Dakar 2017 – Stage 3 – MINIs Moving Up

Dakar 2017 – Stage 3 – MINIs Moving Up
Day three of the 2017 Dakar Rally ran 780km from San Miguel de Tucumán – San Salvador de Jujuy, Argentina. Higher temperatures and altitudes proved a challenge for many teams, especially with the added complexity of this year’s first true off-road segments. Mikko Hirvonen and Michel Périn in the 303 MINI John Cooper Works Rally had a very strong day, finishing 4th... Read More

BMW Group US: December and Annual Sales

BMW Group US: December and Annual Sales
2016 has come to a close, and as monthly reports have continuously shown, the year did not show positive results for BMW or MINI in the United States. With new models arriving for both brands, insiders are optimistic for 2017. “The New Year brings optimism for the year ahead and now we’re looking forward to the Detroit Auto Show next... Read More

BMW Group CES 2017 – Autonomous Vehicles

BMW Group CES 2017 – Autonomous Vehicles
Join us live with BMW from CES as they introduce their latest technology concept, Autonomous Vehicles. BMW regularly premieres concept technology like this at the Consumer Electrics Show, and many of these feature make it into future models. For the MINI minded driver, autonomous vehicles like this could be a feature available in future MINI generations. Autonomous Vehicles Presentation The BMW... Read More

Dakar 2017 – Stage 2 – MINIs Maintain Top Ten Spots

Dakar 2017 – Stage 2 – MINIs Maintain Top Ten Spots
In this early stage of the event, two MINI teams continue to maintain positions in top ten spots. Yazeed Al-Rajhi in his MINI John Cooper Works Rally sits in 6th place in the cars class, while Mikko Hirvonen is in 8th. Day two of the Dakar Rally across South America is complete! The fast stage today traveled from Resistencia to San Miguel De... Read More

Dakar 2017 – Stage 1 – Mixed MINI Start

Dakar 2017 – Stage 1 – Mixed MINI Start
The 39th running of the Dakar Rally is officially underway from Paraguay. This year’s MINI contingency began Stage 1 of the 2 week event with mixed results. All eight MINI teams who began the first stage of the rally completed the event, moving on to stage two ready to take in the next challenge. The new MINI John Cooper Works Rally driven... Read More

All The Chrome – MINI Owner Shows How It’s Done

All The Chrome – MINI Owner Shows How It’s Done
Not a fan of chrome accents and trim? Hate that shiny belt-line on your Roadster? Most MINI fans would love to replace their sparkling headlight rings with an aftermarket blackout kit. For every blacked out, nondescript MINI, there’s always a few who can’t enough faux-metal goodness. That’s ok! A fascinating part of the MINI brand and community is that every MINI... Read More

MINI Family Ready To Take On Dakar

MINI Family Ready To Take On Dakar
Months of pre-event preparations, shake-downs, and scrutinizing are complete. The MINI family teams are ready to go, and the 2017 Dakar Rally is ready to start. On January 2nd, over 300 vehicles will begin the two-week, 9000km trek through 3 countries. 2017 MINI Family Line-Up Eight MINI crews make up this year’s MINI Family to contest the 2017 Dakar Rally. Competing... Read More

Dakar 2017 – Menzies Out Of MINI JCW Rally

Dakar 2017 – Menzies Out Of MINI JCW Rally
Team X-Raid and MINI are excited bring the new MINI John Cooper Works Rally to South America for the 2017 Dakar Rally. Unfortunately the much-anticipated pair of American driver Bryce Menzies and co-driver Peter Mortensen will not be competing. Menzies has had a successful early career in off-road racing. One that should continue to grow driving under the Red Bull label. To... Read More

Top Safety Pick For MINI Hardtop

Top Safety Pick For MINI Hardtop
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety just released their 2017 Top Safety Pick ratings and MINI makes the list. This year a new rating has been added; Top Safety Pick+. The new label includes new testing on improved vehicle headlights. The standard halogen headlights on the MINI Hardtop did not meet the requirements. To qualify for 2017 TOP SAFETY PICK, a vehicle... Read More

MINI Protects Itself From Carjacker

MINI Protects Itself From Carjacker
MINI is one of the few (only major) manufacturers whose complete product lineup is available with a manual transmission. Sure MINI barely spans two categories unlike others, but it’s a talking point. A couple of car buffs could spend days arguing the pros and cons of owning a stick shift. Manual transmissions can be more fun, economical and easier to maintain. Technology... Read More