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worldwide MINI sales by model for Q3 2014

worldwide MINI sales by model for Q3 2014

BMW just published its global sales figures by model through Quarter 3 of 2014.

From BMW Group Quarterly Report – Q3:

Model change impacts MINI sales volume

 

As expected, the MINI Hatch model change caused MINI brand sales to fall by 7.5 % to 207,529 units (2013: 224,280 units) during the period from January to September 2014. Nine-month sales of the MINI Countryman totalled 78,599 units (2013: 73,455 units; + 7.0 %). The MINI Hatch saw its sales volume figure dip to 83,508 units during this period (2013: 95,394 units; – 12.5 %). The third-quarter sales performance of 36,452 units clearly indicates an increasingly upward trend (2013: 32,436 units; + 12.4 %).

[Source: BMW Group Quarterly Report to 30 September 2014]


Revised Fuel Economy Figures for the MINI Hardtop

MINI F56 debut

After testing, the EPA has forced MINI to release revised fuel economy figures for the new MINI Hardtop (F56) for last year’s model.  From the EPA website:

During EPA fuel economy audit testing, the 2014 BMW Mini Cooper 3-Door was found to have values that differed from those submitted to EPA at the time of certification. Specifically, EPA conducted road-load audits of Mini vehicles produced by BMW in the 2014 model year. The Mini Cooper 3-door was found to have road-loads (i.e. aerodynamic drag, tire rolling resistance, and driveline friction) which exceeded EPA audit criteria when compared to the values originally reported by BMW at the time of certification. Both BMW and EPA performed emissions and fuel economy testing of the affected models using the road-loads determined in the production vehicle audit. While these vehicles were found to be in compliance with the emissions standards, the fuel economy label values were affected. The specific changes to fuel economy window stickers are listed in the table below.

2014 MINI Hardtop Fuel Economy Values Updates

 

 


2015 MINI Yours accessories collection

MINI Yours steering wheel

MINI released its MINI Yours accessories collection for 2015.  Some highlights:

  • MINI Yours Lapisluxury Blue paint
  • 18″ MINI Yours Vanity Spoke design alloy wheels
  • MINI Yours Lounge Carbon Black leather seats with Union Jack headrests
  • MINI Yours Dark Cottonwood, MINI Yours Fibre Alloy and MINI Yours Off-White interiors
  • MINI Yours leather sports steering wheel

From BMW PressClub Global:

MINI Yours – for individualists with personality.

It’s not just the driving fun that is unique. With an incomparable variety of special equipment and accessories, the British premium car maker MINI offers its customers enormous scope for customising their vehicles to reflect their own personal style. The wide range of exterior paint finishes and alloy wheels, upholstery variations and interior colour schemes, trims and colour lines, as well as the numerous MINI-specific options such as mirror caps, additional headlamps, roof decor and graphic elements create almost limitless options for making every MINI a unique made-to-measure creation. The options available from the MINI Yours programme are the most exclusive way to customise your car according to your personal preferences. Top-quality materials, stylish designs and precise workmanship to the highest standards characterise the special equipment available ex works for the exterior and interior of the latest MINI models.

The market launch of the latest generation of the MINI 3 door and the also completely newly developed MINI 5 door means that the MINI Yours range is more extensive and more attractive than ever. The packages specially designed for the new models are particularly effective in setting clear standards in exclusivity and style in individual car design. In addition, MINI Yours also widens the choice of special equipment available for the MINI Convertible, MINI Coupé and MINI Roadster models. Like all special equipment, these unusually high-quality options are installed at the MINI plant in Oxford or, in the case of the MINI 3 door, as part of contract manufacturing at VDL Nedcar in Born, Holland.

British pedigree – fascinating tradition, personal style.
MINI Yours builds on the British brand’s decades of tradition with carefully and stylishly customised small cars. Following its launch in 1959, the classic Mini quickly transforms itself from the ultimate example of clever use of space and impressive agility in an urban setting into a firm favourite among trendy drivers. Its unconventional yet pioneering vehicle concept meant that it was not just a mode of transport, but also an expression of personal style. The classic Mini inspired creativity among its fans at home in the UK in particular. Extravagant one-off models for celebrity clients were evidence of this, as were the special versions of the classic Mini created by fashion designers Mary Quant and Paul Smith.

