Monthly Archives: January 2015

MINI USA Configurator updated with JCW Exterior Package

MINI USA Configurator Hardtop with JCW Exterior PackageAlthough already available at MINI dealerships, MINI USA recently updated its Configurator to add the John Cooper Works Exterior Package which includes the option of a Chili Red body color.

MINI USA Configurator JCW Exterior Package IncludesThe description from the Configurator for the JCW Exterior Package reads:

If you love the sporty look of the John Cooper Works line, but don’t need the extra horsepower, the John Cooper Works Exterior Package is just what you need. It even includes a no-cost sports suspension option, for a more John Cooper Works-like ride.

The JCW Exterior Package includes:

  • Performance Control
  • JCW Aero Kit
  • Spoiler
  • White Turn Signals
  • 17″ Silver JCW Track Spoke Wheels (also in Black)
  • Chili Red Paint
  • Sports Suspension ($0 option)

A third wheel choice is the 18″ Two-Tone JCW Cup Spoke Wheel for an additional $500.

The JCW Exterior Package costs $3,250 for the MINI Cooper Hardtop and $2,500 for the MINI Cooper S Hardtop.

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Sebastian Mackensen to head MINI

Sebastian Mackensen

MINI is getting a new head.  Sebastian Mackensen, current Senior Vice President of MINI, will take over on March 1st.

From BMW Group PressClub Global:

From 1 March 2015, Sebastian Mackensen will take on responsibility for the MINI brand. Mr Mackensen (43) joined the BMW Group in October 2013 as Head of MINI Sales. Before that and following his studies in Business Administration, Mr Mackensen gained a broad range of sales experience in the premium automotive industry both in Germany and abroad.

Read the entire press release Personnel changes at MINI and BMW Group sales.

MINI wins Dakar 2015


From BMW Group PressClub Global:

Munich (DE). The MINI brand has achieved further success at the Dakar Rally. After covering more than 9,000 kilometres spanning Argentina, Chile and Bolivia, MINI won the world’s toughest rally for the fourth time in a row. Nasser Al-Attiyah/Mathieu Baumel (QT/FR) crossed the finishing line in the Argentinian capital Buenos Aires (AR) as the overall winners, having won five of the 13 legs in their MINI ALL4 Racing.

“I promised last year when I was on the podium that I’d be back to win, and now I’m here,” said Al-Attiyah. “It was very hard to lead the race from the very beginning and to continue keeping this position on the long distance. Also because the race was really hard. I’m very happy about this great result and I want to thank and congratulate all mechanics and the team for the great job they have done during the two weeks. The MINI ALL4 Racing is an incredible car and it was again very nice to drive.”

“Nasser Al-Attiyah winning the 2015 Dakar Rally in the MINI ALL4 Racing is continuing the success story of MINI at one of the toughest races in motorsport,” said Senior Vice President MINI, Jochen Goller. “I would like to congratulate him and his team to this fantastic achievement, which the worldwide MINI community is obviously delighted about.”

“We always knew there would be many unforeseeable challenges on this 9,000+ kilometer adventure across South America and that the final result remains unpredictable till the very last days of the rally,“ said Goller. “On the other hand we also knew that the x-raid team, the MINI ALL4 Racing and of course all MINI drivers entered the competition extremely well-prepared and for this I want to personally thank the x-raid team head Sven Quandt.“

The “Dakar” entrants faced numerous unforeseeable challenges on the demanding route from Buenos Aires in Argentina via Iquique in Chile and Uyuni in Bolivia. From classic gravel rallying in Argentina and winding mountain roads through the Andes at altitudes of up to 4,500 metres in Bolivia to the extremely dry and hot Atacama Desert in Chile with its towering dunes and fine sand, the “Dakar” tested both man and machine to their limits. The drivers and co-drivers had to remain absolutely focused throughout the event.

The MINI ALL4 Racing provided further impressive evidence of its speed and reliability at the 2015 Dakar Rally. Once again, it proved to be a great all-rounder. “With now four Dakar victories in a row to its name from 2012 to 2015, the MINI ALL4 Racing proved once more to be the car to beat confirming its reliability, strength and agility in a convincing manner,” Goller said. “Our goal this year was to achieve another great overall team result and, with five MINI ALL4 Racing finishing the 2015 Dakar Rally in the top ten, nine MINI ALL4 Racing reaching the finish line, eleven stage victories with four different drivers and Nasser winning the world’s toughest marathon rally, we have successfully met all our targets. During the 2015 Dakar Rally, we have certainly seen the best MINI ALL4 Racing ever, and I am already looking forward to seeing it compete in the 2015 long-distance World Cup in preparation for the 2016 Dakar Rally.”

