MINI DESIGN AN EXCLUSIVE ONE-OFF CAR FOR CHARITY TO TOAST THE ROYAL WEDDING

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MINI is to celebrate the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with a one-off MINI Hatch designed specifically to commemorate the special occasion and to be donated to one of the couple’s chosen charities. After the wedding day on 19 May, this one-of-a-kind MINI will be handed over to The Children’s HIV Association (CHIVA) for public auction.

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This unique car is finished in Crystal White. Silver-blue accent strips lend the body a distinctive look and the black band that wraps around the car features a blue-tinted matt silver paint finish. Recognisable MINI design features in chrome, such as the frame for the hexagonal radiator grille, the door handles and the surrounds for the headlights and rear lights are topped off with a blue-black tinted clear coat, bringing modernity and a freshness of detail to the MINI. Rear lights in Union Jack design and dark-blue matt metallic wheel rims put the finishing touches to its external appearance.

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A particular highlight of the exterior is the roof’s paint finish, which uses multiple colours. The roof graphic is applied meticulously by hand in several layers and brings together elements of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s national flags – the Union Jack and the Stars & Stripes. The special MINI’s side scuttles around the side turn signal indicators have been 3D-printed and embellish the initials M and H with a heart and rings. When the car is opened, they project an exclusive “Just Married” welcome onto the ground in front of the driver’s door and front-passenger door.

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MINI John Cooper Works Countryman : World Premiere at Auto Shangai 2017

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MINI celebrates a world premiere at Auto Shanghai 2017 with the presentation of the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman. The motor show in the megacity on the East China Sea provides the setting for the first public appearance of the new MINI John Cooper Works Countryman, the ultimate partner for all those who wish to combine a desire for adventure, versatility and off-road capabilities with hallmark MINI go-kart feeling, supreme power and outstanding driving dynamics.

The China premiere of the new MINI John Cooper Works Countryman underscores the great importance MINI attaches to the International Automobile Industry Exhibition in Shanghai from 21 to 28 April 2017. China’s biggest automotive trade show has been known as Auto Shanghai for more than three decades. It is held on an alternating basis with Auto China in Beijing and attracted new record numbers in 2015 with more than 900,000 visitors.

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The second generation of the MINI Countryman is the most spacious and most versatile model in the range of the tradition-steeped British brand. And another superlative now applies to the power unit of the new MINI John Cooper Works Countryman: with an output of 170 kW/231 hp, it is the most powerful engine ever to be fitted in a MINI. In combination with the standard all-wheel drive system ALL4 and a robust vehicle concept, it ensures that the latest addition to the family of top John Cooper Works athletes takes the MINI experience to a whole new level – in terms of both race track feeling on the road and driving fun over unsurfaced terrain.

For the Chinese market, the new MINI John Cooper Works Countryman is offered as standard with an 8-speed Steptronic sports transmission, sprinting from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.5 seconds. The superior performance qualities of the new MINI John Cooper Works Countryman are likewise reflected in its elasticity on interim sprints, cornering agility and deceleration performance. This is the result of an overall package assembled with John Cooper Works racing expertise, which includes not just the engine and the efficiency-optimised all-wheel drive system but also a sports suspension with 18-inch John Cooper Works light alloy wheels and a Brembo sports brake system. Distinctive body features designed to optimise the car’s aerodynamic properties and cooling air intake and a model-specific cockpit with John Cooper Works sports seats round off the performance package of the new MINI John Cooper Works Countryman.

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New MINI John Cooper Works Clubman : The Biggest Top Athlete in the History of the Brand

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Premiere for the first John Cooper Works model of the latest generation in the premium compact segment; new MINI John Cooper Works Clubman combines authentic race feeling with the most space, everyday practicality and long-distance suitability ever realised in a model of the brand; drive and suspension technology developed based on motor racing expertise, the all-wheel drive system ALL4 as standard and the versatile interior enable unique flexibility in terms of both driving properties and functionality.

