Monthly Archives: November 2012

collectibles: MINI model year 2013 pocket brochure

MINI model year 2013 pocket brochure MINI model year 2013 pocket brochure (Paceman)


The first model year 2013 MINI brochure is out and it is the usual stapled, pocket brochure.  The full-color, 36-page brochure is the first to include all seven MINI models (with the forthcoming Paceman).  The NOT NORMAL theme runs throughout the brochure.

Colors shown for the Hardtop, Convertible, Clubman, Coupe, and Roadster: Pepper White, Chili Red, Ice Blue, British Racing Green II, Lightning Blue, White Silver, Eclipse Gray, Midnight Black, Highclass Gray, Reef Blue, Kite Blue, Velvet Silver, Rooftop Gray, Iced Chocolate, Spice Orange.

Colors shown for the Countryman and Paceman: Light White, Light Coffee, Chili Red, Absolute Black, Oxford Green, Royal Gray, True Blue, Crystal Silver, Cosmic Blue, Blazing Red, Brilliant Copper, Starlight Blue.

The MINI USA catalog number is MINID-0136-300.3M-R55, R56, R57, R58, R59, R60, R61 (MY13) for use 11/12-07/13.  36USC220506.

MINI model year 2013 pocket brochure (colors)

MINI TROPHY 2013 schedule announced

MINI TROPHY Feel the Race.

The MINI TROPHY racing series in Germany will return for a second year.  This is the racing series that replaced the official MINI CHALLENGE series (which still runs in Argentina and Brazil).

The MINI TROPHY website is now updated with information (in German only) on the series, drivers and teams, races and results, tickets, and a gallery.  [View with English translation.]

MINI TROPHY 2012 MINIMINI Trophy 2013 Schedule

Dates Racetrack Event
4/26 – 4/28 Oschersleben ADAC GT Masters
5/17 – 5/19 Nürburgring Nordschleife ADAC 24H
6/7 – 6/9 Sachsenring ADAC GT Masters
7/19 – 7/21 Nürburgring ADAC GT Masters
8/9 – 8/11 Red Bull Ring (A) ADAC GT Masters
8/30 – 9/1 Lausitzring ADAC GT Masters
9/27 – 9/29 Hockenheimring ADAC GT Masters

Keep up-to-date with the MINI Trophy Facebook page.

MINI USA Paceman launch information

MINI Paceman

MINI USA has announced the launch date for the MINI Paceman. The Paceman will go on sale in the United States on March 16, 2013.  There will not be a JCW version at launch but there will be an ALL4 version.  MINI USA announced prices:

  • MINI Cooper Paceman – $23,900
  • MINI Cooper S Paceman – $27,500
  • MINI Cooper S Paceman ALL4 – $29,200

All prices listed include the $700 Destination & Handling charge.

Read more information and see photos in the BMW Group PressClub USA press release THE MINI PACEMAN.

new third-generation MINI spy photos show more details

spy shot: 2014 MINI

autoevolution recently posted spy photos giving the best look yet at the third-generation MINI Cooper S for 2014.

spy shot: 2014 MINI headlightSome details can be seen:

  • New headlights featuring lighted ring
  • New taillights in the seam of the hatch opening rather than traditionally surrounded by sheetmetal
  • Clear crease in fender over the front wheels
  • Gas cap moved to right side
  • Revised fixed front grille
  • New rear spoiler
  • Mirror caps without extra ring (as in previous photos)
  • Five-lug wheels

See more photos in the article Spyshots: New MINI Cooper Reveals Its Headlights.

MINI Paceman press reviews

2013 MINI Paceman

Along with the MINI JCW GP test-drives, MINI also let the automotive press drive the forthcoming MINI Pacemen.  Like our MINI JCW GP press reviews earlier this week, we give you our list of review articles from the major automotive magazines and websites.

Auto Express: MINI Cooper S Paceman [November 9, 2012]

Autoblog: 2014 Mini Cooper S Paceman [w/video] [November 12, 2012]

Automobile: First Drive: 2013 Mini Cooper S Paceman [November 12, 2012]

Autoweek: 2013 Mini Paceman Keeps The Pace [November 9, 2012]

CarAdvice: Mini Paceman Review [November 14, 2012]

New York Daily News: New Mini Cooper Paceman handles like a go-kart [November 14, 2012]

The Telegraph: Mini Paceman review [November 9, 2012]

What Car?: 2013 Mini Paceman review [November 9, 2012]

We will add more reviews as we find them.