All in all, the MINI ALL4 Racing won eleven of the 13 legs at this year’s “Dakar”. Five of these were double victories for MINI. No fewer than four MINI ALL4 Racing cars ranked among the top five cars in the overall standings.

Al-Attiyah/Baumel were joined at the top of the table by Krzysztof Holowczyc/Xavier Panseri (PL/FR) in third place overall, while Erik van Loon/Wouter Rosegaar (NL/NL) came in a strong fourth after entering the “Dakar” in the MINI ALL4 Racing for the first time. Vladimir Vasilyev/Konstantin Zhiltsov (RU/RU) – overall winners of the 2014 FIA World Cup for Cross-Country-Rallies in the  MINI ALL4 Racing – finished fifth. Aidyn Rakhimbayev/Anton Nikolaev (KZ/RU) also ranked among the top ten, securing ninth place overall. Nine of the ten MINI ALL4 Racing cars that started the race made it across the finishing line in Buenos Aires.

Results 2015 Dakar Rally.

01 Al-Attiyah/Baumel – MINI ALL4 Racing – 40:32:25h
02 De Villiers/Von Zitzewitz – 41:07:59h
03 Holowczyc/Panseri – MINI ALL4 Racing – 42:04:26h
04 Van Loon/Rosegaar – MINI ALL4 Racing – 43:34:17h
05 Vasilyev/Zhiltsov – MINI ALL4 Racing – 43:45:06h
09 Rakhimbayev/Nikolaev – MINI ALL4 Racing – 44:41:09h
12 Garafulic/Palmeiro – MINI ALL4 Racing – 46:00:34h
13 Zhou/Schulz – MINI ALL4 Racing – 46:07:49h
17 Terranova/Graue – MINI ALL4 Racing – 47:39:19h
21 Schott/Schmidt – MINI ALL4 Racing – 49:51:23h


MINI ALL4 Racing 2015 Dakar Rally Lineup.

Monster Energy Rally Raid Team.

#300  Nani Roma/Michel Périn (ES/FR)
#305  Orlando Terranova/Bernardo „Ronnie“ Graue (AR/AR)
#306  Krzysztof Holowczyc/Xavier Panseri (PL/FR)

X-raid Team.

#310 Vladimir Vasilyev/Konstantin Zhiltsov (RU/RU)
#314 Erik van Loon/Wouter Rosegaar (NL/NL)
#319 Boris Garafulic/Filipe Palmeiro (CL/PT)
#329 Aidyn Rakhimbayev/Anton Nikolaev (KZ/RU)
#332 Zhou Yong/Andreas Schulz (CN/DE)
#334 Stephan Schott/Holm Schmidt (DE/DE)

Qatar Rally Team.

#301  Nasser Al-Attiyah/Mathieu Baumel (QT/FR)

MINI returns to Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge series

2015 MINI John Cooper Works HardtopAfter a few years’ absence from the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge series (formerly GRAND-AM) when RSR Motorsports stopped racing MINIs, MINI USA announced that MINI is returning to compete once again in the Series’ ST class.

LAP Motorsports in partnership with MINI USA, will enter the forthcoming MINI John Cooper Works Hardtop later in the season.


Woodcliff Lake, NJ, January 12, 2015. The new 2015 MINI John Cooper Works Hardtop will make its World Premiere today at the North American International Auto Show, featuring the most powerful engine ever installed in a MINI production model. The latest high performance addition to the MINI line up will be priced at $30,600 plus $850 Destination & Handling in the U.S. and will go on sale in the spring.


The 2015 MINI John Cooper Works Hardtop will make its much-anticipated World Premiere with a grand introduction by none other than rally legend Rauno Aaltonen at MINI’s press conference in Hall D of the COBO Center, at 1:20 pm ET. Aaltonen will take the stage in a Classic Mini similar to the 1966 Mini Cooper S that he drove to victory in the famed Monte Carlo Rally in 1967.


With Aaltonen on hand and the new MINI John Cooper Works Hardtop in the spotlight, MINI proudly announced a new motorsports partnership with LAP Motorsports to compete in the Street Tuner (ST) class of the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge. The Indianapolis-based team owned and operated by racing veteran Luis Perocarpi will begin running the MINI John Cooper Works cars in the series later this year.


MINI’s long history of rally-car racing has always been reflected in the brand’s John Cooper Works performance series, and the newest Hardtop further extends that tradition. The latest edition in the premium line, the 2015 MINI John Cooper Works Hardtop offers the most powerful engine ever installed in the brand’s production models, delivering optimal performance to the premium small-car segment.


