MINI Hardtop and Countryman predicted to hold value

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – November 17, 2014…MINI USA today announced that the company has received two Residual Value Awards from ALG, the analytics division of TrueCar, Inc., and the industry benchmark for projecting future vehicle values and depreciation data.  The awards were given to the MINI Hardtop and the MINI Countryman models in the Premium Compact Car and Subcompact Utility Vehicle categories, respectively.

ALG Hardtop

“The MINI Hardtop and MINI Countryman are both premium vehicles and the most popular models among the MINI product line,” said David Duncan, Vice President MINI of the Americas. “The new MINI Hardtop offers standard safety and technology features that were once limited to luxury vehicles, while the MINI Countryman continues to be one of the safest vehicles in its segment winning the IIHS Top Safety Pick for the fourth year in a row.”

ALG Countryman

The annual ALG Residual Value Awards honor the vehicles and brands that are predicted to retain the highest percentage of their original price after a conventional three-year period. ALG recognizes 26 vehicles with segment awards, along with two brands representing the Mainstream and Premium sectors of the industry. This year’s awards are based on 2015 model year vehicles.

“MINI models have won a number of Residual Value Awards over the years, largely due to the iconic styling and the brand’s sales strategies,” said Larry Dominique, President of ALG. “Buyers are willing to pay a price premium for MINI products because of their distinctive style and great driving experience, and the Countryman adds lots of utility to that equation.”

 Award winners are determined through careful study of the competition in each segment, historical vehicle performance and industry trends. Vehicle quality, production levels relative to demand, and pricing and marketing strategies represent key factors that impact ALG’s residual value forecasts.

Smokey is a Pre-loved Countryman with lots of character

Smokey is a 2012 Pre-loved MINI Cooper Countryman with loads of great features and lots of character. His color is Eclipse Gray and he has big, black 18-inch wheels to complete his look. Inside Smokey has a ton of great stuff, including the Premium Package with moonroof, auto AC,  auto headlights, auto wipers, MINI Wired Pack with MINI Connected and navigation, heated seats, rear-view mirror with compass and Homelink buttons, leather-cloth seats and red door panel inserts. And Smokey has rear bucket seats to complete his sporty persona. For more information about Smokey you can look here or email MINIBee. Smokey needs a home!

Eight MINI ALL4 Racing to compete in the 2015 Dakar Rally

This should make MINI Countryman owners and all MINI enthusiasts smile. Although these ALL4 Countrymans are equipped with special racing equipment, the major underpinnings of the cars are the same as the ones we drive around Tampa Bay each day. How does it feel to take your kids to school in a race car?


Eight MINI ALL4 Racing to compete in the 2015 Dakar Rally // Joan “Nani” Roma aiming to defend his Dakar title

Munich (DE). Less than two months ahead of the start of the 2015 Dakar Rally (3-17 January) X-raid, supported by MINI, has revealed its line-up for the 37th edition of the world’s most famous long-distance rally. A total of eight MINI ALL4 Racing with driver crews from ten countries will take on the ultimate motorsport adventure of the Dakar Rally. Defending Dakar champions Joan “Nani” Roma (ES) and co-driver Michel Périn (FR) will lead the Monster Energy Rally Raid Team while the experienced driver pairings Orlando Terranova (AR)/Bernardo “Ronnie” Graue (AR) and Krzysztof Holowczyc/Xavier Panseri (PL/FR) complete the line-up. There will also be five customer driver pairings in MINI ALL4 Racing cars built by the German-based X-raid GmbH.

For the MINI brand the 2015 Dakar Rally is the next chapter of a unique success story which culminated in three consecutive Dakar victories as well as three titles in a row in the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies, both from 2012 to 2014. The 2015 Dakar promises to be the most demanding edition since the Dakar moved from Africa to South America in 2009.

“With its extremely demanding route and highly challenging racing conditions the Dakar Rally is not only a thrilling off-road event to millions of motorsport fans. It is also the ultimate test for drivers, teams and cars alike,” says Jochen Goller, Senior Vice President MINI. “Even with the most outstanding preparation, the Dakar remains a tremendous adventure with unforeseeable challenges and highly demanding tasks that all participants will have to master in order to succeed. With this in mind, we are more than pleased to enter the 2015 Dakar Rally with a professional, experienced team in our strategic partners of the X-raid Team, a highly competitive driver line-up and a proven winner in the MINI ALL4 Racing. For the past three Dakar Rallies the MINI ALL4 Racing has been the epitome of endurance, performance, reliability, agility and – last but not least – success. Further to this, with millions of fans around the globe watching the 2015 Dakar Rally, the immense international awareness provides the perfect stage to extend the MINI brand’s global reach.”

