Monthly Archives: September 2014

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 / Hardtop 4 Door press reviews

2015 MINI 5 Door / 4 Door

MINI calls this 2015 model the MINI 5 Door while MINI USA calls it the MINI Hardtop 4 Door.  View our comprehensive list of reviews from major automotive magazines and websites.


The Auto Channel: First Drive 2015 Mini 5-door Cooper S Automatic [September 13, 2014]

Auto Express: MINI 5-door review [September 14, 2014]

Auto Express: MINI Cooper 5-door review [September 25, 2014]

Auto Express: MINI Cooper D (diesel) 5-door review [September 25, 2014]

Autocar: Mini five-door first drive review [September 13, 2014]

Automobile: 2015 Mini Cooper Hardtop 4-Door Review [September 17, 2014]

Car and Driver: 2015 Mini Cooper S Hardtop 4-Door – First Drive Review [September 2014]

Car Magazine: Mini five-door hatchback (2014) review – we test Mini 5dr [September 13, 2014]

Carbuyer: MINI 5-door hatchback [September 14, 2014]

CarsGuide: 2015 Mini Cooper S five-door review | first drive [September 26, 2014]

Drive: Mini Cooper S five-door first drive review [September 15, 2014]

Edmunds: 2015 Mini Cooper Hardtop Four-Door Road Test [September 17, 2014]

Motor Trend: 2015 Mini Hardtop 4-Door Cooper S First Drive [September 19, 2014]

MotorAuthority: 2015 MINI Cooper 5 Door Preview [June 4, 2014]

The Telegraph: 2014 Mini 5 Door first drive [September 14, 2014]

Top Gear: It’s the five-door Mini! [June 4, 2014]

Top Gear: First drive: Mini five-door hatch [September 13, 2014]

TopSpeed: 2014 Mini Cooper 5-Door [June 5, 2014]

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


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

View videos of each stag at

2014 MINI CHALLENGE UK results


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

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

worldwide MINI sales for August 2014



After a good July, MINI sales dipped in August.  Model year 2015 Hardtop sales are being held up in the United States, MINI’s biggest market.

From BMW Group PressClub Global:

Sales of MINI brand vehicles decreased in August with a total of 19,504 delivered to customers worldwide (prev. yr. 20,654 / -5.6%). Sales for the year-to-date, which have been affected by the MINI Hatch model-change, are down 9.0% on the same period last year (175,658 / prev. yr. 192,968)..

August 2014 August 2013 change year-to-date 2014 year-to-date 2013 change
19,504 20,654 -5.6% 175,658 192,968 -9.0%

See all MINI sales worldwide by month.

3 Millionth MINI Produced

3 Millionth MINI (line)

MINI announced today that it produced the 3 Millionth MINI.  The milestone MINI is a 2015 MINI Cooper S Hardtop 5 Door with special Union Jack graphics.

Watch the video of the MINI coming off the production line at the Oxford Mail.

From BMW Group PresClub Global:

Oxford/Munich. Thirteen years after the brand re-launch in 2001, MINI has reached an impressive milestone today, as the three-millionth MINI rolled off the assembly line at the Oxford plant in the UK. Two million MINIs have been exported from the UK to more than 110 countries over the same period. Harald Krüger, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Production, and Peter Schwarzenbauer, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for MINI, BMW Motorrad, Rolls-Royce and Aftersales, joined Baroness Susan Kramer, British Minister of State for Transport, and Frank Bachmann, managing director of Plants Oxford and Swindon, to celebrate the special-anniversary vehicle as part of an official ceremony. The car is a MINI 5 Door sporting the UK’s Union Jack.

Made in England: MINI production in the UK

Plant Oxford currently produces the MINI, MINI 5-door, MINI Convertible, MINI Roadster and MINI Coupé models. The success of the MINI brand can be seen in the positive developments at Plant Oxford since 2001. Back then, a single shift of around 2,400 employees produced about 300 cars a day. Today, the Oxford site employs around 4,000 people. Working three shifts, the plant produces around 1,000 MINI cars per day.

The UK is the MINI brand’s second-largest market worldwide after the US. The UK is also the fourth-largest market for the BMW Group. 80 per cent of the MINIs made in Oxford are exported, making MINI the third-largest vehicle exporter in the UK.

“The MINI brand has had strong ties to the UK for decades. Our MINI production in Oxford represents a commitment to the brand’s identity, firmly in line with our successful strategy of “production follows the market”. Oxford is the centre of our British MINI production network, with the Swindon pressings plant and the Hams Hall engine plant near Birmingham,” stated Board of Management member for Production Harald Krüger at the event celebrating the production milestone.

“Today, we mark two important milestones for MINI. Three million MINIs produced, and two million MINIs exported from Oxford to customers worldwide. These are impressive figures and definitely a reason to celebrate. In markets big and small, MINI has always appealed to customers on an emotional level,” said Board of Management member Peter Schwarzenbauer.

Transport Minister Baroness Kramer said: “I congratulate the workers at MINI Plant Oxford on reaching this remarkable milestone. The MINI is a British icon and is a major part of a thriving automotive industry spearheading the growing British economy. This government is working to create the right environment for car manufacturers like BMW to continue innovating and developing British-made cars with worldwide appeal.”

Millions invested signals clear commitment to British production locations

The BMW Group has invested a total of around £1.75 billion in its British plants since 2000. Between 2012 and 2015 alone, the BMW Group is investing a total of £750 million in its MINI UK production network. This investment is part of the international growth strategy for the MINI brand and secures the long-term future of the Oxford plant and safeguard 5,600 jobs at the Oxford, Swindon and Hams Hall plants.

Global growth strategy: expansion of production capacity

The BMW Group produced a total of 303,177 MINI-brand vehicles in 2013. The production volume at MINI Oxford reached 175,986 units. A further 125,559 units of the MINI Countryman and MINI Paceman were contract-manufactured at MSF Graz in Austria and other assembly plants in Asia.

The BMW Group further expanded its production capacities as the next major step in the implementation of its global growth strategy. With the significant growth of the MINI brand, the BMW Group requires additional external production capacity beyond that of MINI Plant Oxford. Sharing production of the MINI Hatch with contract manufacturer VDL Nedcar (Born, Netherlands) since July 2014 will give the BMW Group global production network greater flexibility for other models. The British production network will nevertheless remain the heart of MINI production.

Read the press release: Double reason to celebrate: two milestones for MINI in Oxford.

3 Millionth MINI

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.