“This is undoubtedly an exciting time at MINI as we relaunch the John Cooper Works sub-brand as a true model in itself and with the most powerful engine we’ve ever had in a production model MINI,” said David Duncan, Vice President MINI of the Americas. “The new MINI John Cooper Works Hardtop will be an important part of our business moving forward, offering customers a premium high performance vehicle in a small package.”


Specially tuned for high performance on the track and on the road, the first John Cooper Works model to be built on the shared front wheel drive global architecture with BMW Group will be powered by the latest generation MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology four-cylinder engine. The car also features a sports exhaust, refined suspension technology and model-specific design features which not only optimize the car’s aerodynamic features, but also guarantee a fun and efficient ride with an irresistible temperament.

Read the entire pres release MINI Brings Motorsports Heritage to Detroit for John Cooper Works Hardtop World Premiere.

collectibles: 2015 Hot Wheels Morris Mini

2015 Hot Wheels Morris Mini (orange)


Yesterday we featured the first new Hot Wheels Mini for 2015, the 2015 Hot Wheels ’67 Austin Mini Van.  Here is the second Hot Wheels Mini for 2015, the Morris Mini in orange.  It features a black and white checkered roof graphic, white bonnet stripes, and no. 398 side graphics.  It is Hot Wheels 2015 no. 80/250.  Early reports are that this was first released to K-Mart but not an exclusive to that store.

See other Hot Wheels and other die-cast MINIs.

collectibles: 2015 Hot Wheels ’67 Austin Mini Van

2015 Hot Wheels '67 Austin Mini Van Art Car (Red)

Today we have our first die-cast Mini for 2015.  This 2015 Hot Wheels ’67 Austin Mini Van comes in metallic red paint with many graphics: yellow stripes on the bonnet, Union Jack on the roof and sides, blue and white stripes on the doors, and “Hot Wheels” on the sides.  The wheels are multicolored double-spoke.  It is Hot Wheels 2015 number 27/250 and part of the HW City Art Car series (number 2/5).

See other Hot Wheels and other die-cast MINIs.

MINI apps guide added to reference section

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MINI Apps - MINI Motorer's Guide MINI Apps - MINI Motoring MINI Apps - MINI on Track MINI Apps - MINI Roadside Assistance
MINI Apps - MINI TV MINI Apps - Virtual MINI MINI Apps - Amazon Music MINI Apps - GoPro App
MINI Apps - MINI Connected XL Journey Mate MINI Apps - Spotify MINI Apps - Stitcher MINI Apps - The MINI International
MINI Apps - Flipboard MINI Apps - Mini Magazine MINI Apps - MiniWorld MINI Apps - Modern MINI

A new reference page for MINI apps was added to the Library of Motoring today. The MINI apps guide is a comprehensive list of Mini and MINI apps for Android and Apple and a few for BlackBerry and Windows Phone.

MINI’s official MINI Connected app connects your mobile phone to your MINI if it has the MINI Connected option.  In addition, there are several MINI Connected-compatible apps that add more functionality.

Finally, there are many third-party apps which allow you to read Mini- and MINI-related magazines and blogs.

See the MINI apps page at

worldwide MINI sales for December 2014

2015 MINI Hardtop and MINI 4 Door

MINI has its best December of global sales. Sales were down slightly for 2014.

From BMW Group PressClub Global:

Despite the change in the core MINI model this year, annual sales remained around last year’s record level with a total of 302,183 vehicles delivered to customers (prev. yr. 305,030 / -1.0%). Peter Schwarzenbauer, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for MINI, BMW Motorrad and Rolls-Royce was particularly pleased with how the year ended for the brand. “MINI saw its best ever fourth quarter with sales up 17.2% (94,624 / prev. yr. 80,748). It was also a record December with sales increasing 20.7% compared with the same month in 2013 (36,773 / prev. yr. 30,455). Since coming fully onto the market, sales of the new third generation MINI 3-door and the brand new MINI 5-door have been very strong.” In December, sales of the 3-door were up 33.9% (16,418 / prev. yr. 12,262) while a total of 6,954 customers took delivery of a 5-door MINI in the last month of 2014. The MINI Countryman saw sales grow 5.0% across the year (106,995 / prev. yr. 101,897) while deliveries of the MINI Paceman totalled 15,567 in 2014, an increase of 6.0% (prev. yr. 14,687).

December 2014 December 2013 change year 2014 year 2013 change
36,773 30,455 20.7% 302,183 305,030 -1.0%

See all MINI sales worldwide by month.