Monthly Archives: December 2013

collectibles: MINI MotoringGear 2013/2014 catalog

MINI MotoringGear 2013/2014 catalogYOU.ME.MINI.


MINI USA has released its full MotoringGear catalog for 2013/2014.  The MINI MotoringGear 2013/2014 catalog contains 75 pages.  Collections include:

  • Black & White.
  • Colors.
  • Union Jack.
  • John Cooper Works.
  • Bulldog.
  • For the Dogs.
  • U.S. Exclusive.
  • Bikes & Toys.
  • Size Charts.

The MINI USA catalog number is MG-10-13-50M.

MINI USA Owners’ Network ending “for now”

MINI USA Owners' Network ending

MINI USA posted the following note announcing the end of the MINI USA Owners’ Network as we have known it:


The Owners’ Network had a fantastic run, but is long overdue for a serious tune-up. So, on January 1st, the sun is setting on the Owners’ Network. However, the passion for motoring you all helped inspire is already thriving in other MINI communities. So if you’re not already a part of them, bring your enthusiasm for motoring and all things MINI to our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube pages. There’s a lot going on there and we want you to be a part of it.

As far as the Owners’ Network goes, don’t fret: we’ve got something new coming in 2014. But until then, be sure to download and cherish any memories you’ve made on the Owners’ Network. Then, head on over to the communities below to rally the motoring troops, make new memories, and share your expertise as some of the most grizzled and veteran Motorers out there.

Visit the MINI USA Owners’ Network and save any information you’d like to keep.

MINI Space revamped

MINI Space

In a recent email, MINI Space announced a “revamping” of its website:

MINI Space has been revamped to enhance and expand your MINI experience. With a new look, exciting new content series, more motorsport, and you – the MINI community – placed firmly in the driver’s seat, you won’t want to be late on the scene of the new MINI Space.

Here are just some of the things you can look forward to after the jump!

Made for Readers on the Go
Turbocharged Navigation
More MINI Stories
Clubs & Events Under One Roof
Community and Competitions
MINI Motorsport

Read MINI Space Is Changing! Your Guide to What’s New.

MINI John Cooper Works Hardtop Concept

MINI  John Cooper Works Concept

From BMW Group PressClub Global:

Munich. Hallmark MINI style and technology lifted straight from the race track come together to mould the inimitable character of a John Cooper Works model, rendering the MINI sub-brand a byword for irresistible go-kart feeling and genuine everyday usability. And now a new contender for pole position has emerged to take this successful concept to the next stage and bring the promise of maximum driving fun to the small car segment. The MINI John Cooper Works Concept offers a look ahead to the next generation of the elite sports model. The study car will be presented for the first time at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) 2014 and flies the flag for innovative sportiness in time-honoured John Cooper Works style, with features including exclusive body paintwork in Bright Highways Grey, familiar MINI red colour accents, bespoke aerodynamic features and 18-inch John Cooper Works light-alloy wheels in a newly developed design.

The thrillingly sporty driving experience on board a John Cooper Works model is the result of an overall concept developed on the back of the brand’s many years of motor sport experience. The precise interplay of the ultra-high-performance powertrain and chassis technology with the car’s aerodynamically optimised exterior features ensures that the agile and surefooted handling we have come to know as the MINI go-kart feeling shines brightly in extremely sporty driving situations as well. The result is hardcore driving fun, taken into a new dimension by the MINI John Cooper Works Concept.

Perfect basis and extensive racing expertise deliver a new dimension in extreme driving fun.

The John Cooper Works Concept is based on the latest-generation MINI. Its origins are clearly recognisable in the longer wheelbase and wider track over the outgoing model, which has a direct effect on the car’s driving characteristics. The model variants of the new MINI available from launch have already shown themselves to be more powerful, punchy and agile than their predecessors. Weight savings and improved aerodynamic properties have also contributed significantly to the new car’s driving talents – and these developments likewise have a positive influence on the MINI John Cooper Works Concept.

Large air intakes – filling the space reserved for fog lights in the series-produced MINI models – and precisely formed air-channelling elements mark out the front apron of the MINI John Cooper Works Concept, which also features LED headlights and a black surround for the front grille. The model-specific John Cooper Works aerodynamic kit also comprises specially contoured side skirts and a rear apron with flaps and a diffuser element. The study car further features a roof spoiler and additional body components designed to channel air efficiently around the C-pillars for optimised aerodynamic balance at high speeds.

Exclusive body paintwork, familiar contrast colour.

The Bright Highways Grey exterior paint shade owes its expressive character to a special manufacturing process. The hand-polished surface layer is finished with a clear coat and the resulting lustrous sheen of the paintwork further accentuates the eye-catching structures of its pigment layer. Exuding purity and solidity, this paint finish is complemented by John Cooper Works hallmarks such as contrasting red for the roof, roof spoiler and exterior mirror caps. Also included are Sport Stripes – in Chili Red for the bonnet and boot lid, and in white for the roof. Additional red accents adorn the rim wells of the John Cooper Works light-alloy wheels, the callipers of the sports brakes, the side indicator surrounds and the contour lines of the front and rear apron. A red accent line also lends particular emphasis to the John Cooper Works logo on the radiator grille.

A further nod to the concept car’s impressive sporting focus can be found in the centre of the rear apron. The MINI John Cooper Works Concept is fitted with a sports exhaust system including John Cooper Works silencer system, and the striking twin tailpipes with chrome finish also carry the John Cooper Works logo. With the new elite sports model destined to benefit from further development, these features suggest its enticingly sporting aura will not be restricted to visual features: an unmistakable engine soundtrack promises to share centre stage.

