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04/30/2011    11:15 AM

Munich. MINI Connected gives drivers an even more intense experience of limitless driving fun, and allows that experience to be tailored to personal preferences and even shared with other users. Now the intelligent link-up of the driver, the MINI and the outside world has reached a new stage. The extended MINI Connected App gives Apple iPhone users access to innovative functions designed to enhance driving fun, entertainment and social networking. MINI therefore takes the lead once again in the intelligent link-up of the car with the outside world. In the future, the MINI Connected App will allow users to send posts composed on their Apple iPhone while on the move via online social networks Facebook and Twitter. With the Dynamic Music function, meanwhile, every journey in … CONTINUED

04/28/2011    8:00 AM

The D in SD stands for Diesel. MINI for a short while now has had a Diesel variant of every model in the lineup. The engine in question is an environmentally friendly 2.0L turbo-diesel four cylinder which outputs 143 bhp @ 4000 RPM and a large amount of torque, 225 lb-ft to be exact. Thats more torque than other MINI variants! Whats different in the SD variant is the addition of the turbo charger, which packs a little more excitement into the standard D variant, which utilized a 1.6L diesel motor. The new SD will replace the standard D across the entire MINI lineup.

Aside from the important engine change, the SD utilized MINIMALISM technology, which includes such features as Brake Energy Regeneration, Auto Start/Stop, Shift Point … CONTINUED

04/26/2011    9:00 AM

MINI USA launches the “MINI Rocks the Rivals” competitive test-drive tour in the USA, and as part of the kickoff, MINI has partnered with legendary rock band KISS to raise money for UNICEF to help children in Japan and emergencies around the globe.

KISS band members made the announcement live as four MINI Countryman vehicles with KISS-inspired designs made their debut at the New York Auto Show, and each represents one of the KISS band member’s iconic faces. All four vehicles will be auctioned after being custom painted with the revealed design and signed by all four KISS members. Fans will be able to bid on the vehicles during a special Father’s Day eBay charity auction and proceeds will be donated to UNICEF. The auction will open … CONTINUED

04/25/2011    9:45 AM

With the release of the Fiat 500C to the US market this past weekend at the New York International Autoshow, it seems FIAT wants to enter into MINIs marketshare in the USA.

As you may or may not know, FIAT is starting its push into the US, bringing its highly acclaimed 500 to the states first, through select Chrysler group dealerships. Although the 500 is new to the USA, its not new in other parts of the world, the car debuted in 2007.

The Fiat 500 is a small car with retrocar styling harking back to the glory days of the brand, similar to the MINI. The major difference being that it is an Italian car with its own Italian style, and the car is significantly less expensive. … CONTINUED

04/16/2011    10:00 AM

The MINIe project is currently in a phase you could call, a long term real world field test stage. It is in fact the first EV produced by a major auto manufacturer and driven by private motorists on public roads, however, the car can only be leased for a 12 month period and then given back to MINI. The program was eventually extended to get more miles on the road with these cars.

Now we have a report via Plugincars.com of a MINIe owner who has gotten 54,000 miles onto his ODO in 22 months, which equates to 1000 re-charges. This is atleast 20,000 more miles then any other MINIe on the road right now! (612 so far).

The owner, Tom Moloughney, has openly stated that he hasn’t … CONTINUED

04/15/2011    10:00 AM

For those of you that aren’t aware of it, SAAB has been undergoing massive financial disaster. This has seen the company sold off by GM into the hands of niche swedish car maker Spyker, who then subsequently sold off their own car making operations in order to keep SAAB afloat. They have even recently considered selling their production plants in order to pay off suppliers getting increasingly angry over unpaid bills.

Despite this, SAAB continues motoring on to put out new products, and they are putting a big stake into their upcoming sub-compact 9-1.

SAAB is putting a bid to buy the current MINI Cooper (R56) platform from BMW! Between economic woes, increasing urban populations and environmental consciousness, the sub-compact market is expected to grow significantly and … CONTINUED

04/14/2011    8:30 AM

The recently annouced MINI Goodwood, a MINI created by the craftsmen at Rolls-Royce is now being reported to arrive with a pricetag fitting of its pedigree, 50,000Euro or $72,000.

Whats more, even if you can afford the pricetag, there will only be 1000 copies produced.

The MINI Goodwood will certainly become MINIs most exclusive and high end model produced, you can read more about the goodwood and see all our wallpapers here: http://www.miniforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1284

Now this car exudes opulence with its rich materials, soft looking leather and distinctive colors. Its a car I was fawning over yesterday with the press release. But now with a speculated price of $72,000USD, would I even consider buying one? Would any of you guys?

[Source: Welt.de via MotoringFile]

04/12/2011    8:00 PM

The MINI INSPIRED BY GOODWOOD, which will make its world debut at the Auto Shanghai 2011, is an exclusive special edition that adds another layer to the MINI brand experience with a generous dose of automotive luxury and exclusivity in its highest form.

Close collaboration with the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars design team at the development center of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, England has produced a limited-run special edition MINI, whose exterior and interior design is inspired by fine materials and the British luxury car marque’s commitment to absolutely flawless workmanship.

The MINI INSPIRED BY GOODWOOD, which will be produced in a limited edition of 1,000 units, combines typical MINI driving fun with discerning craftsmanship, select materials and a styling marked by typical British understatement of the world’s leading producer … CONTINUED

04/12/2011    5:20 PM

Inside we have some followup photos from the event, and if you scroll down, some really nice video of the event, and development of the MINI WRC Car with Prodrive.