Since the relaunch of the brand in 2011, MINI has been meeting the wishes of customers with an unerring eye for the unusual in fascinating special editions and design models. The MINI Yours range also answers the need to distinctively underline the individual spirit of the MINI, its high-end character and its British roots. All ranges reflect the tradition of the brand, an awareness of superior quality and a highly developed sense of creativity in design and choice of materials. They are created in special production processes that are inspired by classic hand-crafting skills. The exclusive character of MINI Yours reaches its pinnacle in MINI INSPIRED BY GOODWOOD. This limited special edition of the MINI 3 door with a perfectly balanced combination of top-quality exterior and interior features was produced under the inspiring leadership of the design team from Rolls-Royce Motor Cars in cooperation with the MINI design team.

Stunning paint finishes and eye-catching alloy wheels.
The latest MINI Yours programme for customising the car’s exterior encompasses a selection of unusual, sophisticated paint finishes and highly expressive, elegant alloy wheels tailored to each specific model. Maximum depth and intensity are achieved by the MINI Yours Lapisluxury Blue paintwork, developed specially for the new MINI 3 door and MINI 5 door. 18 inch MINI Yours alloy wheels in two-tone Vanity Spoke design are also available for both models.

The MINI Yours Highclass Grey metallic paint finish and 17 inch twin-spoke turned black MINI Yours alloy wheels are currently available for the MINI Convertible, MINI Coupé and MINI Roadster models.

The finest leather, top-quality wood, precise workmanship.
Personal style and a sense of superior quality can be expressed with the MINI Yours interior range. Carefully selected leather for the seats, instrument panel and steering wheel, interior surfaces in genuine woods and other particularly high-end materials as well as precise and artful workmanship come together to produce the options available for the latest MINI models. The seats of the new MINI 3 door and MINI 5 door feature a particularly natural material finish, soft surfaces and precisely worked details in particularly luxurious MINI Yours Lounge Carbon Black leather, their prestigious characteristics emphasised by an eye-catching seam and a Union Jack design artfully incorporated on the back of the head rests. In addition, particularly expressive interior styles are also available in the MINI Yours Dark Cottonwood, MINI Yours Fibre Alloy and MINI Yours Off-White variants, while the MINI Yours leather sports steering wheel is also to be had in nappa leather with hand-finished aluminium-coloured contrasting stitching:

The MINI Convertible, MINI Coupé and MINI Roadster models can be fitted out with exclusively designed seats in the MINI Yours Leather Lounge style, Satellite Grey, and with a MINI Yours instrument panel fully covered with nappa leather in Black/Satellite Grey, including a colour line in Satellite Grey. A matching MINI Yours leather sports steering wheel is also available.

Read the press kit MINI Yours – for individualists with personality.

 


MINI 5-Door Hatch UK press kit

MINI 5-door Hatch

Just ahead of the world debut of the MINI 5 Door in Paris, MINI UK released a press kit with everything you want to know about what they call the MINI 5-Door Hatch.

Below you can download the Cooper and Cooper D specifications, the presentation, and the press release (PDF).

See the MINI UK press release MINI 5-DOOR HATCH PRESS PACK for all of the photos.


2014 ADAC PROCAR season results

2014 ADAC PROCAR season results

The German ADAC PROCAR Season finished last weekend with a pair of races at the Sachsenring. This is the series that replaced the MINI CHALLENGE series which ended last year. MINIs race in an exclusive Division 3 (also known as Division M) for MINI John Cooper Works. They can also compete in the new Division 1T which is exclusively for cars with 1.6 L turbocharged engines.

2014 ADAC PROCAR Division 3 StandingsThe 2014 Division 3 champion is Steve Kirsch in his MINI JCW No. 41. Kirsch won ten of the 16 races during the season and easily won the division. Second and third places were much closer with Kai Jordan taking 2nd by two points over the 3rd-place Thomas Tekaat.

Division 3 team results saw Frensch Power Motorsports take the championship. They were followed by H&R Team Dombek in 2nd place and Besaplast Team Dombek in 3rd.

In Division 1, MINI came in 2nd and 3rd place behind the champion Heiko Hammel in a Ford Fiesta ST. In 2nd was Reinhard Nehls and completing the podium was Franjo Kovac, both driving a MINI John Cooper Works. The only other MINI driver was Joachim Schirra who finished 7th, competing in only four of the 16 races.