Read the press release Setting its sights on pole position: The MINI John Cooper Works Concept. World premiere at the North American International Auto Show 2014 in Detroit.

worldwide MINI sales for November 2013

MINI Paceman

From BMW Group PressClub Global:

About a month ago, the BMW Group presented the new MINI at its Oxford plant. Even with the upcoming model change, MINI sales remained at roughly the same high level as last year, with 24,873 vehicles sold worldwide in November (prev. yr.: 25,078/ -0.8%). Despite persistent market challenges in Europe, MINI deliveries for the first eleven months of the year were slightly higher year-on-year at 274,575 (prev. yr.: 272,775/ +0.7%). The new MINI Paceman (12,350) released in March 2013 was one of the main growth drivers.

November 2013 November 2012 change year-to-date 2013 year-to-date 2012 change
24,873 25,078 -0.8% 274,575 272,775 0.7%

See all MINI sales worldwide by month.

comparing BMW 1-Series and MINI Hardtop front overhang

2014 MINI Hardtop and BMW 1-Series front overhang

MINI has always been known for its bulldog stance with its wheels pushed out to the corners of the car.  Since the early spy photos of the third-generation MINI Hardtop (F56), there has been much discussion about the growth of the model, especially with the front overhang.  The longer overhang and the height of the bonnet have grown to meet European pedestrian safety standards.  MINI acknowledges that the new Hardtop’s front overhang has grown but that it is still much shorter than its competitors.  But how does it compare to BMW’s own 1-Series?

Comparing the published specifications for the current BMW 1-Series Coupe with those of the 2014 MINI Hardtop, we find something surprising.  The MINI Cooper’s front overhang is 749 mm, which is only 2 mm shorter than the 1-Series’ front overhang of 751 mm.  However, the longer 757 mm front overhang of the MINI Cooper S is actually 6 mm longer than the BMW’s.

We’ll have more on the MINI Hardtop dimensions and specifications soon.


MINI Gift Swap

MINI USA is trying something unique for the holidays, they are hosting a MINI Gift Swap exclusively for MINI owners.


They say it’s better to give than receive, but both are kinds nice. As are surprises. That’s why we’ve organized the MINI Gift Swap. Every MINI owner who signs up will get the name & address of another MINI owner (at random), and it’s up to you to surprise them with a gift! We’re not the present-police, so there’s no guarantee you’ll get a gift in return, but because only MINI owners can participate, we hope everyone will share the joy of giving – and receiving.

Sign up for the MINI Gift Swap.


MINI USA sales for November 2013

MINI USA sales for November 2013

From BMW Group PressClub USA:

MINI Brand Sales

MINI USA reported sales of 4,575 automobiles, a decrease of 12.8 percent from the 5,248 sold in the same month a year ago. Year-to-date, MINI sales in the U.S. are up  0.4 percent on volume of 59,910 compared to 59,667 in the first eleven months of 2012.

MINI Pre-Owned Vehicles
In November, MINI used automobiles (including MINI NEXT certified pre-owned and pre-owned) reported their best month ever on sales of 1,936 automobiles, an increase of 46.8 percent from the 1,319 automobiles sold in November, 2012.  January through November, MINI used vehicle sales are up 21.3 percent on volume of 20,079 compared to 16,552 in the same period of 2012.


November 2013 November 2012 change year-to-date 2013 year-to-date 2012 change
4,575 5,248 -12.8% 59,910 59,667 0.4%

See MINI sales in the USA by month.

Amazon Cloud Player now available in MINI vehicles

Amazon Cloud Player

From Amazon Press Info:

Customers can conveniently enjoy their entire music library while on the road—no CDs or local storage needed

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Dec. 3, 2013– (NASDAQ:AMZN)—, Inc. today announced the availability of Amazon Cloud Player for iOS in BMW Apps and MINI Connected-equipped vehicles from model year 2011 forward. Amazon Cloud Player customers using iPhone and iPod Touch devices can now conveniently access their music using the vehicle’s controller and screen. For more information, customers can visit

Customers will love the integration of Amazon Cloud Player for BMW Apps and MINI Connected vehicles because they will be able to:

  • Easily access their music playlists stored in Amazon Cloud Player with the convenience of using dashboard controls
  • Enjoy music in high-quality up to 256kbps audio
  • Free up local storage space on their phones by storing and accessing music in the cloud
  • Get rid of bulky CDs for easier music listening in the car

“We embrace in-car entertainment as an extension of our customers’ listening experiences. We want our customers to be able to enjoy their entire music library wherever they are—that includes being able to conveniently listen to and control their music while driving,” said Steve Boom, Vice President of Digital Music for Amazon. “That’s why we’re thrilled to bring Amazon Cloud Player to top automotive brands so customers can access their favorite songs, albums and playlists with the easy-to-use, in-vehicle controller and screen. This integration with the BMW Group further solidifies our commitment to providing our customers with music listening choices that fit their on-the-go lifestyles.”

The launch of Amazon Cloud Player in BMW and Mini Cooper follows the integration in Ford SYNC Applink-equipped vehicles earlier this year. Amazon provides one of the broadest selections of playback solutions of any major cloud music service with the ability to download, manage and stream music in the cloud.

Download the app for Android and Apple devices from, Google Play, or Apple App Store.

Read the Amazon press release Amazon Cloud Player Now Available in BMW and MINI Vehicles.