Monday, July 28, 2014

And They're Off!!! MTTS 2014 Commences

MINI Takes The State 2014 kicked off in San Francisco with an exhibition by skateboard expert Tony Hawk jumping a MINI.

Here's the official BMW Group PressClub USA Press Release about the commencement of the rally!

Comparing The 2014 MCS To Wallace And Gromit

autos.ca has a test drive review of the 2014 MINI Cooper S calling the styling -
". . . a car that looks like Wallace after being handed Gromit’s vet bill for hip dysplasia surgery."

AutoGuide.com Reviews The 2014 MINI Cooper Hardtop

AutoGuide.com provides its review of the 2015 MINI ending with these comments:
When you think of subcompacts, you might picture something cheap and unrefined. But as the 2014 MINI Cooper shows, that doesn’t need to be true. The new Cooper Hardtop is a premium subcompact that doesn’t pull any punches in delivering an above average driving experience no matter how you take it.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Directing You Out Of The Parking Lot After The Opera

[Source: Hooniverse]

VDL Nedcar MINI First Born Special Edition

In honor of commencement of MINI production at the Netherlands VDL Nedcar plant, according to the library of motoring, MINI has created the special MINI First Born Edition. Only 350 will be made.

Here is a list of options for the vehicle:

  • Multi-function steering wheel with cruise control
  • Leather-wrapped 3-spoke sports steering wheel
  • Comfort Access
  • Armrest with storage
  • Park Distance Control (PDC), rear
  • Rain sensor
  • Trip computer with fuel consumption calculation
  • Radio MINI Visual Boost
  • Advanced Bluetooth phone preparation
  • Velor mats
  • Storage package
  • MINI Excitement pack
  • MINI Driving Mode
  • Sports seats
  • Automatic climate control
  • Interior Light Package
  • White indicator lights
  • Navigation system Professional
  • MINI Connected XL
  • Roof and exterior mirror caps in black
  • Chrome Line Interior
  • Chrome Line Exterior
  • 16 “alloy wheels Victory Spoke, black
  • Upholstery fabric / leatherette Carbon Black
  • Piano Black Interior Panels
  • LED fog lamps

Aftermarket F56 Design Change Opportunity

MotoringFile explores the most controversial design element of the F56, the protruding front chin, and finds it is a separate piece mounted on the front bumper thereby providing aftermarket design change opportunities.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

2014 MINI Cooper Hardtop Frontal Crash Test

Not too bad. Not too bad at all.

2014 MINI Cooper Hardtop
Overall Safety Rating: 4 Stars

Frontal Crash Rating: 4 Stars (Driver: 4, Passenger: 5)
Side Crash Rating: 4 Stars (Driver: 5, Passenger: 2*)
Side Pole Crash Rating: 5 Stars
Combined Side Barrier and Pole Rating: (Driver: 5, Passenger: 2)
Rollover Rating: 4 Stars
Risk of Rollover: 11.1%

*During the side impact test, the interior door panel struck the torso of the rear passenger dummy, causing a high lower spine acceleration. High lower spine accelerations, in excess of 82 g's, indicate a higher likelihood of thoracic injury.

NHTSA - New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), Frontal Test:
Crash test dummies representing an average-sized adult male and a small-sized adult female are placed in the driver and front passenger seats, respectively, and are secured with seat belts. Vehicles are crashed into a fixed barrier at 35 mph (56.3km/h), which is equivalent to a head-on collision between two similar vehicles each moving at 35 mph.



[Source: CrashNet1 @ YouTube]