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Things are heating up in the final stages of the rally and MINI is hanging in there with the hopes of another win, keep checking in or stop by MINI of Tampa Bay to find out more

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Is your MINI missing some vital Lumbar support – here is the REtrofit

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MINI Cooper REtrofit Lumbar Support.

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This Video was filmed exclusively on a closed road with a professional driver in ideal safety conditions.

Under no circumstances should you attempt to drive this way on test drive even one at Ferman MINI of Tampa Bay   (maybe a virtual one on http://www.MOTB.co)

MINI Attempts First Ever Unassisted Backflip – YouTube.

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Mad about ice. / News / MINI Motorsport.

Here at http://www.MOTB.co we don’t think we would be able to sell too many Ice Racing MINIs. Probably something to do with the climate but Jamaica had a Bob Sledding team so you never know. There have also been some questions as to what type of MINI do we have here as it looks nothing like anything we have delivered. Come in and visit or start a thread here as to what MINI you think this car started as.

Would this sell in Florida

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Extreme sports performance, inimitable style: The MINI John Cooper Works Paceman..

 

We’re trying not to get too excited about the new Paceman here at Ferman MINI of Tampa Bay (WWW.MOTB.CO) as we still have to concentrate making space for these new models.  Come and take a shopping spree here in Palm Harbor Florida

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The MINI John Cooper Works Paceman celebrates its world premiere at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit in January 2013; its market launch will follow in March 2013. The new arrival swells the John Cooper Works ranks to seven models. The MINI John Cooper Works Paceman’s driving characteristics and design ensure it will stand out from the crowd in city traffic, as well as being the car of choice when maximum driving fun over longer distances is the order of the day. Instantaneous power delivery and an unquenchable appetite for revs define the engine under the bonnet of the MINI John Cooper Works Paceman. The turbocharged power unit teams up with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard; a six-speed automatic can be ordered as an option.

The MINI John Cooper Works Paceman sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 6.9 seconds with either of the gearbox variants. Yet despite this intoxicating turn of speed, fuel economy is exemplary for its output class. The MINI John Cooper Works Paceman posts average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle of 7.4 litres (automatic: 7.9 litres) per 100 kilometres / 38.2 (35.8) mpg imp.

The distinctive character of the MINI John Cooper Works Paceman is underlined by bespoke design features. Standard specification includes an aerodynamic kit, 18-inch light-alloy wheels, a sports exhaust system with chrome tailpipes, and door sills bearing the John Cooper Works logo. As well as white and black, the exclusive Chili Red paint finish can also be specified as an option for the contrast-colour roof and exterior mirror caps. And customers can also lend an extra edge to the typical John Cooper Works sports car feeling inside the car with bespoke accents such as Chili Red interior trim strips.

The engine: dynamism in spades, fuel consumption in sips thanks to racing expertise and MINIMALISM technology.
The MINI John Cooper Works Paceman draws its power from a 1,598 cc four-cylinder engine. The latest generation of the John Cooper Works turbocharged unit blends motor sport-inspired technical details with cutting-edge innovations developed by the BMW Group’s powertrain experts. Highlights include reinforced pistons, low-weight crankshafts, an aluminium cylinder block and bearing mounts, and further optimisation of the cooling system, air supply and exhaust gas discharge system. Plus, the turbocharger is twinned with a generously sized intercooler. The twin-scroll turbocharger joins forces with petrol direct injection and variable valve control based on the BMW Group’s VALVETRONIC technology, which optimises both the engine’s efficiency and its responsiveness.

The MINI John Cooper Works Paceman’s powerplant develops its maximum output of 160 kW/218 hp at 6,000 rpm. Peak torque of 280 Newton metres (207 lb-ft) is on tap between 1,900 and 5,000 rpm, and can be increased to 300 Newton metres (221 lb-ft) for short periods between 2,100 and 4,500 rpm using the overboost function. This opens the door to gratifyingly vivacious acceleration to which the standard-fitted sports exhaust system provides a suitably stirring soundtrack.

