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special edition: the MINI Seven

The MINI Cooper S Hardtop 4 Door Seven

Today MINI debuted the MINI Hardtop 2 Door and MINI Hardtop 4 Door special edition called the MINI Seven.

From BMW Group PressClub USA:

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – May 10, 2016 – MINI USA is proud to introduce the new MINI Seven, the first special edition of the latest MINI generation which presents a striking combination of the brand’s traditional values and the progressive product quality of the current models. Exclusive design features on the exterior and interior underscore the British origins, hallmark driving fun, premium character and extrovert appeal that make the new MINI Seven a more exceptional phenomenon in urban traffic than ever before.

The 2017 MINI Seven special edition will be available in both Cooper and Cooper S variants of the MINI Hardtop 2 Door and 4 Door models in late summer. Pricing will be announced closer to the vehicle’s arrival in market.

The name MINI Seven recalls the premiere of the revolutionary British small car more than five and a half decades ago. In August 1959, the virtually identical models Austin Seven and Morris Mini Minor were presented to the public for the first time. The first specimen of the legendary 4-seater created by designer Alec Issigonis and known today as the classic Mini came off the production line as the Austin Seven.

Featuring front-wheel drive, an engine mounted transversely at the front, short overhangs and a wide track, the Mini offered an unusually generous amount of space for passengers and luggage within a minimum surface area – with a fascinatingly agile driving response to boot. The current MINI model generation embodies the very latest version of this principle of making the smartest possible use of the space available. Not only does it meet contemporary standards in terms of comfort, safety and functionality, it also offers a whole new level of driving fun and refined premium characteristics in terms of design, material selection and finish quality.

The classic body concept is once again represented by the new MINI Hardtop. A re-interpretation of traditional design features gives it an unmistakable appearance. In the interior – likewise designed in hallmark brand style – there are four seats and an 8.7 cubic-foot luggage compartment. Thanks to its high-quality drive and suspension technology, typical MINI go-kart feeling is combined with exemplary efficiency and optimized ride comfort.

The original in the small car premium segment is also geared towards the extended requirements of modern target groups with an innovative body concept. In the current generation, MINI is also represented in the small car category for the first time with a four-door model. Featuring a wheelbase extended by 2.8 inches, two additional doors, a third seat at the rear and one of the largest luggage compartments in its class, with a volume of 13.1 cubic feet, the new MINI Hardtop 4 Door provides a whole new range of options to enjoy the driving fun that is so typical of the brand.

The new MINI Seven: stylish and expressive exterior design.

The exterior design features compiled exclusively for the new MINI Seven are geared towards achieving a particularly stylish and striking expression of the MINI Hardtop 2 Door and 4 Door, complete with its characteristic proportions, surface design and lines. Instantly fascinating appeal is created especially by means of a body finish in the MINI Yours color Lapisluxury Blue. This non-metallic finish is the most intensive blue tone ever applied to the body of a MINI. The paint finished conceived for the exclusive equipment program MINI Yours is based on the color Ultramarine, which is regarded as the “blue of kings”. The MINI Yours paint finish Lapisluxury Blue derives its striking brilliance, intensity and depth from the highly elaborate and technologically sophisticated production processes by which the paint and protective layers are applied to the body surfaces.

There are three other body finishes available to choose from for the new MINI Seven as alternatives to Lapisluxury Blue. The non-metallic finish Pepper White and the variants Midnight Black metallic and British Racing Green metallic are three of the classic options within the MINI color range in which the characteristic interplay of lines and surfaces on the exterior is given stylish yet discreet emphasis. This also brings out the athletic stature of both the new MINI Hardtop 2 Door and 4 Door models. It is especially defined by the powerfully arched bonnet and the large air inlets in the front apron, the dynamic wedge shape of the side window graphic and a striking sill line that combines with the parallel character line to direct attention to the large wheel arches. The fact that the width of the rear increases towards the bottom likewise contributes to the image of a body sitting powerfully on top of wheels.

Regardless of the selected body color, the roof and exterior mirror caps of the new MINI Seven are finished in Melting Silver. This contrasting color available exclusively for the design model underscores the horizontal body structuring typical of MINI, taking in the corpus, glass sections of the passenger cell and roof. The exclusive bonnet stripes of the new MINI Seven are designed to harmonize with the coloring of the roof and exterior mirror caps. The bonnet stripes, also in Melting Silver, each feature a surround in the color Malt Brown on the outside.

