Daily Archives: February 2, 2016


MINI USA sales for January 2016

MINI USA sales for January 2016

MINI USA sales for January 2016 just about even with last year.  Also note, there were no discontinued Coupes and Roadsters sold in January 2016.

From BMW Group PressClub USA:

MINI Brand Sales
For January, MINI USA reports 3,238 automobiles sold, an increase of 0.3 percent from the 3,228 sold in the same month a year ago.

 

MINI Pre-Owned Vehicles

  • Sales of MINI NEXT (certified pre-owned) set a January record with 855 vehicles, up 0.7 percent over January 2015.
  • Total MINI Pre-Owned sales for January were 1,853 cars, an increase of 1.9 percent from January 2015.

 

January 2016 January 2015 change year-to-date 2016 year-to-date 2015 change
3,238 3,228 0.3% 3,238 3,228 0.3%

See MINI sales in the USA by month.


The MINI “Defy Labels” Ad Campaign

MINI Defy Labels Campaign

MINI officially announced their Super Bowl ad which has already been given a sneak peek online.

An interesting note: there are actually two slightly different versions of the ad.  In version 1, Harvey Keitel says, “This car doesn’t care what you call it.”  In version 2, which MINI USA posted to Twitter, Keitel says, “This is a car that doesn’t give a damn what you call it.”

Version 1:

Version 2:

MINI USA also released a behind-the-scenes video.

From BMW Group PressClub Global:

Woodcliff Lake, NJ. As more than 100 million viewers around the world prepare to tune into the Super Bowl on February 7, MINI is unveiling its star-studded 30-second spot, set to air in the third quarter of the year’s biggest night in television advertising. The ad is already available on the campaign’s microsite at MINIUSA.com/defylabels.

The ad, created by Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners (BSSP), embraces many of the labels the brand has experienced over the years with a very powerful message: it doesn’t care what you call it. “Defy Labels,” has its roots in the fact that everyone and everything is labeled but how you handle those labels is what matters. With defiance at its core, the campaign inspires people to shed the labels society has placed upon them and instead define themselves.

“Ever since the first Mini was built in 1959, it has been labeled as one thing or another. It’s small. It’s cute,” said Tom Noble, department head, MINI Brand Communications, MINI USA. “This campaign acknowledges those labels in a very authentic way while simultaneously showing people MINI is more than that. With the launch of the new Clubman, our brand is growing up, our products are more sophisticated, and its time to reset the conversation.”

The brand worked with an ensemble cast of athletes and celebrities to help start that conversation. Staying true to the nature of the campaign, MINI wanted to include personalities that had a relationship to the brand and could also speak authentically about the topic of overcoming labels. The spot includes tennis player Serena Williams, soccer player Abby Wambach, rapper T-Pain, baseball player Randy Johnson, skateboard legend Tony Hawk, and actor Harvey Keitel. Each also filmed a series of long-form interviews sharing their own perspectives about labels that are available on the campaign microsite at MINIUSA.com/defylabels.

In addition to the celebrities and athletes listed above, the “Defy Labels” advertisement will feature non-celebrity MINI owners and members of the MINI John Cooper Works racing team, who also choose to be a bit different and break convention.

“This powerful concept leverages the brand’s new sophisticated positioning, with a little bit of the MINI attitude that’s always been there,” said John Butler, chief creative officer, BSSP. “It goes beyond a typical celebrity endorsement. This creative is all about not letting others define you, or for that matter, what you choose to drive. It’s about never giving others that power over you.”


MINI Open 150 Edition Convertible

MINI Open 150 Edition Convertible

MINI UK announced a limited edition MINI Open 150 Edition Convertible.  The MINI Open 150 Edition Convertible is painted in Melting Silver and will be limited to 150 examples.  The images show a MINI Cooper S, but it’s not known if there is also a Cooper version, as well.

Standard features include:

  • Melting Silver Metallic exterior paint
  • Open 150 Edition “1 of 150” acid etched Door Entry Strips
  • 18″ MINI Yours Vanity Spoke Alloy Wheels
  • MINI Yours Union Jack Roof
  • Chrome Line Exterior
  • Leather Chester Malt Brown Seats
  • Chili Pack
  • Media Pack
  • MINI Connected XL
  • Heated Seats
  • Wind Deflector

Visit MINI UK for more information.

MINI Open 150 Edition Convertible MINI Open 150 Edition Convertible

MINI Open 150 Edition Convertible

MINI Open 150 Edition Convertible