Visit the ADAC PROCAR website and Facebook page for more.


Targa Newfoundland 2014 Results

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The Canadian 2014 Targa Newfoundland rally took place from September 14-19, 2014. Sunday was the prologue, followed by five very tough legs around St. John’s, Newfoundland.

John Hume Sr. and Craig MacMullen won the Grand Touring, Equipped class in their 2006 MINI JCW GP. Another GP driven by/navigated by Cody Morch and Nicole Troster took 2nd place in the GT, Equipped class.

2014 Targa Newfoundland GT Final Standings

In the Modern class, the team of Mepham and Solecki just missed the podium at 4th place in their MINI Cooper S JCW.  The three cars ahead of them were a Subaru WRX STI, BMW M3, and a Scion FR-S, with a Lotus Exige behind them in 5th.

See all of the results at www.targanewfoundland.com.

View videos of each stag at targanewfoundlandnews.com.


2014 MINI CHALLENGE UK results

MINI CHALLENGE UK 2014 Chris Knox

photo copyright DaveYoungPhotographics 2014.

The 2014 season of the MINI CHALLENGE UK wrapped up last weekend with three races at Brands Hatch GP.

In the JCW Class, the winner by a large margin was veteran Chris Knox in his MINI JCW No. 888.  Joining Knox on the podium are Neil Newstead in MINI No. 77 and Luke Caudle in the No. 2.  The leading rookie was Simon Quinn in the No. 55 JCW who finished 15th overall. The winner of the JCW Directors class was Alan Taylor.

In the Cooper Class, the 2014 champion is Shane Stoney in the MINI Cooper No. 1.  The Rookie champion was Matt Hammond who finished an impressive 5th overall.  Simon Walton won the Cooper Directors Class.  Grace Williams won the Ladies Cooper Class in her No. 11 MINI Cooper.

View the complete 2014 MINI CHALLENGE UK standings at www.minichallenge.co.uk/standings.

Follow the MINI CHALLENGE UK on their Facebook page and on Twitter.


first next-generation MINI Countryman spy photos

autoevolution MINI Countryman Spy Photo

Photo by autoevolution.

Two separate sources have published spy photos of the next-generation MINI Countryman.  The new Countryman will have more a more rugged appearance and share a platform with the BMW X1.  It will grow in size as a result.

View five autoevolution photos at 2017 MINI Countryman Spied for the First Time.

View seven Auto Express photos at New MINI Countryman spied in testing.

Auto Express created this rendering showing what they think the next Countryman will look liked.

autoevolution MINI Countryman spy photo

Photo by autoevolution.

Auto Express MINI Countryman Rendering

Image by Auto Express.


worldwide MINI sales by model for first half 2014

worldwide MINI sales by model for first half 2014

BMW just published its global sales figures by model for the first half of 2014.

From BMW Group Quarterly Report – Q2:

MINI sales volume influenced by model change
Due to the model change, sales of the MINI Hatch fell by 25.3 % to 47,056 units (2013: 62,958 units) in the first half of the year. The MINI Countryman achieved
sales volume of 53,363 units in the period under report (2013: 50,669 units; + 5.3 %).

[Source: BMW Group Quarterly Report to 30 June 2014]


worldwide MINI sales for July 2014

 

MINI F56

BMW Group had its best July sales ever and that includes MINI having its best July ever, as well. BMW is optimistic about the rest of 2014 despite the sale of 2015 MINI Hardtops being suspended until October in the US.

From BMW Group PressClub Global:

MINI sales figures are above last year’s level, making it the brand’s best July ever. A total of 24,259 vehicles were delivered to customers worldwide (prev. yr. 23,515 / +3.2%) and this positive trend is expected to continue in the second half of the year. Sales of the new third-generation MINI Hatch, the brand’s core model, are up 22.3% compared to the same month last year with a total of 11,970 delivered in July (prev. yr. 9,785). In the year-to-date, a total of 156,154 MINIs were sold (prev. yr. 172,314 / -9.4%).

July 2014 July 2013 change year-to-date 2014 year-to-date 2013 change
24,259 23,515 3.2% 156,154 172,314 -9.4%

See all MINI sales worldwide by month.