MINI JCW GP press reviews


MINI recently invited the media to the Circuito Mallorca RennArena to test-drive the MINI John Cooper Works GP on the track.  And the reviews from the automotive press are coming in.  Read the articles from the sources you trust most.

Auto Express: MINI JCW GP II [November 10, 2012]

Autocar: First drive review: Mini John Cooper Works GP [November 10, 2012]

Automobile: First Drive: 2013 Mini John Cooper Works GP [November 10, 2012]

Autoweek: 2013 John Cooper Works GP Is Maximum Mini [November 9, 2012]

Car and Driver: 2013 Mini John Cooper Works GP First Drive – Review [November 2012]

Car Enthusiast: Track test: MINI John Cooper Works GP [November 8, 2012]

evo: New 2013 mk2 Mini John Cooper Works GP review and track test [November 2012]

Motor Trend: First Drive: 2013 Mini John Cooper Works GP [November 15, 2012]  New!

MSN Cars UK: MINI John Cooper Works GP (2012 onwards) [November 14, 2012]

PistonHeads: Driven (Briefly): MINI GP [November 12, 2012]

The Telegraph: Driven: Mini Cooper Works GP [November 9, 2012]

What Car?: 2013 Mini John Cooper Works GP review [November 9, 2012]

We will add more reviews as we find them.  Updated November 17, 2012.


worldwide MINI sales for October 2012

2012 MINI Bayswater

From BMW Group PressClub Global:

MINI delivered 24,483 vehicles worldwide in October (prev. yr. 23,842), which was a slight increase of 2.7%. MINI saw sales increase by 8.7% to 5,888 units in its largest market, the U.S. (prev. yr. 5,415) and by 32.3% to 1,648 (prev. yr. 1,246) units in its fourth largest market, Mainland China. Sales for MINI have increased by 6.7% to 247,698 vehicles in the first ten months of 2012 (prev. yr. 232,065).

October 2012 October 2011 change year-to-date 2012 year-to-date 2011 change
24,483 23,842 2.7% 247,698 232,065 6.7%

See all MINI sales worldwide by month.

MINI releases third-quarter sales figures

MINI Roadster

MINI has released some sales figures for the first nine months of 2012 (January through September).  Although not including every model, we do get some numbers for the MINI Countryman, MINI Coupé, and MINI Roadster.  None have had two full years to get a true year-over-year comparison, however.

From BMW Group PressClub Global:

The total number of MINI brand vehicles sold during the first nine months of the year increased by 7.2% to 223,214 units (2011: 208,216 units). Sales of the MINI Countryman grew strongly again, rising by 21.2% to 75,119 units (2011: 61,986 units). The MINI Coupé achieved a sales volume of 8,877 units (2011: 249), while the keys to the MINI Roadster were handed over to 6,932 new customers.

1/2012-9/2012 1/2011-9/2011 change
global sales 75,119 61,986 7.2%

October sales figures should be posted soon.

MINI Paceman UK specifications brochure

MINI Paceman UK specifications brochure



There are some things you just have to have straight away, and once you’ve got your hands on them, you’ll never want to let them go. With its powerful lines and high-performance engines, the new MINI Paceman is one of those things – a masterful combination of design and power. The strong engine line-up in the new MINI Paceman, capable of up to 184 horsepower, ensures outstanding performance time and again. The new MINI Paceman is also available with the optional ALL4 all-wheel drive system. And if you’re looking for an adrenaline-fuelled drive, the MINI John Cooper Works Paceman will soon be available. Ambient Lighting helps create the perfect atmosphere in the stylish interior, featuring elegant door ellipses, and the two individual seats in the rear provide the necessary comfort for a true lounge environment. For more information on the new MINI Paceman, visit Contact your MINI Dealer to arrange a test drive from March 2013.

Download the MINI Paceman UK specifications brochure.