ALL4 all-wheel drive as standard, six-speed automatic gearbox optional.
The MINI John Cooper Works Paceman channels the extraordinary power produced by its front-mounted transverse engine through all four wheels as standard. The ALL4 all-wheel-drive system developed for MINI uses an electromagnetic centre differential to distribute drive seamlessly between the front and rear axles. This means power is always sent to the wheels where it can be translated most effectively into forward propulsion. In normal driving situations ALL4 diverts a maximum 50 per cent of the engine’s power to the rear wheels, rising to as much as 100 per cent in extreme conditions. This provides a traction-led expression of the handling talents for which MINI is famed – whatever the weather and road conditions. The control electronics of the MINI ALL4 system are integrated directly into the DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) management unit, which gives ALL4 extremely short response times and allows it to carry out proactive adjustments in the distribution of drive. The system uses the data collected by DSC to tweak the power split pre-emptively and to impressive effect through dynamically taken corners, for example. And that means the driver enjoys outstanding agility combined with surefooted driving characteristics in customary MINI style.

The MINI John Cooper Works Paceman can be ordered as an option with a six-speed automatic gearbox as an alternative to the standard-fitted six-speed manual. Both the transmissions and the manual’s clutch have been adapted to handle the engine’s impressive power and play their part in ensuring outstanding performance coupled with further improvements in efficiency. The automatic’s Steptronic function, meanwhile, gives the driver the option of changing gear manually using the selector lever on the centre console or the shift paddles on the steering wheel.

The choice of gearbox has no effect on the sprinting power of the MINI John Cooper Works Paceman. The new car dashes from rest to 100 km/h (62 mph) in a trifling 6.9 seconds, regardless of whether the engine is sending its power through the manual or automatic conduit. Top speed stands at 226 (140 mph) for the manual version or 224 km/h (139 mph) for the automatic. The MINI John Cooper Works Paceman marries this impressive performance with eye-catching economy. The engine’s inherent efficiency and extensive MINIMALISM technology – such as Brake Energy Regeneration, the Gear Shift Indicator and the Auto Start/Stop function (on manual cars) – are the trump cards here. Average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle is 7.4 litres (automatic: 7.9 litres) per 100 kilometres / 38.2 (35.8) mpg imp, and CO2 emissions come in at 172 (184) grams per kilometre.

Developed to deliver visceral racing thrills: chassis, aerodynamics, design and interior tuned to John Cooper Works specification.
Another key player in giving the MINI John Cooper Works Paceman its sky-high levels of driving fun is chassis technology optimised specially for the new model; a MacPherson spring-strut front axle, central-arm rear axle, Electric Power Steering and an extremely high-performance braking system make a potent team. The standard sports suspension has a dynamically optimised spring/damper set-up and stronger anti-roll bars, and is lowered by 10 millimetres. The standard DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) system also comprises DTC (Dynamic Traction Control) mode.

And the likewise standard Sport Button on the centre console allows the driver to tweak the engine’s responses and soundtrack, as well as the power assistance provided by the steering. If the automatic gearbox is specified, pressing the Sport Button also quickens up shift times. 18-inch light-alloy wheels in Twin Spoke Black Burnished design with polished spoke fronts and black rim wells are standard on the MINI John Cooper Works Paceman. Among the items on the options list are exclusive 19-inch light-alloy wheels in Cross-Spoke Crusher design.

