Friday, October 24, 2014

Membership Services Discontinued To 2013 NORCAL MINIS' Members Who Did Not Renew

Membership services have been discontinued to those 2013 NORCAL MINIS' Members who did not renew for 2014.

2013 Members who have not renewed their Membership no longer:

  • receive email invitations to NORCAL MINIS events;
  • have access to the NORCAL MINIS' Google Group;
  • are entitled to NORCAL MINIS' vendor discounts from the NORCAL MINIS' network of vendors; or,
  • be entitled to nominate and/or vote.

Membership is just $25.00 per family per year. You can use the PayPal "Buy Now" button below or in the right column of the website to pay for your 2015 Membership!

That's right, 2015 Membership!!! All Memberships paid for in October, November or December include the next year, so now is the time to renew and continue to enjoy all the perks of Membership!!!

"Let's Motor!"





Four Creatively Customized MINIs

MINI Space highlights four uniquely customized MINIs including this one by England's Kevin Palmer.

Forbes' Take On The 2015 Four Door MINI Cooper Hardtop

Forbes looks at the new for 2015 MINI Cooper four passenger door hardtop. It decides:
With this new variant, Mini will gain a stronger foothold in the increasingly competitive small-car market. The added convenience of rear doors and additional interior space will appeal to a broader group of potential buyers.

MINI Cooper Countryman S/JCW 2015 Best Sport Compact Crossover/SUV

The Daily Toggle reports Car and Driver has named the MINI Cooper Countryman S/JCW the best Sport Compact Crossover/SUV for 2015. The vehicle beat out the Nissan Juke SV AWD and the Jeep Compass Latitude 4×4.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

MINI Fuel Economy Numbers To Be Dropped On Four Vehicles

According to autobloggreen:
BMW has to lower the fuel efficiency numbers for four versions of the 2014 Mini Cooper thanks to an audit conducted by the EPA and then some joint re-testing. The models affected include the 3-door with the 1.5-liter engine and the 3-door S with its 2.0-liter powerplant, with both manual and semi-automatic transmissions.

Motor Trend's First Drive Review Of 2015 MINI "4-Door Cooper S"

Motor Trend provides its review of the new 2015 MINI Cooper S four passenger door hatchback, and starts with these summary remarks:
The Mini Hardtop is known for its go-kart handling, eccentric interior, and a wide range of customization options. So what happens when you slap on two more doors and extend the wheelbase by nearly 3 inches? You get the all-new 2015 Mini Hardtop 4 Door that offers the same distinctive handling and signature look, with a few tweaks that have positive and negative effects.

MINI Rocketman Production Gets Green Light

BMW Blog reports the MINI Rocketman has been given the go ahead. It believes MINI will partner with Toyota and the same drivetrain will allow the production of a fully electric Rocketman as well.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

517 Cars Crash In One Day In Moscow Watching Moving Billboard?

 According to Autoblog:
The larger-than-life inadvertent distracted driving ads were plastered on no fewer than 30 trucks spread across Moscow's roads.

Edmunds.com's 2014 MINI Cooper Hardtop Long Term Road Test

Edmunds.com provides its opinions on the three cylinder dual scroll turbo 2014 MINI Cooper Hardtop after a long term road test and observes:
Quick though it may be, it doesn't sound very good. It emits a kind of grumbly indifference, though at a cruise it mellows out nicely.

Forbes Reviews The 2014 MINI Cooper S Hardtop

Forbes tests and reviews the 2014 MINI Cooper S Hardtop and concludes:
. . . the Mini Cooper S offers among the best fun per dollar of any vehicle. Despite some considerable flaws, its wonderful driving demeanor will win most people over in the end.