MINI USA head talks about Mini Clubman at LA Auto Show

Wish we were there, but hey AutoNetwork was, and here’s their video as posted on YouTube!

Cool video, I like most of these folk’s vids because they are clean, edited but not “in your face” – You can see more of their vids at AutoNetwork.com — so stated the largest selection of new car Ride and Drives on the Internet – with over 850 videos posted to YouTube, I can totally believe that! 🙂

MINI Sports Activity Vehicle will be built at Magna Steyr

What?! A MINI SAV?! Yeah, you heard it here first.. well.. maybe not.. but the concept is done and production to follow…

Does this mean another, larger version of the clubman is forthcoming? Yes, it does.

Someone smack me and tell me the BMW press club isn’t smoking crack and hell hasn’t froze over?!

( minutes later.. )

Ok, I just chatted with White Roof Radio‘s Don Burnside (aka DB) and he confirmed this has been in the works for some time, and yes it is much like the clubman, except, imagine it with 4 full-size doors going back instead of just the suicide door on one side of the 9″ longer MINI we see today.

Here’s the write-up from BMW AG. We had this posted in broken Google-translated German earlier, however ask and ye shall receive, they just gave me an updated article in ENGLISH, yay!

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2008 MINI Convertible (full press write-up)

The MINI Cooper Convertible and MINI Cooper S Convertible: Genuine MINI
The MINI Cooper Convertible and MINI Cooper S Convertible bring the fun of open to motoring to the MINI brand. The authentic four-passenger convertibles have been engineered from the ground up to be fun-to-drive cars while offering a high level of safety and practicality.

The design of the MINI Convertible does not compromise appearance, functionality and engineering, and remains honest to the MINI concept of go-kart-like performance with a recognizable “MINI” appearance from every angle.

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2008 MINI Clubman (full press write-up)

More Room, More Utility, More Fun in the Latest “True” MINI:

Stretching the wheelbase a mere nine inches in comparison to the MINI hardtop does virtually nothing to diminish the go-kart-like driving characteristics of the new 2008 MINI Cooper Clubman and MINI Cooper S Clubman, but it significantly enhances interior room and utility as well as driver/passenger comfort and convenience for those who want more of this iconic British brand. And – in true MINI fashion – mixing the traditional with the modern results in both the car’s unique, but unmistakably MINI appearance and unique ways to access this interior: The tailgate carries forward the twin, outwardly hinged “split-doors” found on the Clubman’s ancestors, while rear-seat passengers ingress and egress is eased through the rear-hinged “Clubdoor” incorporated in the car’s right side.

The new MINI Cooper Clubman, an expansion to last year’s introduction of the second-generation of the modern MINI, mirrors the latest MINI Cooper hardtop – both inside and out, in terms of equipment – from the radiator grill to the B pillars. This means the new variants share the 172-horsepower turbocharged engine of the MINI Cooper S and the 118-hp, naturally aspirated four-cylinder powerplant of the MINI Cooper, both driving the front wheels, as well as dashboard, seats (with the exception of some upholstery colors and materials as well as interior trim colors), comfort and convenience features and switch gear. And they share the chassis components, as well as the soul, which have earned the MINI accolades on its fun-to-drive, go-kart-like handling characteristics.

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2008 MINI Hardtop (full press write-up)

The MINI Experience Continues:

Go-kart-driving fun, an interior that provides the maximum amount of car in the minimum amount of space and a myriad of personalization possibilities keep the 2008 MINI Cooper and Cooper S on top of the small-car premium segment – some 800,000 units produced since the 2000 introduction of the first generation new MINI.

The body of the latest generation MINI – introduced last year – boasts evolutionary development from the iconic 1959 Classic Mini, while the interior, including styling cues are evocative of the original and contain the latest technological advances found today. And powering either the 2008 MINI Cooper or MINI Cooper S are a pair of four-cylinder engines resembling the original MINI’s in cylinder number and placement, transversely over the front axle, but far more efficient, cleaner and powerful.

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Gratuitous MINI Clubman footage!

From our friends at http://Chipmunk.Com we have what looks like the same photographer that took the Barcelona footage of the new 2007 MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S, showcasing the exterior and interior of the MINI Clubman. Now all those people who say they would get a MINI if they could carry more stuff…? Your new car has arrived!

MINI RECEIVES TWO ACCOLADES IN KELLEY BLUE BOOK’S “2008 BEST RESALE VALUE AWARDS”

“Best Resale Value in Convertible Category” and Top 10 Scorer Overall
Los Angeles, CA – November 14, 2007…

MINI took home two honors in Kelley Blue Book’s “2008 Best Resale Value Awards”. MINI was awarded a top spot with “Best Resale Value” in the Convertible category. In addition, the MINI Cooper has been named an overall Top 10 in “Best Resale Value”. The MINI Cooper is the only vehicle to consistently be on Kelley Blue Book’s Top 10 Best Resale Value list every year since 2003.

Kelley Blue Book’s Best Resale Value Awards honor vehicles expected to retain the greatest proportion of their original retail price after five years of ownership. Depreciation often is the greatest expense incurred by drivers during the first five years of vehicle ownership, but according to Kelley Blue Book, shoppers who purchase the 2008 MINI Cooper are projected to obtain greater resale value down the road.

“We are overjoyed to receive this recognition from Kelley Blue Book for the MINI,” noted Jim McDowell, Vice President, MINI USA. “We are committed to offering our owners outstanding value in areas of performance, safety and fun. The overwhelming enthusiasm MINI owners have for their car is a testament to our commitment and we see strong resale value as an important indicator of our efforts.”

“As a testament to MINI’s unwavering appeal, both the hatchback and convertible versions shine yet again in this year’s Kelley Blue Book Best Resale Value Awards,” said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book’s kbb.com. “Without a doubt, the expressive and fun MINI remains a resale champion.”

Kelley Blue Book’s 2008 Best Resale Value Awards are based on values from the November/December 2007 Kelley Blue Book? Residual Value Guide, researched by an expert staff of automotive market analysts. While the company’s Residual Value Guide has been published since 1981, Kelley Blue Book established its annual Best Resale Value Awards in 2003. Each year, Kelley Blue Book announces its Best Resale Value Awards by vehicle category, the Top 10 models, and best overall brand.

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