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MINI Cooper Bond Street

 

MINI has already established a tradition of releasing London-inspired special editions and now the carmaker is giving us a fresh one, the Clubman Bond Street. The vehicle takes inspiration from the famous shopping street and will bring “a unique interior and exterior interpretation that reflects the style of this most upmarket of London addresses”. Visit our own special Londoner at Ferman MINI of Tampa Bay and ask Gary !

The car is dressed in Midnight Black Metallic, featuring a contrasting roof, exterior mirror caps, bonnet stripes, as well as Cool Champagne-finished lower C-pillars. It rides in 17-inch alloy wheels with a double-spoke design, which mix a black center with an outer circle finished in Cool Champagne.

Climbing aboard, we find a Carbon Black finish with contrast piping and stitching for the lounge leather seats, Deep Champagne trimming, as well as a Chrome Line pack.

The special edition offers a comprehensive list of features, including including front fog lights, Chrome line exterior package, climate control, on-board computer, Bluetooth, USB functionality, rain sensor and automatic headlamp activation, sport leather steering wheel, height adjustment for both front seats, the storage package and the lighting package.

MINI Clubman Bond Street Special Edition [Photo Gallery] – autoevolution.

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The Paceman Cometh

A really great reason to get up and on the road February 3rd.

A chance to see and examine the New MINI Paceman.

A chance to Pick up some MOTB Prizes.

An opportunity to see what type of Brunch a British Brand can offer.

A paid visit to Honeymoon Island for those who register.

Call Tina on 866 732 1136 and tell her how many are in your party.

Cash & Food Donations collected for The Dunedin Doggie Rescue.

This is a dog friendly event but like with other family members only the friendly ones are asked to stay.

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The Paceman Preview, Beach & Brunch.

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You might think us a little biassed here at Ferman MINI of Tampa Bay, but we can totally understand why more and more drivers are deciding to Motor down the Avenues of America in a Cooper, Clubman, Countryman, Convertible, Coupe, Roadster and soon to be Paceman. Talking of the Paceman join us on Superbowl Sunday for a sneak peak at the newest addition to MINI’s line up in the USA. Hotdogs and Hamburgers will be served 11am – 2pm look to www.MOTB.co for more information
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Official Release: The British premium small car manufacturer MINI can look back on an eventful year marked by new sales records, successful model launches and expansion into new markets worldwide. 2012 once again served up a wealth of highlights for brand aficionados, as well as being the most successful year to date for MINI. Not only has the vehicle line-up been extended to seven models, meaning more choice than ever, but MINI is now represented in over 100 markets around the globe for the very first time. Worldwide sales of the MINI brand totalled 301,526 units last year, more than in any previous 12-month period. The MINI review of 2012 summarises the year’s most important, most extraordinary and most astonishing events.

The full story here at this link  MotoringFile » Archive » MINI Looks Back at the Most Successful Year in its History.

A question we have at Ferman MINI of Tampa Bay is what happened to the 74mpg MINI we read about that’s driving around the UK ? Your thoughts appreciated here or at http://www.MOTB.co

MotoringFile » Archive » If MINI USA Brings a Diesel, Would you Consider it?.

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Stop the Ding...

If you’ve ever put something on the passenger seat like a bag, backpack, groceries, dog, box, mail, coat, potatoes, gallon of milk, icecream, laptop case, luggage, bag of mulch (please say no!!), trumpet, gym bag, 2 liter or Root Beer or anything similar in size, weight or size you’ve likely been annoyed to all hell by the super obnoxious MINI warning sound (which by the way will chime 60 times and then start again once there is any shift in the weight/movement). As if we are not intelligent enough to know that every human sitting in a moving vehicle should be properly anchored with a seat belt! MINI feels we need to be reminded that SOMETHING is in that seat that COULD be the weight of super small child or hobbit and we should be ‘ding-donged’ until our ears bleed. End the annoying chime sound with this simple piece of metal that is sized just like the seat belt connector which when inserted into the belt receiver makes the car think the belt IS plugged in. Doubles as a large (like silly large-but still cool) keychain when not in use.

Not to be used to fool the computer if there REALLY is a person in the passenger seat!!

via Chimex MINI Cooper Seat Belt Warning Chime Stop.

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Warning

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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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.

MotoringFile » Archive » MINI and BMW to Dramatically Expand Model Ranges.

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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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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

 

MINI goes Santa Claus..

Yes, it’s that time of the year again! MINI of Tampa Bay is gearing up for the holidays and so is MINI. Take a look below.
MINI goes Santa Claus.

A convoy of MINIs will be travelling to Rovaniemi located at the Arctic Circle to bring Santa Claus Christmas letters written by children and adults from all over the world. At the same time, MINI will be competing for the Official Guinness World Records attempt by trying to assemble the longest wishlist to Santa Claus.

In order to set this world record, MINI has involved a total of 16 markets, spanning enough countries to amaze even Santa Claus himself, who certainly knows a lot about world tours.

The EU markets participating in this project are Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Portugal, Belgium, Bulgaria, Greece, Poland, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia. Outside Europe, Russia, the United States of America and Singapore will be joining the event.

On the road to the Arctic Circle.
On Saturday 24th November, the MINI family will leave BMW Group Headquarters in Munich and drive “one way” to Rovaniemi. The journey will cover more than 3000 km, passing through some of the most beautiful European cities such as Copenhagen and Stockholm.

The MINI family.
The MINIs participating in this road trip are the MINI Clubman with its typically generous cargo capacity, the MINI Countryman with its excellent off-road qualities, the MINI Hatchback, the master of go-kart feeling, the MINI Coupe with its superior driving dynamics, the MINI Roadster for maximum driving fun and the MINI Cabrio, which offers that genuine topless experience

The new MINI Paceman.
The new MINI Paceman, the latest addition to the MINI family will welcome the MINIs as they arrive at Rovaniemi. With its strong personality, the MINI Paceman offers an innovative combination of sporty and extroverted design. It is the first Sports Activity Coupe in the compact premium segment and boasts an unmistakable character. The MINI Paceman is the seventh model in the MINI family.

A very special guest at the event: Rauno Aaltonen.
Another very special guest will be awaiting the MINIs when they arrive: Rauno Aaltonen, the winner of the history-making 1967 Monte Carlo Rally aboard a classic Mini. At the Arctic Circle, Rauno will demonstrate his unequalled talent behind the wheel of a new MINI Paceman.