The extrovert design of the MINI John Cooper Works Paceman gives the first Sports Activity Coupé in the compact segment a dynamic presence, brimming with forward-surging intent and agility – before it even turns a wheel. The powerfully formed front end, elegantly sporty, stretched lines of the flanks, coupé-style roof swooping downwards towards the rear, and broad rear end of the three-door car all ooze sporting allure. And the aerodynamic kit fitted as standard on the MINI John Cooper Works Paceman shines extra light on this performance-maxing character. The particularly muscular form of the front and rear aprons and bespoke side skirts ensure the airflow around the car is even more efficient. John Cooper Works logos on the radiator grille, tailgate and door sill strips as well as next to the side indicators provide additional confirmation of the car’s identity. Customers can choose from nine exterior paint finishes, including the Chili Red shade reserved for the John Cooper Works model. Chili Red is also available exclusively for the MINI John Cooper Works Paceman’s contrast-colour roof, exterior mirror caps and Sport Stripes.

Inside the car, the distinctive interior design combines with the customary sports car ambience of John Cooper Works models to particularly alluring effect. The rear compartment of the MINI John Cooper Works Paceman features a pair of individual seats in which the rear passengers can enjoy that unmistakable racing feeling in lounge-style surroundings. A sports steering wheel with red contrast stitching and John Cooper Works logo, dark-coloured dials for the 260 km/h (160 mph) speedometer and rev counter, anthracite-coloured roof liner, gearshift lever with red shift pattern lettering, red contrast stitching for the gearshift lever gaiter and floor mats with red stitching are all part of the standard equipment count for the new extreme sports model, as are cloth sports seats in Diagonal Track John Cooper Works Carbon Black trim with red contrast stitching. Lounge Leather sports seats in Carbon Black Championship Red are available as an option. Standard Piano Black interior trim strips add the finishing touches to the racing-inspired aura inside the MINI John Cooper Works Paceman. Exclusive Chili Red trim – consisting of red elements for the cockpit and doors and a red stripe for the black trim strips on the centre console – can be ordered as an option.

via Extreme sports performance, inimitable style: The MINI John Cooper Works Paceman..

Will someone give me a heyyyooo…the future looks bright at
Ferman MINI of Tampa Bay!

In various interviews over the past few months, BMW executives have hinted at grand plans for the UKL platform. Reported by both MotoringFile and BimmerFile, the UKL platform will spawn an onslaught of FWD models. This will make MINI more long-term viable and will drive the BMW Group to greater economies of scale. Yet just how far BMW is willing to go with FWD, and how big the MINI brand will get hasn’t really been understood until recently.

BMW has plans — BIG plans — for such a small automaker. According to several sources (and recently coraborated by “Scott27″ — our favorite inside source), the BMW board has given approval for a number of front wheel drive models in both the BMW and MINI lineups. Surprisingly, this even includes a MINI four door sedan. According to those who’ve seen the proposal, it’s an extremely attractive car that leverages the MINI floating roof and wrap-around glass. Apparently, the rear is similar to the Paceman, with sculpted front lines reminiscent of the 2008 MINI Crossover Concept. However, this variation of the MINI design language will be unique to this sedan, letting most of the rest of the lineup continue to follow the visual lead of the F56 hardtop hatch.

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The MINI sedan is just the start of further model expansion. There will be several crossovers and utility vehicles, as well as sporting coupes and convertibles. Here’s the list for both BMW and MINI as we currently understand it, keeping in mind some of the details may change.

