MINI dictionary


AB Astro Black. Very dark bluish-black metallic paint color for MINI Cooper beginning with model year 2005.
Aisin Maker of the 6-speed automatic transmission for the MINI Cooper S beginning with model year 2005.

Aisin Seiki Co., Ltd. (Aisin, AISIN SEIKI CO., LTD.), a subsidiary of the Toyota Motor Corporation, is specialized in the creation and production of components and systems for the automotive industry. [Source: Wikipedia.]

Aux Port Optional stereo input port which allows an external device (such as an iPod) to be played through the MINI stereo. Usually located in the glove compartment.
BEP Black-Eye Purple. Metallic paint color for the MINI Cooper beginning with model year 2005. (Called Purple Haze (PH) in the United States.)
Bonnet The front engine cover, also known as the hood.
Boot The rear of the MINI, also know as the hatch.
BRG British Racing Green. Metallic paint color for all MINI models.
Cabrio Another name for Convertible used in Europe and other places.
CB Cosmos Black. Metallic paint color for the MINI Cooper from model year 2002 to 2004.

Cool Blue. Metallic paint color for the MINI Convertible beginning with model year 2005.

Candy Blue. Paint color seen in brochures in 2002 but never introduced.

Classic Mini Any of the variations of the first generation Mini built between 1959 and 2000. Designed by Alec Issigonis with the dimensions 10′ x 4′ x 4′.
CR Chili Red. Standard paint color for all MINI models.
CVT (Continuously Variable automatic Transmission) Automatic transmission for the MINI Cooper from model year 2002-2004. Gearless transmission with three modes: Drive (D), Sport Drive (SD) and manual Steptronic. [Description Automatic Gearbox VT1F]
DS Dark Silver. Metallic paint color for the MINI Cooper S.
EB Electric Blue. Metallic paint color for the MINI Cooper S from model year 2002 to 2005..
Getrag Maker of the transmissions for all MINI Cooper S models and the MINI Cooper from model year 2005 and on.

A leading manufacturer of automobile manual transmissions. The company was founded in 1935 in Ludwigsburg, Germany. Today, the company is allied with Dana Corporation and the European Ford Motor Company but supplies transmissions to most auto manufacturers including General Motors, DaimlerChrysler, and Toyota. Chief competitors include Aisin and ZF. [Source: Wikipedia.]

HB Hyper Blue. Metallic paint color for MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S beginning with model year 2005.
HK Harmon Kardon. Option stereo system with 8 speakers.
HO Hot Orange. Metallic paint color for the MINI Convertible beginning with model year 2005.
IB Indi Blue. Metallic paint color for MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S from model year 2002 to 2004.
JB Jet Black. Standard paint color for all MINI models. (Also known simply as Black.)
JCW See John Cooper Works.
John Cooper Challenge A race series based on the road going MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S but specially built, and race prepared by John Cooper Works. It was set up as a low cost formula for amateur and novice drivers and created by Mike Cooper in 2002 to celebrate his father’s unique association with Minis old and new. The John Cooper Challenge was conceived as a ‘package’ with all technical, sporting and marketing assistance and management provided to the competitors, and coordinated with the promotional and marketing activities through press and television exposure. [Source: www.johncooper.co.uk]
John Cooper Works The performance division of MINI producing MINI models, tuning kits, parts, and accessories.
LY Liquid Yellow. Standard paint color for all MINI models 2002-2006.
MINI2 Worldwide MINI site based in the UK with news, community, products, technical information, galleries, and a directory. [mini2.com]
MotoringFile A MINI blog with news, reviews, features, links, videos, and downloads. [motoringfile.com]
NAM North American Motoring. MINI forums, gallery, reviews, and store. [northamericanmotoring.com]
North American Motoring MINI forums, gallery, reviews, and store. [northamericanmotoring.com]
PH Purple Haze. Metallic paint color for MINI Cooper from 2005-2006. (Also known as Black-Eye Purple (BEP) in the rest of the world.)
PW Pepper White. Cream (or off-white) standard color for MINI Cooper.
RG Royal Grey. Special edition color introduced in model year 2006.
SB Space Blue. Special edition color introduced in model year 2006.
SG Solid Gold. Metallic paint color for MINI Cooper model year 2003-2005.
Stephenson, Frank American designer of the MINI introduced in 2001. Currently the styling director at McLaren Automotive.
ZF Friedrichshafen AG Maker of the Continuously Variable automatic Transmission (CVT) for the MINI Cooper from model year 2002-2004. [Description Automatic Gearbox VT1F]

ZF Friedrichshafen AG (meaning Zahnradfabrik Friedrichshafen  Aktiengesellschaft which was until 1992 the name of the company) is a leading supplier of automobile transmissions. The company was founded in 1915 in
Friedrichshafen, Germany to produce gears for zeppelins and other airships but moved into the automobile market by 1918. The company helped produce the airship Hindenburg as well as truck parts for Hitler’s war effort including the transmission for the Panzer tank. After the war, the company was allowed to resume business producing automobile transmissions and other parts.

In the 1960s, the company began supplying transmissions to the major German automakers, including DKW and BMW, as well as Peugeot and Alfa Romeo. A popular automatic transmission (the 3 HP 20) was introduced in 1969 which was designed to be an easy swap with the company’s manual transmissions. In 1972, the company acquired Borg-Warner, a major competitor. Worldwide subsidiaries and factories are opened in the 1970s, and the company moves into India, South Korea, and becomes a major supplier to Ford in the 1980s. The company expands  into China in the 1990s. [Source: Wikipedia.]