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August's run is a joint run with our friends in Silicon Valley Club, co-hosted by James Schenck (SVM) & Simon Tidesley (NorCal MINI...
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Automotive Digest. Fastest? North Dakota (What else do they have to do up there?) 8 days. Slowest? Rhode Island (what New York, you want a piece of me?) 14.1 days. California? 10.7 days.
Autos.ca. Here's a sample of the article:
The new Mini Cooper is up in its dimensions slightly, with a longer wheelbase adding in a little more rear seat room. Our gargantuan Diono child seat bolts right in, and the trunk is big enough to swallow the bulk of the luggage at nearly 250 L in capacity. We hopped on AirBnB, booked a series of places to stay throughout Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, packed the minimum we could get away with, and headed south of the border.
postcrescent.com by Ken Chester, Jr. Chester concludes:
Even in standard trim, the MINI Convertible clearly expresses its exceptional position as the world's only premium convertible in its segment. The wide range of paintwork and roof colors, interior variants and special equipment suggests a complete choice of customization options so typical of the brand that each and every car becomes a personally configured one-off showpiece.
Sunday Express provides a review of the F56 MINI Cooper S and is not comple
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tely laudatory. For example:
There’s no question the new Mini is better in innumerable wajys compared to the second generation version, but we feel it has a bit of a personality complex. That it will continue to sell in vast numbers almost goes without saying, and it remains great to drive, but this latest Mini Cooper S is not without a few growing pains.
Barbie had been to a park with her friends yesterday. The place where she parked her car must be an unlucky place because the condition of her new car is very bad at the moment. It has scratches and dust all over. Her father gave her an important task to do today. Do you know what the task is? It is to make the car look like a vip car. Help the girl to take her mini cooper to the car repair shop and get the car repaired, washed and waxed so that it looks shiny and clean again. Have a great time watching the mini cooper getting an extreme makeover in this fun filled online girl game.
Winding Road takes a look at both vehicles in these videos:
BMW Group PressClub USA, MINI USA Head of Marketing Tom Salkowsky has accepted a new position within the global MINI organization starting November 1, 2014 in Munich, Germany as Department Head of the Key Account Management group. His successor has yet to be announced.
MotoringFile discusses Motor Trend's choice of the MINI Cooper S Coupe as one of the "Top Sixteen Hottest New Coupes."
MINI Space profiles successful amateur MINI WRC racer Chris Wilson who built his own MINI WRC car.
Worksop Guardian reviews the new F56 and see it as "More MINI Magic." The review concludes:
BMW deserve praise for buying the business and improving the marque so much in every possible way and yet still retaining that original Mini magic because while the latest model appears not to have changed so much to some people once you have driven it and compared it to the previous model you appreciate just what a good new car and how different it really is.
Autocar gave rally driver Rob Collard an opportunity to drive one of the X-raid Team's MINI ALL4 Racing MINIs and write about it. Collard, a BTCC contestant in an eBay Motors BMW M125i Sport, writes, in part, about the experience:
. . . It is amazing when you come over some of those dunes and drop down into very fine sand, which is like sinking into a swamp. You get back on the power and although the car is at very low revs, all of a sudden it just pulls. You don’t even have to go down through the gears because it powers out of those situations with that incredible torque. . . .
MotoringFile article highlights MINI's exhibition on the future of travel to be displayed at the London Design Festival September 18-21, 2014. MINI came up with six concepts for the event:
The six concepts comprising the exhibit include biological cars, augmented reality, vacuum-packing bodies for space travel, new design afforded by autonomous vehicles, a reimagined bobblehead, and 3D environmental scanning while driving.
Car and Driver reviews the 2014 MINI Cooper S hardtop and concludes, after "long term" use:
So far we’ve noticed that the maxi Mini is less of a toy than its predecessors and more of a grown-up car. The steering is still hyper-reactive compared with most cars’, but the ride has mellowed out, at least over the milder bumps, and the Cooper’s road presence feels more substantial. We’re still learning the new ergonomics, but things such as conventionally placed window switches and the new giant super knob for the infotainment unit are helping. All the connectivity options and ease of use are already garnering praise from those who like to stream music from their phones.
Canadian website autofocus provides a thorough comparison and ultimately gives the nod to the MINI:
If good things come in threes, then this is surely the first of a series of podium finishes for the Cooper. Despite getting larger and cushier, it’s maintained some of its character thanks in no small part to its odd little engine. It’s a turbocharged triumph, and you have to love it.However, as three-cylinder turbos become more common on the roads, it’s cars like these that are leading the way. The Fiesta tries to make the three-banger pragmatic. The Mini succeeds in making it pretty darn fun
The Fiesta is fun too, but more of an experiment, better to drive than the basic car, but at an added cost and no choice in transmissions. It’s a good effort, but doesn’t feel like Ford’s small-car plan is built around it yet.