  1. BMW 1er Urbanic Compact 3/5dr – Upcoming City hatch based on the next MINI, making it BMW’s Audi A1 rival.
  2. MINI 3/5dr hatch – Increased demand for utility leads to the next generation MINI, due next year, to feature available five doors for the 1st time.
  3. BMW 1-series Sedan – Baby sedan based on the UKL architecture and aimed at global markets for small five seaters.
  4. MINI Sedan – A sporty four door MINI aimed at further growing the market for MINIs. Could potentially be MINI’s best seller worldwide, overtaking the Countryman.
  5. BMW 1-series Active Tourer – Production version of Active Tourer Concept launched at IAA 2013.
  6. MINI Traveller – MINI’s version of the Active Tourer. It’s designed to show how both cars can co-exist with individual style and flexibility.
  7. BMW 1-series Urbanic Roadster – BMW’s open top version of the City Car will inherit two seats and will feature a rear deck with layered butresses like the BMW 6-series Cabrio and BMW i8. These are designed for clip on roof panel.
  8. MINI Convertible – The F56-generation version of the popular 4-seat, open top MINI.
  9. BMW Z1 Sportster – To provide greater economies of scale, The Z1 will be BMW’s equivalent to the MINI Coupe and Roadster. It will be FWD and powered by more powerful three cylinder engines than what we’ll find in the MINI range. The design is derived from the well-received 2011 Vision ConnectedDrive concept car.
  10. MINI Roadster – The next Roadster and Coupe will launch with a sportier look completely separate from the standard MINI. MINI design language will remain but the bodywork will no longer be based on the hardtop hatch.
  11. BMW Z1 Sport Coupe – A coupe version of the Z1 will complete the BMW Z twins.
  12. MINI Coupe – Coupe version of Roadster, and as mentioned above, more individual in appearance than the standard hardtop hatch.
  13. BMW X1 – Next generation of BMW’s highly successful SAV moves to the UKL architecture to offer more flexibility, including xDrive.
  14. MINI Countryman – Next generation of the global MINI juggernaut, the Countryman will finally share its underpinnings with BMW X1.
  15. BMW X2 – Sport Activity Coupe variant of the next BMW X1 , FWD with optional xDrive and the first BMW SAC to appear as both a 3dr and 5dr. Think of it as the BMW version of the MINI Paceman.
  16. MINI Paceman and Paceman XL – Next generation of newest MINI member will be offered with the current 3-door version, as well as a 5-door.
  17. BMW Family Activity Sports Tourer – BMW’s hybrid of an SAV and MPV, the FAST will feature a “touring” bodystyle and aim to sew up the small, luxury people carrier segment.
  18. MINI Clubman – Current car revisited with more style and more flexibility. Anticipated as more of a Shooting Brake with dynamic raked roof and forward looking proportions.
  19. Next Generation BMW 1 Series Sedan – Due in 2017 and is expected with both front and all wheel drive available.

However, for all this FWD, BMW isn’t giving up small rear wheel drive cars. In fact BMW and BMW M have big plans for the 2 Series range. Specifically BMW M will base a car on the 2-series with a Gran Coupe variant of the 2-series Coupe. Adding two extra doors to a slightly longer wheelbase and roofline, the Gran Coupe will set itself apart. This car will be BMW’s answer to the Mercedes-Benz CLA, but in a more enthusiast friendly RWD form. The 2-series Coupe will also form the foundation of what will effectively be the second generation 1M. Here’s the full rundown of future small, rear wheel drive cars from BMW:

  • BMW 2-series Coupe – Coupe version of the 1-series hatch. Unique front and rear style, with a sleeker, rounded roof. Yet still in compact proportions. Premieres at IAA 2013.
  • BMW 2-series Cabrio – Soft top version retains the unique appearance of the 2-series Coupe.
  • BMW 2-series Gran Coupe – A 4-door addition of 2-series Coupe with slightly lengthened wheelbase and roof line. It’s aimed to position BMW’s RWD as dominant over the Audi A3 Sedan and Mercedes-Benz CLA.
  • BMW 2-series Gran Sports Tourer – A Hyundai Veloster-type, asymmetrical touring coupe inspired by the classic BMW 2002 Touring variant. This car has many admirers in Munich.
  • BMW M2 Coupe – Successor to the BMW 1-series M Coupe, the M2 Coupe continues the same formula that made the last car so memorable. While no huge competitor in the HP race, four cylinder will bring less weight, which matters most in a car of this type. More driving enjoyment and overall feel is considered of higher priority than who has the biggest horsepower numbers.
  • BMW M2 Gran Coupe – The baby Gran Coupe inherits a lot from its four door big brother: 340 HP, Four doors and RWD. It will be a direct competitor to the Mercedes-Benz CLA 45AMG.

