We don’t know what it is about MINI, but somehow, someway, our favorite little car always finds itself in the headlines.
This time though, there are no funny commercials or unique calendars, just a tie-up between BMW and Rolls-Royce to produce a luxury version of the MINI.
Now, it seems that a BMW-Rolls partnership is something that we wouldn’t have thought of, but these guys have proven time and again that nothing is impossible for them.
According to Autocar, the ‘Rolls Mini’ is likely to come with added features unique to itself, including the commission of genuine coachbuilt features such as new interior fittings.
Details behind the partnership have yet to be released but sources have said the program will be announced sometime in the next year. If we can use history as a precedent, we can go back to the 60’s when bespoke coachbuilt MINIs became such a hot item, a number of celebrities like Peter Sellers and the Beatles commissioned tuners to make them luxury MINIs that had high-spec wood and leather-trimmed interior.
MINI is set to reach another milestone on August 26 - the day that the automaker officially turns 50 years old!
We don’t want to pre-empt the brand’s monumental milestone but it’s worth noting that MINI has been one of those few brands that have transcended generations of car users all over the world. We dare say that we can count on one hand the number of car brands that can rival MINI as far as producing vehicles that have stood the test of time. From 1959 up to the present – and into the future – MINI has given countless of people the joy and pride of being seen behind the wheel of one of their compact cars.
As a sign of its popularity, the MINI has spawned countless of other variants over the years, all of which have been received positively by the worldwide consumer audience. This year alone, MINI has produced a number of different special edition MINIs to commemorate the company’s golden anniversary.
The brand has also gone as far as branching out to a number of different car markets, none of which it has ever treaded on in the past, signalling that after 50 years of pure compact car madness, the company is ready to turn a new chapter in their storied history.
Then again, any talk of future plans can be discussed at another time. The important thing is that MINI is turning 50 on August 26, and for that achievement alone, the company deserves a toast from all of us.
Cheers to you MINI!
In a sign of the times, we’re all seeing automakers venturing into partnerships with other brands in an effort to curb costs and, at the same time, share technologies that could become beneficial to one another.
The latest alliance we’re hearing is between BMW and PSA Peugeot, which apparently are in talks regarding the prospect of sharing small car platforms in the future for a number of MINI variants with the PSA Peugeot Citroen. While full details behind this team-up are still clouded in mystery, it doesn’t come as a surprise to most of us considering that the two brands already have a history of partnerships, which includes sharing a number of four-cylinder engines for the MINI.
Unlike their relationships with other manufacturers, BMW and Renault have always considered themselves as friendly colleagues. Even their two big bosses, BMW’s Norbert Reithofer and PSA’s Philippe Varin have spent a number of days in the past few months chatting up one another on the prospects of future joint ventures between BMW and PSA.
So unless something unforeseen happens, we probably should start expecting more BMW and PSA tie-ups down the road. We’re not complaining. After all, two (car)heads are always better than one.
For better or for worse, the United States’ new Cars for Clunkers program has drawn widespread attention the world over. Since opening its doors to having Americans the option to trade in their ‘clunkers’ for newer models, the Cars for Clunkers program has become quite the topic of conversation.
For better or for worse, the program has been the talk of the automotive industry, with some manufacturers even taking the liberty to take pot shots at the CFC program. Recently, a number of license plate surrounds have come with the message “My other car is an Enterprise Rent-a-car."
Even Mini – the compact car makers – has joined the fray with a bumper sticker that reads: “My other car was demolished by the government”.
We can all appreciate a little humor here and there and this Mini bumper sticker is something that we’d gladly put on our bumpers – all in the name of fun, of course.
It’s been quite a historical year for MINI to say the least.
After celebrating its 50th year anniversary with a number of special edition MINIs, the celebrants have reached yet another milestone: Number 1.5 million.
The particular model is a Mini Clubman in Chili Red and it was recently rolled out of the plant in the presence of BMW big wigs Ian Lucas and Ian Robertson.
After being resuscitated from its deep slumber in 2001 by BMW, the MINI has rebounded quite well with newer models that have caught the attention of the younger generations. The classic British car, which was made famous in a number of movies and TV shows throughout the years, is now being sold in over 80 countries, a remarkable achievement considering that the brand was nowhere to be seen at the turn of the millennium.
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Mini will launch a new larger model sometime in 2015; a model that could use Fiat’s new C-Evo platform. The first model that will use this platform will be Alfa’s replacement for the 147. The platform will be able to underpin for front- and all-wheel-drive cars.
BMW could also use Fiat parts or even Fiat’s future B-platform for the third-generation Mini, which is due in 2012 or 2013. Fiat will first use the new B-platform for the Grande Punto successor, planned for 2011. The Alfa Romeo MiTo successor will switch to the platform in 2013 or 2014.
Fiat can also supply a new family of gasoline and diesel engines that the company is working on to launch in for 2011 or 2012. The engine family includes 1.6-liter, four-cylinder and 1.2-liter, three-cylinder variants, designed for front-wheel drive applications.
On the other hand selected Mini dealers in the United States are adding a franchise contract for Alfa Romeo. Alfa plans to return to the U.S. in 2010. The Italian brand stopped selling cars in the U.S. in 1995.
Rowan Atkinson would also be proud of this achievement. The U.K engine plant of BMW AG’s Mini, has just rolled out its 1 millionth engine. The plant which manufactured these powerplants now employs over 1,000 people and has come a long way in this journey spanning seven years.
Worldwide Mini sales grew 50% in 2007. In USA, Mini reported a 20 percent increase in January 2008 sales, to 2,460 cars compared to 2,050 cars sold in January 2007. With these strong sales figures, I predict the plant is looking good to churn out lots more.
All the MINI models will receive e technological revisions later this year, resulting in jaw-dropping performance and efficiency figures. After this modifications, the MINI Cooper D will be capable of returning an astonishing 72.4mpg, with CO2 emissions of just 104 g/km. The production of the revised models will begin in August 2007. There will be no requirement for alternative fuel sources or hybrid technology to achieve these stunning stats. All model variants will instead be supplied as (...)
Six years after the start of series production, the one millionth MINI has rolled off the production line at Plant Oxford. This represents another milestone in the car’s history and highlights the continuing success story as rising global demand for the British-built car heads for new production and sales records.
MINI UK will see its biggest monthly sales record since the car went on sale in July 2001. Preliminary figures indicate 7,854 sales in March. The previous record month was in (...)
As you allready know, Mini is working on a new model, the Clubamn wagon that will go on sale in 2008. But this is not the only new model coming from Mini.
Dealers say Mini will add a four-door panel van/wagon based on the Clubman. They say Mini also is discussing a fourth vehicle for 2011, possibly a sedan that would move away from the hatchback design. With the Clubman, Mini expects sales to rise 15 percent annually for the next three (...)
According to the last number from Auto Motor Und Sport, the 2008 Mini models will be available with all-wheel drive system.
It’s not entirely clear if this will be available to all models of the Clubman or all models of the MINI, but we presume is about all the models. And it would make sense that, if the technology was available to the R56 based Clubman, it would be available for the rest of the R56 range. However we have our doubts that MINI has any plans for AWD in anything but the (...)
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