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 … CONTINUED
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 … CONTINUED
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 … CONTINUED
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 … CONTINUED
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 … CONTINUED
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 … CONTINUED
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 … CONTINUED
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.
MINI is showcasing its flair for design with two impressive exhibits at this year’s Salone del Mobile in Milan from 11 to 17 April 2011. As last year, MINI is using installations at Milan’s Università degli Studi and the Triennale Design Museum to highlight the brand’s “Creative Use of Space” philosophy. The glue holding the two works together is a time travel concept covering everything from the roots of the brand to the future of mobility.
Its no secret that MINI was going to WRC with the Countryman, in fact they made the annoucement at the Paris Autoshow with the debut of the WRC concept car.
However, now its gotten fully official with the launch of the full on WRC MINI Team!
A special event was held at the MINI plant in Oxford.
MINI has officially kicked off the MINI Countryman Wanderlust campaign, an initiative that encourages fans from all over the world to get away from the everyday routine to discover something new and risk an adventure.
“The MINI Countryman embodies the Wanderlust feeling like no other MINI model,” said Jim McDowell, Vice President MINI USA. “And the company is launching this interactive campaign to demonstrate how anyone, not just MINI Marketing, can take part in the fun and express what Wanderlust means to them.”
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The camo has been steadily dropping from the upcoming MINI Coupe, not that the camo is needed, given the fact that the car was already shown off in “concept” form. However the fact that the camo is coming off on street evaluation models tells us that we are getting closer and closer to the release of the production model. In fact BMW has confirmed that the car will arrive by the end of the year!
With that said, what is a MINI without a hotted up JCW … CONTINUED