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More  news about the MINI Paceman from Ferman MINI of Tampa Bay, scouring the web for tidbits to tittilate we thought you might be interested in this narrative. Look to www.MINIofTampaBay.com for incoming inventory of all descriptions.

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When the BMW X6 was introduced there was no one clamoring for a less functional, sportier version of the X5. Yet sales followed at a pace that made BMW look like geniuses, and other automakers took note. Now MINI has introduced its own crossover coupe in the MINI Paceman. Is the Paceman another answer to a question no one was asking? Or is it another brilliant move?

This was the question I kept asking myself from behind the wheel of the Paceman, and I got my answer. It came around mid-day, climbing into the Spanish mountains with the Mediterranean in full view. Corner after corner, our Cooper S test car made the case that the Countryman never quite proved — that a 3,000 lbs crossover has a right to wear the MINI badge.

Many cars that look better in person than in photos. Count the Paceman among them. The Paceman has wider rear flanks than the Countryman, and is simply more voluptuous in person. The 3/4 rear view looked rather dramatic the first time I saw it. I immediately got the sense that the Paceman was a bit of a playground for the MINI Design team. The rear lights are turned horizontal, which helps visually lengthen the car. They have a jeweled quality that looks all the more impressive lit up. Add to that the subtle creases and curves of the body lines and we have a MINI that looks sculpted in a decidedly modern way.

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Obvious care and intention went into crafting the Paceman’s shape. In our eyes the results are striking. From the refreshed grille up front, to the sloping rear window, the Paceman has a unique visual identity that speaks of its sporting potential. Luckily, our drive through the western island of Mallorca saw that potential realized.

Throughout the elevation changes and tight corners, the Paceman never felt out of its league. The feedback and general composure was not only miles ahead of any other small crossover, but a significant improvement over the Countryman. This isn’t by accident. MINI has re-calibrated the electric steering and endowed the car with more of that all-important characteristic: feel. With a relatively quick ratio and a bit more nuance in the corners, the Paceman simply feels more eager than the Countryman.

The New MINI Paceman

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A revised suspension also helps the Paceman’s case. Essentially, MINI took the Sport suspension from the Countryman, optimized it for this car, and fitted it to the Paceman as standard. Because of these adjustments, the Paceman sits one cm lower than the R60, which impacts how the car looks, but more importantly, drops the center of gravity slightly. It may not sound like much, but the better body control of the stiffer suspension, along with the lower ride height, gives the Paceman a more agile feel. Those concerned about outright comfort can still opt for the standard suspension, but be warned, it’ll be a lot less fun.

For all its capability, the Paceman is still no MINI Hardtop. I could feel the extra 200-300 pounds when pushing the car hard. That said, for a crossover with no right to do so, the Paceman produced ear-to-ear grins in the Mallorca canyon switch-backs. Our front wheel drive Cooper S test car lacked the neutrality of the All4 set-up, but it weighed less and felt much closer to the R56′s reflexes than any Countryman we’ve ever driven. This despite being nearly identical in weight. In total, each model of the Paceman weighs around 30-40 lbs less than the Countryman.

Another of the more obvious changes between the two cars is the lack of rear doors. However, simply removing two doors wasn’t a straightforward exercise. MINI Design had some aesthetic issues to solve in removing two doors from a car the height and length of the R60. The Paceman’s front doors are actually smaller than they appear. A large 5-6″ lip on the trailing end of the door increases the visual length of the door and moves the cut-line further towards the rear wheels. It works well for the design but creates an issue opening the doors in tight parking spots.

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Is it us or do the air vents look a little smaller on this MINI Paceman?