The 17-inch light alloy wheels of the new MINI Seven were likewise created especially for the design model. With the clear structure of their spokes and two-color finish, the wheels in MINI Seven Spoke two-tone design convey a solid, high-end impression. 18-inch light-alloy wheels are optionally available for the new MINI Seven in MINI Yours Vanity Spoke two-tone. Both variants of the light alloy wheels perfectly match the exclusive exterior features of the MINI Seven with their burnished surfaces and the MINI Yours paint finish Spectra Grey.

Another distinctive accentuation is added by the surrounds of the side indicators on the front wheel arches, known as side scuttles. These bear the logo of the design model which is made up of the wordmark “Seven” and the number seven. The MINI Seven logo is also to be found on the model-specific door sill finishers on the driver and front passenger side.

High-end and harmoniously designed ambience on the inside.

The interior design created for the new MINI generation is defined by three-dimensionally molded surfaces, high-quality color and material combinations and a modern display and operating concept. A new interpretation of classic styling is reflected in the horizontal structure of the cockpit and the circular or elliptically shaped contours of key features such as the air vents, instruments and door trim. The central instrument – another characteristic element – offers additional display content. Functionality and ergonomics are optimized by the new dashboard on the steering column and the newly positioned controls.

In the new MINI Seven, the mature character and premium ambience of the interior is highlighted by a harmoniously matched selection of colors and materials for the seats and interior surfaces. The standard trim includes sports seats in the exclusive fabric/leather Upholstery Diamond Malt Brown, which was created exclusively for this design model. The black leather of the seat and backrest surfaces is combined with fabric in the side sections. The latter have an oblique grey and black check pattern with a discreetly integrated pinstripe in Malt Brown and seams in the same color. The variants Cross Punch Carbon Black leather, Lounge Satellite Grey leather and MINI Yours Lounge Carbon Black leather are offered as alternatives.

Other features of the design model include the MINI Seven logo on the trim of the central instrument and interior surfaces in the color Piano Black high gloss. The MINI Yours interior styles Dark Cottonwood, Fibre Alloy and Off-White are optionally available. These options from the MINI Yours program lay the foundation for a particularly stylish and selective customization that underscores the car’s premium character as well as its British roots. In the MINI Yours interior styles, select materials are combined with a precise finish and high-end design. Another accentuation of stylish individuality derives from the Color Line applied to a range of elements from the outer air vents to the vertical surrounds of the controls below the central instrument, also including the armrests in the door panels. In the new MINI Seven, the Color Line comes as standard in Malt Brown, and is optionally available in Carbon Black, a variant exclusively offered for the design model and perfectly harmonized with the other colors used for the interior of the MINI Seven.

Individual style in maximum variety: two body variants, four engine types.

The launch of the new MINI Hardtop 4 Door made driving fun in the original of the small car premium segment accessible to additional target groups. The individual style of the new design comes into its own in both the MINI Hardtop 2 Door and 4 Door models. What is more, the new MINI Seven is available in two engine variants for each body type. The latest engine generation with MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology, likewise newly developed transmissions and extensive MINIMALISM Technology help ensure all model variants achieve an exemplary balance between driving fun and fuel consumption.

The engine variants will include the 1.5 liter 3-cylinder engine with an output of 134 hp for the Cooper models and the particularly spirited 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with an output of 189 hp in the Cooper S models.

For all model variants of the new MINI Seven there is the optional alternative of a 6-speed Steptronic transmission instead of the standard 6-speed manual transmission. What is more, the Cooper S models can also be fitted with a 6-speed Steptronic sports transmission which offers even shorter shift times and includes not just a separate gear selector lever but also shift paddles at the steering wheel.

Unique in the segment: go-kart feeling combined with a full range of safety features and modern driver assistance systems.

Regardless of the engine type selected, high-quality suspension technology extensively refined and adapted for each specific model of the new MINI generation ensures that the power of the new MINI Seven is transformed into enthralling agile driving properties. The hallmark brand go-kart feeling derives from a single-joint spring strut axle at front, a multilink rear axle, electromechanical power steering and highly powerful and precisely controllable brakes – a combination that is unique in the small car segment. Dynamic Damper Control is available optionally and features electrically controlled dampers which can be adjusted via the MINI Driving Modes.

The standard DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) also includes DTC (Dynamic Traction Control) mode and Electronic Differential Lock Control (EDLC) – an electronic locking function for the front axle. The Cooper S models are also fitted with Performance Control, a system that counters any tendency to understeer prior to reaching the threshold level. The standard trim also includes tire pressure display for each individual wheel.

