BMW recently announced in a cost cutting measure that it will move all Mini stores from stand alone brick and mortar locations into BMW house branded retailers. But the reasoning behind the move signifies what’s wrong with the car industry. Mini isn’t selling not just because of crossovermania, but because BMW missed opportunities to electrify the brand earlier that could’ve turned Mini fans and potential EV consumers on sooner to car electrification. Now Americans don't want them at all, or like they used to.
BMW unveils an all-electric version of the classic Mini - its third electric Mini concept. BMW is tight lipped with details, but the Mini-E BEV will go into production November next year. After 10 years of waiting for a Mini production car, its time has come finally.
While Volkswagen continued its strong sales string, most other German manufacturers had a slower-than-planned month. Interestingly, two trends emerged in July; 1. trucks are still continuing their hot streak, and, 2. sedans may be making a comeback.
It is not a secret that BMW is making big moves in the electric vehicle segment, particularly with the ground-breaking i3 and i8. It is looking increasingly likely that the automaker will bring plug-in technology to the Mini brand sometime next year.
The 2014 MINI is embarking upon a new path with a fresh styling, efficiently running three-cylinder engine, and upgraded interior. Yet, the element that most MINI drivers are looking for is the advanced driver system that too frequently is only utilized in the luxury auto segment.
The new generation from MINI – Gen3 - will be made available for sale to the public in March 2014; however, only the ‘Hardtop’ model will be made available. The Clubman, Countryman, and ever popular Convertible will be released in upcoming years.
The drivers of the Global RallyCross championship headed to Charlotte this past weekend for the second to last race of the 2013 season and in a day packed full of crashes and red flags – Scott Speed took his second win of the season while Toomas Topi Heikkinen official wrapped up the 2013 GRC Driver’s Championship.
The 2013 Global RallyCross schedule makes its second to last stop of the season this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s dirt track facility – with 15 of the best rallycross racers in the world lining up to do battle including some new(ish) faces and some old faces in new cars.
The racers of Global RallyCross take to the track of the X Games Los Angeles this weekend and winning the final X Games GRC gold of 2013 won’t be easy as the shootout in the City of Angels will feature the biggest field of the 2013 season.
The Global RallyCross racers took to Bristol Motor Speedway this past weekend and Toomas “Topi” Heikkinen did what no GRC driver has ever done – winning his 3rd consecutive race in dominating fashion while also taking a massive lead in the run for the 2013 Global RallyCross Championship.
The fifth race of the 2013 Global RallyCross season will take place this Saturday in Bristol Tennessee and after missing the New Hampshire race last week, series front runner Liam Doran will make his America rally debut in the Mini race car that did so well in Munich.
MINI owners throughout the nation are invited to Mackinaw City, Michigan to form the longest parade of MINIs ever to cross the world renowned 5-mile long Mackinac Bridge that spans the straights connecting Lake Michigan and Lake Huron.
Sunday brought us the second leg of the Global RallyCross double header from Munich Germany and after claiming the bronze medal on Saturday’s make-up race, Topi Heikkinen took the win on Sunday with Liam Doran finishing second and Tanner Foust finished third.