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MINI USA announced MINI Clubman Pricing

MINI at IAA Frankfurt 2015

Prices are before the $850 Destination and Handling fee.

MINI Cooper Clubman – $24,100
MINI Cooper S Clubman – $27,650

Read the BMW Group PressClub USA press release:

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – September 25, 2015… MINI USA announced pricing today on its all-new 2016 MINI Clubman with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $24,100 for the Cooper model. The most spacious and versatile MINI every built, the new MINI Clubman is the first MINI to enter the compact premium segment. It is both longer and wider than previous MINI models and offers premium quality and craftsmanship in every detail for under $25,000. The Cooper S variant will start at $27,650.  All prices exclude the $850 Destination & Handling fee.

“The premium quality and value of the new MINI Clubman will set the standard for the premium compact segment going forward,” said Patrick McKenna, Department Head, Product Planning & Events, MINI USA. “MINI defined the premium small car segment with the relaunch of the Hardtop back in 2002 and the new Clubman will help us redefine the notion of “premium” with nearly bespoke levels of customization.”

Like every MINI model in the product line up, all options are available a la carte, as well as in bundled packages. This means customers can decide to pay for only what they select and are not forced into more expensive packages that include equipment they don’t want or need. The new MINI Clubman also features a number of special upholsteries that have been developed specifically for the vehicle, including a smooth-grained Indigo blue-dyed leather with diamond-stitching in the pattern of classic English Chesterfield sofas, and a rich Burgundy leather with environmentally friendly Dinamica trim.

While the new MINI Clubman is longer and wider than any other MINI model, the newest member of the MINI family endured extensive testing on the Nürburgring in Germany, the Circuit of Miramas in France and the Millbrook Proving Ground in the UK, as well as the legendary roads of Wales. This testing was conducted to ensure that the new MINI Clubman maintained the legendary “fun to drive” handling that enthusiasts expect on the road.

The new MINI Clubman will be powered by BMW Group-developed three- and four-cylinder MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology engines, and like all MINI models and trims, will come standard with an efficient six-speed manual transmission. Meanwhile, the Cooper S variant will offer an optional 8-speed automatic or 8-speed sport automatic transmission with paddle shifters. This high tech and efficient sporty transmission is not only a first for MINI, but also a rarity in the segment.

The new MINI Clubman also comes with an array of standard equipment, including:

Cooper:

  • Six-speed manual transmission with rev-matching function
  • MINI Connected infotainment system with 6.5-inch high-resolution display, third-party app support, Bluetooth audio streaming, and voice control
  • Leather-wrapped three-spoke multifunction steering wheel and gearshift lever
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Keyless ignition
  • 12-color ambient interior lighting
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seats
  • 16” forged alloy wheels in “Loop Spoke” design
  • Carbon Black leatherette upholstery
  • MINI Driving modes with Green, Mid, and Sport settings
  • Automatic headlights

Cooper S:

  • Six-speed manual transmission with rev-matching function
  • MINI Connected infotainment system with 6.5-inch high-resolution display, third-party app support, Bluetooth audio streaming, and voice control
  • Sport seats with increased bolstering
  • 17” forged alloy wheels in silver “Vent Spoke” design or black “Net Spoke” design
  • Leather-wrapped three-spoke multifunction steering wheel and gearshift lever
  • MINI Driving modes with Green, Mid, and Sport settings
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Automatic headlights
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Halogen fog lights
  • Keyless ignition
  • 12-color ambient interior lighting
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seats
  • Chrome-tipped dual exhaust outlets
  • Cooper S front fascia with hexagonal grille mesh, chrome surround, additional brake ventilation ducts
  • Carbon Black leatherette upholstery

In addition to the standard equipment and a la carte options, several packages are available, including:

  • Sport Package – Cooper

17” alloy wheels in silver Vent Spoke design or black Net Spoke design
LED Headlights and taillights

Sport seats with leatherette upholstery

Dynamic Damper Control adjustable suspension

  • Sport Package – Cooper S

18” alloy wheels in silver or black Star Spoke design

LED Headlights, taillights, and fog lights

Dynamic Damper Control adjustable suspension

  • Premium Package

Dual-pane panoramic sunroof

12-speaker, 410-watt harman/kardon audio system

Comfort Access keyless entry with hands-free Easy Opener for split rear doors.

