Many cars that deliver thrills on the road can also carry a reputation for accumulating bills in the repair shop. That is apparently not the case, however, for the MINI Cooper, which topped the Compact Sporty Car segment in the recently released 2014 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS) from J.D. Power and Associates.
Surveying more than 41,000 original owners of 2011-model-year vehicles for its 2014 VDS, J.D. Power identified the average number of problems that each model experienced per 100 vehicles (PP100) during the past 12 months. Participants were asked about 202 potential problem areas in their vehicle between October and December of 2013. With the lowest PP100 score in its segment, the 2011 MINI Cooper emerged victorious among compact sporty cars, besting competitors like the 2011 Volkswagen GTI.
“While most buyers are likely drawn to the MINI Cooper for its unmistakable style and responsive ride, this J.D. Power study will give them peace of mind because they know they’ll spend the overwhelming majority of their time with the car out on the road, not at the dealership for repairs,” said Gary King, general manager of MINI of Peabody, a Greater Boston MINI dealer. “We also expect that the MINI Cooper’s dependability and overall driving fun will be at all-time highs when the redesigned Hardtop model goes on sale later this month.”
Coming standard with an all-new TwinPower Turbo 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine, the 2014 MINI Hardtop will produce 134 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque, increases of 13 horsepower and an impressive 48 pound-feet of torque over the larger four-cylinder in the outgoing base model. Meanwhile, drivers of the new MINI Cooper S will benefit from a TwinPower Turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder that churns out 189 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque, allowing a sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.5 seconds with the standard six-speed manual gearbox.
Outside, the new 2014 MINI Cooper is longer, wider and slightly taller than its predecessor, creating a more aggressive stance that can be complemented by newly available circular LED headlamps. Buyers can also now opt for new in-car technologies, including the MINI Head-Up Display, which safely shows relevant information and alerts on an extendable monitor, as well as the Driving Assistant system, which includes camera-based cruise control and a distance-control function.
The 2014 Geneva Motor Show is underway, and some 250 exhibitors from 30 countries are congregating to reveal new models, show off exciting concepts and display cutting-edge technology that will move the auto industry forward for years to come. Yet despite all the hype and competition, Land Rover has managed to steal plenty of headlines in the show’s early days by announcing that the Discovery SUV will become a family of vehicles beginning in 2015.
Known as the LR4 in the United States, the Discovery will be used as a namesake for a new leisure suite of SUVs for Land Rover, according to MotorAuthority, complementing the Range Rover luxury and Defender utility families of SUVs. While Land Rover has yet to confirm much beyond the expansion of the Discovery line, early speculation suggests that the LR2 will be replaced and become the first new vehicle to move under the Discovery title, with more to come next year.
Motor Trend reports that the next-gen Discovery is set to be produced on Range Rover’s new aluminum platform, which will help improve economy and decrease weight. The source speculates that the Discovery series could mimic the successful Range Rover family, which expanded to include Evoque, Sport and Long Wheelbase models.
We can’t wait for the chance to offer the extended family of Discovery vehicles at our Land Rover dealership in Peabody, but you don’t have to wait to test-drive the LR4 today! And to see how Land Rover is teasing the new Discovery line, view their video below.
With the Geneva Motor Show just a week away, drivers and car enthusiasts from all over the world can expect to be wowed by all of the new models, modern technology and concept cars they’ll see during the 10-day event in March. But while the competition will be stiff, MINI is primed to steal the show with the reveal of its MINI Clubman Concept, which is already generating plenty of buzz.
Longer and wider than its predecessor, the MINI Clubman Concept is focused on bringing more cargo and passenger space to the MINI, while retaining a distinctive look and aerodynamic exterior. With four doors and five seats, the Clubman Concept provides more room than many MINI vehicles, while characteristic split doors make for easier loading and give the Concept model a modern appearance. And while the Clubman Concept may look bigger than your average MINI, it features distinct styling and an aggressive stance that immediately makes MINI come to mind upon first sight.
“The MINI Clubman Concept shows how the MINI Clubman could be taken a step further: more interior space, a greater sense of high-end quality and yet still clever, bold and distinctive,” Adrian van Hooydonk, head of BMW Group Design, said in a release. “In short: more car, more MINI.”
Despite the emphasis on the Clubman Concept’s looks, this is still a vehicle designed for signature MINI performance and comfort. With a special focus on aerodynamics and a revamped interior packed with luxury and technology features, the MINI Clubman Concept is one exciting glimpse into the future of adventurous driving.
We can’t wait until the MINI Clubman Concept hits our lot, but until then, stop by our MINI dealership in Peabody for more information and to share your thoughts on the new design!