NORCAL MINIS' CALENDAR

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

MINI Meet West 2015 Set

The Vancouver Mini Club and Victoria Minis will host MINI Meet West 2015 from June 29 through July 2, 2015 in Abbotsford, B.C., Canada.  Registration is now open.

AutoTrader.com's "Real World" Review Of 2015 MINI Cooper S

Calling it a "real world" review AutoTrader.com looks at the 2015 MINI Cooper S and ultimately decides:
In the end, we think the 2015 MINI Cooper is an excellent car, but we're not sure if it's so excellent that we'd pay $30,000 or more for a well-equipped S model. That's especially true in the face of a wide range of powerful new competitors including the Ford Focus ST and the newly redesigned Volkswagen GTI, both of which offer more power and two extra doors. While competitors may offer a better value, few vehicles can compete with the MINI's unique styling and its immediate name recognition.

MINI Deliveries Stopped Due To Incorrect Stickers?

MotoringFile thinks it found out why MINI deliveries were stopped:
Apparently the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) is incorrect on both the VIN label and the cargo weight capacity tire label. Since the values on the labels is federally regulated by the NHTSA, MINI is required to notify the NHTSA that they are going to change the labels. And of course they’re legally obligated to since they do not comply with federal regulations.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

MINI USA Stops All F56 Deliveries

MotoringFile reports:
. . . According to multiple sources at dealers MINIUSA has issued a delivery stop on all F56 MINI Cooper produced from Dec 2013 to Dec 2014.

Given that date range that’s obviously all F56 MINI Cooper produced for the U.S. Up until this point. While this doesn’t affect the Cooper S, this is very likely over 50% of F56 MINIs on the roads or dealer lots.

The reason is still a mystery with MINI calling it only a “Potential regulatory compliance issue”.

2015 MINI Cooper One Five Door Coming To Australia

car advice announces:
Mini will seek to bring more young families to the brand by introducing the entry-level 5 Door Cooper One to Australia early in 2015.

As with the rest of the 5 Door range, the 5 Door Cooper One will cost $1100 more than its equivalent three-door, meaning a starting price of $25,600 for the six-speed manual and $28,950 for the six-speed auto (prices before on-road costs) – $2150 cheaper than the regular 5 Door Cooper.

The Cooper One is powered by a 1.2-litre version of the brand’s three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine. It produces 75kW of power and 180Nm of torque – down 25kW and 40Nm compared with the Cooper’s larger 1.5-litre.

MINI Names New Global Head of Brand

Here is the Official Press Release via MotoringFile:
Jochen Goller will move to China where he will take over an extended role with overall responsibility for Sales and Marketing at the BMW Brilliance Joint Venture in China. Mr Goller (48), who has headed up the MINI brand since 2013, already has experience when it comes to the Chinese market. During his 15-year career with the BMW Group, he was previously Head of Marketing at BMW China before returning to Europe, where he first took over responsibility for the MINI brand in Great Britain and Ireland ahead of moving to his current job.

From 1 March 2015, Sebastian Mackensen will take on responsibility for the MINI brand. Mr Mackensen (43) joined the BMW Group in October 2013 as Head of MINI Sales. Before that and following his studies in Business Administration, Mr Mackensen gained a broad range of sales experience in the premium automotive industry both in Germany and abroad.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

INAUTONEWS Has Spy Shots Of The 2018 MINI Countryman

INAUTONEWS has six photos of this mule cold weather testing and fueling up.

PETA Pissed At MINI

PETA, People, for the Ethical (Eating) Treatment (Tasty) of Animals, is angry at MINI over its "Green Mode graphics." Find out why in this article at The Daily Toggle.

2015 F56 MINI Accessories

MotoringFile discusses all the new goodies for the 2015 F56.

Monday, January 19, 2015