While there are more gadgets and doo-dads to distract you from the driving experience now, MINI hasn’t messed with the core JCW formula that made the first two generations such stellar hot hatches.
It’s an oversteer-happy little tyke that’s quicker than many competitors (Golf GTI Performance included), is loaded with heaps of standard kit and boasts plenty of MINI charm.
This is a most entertaining sequel indeed. The franchise is safe for now, and while the price of admission is definitely high it’s absolutely worth it.
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
The Motor Report review of the 2015 MINI Cooper JCW Hatch in which it rates the vehicle four out of five stars:
. . . MINI’s completely new Connected app has dropped on iTunes as a brand new app and as well as a free update for current users. The new version of the app is much more focused on doing a core set of functionality very well rather than offering superfluous features that have littered the app for years. . . .
Monday, August 31, 2015
The Daily Toggle says MINI has given MINI dealers just two weeks to complete a conversion to MINI's new branding:
. . . In response to the new corporate branding requirements MINI USA announced today that all US MINI dealerships have been given two weeks to rebrand. The exterior and interior color must change from black to white. They must also increase all building dimensions by eight inches. Motoring Advisors will have to wear ties. . . .
Motor Trend wants your opinion:
While the new 2016 Mini Clubman has been given significant upgrades inside and out, with the addition of two new full-size doors and a completely unique chassis, the larger dimensions may have taken away that traditional "mini" feel. Do you think Mini has strayed too far away from the original Clubman with the new model?
Friday, August 28, 2015
MotoringFile provides the comparison and concludes:
. . . After 500 miles in both cars I’ve found my favorite. And it’s the opposite of what I expected. I didn’t want to like the MINI. Since the first photos I’ve struggled with the five door’s looks. Mainly it’s the rear hips which take some time to wrap your head around. We’re used to seeing MINI’s squared-off from room to bumper. But in the new five door introduces a couple of new forms to the MINI design language that give the F55 it’s own character. . . .
The Dallas Morning News. Box guardedly believes:
Look, I think Mini builds too many models and ought to focus more on refining what is a really good, likable concept.
But here’s how much I know: Through May, sales of 2015 Minis were up 28.2 percent.
Bigger and more always win — whatever you call them.
Thursday, August 27, 2015
The Truth About Cars the MINI Countryman is seeing a huge decline in sales in 2015:
. . . The addition of new rivals from rival automakers certainly doesn’t help. But the Countryman may also be affected by the arrival of a four-door version of the regular Mini Cooper. That Mini uses new engines and is significantly more economical.
Countryman volume is down 26 percent through the first seven months of 2015. Most recently, in July, year-over-year Countryman sales were off July 2014’s pace by 45 percent, a loss of 980 units.
Meanwhile, the category in which it competes is up 64 percent this year thanks to continued gains from vehicles like the Buick Encore and added sales from new urban crossovers like the Jeep Renegade and Honda HR-V. Subtract Mini from the equation and sales of these small, sometimes-AWD tall cars are up 74 percent. . . . .