Freaking awesome, this is what I call a test drive!
BMW Group in the UK (BMW and MINI combined) report 12.2 % sales up from this time last year, which is great news in a market which has seen an overall 5% slump in sales.
But guess what? MINI has performed even better, with the continued success of the Countryman range and we have already had a positive response to the new MINI Coupé which went on sale last weekend.
MINI reported sales of 38,147 vehicles in the first nine months of 2011, compared to 32,820 in the same period last year, an increase of 16.2%. Year-to-date MINI has a UK market share of 2.4 per cent. In September 9,690 MINIs were delivered to customers, 28.1 per cent up on September 2010.
Ya know, some people are just never satisfied. We’ve posted a boat load of information, over 100 pics, and a few videos. Of course they’ll be folks wanting MORE.. Okay you know who you are, and here is another video for you!
You’ve seen the pics, you’ve watched the video, now gear up for the full report with more of the same, another Miniology first for the site created for enthusiasts, by enthusiasts. Special thanks to Emma Chalcroft and Sarah Heaney over at MINI UK for giving us this massive report of all things Mini (Coupe!) We have about 40 NEW pictures for you to drool over, at the end of the article (scroll WAY down!)
First, for those who’ve been living in a cave the past 3 months (like our editor Christopher ‘StarLord’ has, hehe, man cave perhaps!) Also, this data comes from the UK. They like to say tires with a y like ‘tyres’ and might pronounce the letter zee as zed, call the hood of a car a bonnet, the trunk of a car a boot, and stuff like that, but you already knew that because you’re a fellow Miniologist. If you didn’t know that, well, now you’re in the know. Therefore, this article is going to have UK prices and measurements and things like OTR that us yanks across the pond may not be familiar with, but who cares? It’s a wicked awesome amount of data so deal with it, hehe. Now here we go..
From 1975-1980, AMC produced the iconic Pacer .. in January 2011, MINI announced the Paceman concept vehicle! The first part of the video shows this. Next up, the MINI Coupe shown in some wicked driving goodness for you to feast upon..
Celebrations were under way today at Plant Oxford as the first MINI Coupé rolled off the production line. Andrew Smith MP and Oxford City and County councillors joined plant managing director, Jürgen Hedrich, and members of the plant’s project team to welcome the new model.
The Coupé is the fourth member of the five-strong MINI family to be manufactured at Plant Oxford and will be built on the same production lines as the Hatchback, Clubman and Convertible. A two-seater Roadster will complete the line-up early next year.
Jürgen Hedrich said: “The car has a unique and strong design but still retains MINI’s exciting and distinctive go-kart feel.
“The aim with the MINI Coupé is to give its new owners the most thrilling MINI driving experience possible. Every aspect of the car – from the engines and chassis set up to the weight distribution and aerodynamics – is focused on delivering the optimum dynamic performance”
The Coupé is MINI’s first two-seater, since BMW Group developed the new MINI at Oxford, and has already seen strong interest and a healthy order bank developing.
Andrew Smith, MP for Oxford East, said: “This is a great day for the Oxford plant. To see yet another model join the line-up shows just how strong demand is for MINI in the 90 markets around the world where MINIs are sold.
“This new model, along with BMW Group’s recently-announced £500m investment into UK manufacturing, demonstrates the company’s commitment to a long-term future for Plant Oxford.”
The Coupé will see a range of new features, including the sport stripes on the body work, and increased boot space. The unique spoiler is housed in the bootlid and reduces lift at the rear axle to improve aerodynamic balance and road grip. As with all MINIs, a wide range of accessories and personalisation choices will be available.
The MINI John Cooper Works Coupé has the fastest acceleration and top speed of any Oxford-produced MINI to date.
Miniology producers Rob “Califzeph” and Chris “StarLord” (or is his rally name Udødelig now?) were there onsite to drive the first car off the line and join the release party, but.. I WISH! This is just a photoshopped pic, don’t get all excited..! We’re sure MINI UK will send us a proper invite next time
If our earlier post wasn’t enough eye candy for you (way back when the idea started..) MINI teases us with a short little video of the new coupe!