Exemplary vehicle occupant protection is ensured by the integrated MINI safety concept which includes not just a body with highly resilient bracket structures, optimized deformation zones and an extremely stable passenger cell but also front and side airbags, side curtain airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, 3-point automatic belts on all seats, belt tensioners and belt force limiters at the front and ISOFIX child seat mountings at the rear as standard.

The range of driver assistance systems developed for the new MINI generation includes the MINI Head-Up Display, Parking Assistant and rear view camera and also the Driving Assistant system including camera-based active cruise control, collision and pedestrian warning with initial brake function, high beam assistant, speed limit sign detection.

Individually tailored driving fun with high-end options and MINI Connected.

The premium character of the new MINI Seven can be further highlighted with other individual options. The highlights of the range of individually selectable optional equipment include the seat heating for driver and front passenger, the panorama glass roof, Comfort Access, the Harmon Kardon hi-fi speaker system, Park Distance Control, power-folding exterior mirrors and auto-dimming rearview and driver’s side mirrors.

The new MINI Seven special edition will come standard with the MINI Connected infotainment system including a 6.5-inch high-resolution screen or an optional larger 8.8-inch display with naviation. It offers extensive integration of smartphones in the car, allowing the use of internet-based services in the areas of infotainment, communication and driving experience by means of apps. The MINI Connected XL Journey Mate provides an innovative form of travel planning and support. Operation of all functions is intuitive and reflects hallmark brand style, using the MINI Controller in the center console and the color display up to 8.8 inches in size in the central instrument.

The new MINI Seven: following in the footsteps of its ancestors in elegant and distinctive style.

The new MINI Seven combines stylish individualism and progressive technology with an awareness of brand tradition and the British roots of the original in the premium segment of small cars. The design model follows in the footsteps of the classic Mini, its name echoing the very first appearance of its legendary ancestor more than five and half decades ago in two virtually identical model versions. This first classic Mini ever produced was an Austin Seven. It left the Longbridge plant in Birmingham, UK, on 4 April 1959. The only features distinguishing the Austin Seven from its twin, the Morris Mini Minor, were the radiator grille complete with brand logo, the hub caps and the body paint finish. Tartan Red, Speedwell Blue and Farina Grey were the names of the colors in which the Austin Seven was available.

The entire production of the classic MINI was moved to the Austin Seven’s place of origin in 1969. It was at this point that Mini became the standardized brand name for the small car, which by then had gained worldwide popularity. It was not until 31 years later on 4 October 2000 that the last of almost 5.4 million classic Mini came off the production line – also in Longbridge. Belonging to the BMW Group by this time, the brand had launched a special model of the successful small car a short time previously. Its name: Mini Seven.

The memory of the first of all classic Mini models was kept alive after the relaunch of the brand in 2001, too. Another edition model bearing the tradition-steeped name was premiered in 2005. The MINI Seven introduced on this occasion was available in three engine variants and featured such elements as newly designed light alloy wheels, white direction indicators and high-end comfort fittings complete with a lighting and storage package as well as exclusive design features for the exterior and interior. Another parallel with the current design model: the MINI Seven of the year 2005 was the first model variant of its generation to feature a roof in the contrasting color of silver.

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Euro NCAP gives MINI Hardtop Four Stars

Euro NCAP 2014 MINI Hardtop

Euro NCAP has given the 2014 MINI Cooper Hardtop four stars (out of five).  The MINI scored well on each of the four areas:

  • Adult Occupant: 73%
  • Child Occupant: 66%
  • Pedestrian: 66%
  • Safety Assist. 56%

The MINI Hardtop received all “Good” or “Adequate” ratings except for a “Marginal” rating for the torso in the Side Car test.

View the Euro NCAP 2014 MINI Cooper Hardtop results.


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

 

 


collectibles: 2014 MINI Hardtop brochure

2014 MINI Hardtop brochure

HELLO AGAIN.

THE NEW MINI.
THE NEW ORIGINAL.

MINI USA has produced its first brochure for the forthcoming new MINI, the 2014 MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S.

The large stapled, 8-page color brochure introduces the new model by describing the new exterior design, new interior styling, new engines, and new technology.

Colors shown: Pepper White, Volcanic Orange, Moonwalk Gray, Blazing Red, Midnight Black, British Racing Green, Deep Blue, Thunder Grey, Iced Chocolate, White Silver, and Chili Red.

The MINI USA catalog number is MINIF56-085-1213.


VDL Nedcar to build some MINI Hardtops

VDL Nedcar MINI Production

MINI finally announced that VDL Nedcar will begin series production of the MINI Hardtop starting this summer. It was reported back in 2012 that MINI would expand production into the Netherlands plant, but only now do we find out which model. Most MINI Hardtops will still be built in Plant Oxford, but this move gives MINI the ability to expand and also produce other forthcoming models.