  • Technology Package

8.8-inch high-resolution widescreen display

Turn-by-turn navigation with real time-traffic information

MINI Connected XL with support for Journey Mate companion app and the full MINI Connected app portfolio

Rear-view camera and rear parking sensors

The Clubman will go on sale in January 2016 at MINI dealers across the U.S. Customers looking to build or pre-order a new MINI Clubman can use the configurator now available at MINIUSA.com or visit their local MINI dealer. For full vehicle specifications, please see the detailed product news release here.


MINI USA Configurator updated with Clubman

MINI USA Configurator 2016 MINI Clubman

MINI USA updated its Configurator to include the new MINI Cooper Clubman and MINI Cooper S Clubman which launches in Europe on October 31st but doesn’t arrive in the US until later this year.

Colors available to build include Pepper White, Chili Red, Pure Burgundy Metallic, Melting Silver Metallic, Midnight Black Metallic, British Racing Green Metallic, Moonwalk Grey Metallic, Blazing Red Metallic, Lapisluxury Blue, and Thunder Grey Metallic.

Shown in the MINI UK Configurator but not in the US is Volcanic Orange and Deep Blue Metallic.

Roof colors available are body color, Black, White, and Silver.

Build a MINI Cooper Clubman or MINI Cooper S Clubman at MINIUSA.com.


Press Kit: MINI at IAA Frankfurt 2015

MINI at IAA Frankfurt 2015

From BMW Group PressClub Global:

MINI is continuing the generation change in its model program. With the latest addition to the range of the British premium brand, further target groups can now get to enjoy the distinctive MINI feeling. The new MINI Clubman, which will see its world premiere for the public at the International Motor Show 2015 in Frankfurt (IAA), is now entering the premium compact segment thanks to its increased interior space and versatility as well as its driving properties. It combines the technological advances of the latest model generation with sophisticated vehicle characteristics and numerous equipment features available in a MINI for the first time. Outstanding driving fun, distinctive and highly expressive design as well as innovative functionality further emphasise the individual style which is typical for the brand. This is what makes the new MINI Clubman so instantly appealing and an exceptional phenomenon in the face of the competition.

With innovative concepts and a new level of diversity, MINI is highly successful in the premium small car segment, too. The original in this class of vehicle is enjoying increasing popularity not only as the MINI 3 door, but also as the MINI 5 door. Both models will be on display at the IAA 2015 motor show together with the latest generation of the extremely sports-oriented MINI John Cooper Works. At the world’s most important motor show, to be held from September 19th to 27th 2015, the British brand will also be presenting innovative services as part of MINI Connected in-car infotainment as well as the current range of new optional extras and Original MINI accessories which enable the customer to tailor their vehicle to suit their own personal style.

The new MINI Clubman: traditional concept, unique qualities, additional engine range variety.
With its four doors, the characteristic split doors at the rear, five seats and the large and versatile interior, the new MINI Clubman not only transfers the classic concept of the shooting brake to the 21st century, but also to the premium compact segment. The most recent model is also the largest one of the new MINI generation. It is 27 centimetres longer and 9 centimetres wider than the MINI 5 door, and its wheelbase is 10 centimetres larger. Its luggage compartment has a volume of 360 litres and can be extended to as much as 1250 litres by folding down the rear backrest with its 40 : 20 : 40 split. The new MINI Clubman offers the highest level of everyday practicality, long distance suitability, versatility and ride comfort ever seen in a MINI.

For increased driving fun, comfort and safety, the new MINI Clubman also offers numerous features that appear in an automobile of the brand for the first time. These include the electric parking brake, the 8-speed Steptronic gearbox – optionally available depending on the model – the electrical seat adjustment function and the option MINI Yours Interior Styles with backlit door bezels. The MINI Excitement Package comprises LED interior and ambient lighting as well as a projection of the MINI logo onto the ground from the exterior mirror on the driver’s side when the car is opened and closed. Another new feature that is unique within the competitive field is the Comfort Access option including non-contact opening of the split doors at the rear.

The market launch of the new MINI Clubman will be on October 31st 2015 with three engine variants, the latest generation of engines featuring MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology for sports-style temperament and outstanding efficiency. The 4-cylinder petrol engine of the MINI Cooper S Clubman mobilises 141 kW/192 hp (combined fuel consumption): 6.3 – 6.2 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 147 – 144 g/km). The MINI Cooper Clubman is powered by a 3-cylinder petrol engine with 100 kW/136 hp (combined fuel consumption: 5.3 – 5.1 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 123 – 118 g/km). A new member of the engine range is the 100 kW/150 hp 4-cylinder diesel engine in the MINI Cooper D Clubman (fuel consumption combined: 4.4 – 4.1 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 115 – 109 g/km).