Digital Journal MINI USA touts the Miles Ahead driving skills school held at Indianapolis Speedway and offers these summer safe driving tips:
- Obey the speed limit – Driving too fast significantly increases your chances of getting into an accident.
- Maintain a safe following distance – Always leave enough space to stop should the car in front of you suddenly brake.
- Anticipate by looking ahead – Looking ahead in traffic can help you be ready to respond to potential hazards. Always try to look 10 seconds ahead.
- Turn your cell phone off – There is no reason to be talking or texting while driving. Your attention should be 100 percent on the road.
- Drive a safe car – Make sure you are driving a safe car. Keep up on your maintenance, including checking your tire pressure.
BMW Group PressClub USA carries a press release that recounts the event that includes this remark:
Throughout the 14-day adventure, MINI owners were treated to “surprise & delight” pit stops, as well as “rise & shine” morning events and evening gatherings. In typical MINI fashion, most of the group took the roads less traveled for the cross-country trek, including America’s Loneliest Highway in Nevada and the Million Dollar Highway in Colorado. A small group of MINI USA team members and owners even crossed the border into Canada to meet up with MINI Invasion participants rallying in Canada.
From a high-flying kickoff by Tony Hawk in San Francisco to a Canadian Invasion in Buffalo and a Boston Tea Party in Massachusetts, the road trip allowed for MINI owners to build relationships with their community and almost the entire MINI USA organization.
Due to the EPA certification of 2015 F56 models, MINI USA is targeting 10/1 as the deliver date for model year ’15 F56 MINIs.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Sturgis explains:
If that improved reliability score holds for a few years, the Mini will go on my short list of must-haves. But I’ll take a convertible, please.
MotoringFile highlights the YoungDrive! program that:
. . . offers children as young as 11 years old (and a minimum of 4 feet 8 inches tall) the chance to have their first taste of motoring. It’s intended to allow eager pre-teens the opportunity to experience driving in a safe and controlled environment.MINI has given the program 11 2014 MINI Cooper D Hatchbacks.
Drive.com.au. Maclean finds:
Its a little firecracker when you want it to be, with its 2.0-litre turbo charged engine pumping out 147kW of power to give it a claimed 0-100km/h time of 6.7 seconds. But, with all of its 280Nm available from just 1250rpm, it also feels immediately responsive, especially in its Sport mode where it introduces a more noticeable turbo whistle under acceleration and a burble from the exhaust when you back off.
BMW said it’s putting JustPark into its connected Mini cars in the UK and plans to do the same for its whole range later this year. The German car manufacturer put £250,000 into JustPark in 2011, when the app was known as ParkatmyHouse.The app will first be available in the UK with plans to introduce at a later time in Canada, Australia and the U.S.
JustPark is all about privately owned parking spaces whose owners want to make them available. In the UK, where London-based JustPark has so far focused its efforts, it already has 20,000 locations ranging from schools and churches to private driveways and commercial carparks, with 100,000 spots on offer.
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MotoringFile chose the R53 MINI Cooper S and we don't necessarily disagree. Read the article to check out the reasoning.
Mab01uk @ North American Motoring.com posted this article:
Andrew Pleszko's new jet MINI Cooper was recently spotted preparing for its public debut at Mini in the Park by taking part in a ‘Test & Tune’ day behind closed doors at Santa Pod Raceway.
Jet engine expert Andrew and his crew fitted the car with monitoring equipment as it successfully completed a controlled run on the famous quarter mile dragstrip. The Rolls-Royce Viper 203 engine will now be tweaked to add the crowd-pleasing trademark giant flame and vapour trail.
The Viper jet engine produces a massive 2,800lbs of thrust – enough to make the car capable of vertical take-off if it was stood on its end!
Andrew added: “We only ran the car up to 85 per cent throttle briefly as we were calibrating equipment and measuring temperatures. Everything performed fine and the car feels capable of achieving some serious speeds in time for Mini in the Park in the UK.”
Mini in the Park takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on Sunday 10th August. For details see www.minishow.co.uk
MINI believes that the F56 is finally making it to dealers whose inventory of MINI vehicle was seriously depleted. However, MotoringFile points out that R series vehicle sales have plunged off a cliff.
NetCarShow.com looks at the 2015 MINI Paceman John Cooper Works and writes, in part:
The suspension technology of the MINI Paceman is of exceptionally high quality for the compact segment and in conjunction with its powerful engines contributes to the car's impressive agility. Unmistakable go-kart feeling is guaranteed by the combination of McPherson spring struts and forged wishbones on the front axle, a multilink rear axle and electromechanical power steering including Steptronic as well as the specific set-up of the standard sports suspension.
MotoringFile discusses MINI Takes The States 2014 and, although now one third of the rally is over, how you can still participate.