Global MINI Sales Down in Q1 2024 Ahead of Full Brand Refresh
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by MF Staff
1d ago
Global MINI sales unsurprisingly declined in the first quarter of 2024. With inventory tight and an all new model range soon to arrive at dealers, sales shrank by 9.4% compared to the first quarter of 2023. In the first three months of 2024, 62,107 customers chose to buy a MINI. The United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, China, South Africa, South Korea and Latin America were among the countries reporting sales growth. However most of Europe and the US saw numbers dropped as a combination of low inventory and new models not yet on sale seemed to push buyers to wait. Preparations for the market intr ..read more
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The F66 & J01 MINI Cooper Appear Identical Inside, Until You Look Closer
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by Gabriel Bridger
2d ago
MINI has gone to great lengths to make the all new J01 and F66 electric and petrol MINI Coopers appear identical – despite being completely different vehicles. But the more you look inside m, the more you find some important and interesting differences. Unlikely Similarities of the F66 MINI Cooper & U25 Countryman The U25 Countryman’s center stack and console is very close to the F66 in overall design. It’s amazing that MINI has been able to create such a similar look given that the J01 and F66 MINI Coopers are based on entirely different platforms. The J01 is an EV platform that’s been co ..read more
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MINIUSA Prices the 2025 MINI Countryman S at $38,900 with Loads of Standard Equipment & No Subscription Pricing
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by Gabriel Bridger
5d ago
On the face of it, it would appear that MINI USA has dramatically raised the price of the Countryman with the all new model for 2025. The base price for the cheapest countryman has gone up $6,250 with the U25. But you don’t have to dig deep to see that this isn’t much of a price increase at all. In fact it may be a bargain if you look closer. Let’s start with the models. For 2025 MINI has completely dropped the Countryman Cooper from the line-up (now known as the Countryman C in other markets). And they’ve even dropped the front wheel drive Countryman S from the line-up as well. The reasoning ..read more
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MINIUSA Debuts the 2025 MINI Countryman S Via An Official Roadshow Coming to Dealers Nationwide
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by Gabriel Bridger
1w ago
The all new 2025 MINI Countryman S is finally making its official US debut. But you won’t see it at an auto show or other large event. Instead MINI USA is bringing the party to 96 MINI dealers around the nation and inviting MINI enthusiasts to experience it first hand. MINI USA is creating a roadshow that will travel from dealer to dealer bringing the new Countryman to the masses. Starting April 9 through the end of May, the roadshow will follow four regional routes concurrently, across MINI’s central, southern, eastern and western region dealer networks. You can find more information and sign ..read more
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BMW Group & electric Hypercar Brand Rimac Announce Longterm Partnership
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by MF Staff
1w ago
The BMW Group (which includes MINI) and Rimac Technology have officially announced a long-term partnership. And the goal is truly exciting; co-develop and co-produce innovative battery technology for selected battery-electric vehicles. What does that mean for MINI? Surely this is meant for some BMW hyper car right? We think this will be much more and will eventually touch future MINI products. The current J01 Cooper E As with most automotive innovations, we see trickle down into the mass market. And with BMWs stated goal of having EVs account for 50% of global sales, it’s clear all cards are o ..read more
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MTTS 2024 Full Schedule, Registration & Our Official Guide to the Event
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by Gabriel Bridger
1w ago
For 2024 “Camp MINI” (as MTTS 20224 will be known) will feature an epic route through the rockies and into the north west of the United States. As always there’s lots of details beyond just the cities and dates. Read on for MotoringFile’s full trip info including locations details and even some of our own suggestions you won’t get elsewhere. This year’s MTTS will be the first that’s solely focused on the western US and will wind its way through some of the most beautiful scenery in the US. The Camp MINI theme for MTTS 2024 will be visible throughout the nine-day rally through a number of digit ..read more
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MINI’s New Augmented Reality Navigation is Real Progress
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by MF Staff
1w ago
Who would have thought a video feed of what’s in front of you would be so incredibly helpful? That was our first takeaway as we began to venture out into Lisbon roads in the new MINI Countryman SE. However MINI’s new augmented reality navigation is a legitimate game changer and could make MINI’s navigation system the preferred option over even CarPlay or Android Auto. Before we get into the optional AR functionality, let’s talk about MINI’s new navigation system itself. Built in conjunction with a company called Mapbox, it’s been designed to surpass smartphone apps and typical in-car navigatio ..read more
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New MINI Lifestyle Collection Inspired by the New MINI Cooper
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by MF Staff
1w ago
MINI is launching an entirely new range of accessories inspired by the new generation MINI Cooper. Check out the full collection, photos of our favorites and MINI’s official press release about it below. Official Release: Commitment to a brand can be expressed in a variety of ways. MINI fans and customers can also underline this outside of their own vehicle in everyday life: with the new MINI Lifestyle Collection 2024, they are always and everywhere connected with their favourite brand. The collection combines brand-typical style and functionality. Graphic details of the MINI Cooper design cha ..read more
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Watch The MINI JCW Race Team Kicks Off the 2024 Season in Sonoma
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by Gabriel Bridger
1w ago
MINI USA and the MINI John Cooper Works Team are prepping for another season in the esteemed Touring Car (TC) and Touring Car A (TCA) classes of the 2024 SRO TC America series. The team will be campaigning several F56 MINI Cooper JCW models looking to once again take some titles. You can watch the team’s two races over the weekend on Saturday and Sunday below: Back in the driver’s seats are Cristian Perocarpi, piloting the #37 MINI JCW PRO in the TC class, and P.J. Groenke, driving the #62 MINI JCW in the TCA class. Joining the ranks this season is newcomer Scott Thomson, steering the #66 MI ..read more
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In-Depth: MINI’s Redesigned Vegan Seats in the F66 & J01 MINI Cooper
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by MF Staff
1w ago
The new MINI Cooper features not one but two completely new and totally vegan seat designs. Clad in a synthetic leather called Vescin, the seats have a revised shape and new features. But what you get depends on what version of the Cooper you want. Let’s start with what’s different about the seats in the two new models. The petrol powered F66 MINI Cooper and the electric J01 Cooper are designed to look identical to the casual observer. But the more you look the more you see differences. One of those key differences are the seats you sit on. The J01 Cooper has a different design as compared to ..read more
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