With several new and reinstated competitive stages the Dakar will be another adventurous trip for both drivers and teams. From merciless gravel sections to the breathtaking heights of the Andes, from the sweltering heat of the Atacama desert to the tricky soft dunes the competitors are often making their way into the unknown, facing unforeseeable obstacles. This is what makes the Dakar Rally the ultimate motorsport challenge. Starting out in Buenos Aires (AR) and traveling in a great loop across the South American continent through Chile and Bolivia back to Argentina, more than 9,000 challenging kilometres is the task at hand for all competitors.

In 2015, Nani Roma and his experienced co-driver Michel Périn (FR), a four-time Dakar winner himself, are aiming to defend their title in their black and green MINI ALL4 Racing. “Winning the 2014 Dakar Rally in the MINI ALL4 Racing was very special to me because it came exactly ten years after my first Dakar victory,” says Roma who also won the 2004 Dakar Rally on a motorcycle. “The MINI ALL4 Racing has been strong from start to finish. It is the way we know the MINI to be: powerful, reliable and fast. It has been a key factor in making my most recent Dakar victory possible. It will be a pleasure to be back in the MINI as I am looking forward to the 2015 Dakar Rally ready to defend my title.”

Terranova who finished the 2014 Dakar fifth overall will be in the red and black MINI ALL4 Racing. “My goal, of course, is to win the Dakar but also to be the first competitor under the age of 40 to win it. It is a big challenge but the MINI ALL4 Racing is very strong. So I am confident that I can successfully reach my goals.” Holowczyc, winner of the 2013 FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies in the MINI ALL4 Racing will be driving the blue and black MINI ALL4 Racing. Says Holowczyc: “I will do everything to be on the podium when the Dakar ends. The route will be much harder than in 2014, so the upcoming Dakar will be a new challenge which I am looking forward to accept.”

No less than five additional X-raid-built MINI ALL4 Racing driven by customer crews round off the MINI lineup at the 2015 Dakar Rally.

MINI ALL4 Racing 2015 Dakar Rally Lineup.
Monster Energy Rally Raid Team.

#300 Nani Roma/Michel Périn (ES/FR)
#305 Orlando Terranova/Bernardo „Ronnie“ Graue (AR/AR)
#306 Krzysztof Holowczyc/Xavier Panseri (PL/FR)

X-raid MINI ALL4 Racing Crews.

#310 Vladimir Vasilyev/Konstantin Zhiltsov (RU/RU)
#314 Erik van Loon/Wouter Rosegaar (NL/NL)
#319 Boris Garafulic/Filipe Palmeiro (CL/PT)
#329 Aidyn Rakhimbayev/Anton Nikolaev (KZ/RU)
#334 Stephan Schott/Holm Schmidt (DE/DE)

On your mark, get set…GIVE!

They say it’s better to give than receive, but both are kinda nice. As are surprises. That’s why MINI organized the MINI Gift Swap. Every MINI Owner who signs up will get the name and address of another MINI Owner (at random), and it’s up to you to surprise them with a gift! We’re not the present-police, so there’s no guarantee you’ll get a gift in return, but because only MINI Owners can participate, we hope everyone will share the joy of giving – and receiving.

Gift Swap

Blue is the Cooper S waiting for you!

Blue is a beautiful 2015 newborn MINI Cooper S with Deep Blue paint, Sport Package, Automatic transmission, Satellite Gray Lounge Leather seats, Navigation XL and backup sensors. He’s ready to motor in style and comfort with you. For more information about Blue click here, or email MINIBee.

Nigel is Ready to Race!

Nigel is a newborn 2014 MINI Cooper S Hardtop in striking British Racing Green. He has an automatic transmission, snappy cloth/leather seats and the Storage Package. For more information about adopting Nigel, look here or send an email to MINIBee.

Super Heroes get a $1,000 discount on Halloween!

It’s one week until Halloween…do you have your costume ready yet? Well, if you come in to the MINI Adoption Center on Halloween wearing a Super Hero costume (a whole costume, not just a mask) we will give you $1,000 off on any in-stock 2014 or 2015 MINI. Here’s a sneak peek of what you might see when you come in. 🙂

Super Mighty Bee

Coming soon – The four-door MINI Cooper Hardtop

We’re just weeks away from having some newborn 4-door MINI Cooper and Cooper S  Hardtops at the Adoption Center. The due date is December 15th! Let’s hope for an early delivery!

Rusty is a rare MINI Cooper Clubman

Rusty is a rare newborn 2013 Spice Orange MINI Cooper Clubman with automatic transmission. They don’t make MINIs like Rusty anymore, so if you’ve always wanted a Clubman in your family it’s time to take Rusty home! His adoption fees were just reduced by more than $3000 so come see us at the Adoption Center. Email MINIBee for more details or click here.

Sparky is an electric MINI Cooper S

Sparky is a Lightning Blue newborn 2013 MINI Cooper S Hardtop with automatic transmission. He’s been hanging around the Adoption Center with his brother, Topaz, for awhile now and he really needs a new home. Sparky’s adoption fees were just reduced by $3000, so come on in and spend some time with him to see if he would be a good fit for your family. Email MINIBee for more details or click here.

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