwise will calculate the user’s personal best route as the recommended option. Clicking on the destination pin calls up the estimated time of arrival together with alternative routes, including data such as distance, journey duration and fuel consumption. Users can choose to have the places displayed on a map or as a list. This same information can also be visualised in the Centre Instrument once the smartphone has been connected to the MINI. Drivers therefore always have a clear recommendation for the best way to get from A to B.

The other menu items in the MINI Connected app at a glance.
The vehicle’s location, fuel level, potential range and the last journey recorded can be found under the menu item “Status”. Clicking on the location opens a map view showing the route to the parked car. All available and installed apps are listed under “Apps”, providing users with a quick summary of all the applications that can be used in the vehicle via MINI Connected, as well as the third-party apps that are available for their MINI in the App Store or are already installed on the smartphone and linked to the vehicle. In addition to this there is the “Profile” menu item, where users can enter a name for themselves or their MINI, upload a photo and call up their personal driving statistics, including total distance, total driving time and average consumption. Finally, users will find all app information and MINI Connected tutorials under “Information”.

MINI Connected comes with the performance-oriented vehicle apps Sports Instruments and Force Meter.
The Sports Instruments and Force Meter applications can be called up directly in the MINI Centre Instrument to display performance data. Sports Instruments shows engine data including rev speed, torque, engine temperature and current engine output. The Force Meter application, meanwhile, visualises all accelerating forces on the screen while on the move, using graphics to indicate the current longitudinal and lateral acceleration in sectors surrounding a virtual MINI in the centre of the display.

Online Search and Calendar complete the range of MINI Connected features. 
Online Search can be used to quickly find places and addresses while in the car and transfer them straight to the optional MINI navigation system for route planning. It is possible to place phone calls directly from the Online Search function as well, for instance to make a reservation in a restaurant. MINI Connected also allows the vehicle to connect to the smartphone’s calendar. All appointments and the to-do list are then shown in the vehicle display, together with details such as attendees, phone numbers and addresses, and can be imported into the navigation system as destinations, while calls can be placed directly via the vehicle’s hands-free system.