Extreme driving fun and an exclusive aura due to the precisely harmonised package of engine, suspension, aerodynamically optimised exterior and sports car flair in the cockpit that is typical of the John Cooper Works models; the distinct vehicle character is given additional emphasis with model-specific standard features including LED headlamps, MINI Driving Modes, Park Distance Control, Comfort Access, Radio MINI Visual Boost, multifunction buttons on the steering wheel and cruise control with brake function.

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First ever combination of the current 2.0-litre petrol engine developed for John Cooper Works models with the new generation of the all-wheel drive system ALL4; 4-cylinder engine with MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology and 170 kW/231 hp; engine output 29 kW/39 hp higher than that of the MINI Cooper S Clubman; new version of the ALL4 system optimised for weight and efficiency with electrohydraulic regulation; 6-speed manual transmission as standard, 8-speed Steptronic sports transmission optionally available.

New MINI John Cooper Works Clubman with unique performance qualities, fascinating characteristics and powerfully emotional sound development; traction-optimised power transmission to all four wheels; acceleration from zero to 100 km/h in 6.3 seconds (automatic: 6.3 seconds); sports exhaust system, Brembo sports brake system, 18-inch John Cooper Works Black Grip Spoke light alloy wheels and Dynamic Stability Control DSC including Dynamic Traction Control DTC, EDLC (Electronic Differential Lock Control) and Performance Control as standard; Dynamic Damper Control and 19-inch light alloy wheels optionally available.

 

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MINI at the Paris Motor Show 2016

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The latest model generation of the British brand MINI is now providing irresistible driving fun in both the small car and the compact car segment. The selection of John Cooper Works models is now extended to include a new top athlete which will generate enthusiasm for characteristic race feeling among additional target groups. The new MINI John Cooper Works Clubman sees its world premiere at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. The latest extreme athlete is also the biggest of its kind in the brand’s model program. Its captivating temperament is combined with excellent showings in the disciplines of space, versatility and suitability for long-distance driving, thereby creating added diversity within the range of John Cooper Works models.

After the successful launch of the new MINI John Cooper Works with the classic three-door body shape and the new MINI John Cooper Works Convertible for highly turbulent open-air driving fun, the new MINI John Cooper Works Clubman is now presented as an all-round talent able to handle the wide-ranging demands of day-to-day traffic as well as the challenges of race track driving. Fitted with the most powerful engine ever in a MINI, the standard all-wheel drive system ALL4, a suspension technology geared towards the very highest performance qualities as well as exclusive design features and fittings, it is clearly distinguished from the other model variants of the new MINI Clubman.
In addition to this, the current MINI model range for the small car segment will also be presented to trade fair visitors in the French capital will be from 1 to 16 October 2016. Alongside the new MINI Convertible, it is the new MINI Seven that particularly takes centre stage here. The first design model of the new generation is available both as a MINI 3 door and a MINI 5 door, combining its modern premium characteristics with a sense of tradition and individual style.

 

 

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“Residual Value Giants” 2016: Top Rankings for MINI

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Once again, several models of the British premium brand have achieved top placements in the list of “2016 Residual Value Giants” published by “Focus Online”. The result reflects the unique combination of driving fun, expressive design and premium quality offered by MINI vehicles. Two class victories as well as one second and one third place underscore the outstanding value retention they offer. The MINI One 3 door in the Compact Car category and the MINI One D Countryman in the Mini SUV category turned out to be the models that provide the most lasting value in their respective segments. In the convertible class, second place went to the MINI Cooper Convertible, while the MINI One Convertible was ranked third.

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The current “Resale Value Giants” ranking in a total of 16 vehicle categories is based on analyses carried out by the Saarbrücken-based market research institute Bähr & Fess Forecasts which looks at the value stability of current new cars over the coming four years. As well as referring to specific criteria such as purchase price, vehicle properties, brand image and ratings on comparative tests and customer surveys, the experts also base their forecasts on generic factors such as the quality of competitors in the segment and general developments on the automotive market.

