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Official – MINI to offer Apple CarPlay

BMW CEO Harold Krüger has officially announced that CarPlay from Apple will soon be available as an option on new cars. There’s no timetable yet but our sources tell us to look for the first fruits of this announcement in conjunction with the broader rollout of touch-screen iDrive. Speaking on November 3rd, Herr Krüger said…

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Engine plant ramps up for next generation engines

Official Release: A large investment programme to develop the BMW Hams Hall engine plant near Birmingham is complete. The production of new three and four-cylinder engines is already being ramped up on brand-new production lines, and over one million components will be machined at the plant for the first time this year as supply extends…

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First impressions: the 2016 MINI Clubman

Walking into the depths of BMW’s secretive training center is a surreal experience. Cameras are bagged and iPhones pocketed. And yet there are things that are seen that are asked to be unseen. There are naked engines, pieces of Rolls Royce hardware and plenty of carbon fiber everywhere you look. In short this is an…

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Event: Stanford Hall 2015

The show at Stanford Hall isn’t the biggest Mini show in the world. Plus, its often crammed inbetween other shows meaning this is my first chance to attend despite a decade on the Mini scene. Welcomed onto the Robin Hood Mini Club stand, we managed to grab some great shots of some lovely Minis. Check…

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Apple CarPlay is coming to MINI

MINI is working on bringing CarPlay to market. The current time-table for BMW as a whole it begin introduction of CarPlay in the 2016/2017 timeframe and roll out the feature model by model. It’s not a surprise that MINI is moving down this path. Consumers want connected cars that work as simply and effectively as…

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Event: Minis by the Sea 2015

Each year, the West Sussex Minis Owners Club takes over Steyne Gardens on the seafront in Worthing for Minis by the Sea. For one day a year, this tiny serene little park becomes petrolhead paradise as Minis of all sizes cram into this enclosed space. The weather is usually pretty good and the cooling breeze…