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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.

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There are times when your jaw drops and lust rises from you inner DNA and this particular photo can do that if you are wired the right way. If your strands are clued up to the  JCW Martix of Madness this shot will do it for you!

To see the basic version of this Pinup in the Flesh start your Superbowl Sunday with a Dog and a U2 lead singer at Ferman MINI of Tampa Bay aka http://www.MOTB.co —–11am-3pm

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MINI JCW Paceman WRC 2013! | RallyLife.cz.

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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.

via Chimex MINI Cooper Seat Belt Warning Chime Stop.

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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.

via MINI Attempts First Ever Unassisted Backflip – YouTube.

MINI is taking India’s streets by storm. As the 100th MINI market to open up around the world, celebrations are in full swing — and in ways only a culture as colorful as India can pull off, including the car’s official debut on the Bollywood silver screen. Crowds came out in full force to inaugural events hosted by the nation’s very first MINI dealership, located in the bustling megalopolis of Mumbai. India’s growing cities are infamous for their gridlock traffic jams, but packing a punch in a small package, MINI is a welcomed new choice for those who want to sneak through the bumper-to-bumper commute in many Indian cities and arrive in style.

Fast-paced and on everyone’s radar, India was an obvious pick for MINI’s symbolic one-hundredth international market launch. With Classic Mini and new generation alike making a splash on city streets and even starring in popular Bollywood films this year, don’t be surprised if you find a lot full of MINI Countryman parked outside the Taj Mahal or a pack of MINI Cooper Cabrio enjoying a beach drive in Goa in the near future.

Though MINI may be an iconic player for many neighborhoods around the world, it’s not nearly as recognized on Indian shores. For auto fans in India, this means that while still being perceived as design savvy and luxurious, MINI has the added charm of being a sophisticated expat with a slightly exotic character. While most high-end cars need to be big in order to make a statement in India, MINI garners respect by standing out from the crowd with its very special appearance. Tried and true across the globe for over half a century, Britain’s favorite little racer is now turning heads in its newest niche on the map.

Already poised as a clear new trendsetter on Mumbai’s busy streets, MINI is making red carpet debuts as well, including a couple silver screen appearances. The film industry in India has exploded in the last decade, with big budget Bollywood films reaching millions of domestic fans and large audiences abroad. One of 2012’s biggest Bollywood films, Players, is an official remake of the 2003 Hollywood blockbuster, The Italian Job. Famous for its trademark MINI chase scenes, the Italian Job film legacy continues with three Classic Mini reprising their high-throttle role in Players.

MINI isn’t only starring in action flicks. 2012’s summer Bollywood romantic comedy, Cocktail, features a hard-to-miss red MINI Cooper Cabrio with sporty black racing stripes. Cocktail is the story of three London flat mates whose friendship is tested when two get caught up in a spontaneous romance. Laughs, drama, and plenty of MINI glamour shots ensue in this summer comedy. Going beyond it’s starring on-screen role, MINI recently helped kick off the official Cocktail launch parties with Bollywood stars Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone, and Diana Penty at the stunning new MINI showroom in Mumbai.

MINI isn’t just setting trends on the street. This dynamic billboard had passersby doing double takes.

The MINI legacy has been built around its community of loyal and passionate fans – notoriously well-traveled drivers with a honed sense of adventure. Now there’s an exciting new destination on the MINI map. In the few months since MINI India’s big launch, MINI fans across the country have expressed their enthusiasm and are starting to get organized. Maybe we’ll see some Indian license plates at the next big international MINI meetup!

via MINI Space – Blog – On the Road and Red Carpet: MINI Debuts in India – creative projects, competitions, events, thoughts and ideas, by MINI.

via MINI Space – Blog – On the Road and Red Carpet: MINI Debuts in India – creative projects, competitions, events, thoughts and ideas, by MINI.

Posted On: Dec 8, 2012 By: Charles Kayajian Category: MINI Cooper News

“Find Your City’s Pulse” is MINIs latest contest that asks MINI owners to submit photography, graphic design, illustration, or collage that captures the true essence of “pulse” of the city in which they live. The winner of the contest will be awarded a new MacBook Pro.

Posted On: Dec 8, 2012 By: Charles Kayajian Category: MINI Cooper News

“Find Your City’s Pulse” is MINIs latest contest that asks MINI owners to submit photography, graphic design, illustration, or collage that captures the true essence of “pulse” of the city in which they live. The winner of the contest will be awarded a new MacBook Pro.

MINI used in art concept

 

The “Find You City’s Pulse” contest is part of MINI’s larger “Not Normal” marketing campaign which celebrates the quirkiness of both the MINI vehicle and its owner. The goal is “to see your city’s colorful underbelly and the people that help shape it: from action shots of urban artists at work and their graffiti-laden abandoned concrete canvases, to DJs and VJs and impromptu street parties, to the anonymous faces that serenade your morning commute.”

It seems that this clever contest will strengthen MINIs branded image as an urban-chic automobile, linking its drivers to the cities in which they drive. Kudos to MINI for creating another fun, interactive marketing campaign that will certainly appeal to its target audience. All submissions will be showcased on MINIspace.com. Click HERE for more details!

First Place: MacBook Pro
Second Place: iPhone 5
Third Place: iPad Mini
Popular Vote Prize: Polaroid Instant Digital Camera

via MINI Introduces New Contest To Celebrate Your City.

via MINI Introduces New Contest To Celebrate Your City.

The third generation of the modern MINI Cooper will spawn a new five-door variant when it goes on sale next year, as confirmed by these latest spy shots of a prototype for the more family friendly MINI.

On initial glance the prototype looks similar to previous mules for the regular 2014 MINI Cooper three-door, but it clearly features four doors and what looks to be a conventional rear hatch–making this a five-door.

Centrally-mounted exhaust tips also confirm that this is the slightly sportier Cooper S version of the new MINI five-door. We suspect prototypes for the Cooper version will crop up soon.

To accommodate the extra doors, MINI’s designers have stretched the wheelbase. It also appears they’ve raised the height of the roof in order to maximize interior space.

We’ve previously reported on the five-door MINI Cooper, which is likely to replace the suicide-door-equipped Clubman. It’s not clear whether this model will pick up the Clubman name or be called something entirely else.

MINI is hoping the increased flexibility will make its new 2014 Cooper range appeal to a wider audience and boost sales beyond last year’s tally of roughly 285,000 units for the previous generation. Note, despite the additional set of doors, the rear seats will still only be suitable for small children, so parents with a couple of teens best look elsewhere or at least have a second car if a MINI is a must.

Under the hood will be BMW’s latest three-cylinder engine family. In the U.S., base Cooper models will get a turbocharged 1.5-liter engine with around 121 horsepower and 133 pound-feet of torque. Cooper S models will get a more potent version of this engine, which most likely will match the 181-horsepower rating of the outgoing version.

Look for the debut of the new 2014 MINI Cooper range in the first half of next year, with this five-door variant, whatever it’s called, to arrive shortly after.

via 2014 MINI Cooper S Five-Door Spy Shots.

via 2014 MINI Cooper S Five-Door Spy Shots.

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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.

Image courtesy of Autocar

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