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In terms of value loss in absolute terms, the MINI One Convertible (75 kW/102 hp; fuel consumption: 5.2 – 5.0 l/100 km) is ranked third in its segment with a residual value of 56.5 per cent.

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Comparison of residual value provides potential new car customers with an important guideline when making their purchase decision: after all, loss of value is a significant cost factor. As far as MINI drivers are concerned, their car not only gives them a low level of fuel consumption but also a particularly high level of value stability. For years now, models of the British premium brand have regularly been placed among the “Resale Value Giants”.

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The New MINI Seven

 

The new MINI Seven is the first design model of the current MINI generation; available as a MINI 3 door and MINI 5 door. The Seven is an expression of premium characteristics and individual style with exclusive exterior and interior design features as well as high-end equipment options.

New MINI Seven underscores the distinctive character, British origins and tradition-steeped vehicle concept of the original in the premium segment of small cars; named after the Austin Seven, the model with which production of the classic Mini began in 1959.

Market launch of the design model with four engine variants as the MINI 3 door Seven with output range from 85 kW/116 hp to 141 kW/192 hp.Specific exterior design: MINI Yours body finish in the variant Lapisluxury Blue; three alternative paint finishes to choose from; roof and exterior mirror caps in Melting Silver; 17-inch light alloy wheels in exclusive MINI Seven Spoke two-tone design; MINI Seven door sill finishers; side scuttles with MINI Seven logo; bonnet stripes in Melting Silver with surrounds in Malt Brown available as an exclusive option.

Exclusive interior ambience with seats in fabric/leather finish Diamond Malt Brown, interior surfaces in Piano Black, optional Colour Line Malt Brown and MINI Seven logo on the central instrument surround.Modern display and operating concept with dashboard on the steering column as well as central instrument with extended display elements and optional illuminated LED ring.

High-end options to enhance driving fun, comfort and individual flair including LED headlights, LED fog lamps, MINI Driving Modes, MINI Excitement Package, Comfort Access, electrically operated glass roof, 2-zone automatic air conditioning, Radio MINI Visual Boost, MINI navigation system and Wired equipment package including navigation system Professional with MINI Touch Controller.

Current MINI Connected in-car infotainment program; the latest MINI Connected App including MINI Streetwise, online search, Sports Instruments and Force Meter; online-based use of social networks and entertainment features using the vehicle operating system; MINI Connected XL Journey Mate with real-time traffic radar; Intelligent Emergency Call and TeleServices via a SIM card permanently installed in the vehicle.

 

The New MINI Convertible : Driving Fun, Fresh Air, Diversity

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Open-top driving fun in the world’s only premium convertible in the small car segment advances to the next stage. The new MINI Convertible is raring to go and ready to greet the upcoming spring season. The open-top 4-seater goes out to dealerships on March 5th 2016 – with elegantly stretched lines, a noticeable increase in sporty flair, the matured product substance of the new MINI generation and available in five engine variants. At the same time, the market launch of the new MINI John Cooper Works Convertible sees the start of extreme sporty driving fun under the open sky.

The new MINI Convertible is presented with a wide range of exclusive equipment features for open-air pleasure in the style that is typical of the British premium brand. Its fully automatic soft top – purely electrically powered for the first time – is also available as a MINI Yours roof complete with unique integrated Union Jack graphic. Other options include the Always Open Timer, automatic air conditioning with convertible mode and the MINI Connected rain warning function. In order to ensure that driving fun on the sunny side is both agile and safe, there is cutting-edge drive and suspension technology, an extremely rigid body structure and the now fully integrated rollover protection.

Three petrol and two diesel engines of the latest generation with MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology are available to choose from for the MINI Convertible (combined fuel consumption: 6.0 – 3.8 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 139 – 100 g/km). The new MINI John Cooper Works Convertible (combined fuel consumption: 6.5 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 152 g/km) likewise lines up for the start with a 170 kW/231 hp 4-cylinder turbo engine.

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