While the exterior features major changes over the Countryman, the interior (at least up front) sees only minor but welcome tweaks. Yes, the window controls have moved to the doors. Does that impact the character of the car? Absolutely not. In fact, I welcome the change. MINI can be MINI in a number of ways and the placement of window controls has confused people for years. In my mind, it’s a welcome change and one that we’ll eventually see across all MINIs.

MINI Design also addressed the massive grey plastic surround in the center of the dash that cradled the speedo and center vents. The secondary part of the trim is now the same color and pattern as the dash, effectively making it disappear from sight. This reduces the visual weight of the design, making it much less of an eyesore.

The interior of the new MINI Paceman

The more agressively bolstered rear seats in the new MINI Paceman

In the back, things are decidedly different than the Countryman. With the rear doors gone, MINI has locked in a rear bucket seat layout. While similar to the four door Countryman, the Paceman’s rear seating has crucial differences. For example, the seats have a deeper bottom cushion with more aggressive side bolstering. The result is comfortable and more secure in the corners. Headroom was more than adequate for my 6’2″ frame despite the sloping roofline.

Exclusive to the Paceman are optional factory 19″ wheels. These aren’t JCW wheels either. However, in talking with MINI, the best setup for both comfort and handling feel is still the standard 17″ option. Comfort aside, those 19″ wheels fill up the wheel wells very nicely.

Drivetrains across all models are identical to the Countryman. The US still only gets the Cooper, Cooper S and JCW (starting spring 2013). However, one notable difference to the 2012 Countryman is the updated clutch. Both the manual-equipped Paceman and 2013 Countryman will have the upgrade, which allows for better engagement and more feel.

With the Paceman, MINI didn’t set out to right the wrongs of the Countryman. Clearly the Countryman is doing just fine, with sales exceeding that of the hatch last month in the US. Yet with the Paceman, MINI had an opportunity to prove that their larger platform can be more of what people think of as MINI-like. On the switchbacks of Mallorca it did just that. I can also say that as someone who lived with a Cooper S Countryman All4 for a year, the Paceman is a revelation. It’s quick-witted and more MINI-like in its attitude, yet it stays true to BMW’s “Sport Activity Vehicle” ethos.

Look for the Paceman to hit US dealerships in March of 2013, with the Cooper S priced around $28,000. That’s about $1,500 more than the comparable Countryman, and this price offset will hold across the entire lineup. The range will include the Cooper and Cooper S at launch, with the JCW following shortly thereafter.

Does a crossover coupe make sense? Obviously, if you don’t like the look, go elsewhere. But if you connect with it, the Paceman is an intriguing and entertaining proposition for those looking for a all-weather, vehicle with quick wits. It’s also practical than expected, with more boot space than the Countryman and roomier, more comfortable seating than the R56.

I’ll be frank. In concept, I struggled to look past the size and weight of this car, especially coupled with the lack of rear doors. Yet in the flesh, all those concerns melted away while the style, presence and driving experience of this car took over. It won’t be the practical workhorse the Countryman is for many. Yet for those who are willing to trade a little practicality, the Paceman offers a lot of style and rewards that compromise with a significant handling upgrade. All-in-all, the Paceman is a welcome addition to the MINI line-up, but most of all, a welcome iteration on the Countryman.

Full article at http://www.motoringfile.com/2012/11/14/motoringfile-first-drive-mini-paceman/#more-27044

 

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BMW deal saves Dutch car factory after Mitsubishi exit – The Economic Times.

THE HAGUE: Dutch company VDL signed a deal Monday to take over Mitsubishi’s sole western European plant and start producing Minis there for Germany’s BMW, in a rare piece of good news for European automakers.

“The deal with Mitsubishi
to take over the NedCar factory in Born has been signed,” VDL said in a
statement, adding that Mini production would begin in the second half
of 2014 once the production line has been updated.

VDL said
that none of the 1,500 workers at the Netherlands’ only large car
factory would lose their job. Some may be detached to other VDL
facilities, it said.