From BMW Group PressClub Global:

Born/Munich. The new MINI Hatch, which celebrated its production start at the MINI plant in Oxford in November 2013, will also be built in the Netherlands from summer 2014. The BMW Group confirmed the start of production today during a visit by Harald Krüger, BMW AG’s Board Member Production, and Dr. Klaus Draeger, BMW AG’s Board Member Purchasing and Supplier Network, at the contract manufacturer VDL Nedcar in Born, Netherlands.
MINI will be the only automotive manufacturer that has series production vehicles built through a contract production in the Netherlands. The BMW Group stands to benefit from the favourable location of the VDL Nedcar site in terms of logistics and its proximity to the UK MINI production network with its locations in Oxford, Swindon and Hams Hall. At the same time, the BMW Group will be stepping up its presence in the Netherlands significantly, making the region an integral part of the MINI success story.

 

“Contract production is a vital flexibility tool for us, and our experience gathered over the past ten years has been nothing but positive. Splitting production of the new MINI Hatch between Oxford and Born will give our global production network additional leeway. We appreciate the reliable, open and trustful cooperation with our Dutch partner, VDL Nedcar,” stated Dr. Klaus Draeger during the plant visit in Born.

 

As another important step in the implementation of the global growth strategy with its sales target of over two million vehicles by 2016, the BMW Group is currently expanding its overall production capacity. Head of Production Harald Krüger said: “The MINI brand is showing substantial growth. This is why we need additional, external production capacity on top of the capacity of the MINI plant in Oxford which stands at about 260,000 units per year in the medium term. VDL Nedcar has many years of experience in producing high quality vehicles, so the company is an ideal partner for us. At the same time, the UK production network is and will remain the heart of MINI production. Splitting production of the new MINI Hatch between Oxford and Born will give us greater flexibility for other models.”

 

Preparations for the production launch of the new MINI hatch at the contract manufacturer VDL Nedcar are on target. A workforce of around 1,500 people will be responsible for building the new MINI from summer 2014. This year MINI production volume at VDL Nedcar is anticipated to already reach a five-digit range. The same demanding quality standards apply to MINI production in Oxford and Born. In order to ensure these quality standards, VDL Nedcar staff received in-depth training on the BMW Group production system at the BMW plants in Leipzig, Oxford and Regensburg.
In 2013, 303,177 MINI vehicles were produced. Plant Oxford produced 175,986 MINI Hatch, Convertible, Clubman, Clubvan, Roadster and Coupé models. An additional 125,559 MINI Countryman and MINI Paceman models were built by the contract manufacturer MSF in Graz, Austria plus additional 1,632 units in other plants. Since the relaunch of the brand in 2001, nearly 2.8 million MINI vehicles have been produced.

See the press release BMW Group to build new MINI Hatch also at VDL Nedcar.


2014 MINI Hardtop press reviews

2014 MINI Hardtop

MINI recently invited the media to Puerto Rico to test-drive the forthcoming 2014 MINI Cooper Hardtop and MINI Cooper S Hardtop.  And the reviews from the automotive press are coming in.  Read the articles from the sources you trust most.

AOL Autos: AOL Autos Test Drive: 2014 Mini Cooper [February 4, 2014]

Auto Express: MINI Cooper 2014 review [January 30, 2014]

Auto Spies: REVIEW: 2014 MINI-The Most Improved Player So Far In 2014? [February 4, 2014]

Autoblog: 2014 Mini Cooper first drive [February 10, 2014]

Autocar: 2014 Mini Cooper first drive review [January 30, 2014]

Autocar: 2014 Mini Cooper S first drive review [January 30, 2014]

AutoGuide.com: 2014 MINI Cooper S Hardtop Review [January 31, 2014]

Automobile: 2014 Mini Cooper Review [February 3, 2014]

Autoweek: 2014 Mini Cooper and Cooper S first drive [February 20, 2014]

BMWBLOG: 2014 MINI Cooper – BMWBLOG First Drive Review [February 3, 2014]

Car and Driver: 2014 Mini Cooper / Cooper S Hardtop [February 2014]

CAR Magazine: Mini Cooper S (2014) CAR review [February 3, 2014]

cars.com: 2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop First Drive, Photo Gallery [January 31, 2014]

Drive.com.au: Mini Cooper S video review [February 27, 2014]

Edmunds.com: Full 2014 MINI Cooper Review [February 2014]