The expansion of the engine range for the new MINI Clubman presented at IAA 2015 provides additional variety. An especially economic petrol engine variant follows in the MINI One Clubman (3 cylinders, 75 kW/102 hp; combined fuel consumption: 5.3 – 5.1 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 124 – 119 g/km). In addition there will be two further diesel power units fitted in a MINI for the first time, with 3 and 4 cylinders respectively. The MINI One D Clubman with 85 kW/116 hp will be the entry model (fuel consumption combined: 3.9 – 3.8 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 104 – 99 g/km). The MINI Cooper SD Clubman with 140 kW/190 hp (combined fuel consumption: 4.6 – 4.5 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 122 – 119 g/km) will take on the role of the most powerful diesel variant (all EU test cycle figures, dependent on tyre format selected).

On track for success – thanks to driving pleasure and technological progress.
With the latest expansion of its model range, MINI continues to pursue its course of ongoing growth in the worldwide automobile markets. Both in the small car and the compact segment, the brand is meeting the needs and requirements of demanding target groups attracted by distinctive and highly expressive design, high-end technology and material quality as well as premium-level workmanship. With its latest model generation, MINI perpetuates the success story of the original in the premium small car segment. The choice of either the new MINI 3 door or the new MINI 5 door model increases overall appeal even further.

The MINI Countryman already impressively demonstrated that typical MINI driving fun and individual style thrills customers beyond the small car segment, too. As the first MINI with four doors, a large tailgate and five seats, the all-rounder has greatly contributed to the brand’s continued growth since being launched. There is added support here from the avant-garde and very sports-oriented MINI Paceman, the first Sports Activity Coupé in the premium compact segment. The ALL4 all-wheel drive, specially developed for MINI, is available as an option and comes as standard in the top sports models, the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman and MINI John Cooper Works Paceman.


worldwide MINI sales for August 2015

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Global sales up 5% for the month and 20.6% for 2015.

From BMW Group PressClub Global:

August saw 20,471 customers around the world take delivery of a new MINI, an increase of 5.0% on the same month last year. Year-to-date sales climbed 20.6% to total 211,826. The brand has never previously sold so many vehicles in the first eight months of the year. So far this year, sales of the MINI 3 door grew by 18.7% (80,960) with customer deliveries of the new MINI 5 door totalling 57,364 in the same period.

August 2015 August 2014 change year-to-date 2015 year-to-date 2014 change
20,471  19,504 5.0% 211,826 175,658 20.6%

See all MINI sales worldwide by month.


MINI Clubman on the MINI UK Configurator

MINI UK Configurator MINI Clubman

MINI UK has added the forthcoming MINI Clubman to its Configurator.

Colors available to build include Pepper White, Chili Red. Volcanic Orange, Lapisluxury Blue, Midnight Black Metallic, British Racing Green Metallic, Thunder Grey Metallic, Deep Blue Metallic, Moonwalk Grey Metallic, Blazing Red Metallic, Pure Burgundy Metallic, and Melting Silver Metallic.

Roof colors available are White, Black, and Silver.

Wheels include the 17″ Net Spoke, 17″ Black Net Spoke, 17″ Vent Spoke, 18″ Star Spoke, 18″ Black Star Spoke, 19″ John Cooper Works Course Spoke, and 18″ John Cooper Works Grip Spoke.

Design your own MINI Clubman at MINI UK:

 


MINI USA sales for August 2015

MINI USA sales for August 2015

MINI USA sales up slightly for the month and up a strong 16% for 2015.  Note one MINI Clubman sold in August.

From BMW Group PressClub USA:

MINI Brand Sales

For August, MINI USA reports 5,109 automobiles sold, an increase of 2.1 percent from the 5,006 sold in the same month a year ago. Year-to-date, MINI USA sales are 40,560 vehicles, a 16.0 percent increase from the same period last year.

 

MINI Pre-Owned Vehicles
In August, sales of MINI NEXT (certified pre-owned) were 1,134 vehicles, up 3.5 percent over August 2014, with a year-to-date gain of 25.6 percent to 7,925 cars over the same period in 2014. Total MINI Pre-Owned sales were 2,696 cars, an increase of 5.3 percent from August 2014. Total MINI Pre-Owned sales for the first eight months were 18,205, a 7.0 percent increase from the same period in 2014.

 

August 2015 August 2014 change year-to-date 2015 year-to-date 2014 change
5,109 5,006 2.1% 40,560 34,969 16.0%

See MINI sales in the USA by month.