Japanese carmaker Mitsubishi announced in
February it was planning to halt automobile production in Europe by the
end of 2012, blaming a difficult operating environment in the debt-hit continent.

Mitsubishi said it would sell the factory for a symbolic one euro if all 1,500 jobs at the site could be saved.

VDL is an industrial group that manufacturers finished and
semi-finished goods, including buses and coaches. The Eindhoven-based
company employs around 7,400 people in 18 countries.

Mitsubishi produced the Colt subcompact and the Outlander sports utility models at the wholly-owned unit, located about 180 kilometres (112 miles) southeast of Amsterdam.

Output at NedCar, which was established in 1991, has remained sharply
below its production capacity of 200,000 units a year, contributing to
Mitsubishi Motors’ operating loss in Europe, reports said.

Fewer than 50,000 cars were assembled in 2010.

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Frequent MotoringFile commenter and known BMW insider, Herr26, left us a interesting comment yesterday on our recent post regarding upcoming MINI models. As with all of his comments (here or BimmerFile) don’t take it as fact but perhaps great insight about a moment in time within BMW. In the past we’ve seen many of his proven right but also some proven wrong simply because plans changed within the company.

All that said its well worth a read, so we’re reposting it here. In it, there’s lots of interesting tidbits regarding future MINIs:

  • The MINI Spacebox aka the Traveller that will be essentially a larger version of the Clubman based on the recently announced BMW Active Tourer pictured above
  • MINI four door sedan
  • MINI Activity Tourer which could be something of a larger four door Pacemen with an extremely raked look
  • MINI Sports car aka the next generation coupe and roadster which could seeing more variation from the look o the standard MINI

Catch the full comment after the break.

The next MINI concept will be a cross-over destined to show how BMW and MINI can co-exist. Entirely based on the Active Tourer the MINI variant goes with familiar MINI aspects such as enhanced MINI family design and quirky features such as club doors but with the emphasis on space and light. As the vehicle utilises an allround glasshouse and large panorama roof for an enhanced spatial feel It is the vehicle destined to become the MINI TRAVELLER and follows the same creative approach as the BMW by re-interpreting an existing concept into their own brand philosophy. Whilst the BMW aims for a very dynamic appearance with intelligent thinking the MINI will appeal more to the MINI heartland and especially those who need more space and flexibility. One clever addition is the incorporating of a Rolls-Royce type wrap around lounge seat in the rear.

To describe the MINI it is very much like an enlarged clubman and alongside the Active Tourer you would never guess they are practically the same car . But that is BMW’s intentions that MINI and BMW can and will co-exist. Appearances will differ as will how they will drive as BMW sets out to show that MINI and BMW can co-exist. Both the MINI Traveller and BMW Active Tourer enter a market that is growing as more european customers are turning to cross-overs in needs of greater flexibility. The Mercedes-Benz B-Klasse has shown that premium can work within such a segment and the two concept attack by BMW and MINI has spurned Audi into action as the segment is expected to grow by around 45-50% and BMW expects both the MINI and BMW to take a significant result from that growth.

The interesting aspect in terms of design language of the BMW Active Tourer is that if you shrink the car and change the front and rear end you get a very close look of the next MINI’s sister the City Compact. The MINI sedan is also moving ahead with some quarter scale models being built for first evaluations. Looking like a mixture of Maserati and even a mini-Rolls-Royce the car is advancing with some typical MINI ideas being expanded on as slimmer, elongated MINI-esque lights at the front or the conventional cornered lights , trapezoid rear lights and floating roof , its far too early to get a definite answer on what it will look like , but some of the ideas are so far overly impressive , some even incorporating the rear hinged doors which bodes to my impression of a MINI Rolls-Royce. The stumbling block here is what to do with BMW. As BMW are currently at work on a elongated four door of the upcoming 2er Coupe model to bring into line amongst the 6er Gran Coupe and upcoming 4er Gran Coupe aimed at the Mercedes CLA and Audi A3 Sedan. A FWD 4dr BMW would be counter-productive as the appeal of a RWD model would be far greater.