Jalopnik: The 2014 Mini Cooper Is The Future Of BMW [January 31, 2014]

LeftLane News: First Drive: 2014 MINI Cooper Hardtop [Review] [February 4, 2014]

Motor Trend: First Drive: 2014 Mini Cooper [February 4, 2014]

NBC News: Mini’s new hardtop grows, as do sales [February 3, 2014]

Oxford Mail: Our motoring man gives new Mini a spin + Video [March 13, 2014]

Popular Mechanics: 2014 Mini Hardtop: The Not-So-Mini Mini Grows a Little More [February 26, 2014]

Top Gear: First drive: the brand new Mini [January 30, 2014]

Wheels.ca: Preview: 2014 Mini Hatchback [February 27, 2014]

Yahoo! Autos: 2015 Mini Cooper, the half-size BMW: Motoramic Drives [February 4, 2014]

 

We will add more reviews as we find them.


MINI USA Configurator updated for 2014

MINI USA Configurator 2014 Hardtop

MINI USA updated its Configurator to include the new MINI Cooper Hardtop and MINI Cooper S Hardtop (excluding the MINI John Cooper Works Hardtop which arrives next year).

New and updated packages include:

  • Cold Weather Package ($600) – Heater Front Seats and Powerfold Heater Mirrors
  • Premium Package ($1,750) – Rain Sensor & Auto Lights, Sunroof, Auto AC, and H/K Sound System
  • Sports Package ($1,500) – Sport Seats, White Turn Signals, Larger Wheels, LED Headlights, Bonnet Stripes
  • Fully Loaded Package ($4,750) – Cold Weather, Premium, and Sports Packages
  • Wired Package ($1,750) – MINI Connected XL, Traffic Info, Comfort Bluetooth, Center Armrest, Navigation
  • Wired Upgrade ($1,600) – Wired Package plus Rain Sensor & Auto Lights, Head-up Display, Rear camera and PDC,
  • Flash Package ($400) – Chrome Line Exterior, Interior, and Chrome Mirror Caps

Dynamic Damper Control costs $500, LED Headlights are $750 (or $1,250 with Cornering Lights).  The new MINI Head-up Display is $500 if bought separately.  The Park Assist Package is a $1,000 charge. And a Smoker’s Package (cigarette lighter in dash) is $50 if you want a 12V outlet for your gadgets.

Build your MINI at http://www.miniusa.com.

2014 MINI Colors


MINI USA announces pricing of new MINI Hardtop

2014 MINI Hardtop

Just weeks away from the launch of the third-generation MINI Hardtop, MINI USA has released pricing information.

  • MINI Cooper Hardtop – $19,950 (plus $795 D&H)
  • MINI Cooper S Hardtop – $23,600 (plus $795 D&H)

From MINI USA NEWS:

New MINI Hardtop delivers premium value to US market

  • U.S. pricing for base Cooper is $19,950; Cooper S model is $23,600
  • Enhanced connectivity, new engines and upgraded interior make new MINI Hardtop more premium than ever
  • Customers can now begin building and ordering their new MINI on MINIUSA.com

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – January 30, 2014…MINI USA today announced U.S. Pricing for the new 2014 MINI Hardtop which goes on sale in the spring. The base model Cooper will start at $19,950 and the Cooper S will start at $23,600 – plus a $795 Destination and Handling charge.

 

The new MINI Hardtop is a contemporary evolution of classic MINI design, with improved features and technology previously limited to luxury vehicles. It is powered by new ground-breaking three- and four-cylinder engines and includes new comfort and safety technologies that bring MINI to the forefront of the premium small car segment. The new MINI Hardtop also includes state-of-the-art connectivity and premium technology including new driver assistance systems.

 

“The product team worked diligently to sustain a minimal price increase over the previous model while adding a number of new technologies and features”, said Patrick McKenna, Head of MINI Product Planning and Events, MINI USA. “People will be amazed at the interior quality of this car combined with legendary MINI go kart handling and all-new BMW Group engines. The new MINI is a lot like nothing else.”

 

Customers looking to purchase a new MINI Hardtop can now begin using the configurator on MINIUSA.com to build, customize and order their new MINI Hardtop. The configurator allows customers to tap into more than 10 million different combinations of accessories and colors to custom build their new MINI Hardtop.

 

The new MINI Hardtop, which arrives at dealerships in the spring, is the next generation of the core volume model in the MINI product lineup, making up 40 percent of the total U.S. sales in 2013.

See the press release MINI USA ANNOUNCES PRICING FOR THIRD GENERATION MINI HARDTOP.