The next BMW FWD model is an intelligent approach on the SAV, MPV and Touring. This can fully be described as a cross-over because it features the robust solidity of an SAV in its appearance, The space feel of an MPV and the cargo capability as a Touring and you can add Coupe to that mix because of its dynamic sloping rear end.

Dubbed the F.amily A.ctivity S.ports T.ourer or FAST for short it aims to offer an intelligent approach to a cross-over which combines every need with optional xDrive. One thing learned is that there are a lot more customers using their cars for more than their basic needs. In todays market it has shown that customers now shun conventional concepts in light of more unconventional choices, such as MPVs over Sedans, Crossovers instead of hatches and so on.

FAST offers a variation in one concept with universal appeal. FAST will also be the first BMW model (after BMW i3) to offer rear hinged doors as the FAST shares with a similar MINI Concept which I originally thought it was the Paceman is actually the MINI Activity Tourer.

The MINI Activity Tourer brings the more raked look from the PACEMAN , but to a five door concept. Again sharing with the BMW FAST it aims to offer a variation on the MINI theme by offering a more sporting space concept but developed for a more active lifestyle. For a more stylish MINI appearance rear hinged doors will open up the cabin for easy entry/exit on the beach or on the slopes.

The MINI Sports car idea is a variation on the theme of actual Coupe/Roadster and how that for the second generation and in that the whole MINI family. Is that if you take the Countryman it has proved that MINI can stand alone in seperate individual concepts. And now is the opportunity for the MINI family to expand further on styling and individuality.

The current MINI , Coupe , Clubman and Roadster are all variants of the same look. the next generation should form their own unique identity but still be recognisable as a MINI. The Countryman has achieved this and the replacements for the MINI Coupe and Roadster should also follow this by making them completely distinguishable from the conventional standard MINI with more individuality and sportier styling. MINI’s unique selling point is that they are cars with character , they expand on ideas in an unconventional way and yet they deliver cars which drive with a fun-factor missing from many proposed sporting hatches or coupes.

The next generation through their enhanced sharing with BMW retains that fun factor with a dynamic edge but never forgetting that go-kart like character. BMW are aiming at a more sporting edge aimed at the more premium end of the market , despite the concept whether it is FWD or a Active Tourer etc it has too feel as direct and communicative as a BMW. BMW knows that for this new generation of compact vehicles is that for everything to work they have to be everything the other is not and that individuality is just as important as design.

Something the engineers have achieved, I cannot wait till you find out how this jigsaw goes together.

Thanks, Herr26. We always appreciate your perspective.

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MotoringFile » Archive » iPhone 5 and What it Means for MINI.

BMW and MINI have both diversified their smartphone integration that
started with iOS to include the Android platform. Yet the iPhone and iOS
remain the most important mobile platform for either brand. So it only
makes sense for us (and many of you) to take note when Apple releases a
completely new iPhone. Especially one that includes a new connector. So
what does it mean for current an future MINI owners? Read on to find
out.

First off it means your current iPhone dock (yes that $200 accessory
you may have bought for your armrest) will not work with the iPhone 5.
We’ve been assured by MINI that an update to the part should be coming
in early 2013. What about the “Y” cable that connects your phone to the
USB port in the car? Again that’s expected late this year or early next.
But the good news on that front is that Apple will sell you (for a
slightly eye-watering $30) an adapter that converts the previous
iPhone/iPod connector to the new lightening connector standard on all
new iPhones and iPods.

Speaking of iPods the new Nano has gained the all important Bluetooth
option. For the first time this will allow the Nano to stream music
wirelessly to any BMW or MINI that supports streaming audio via
Bluetooth.

One thing to note; MINI and BMW Connected will not be affected by the
upgrades to the iPhone or the iPod Touch. However neither will run on
the iPod Nano.

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