MINI Countryman and MINI Paceman models get Frozen Black metallic paint finish

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 19, 2013

MINI is offering Frozen Black metallic paint as an exclusive new variant of exterior paint finishes for its existing models. It is available as a limited edition colour for the range-topping MINI Countryman and MINI Paceman models. This paint has a textured, shimmering matt finish, giving it a look that’s stunning and expressive.

The models that can get this new colour and finish include the MINI Cooper S Countryman, MINI Cooper SD Countryman, MINI Cooper S Paceman, MINI Cooper SD Paceman, MINI John Cooper Works Countryman and MINI John Cooper Works Paceman. This Frozen Black metallic paint finish is formed with the use of a complex manufacturing process that only comes from the BMW Group.

This special painting process, which features not only innovative technology but also an excellent manual craftsmanship, is currently being applied for the first time by Austrian production partner Magna Steyr in Graz where the MINI Paceman and MINI Countryman are built.

The special surface treatment includes the base layer for grip and corrosion protection, the colour layer, and the clear lacquer finish which has added silicates to give off a matted impression and the velvet effect which can be visible as well as felt.

The attached exterior parts like the model-specific front and rear aprons and the exterior mirror caps are finished separately in the paint finish Frozen Black metallic.

Because applying the body colour during production is so labor-intensive, it can only be used by a limited number of cars. When it comes to abrasion resistance and colour fidelity, Frozen Black metallic has the same high quality as the other paint finishes available for MINI.

This finish is totally weather resistant and car wash resistant but hand washing needs special care since spot cleaning of the surface using wax or polish can result to an undesirable gloss effect.

This is why the BMW Group offers care products that are meant to treat the Frozen Black metallic paint finish.

Press Release

Highlight in matt: MINI now with exclusive Frozen Black metallic paint finish

MINI is extending its program of exterior paint finishes for current models to include an exclusive new variant. Frozen Black metallic paint is now available as a limited edition colour for the top of the range MINI Countryman and MINI Paceman models. This innovative paint which has a textured, shimmering matt finish, gives the car a striking and expressive appearance. The new colour and finish is available for the MINI Cooper S Countryman, MINI Cooper SD Countryman, MINI Cooper S Paceman, MINI Cooper SD Paceman, MINI John Cooper Works Countryman and MINI John Cooper Works Paceman.

The Frozen Black metallic paint finish is created using a complex manufacturing process exclusive to the BMW Group. This special painting procedure, which involves not just innovative technology but also a high level of manual craftsmanship, is now being applied for the first time by Austrian production partner Magna Steyr in Graz where the MINI Paceman and MINI Countryman are produced. The special surface treatment encompasses the base layer for grip and corrosion protection, the colour layer as well as the clear lacquer finish which has added silicates to create the matted impression as well as the velvet effect which can be seen and felt.

Attached exterior parts such as the model-specific front and rear aprons and the exterior mirror caps are finished separately in the paint finish Frozen Black metallic. Due to the labour intensive process used to apply this exclusive body colour during production it is limited to a restricted number of cars.

Frozen Black metallic is of the same high quality as the other paint finishes available for MINI in terms of abrasion resistance and colour fidelity. The finish is completely weather resistant and car wash resistant, however hand washing does require special care as spot cleaning of the surface using wax or polish can leave an unwanted gloss effect. For this reason the BMW Group offers care products developed specially for treating the Frozen Black metallic paint finish.

The BMW Group
The BMW Group is the leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles in the world with its BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brands. As a global company, the BMW Group operates 28 production and assembly facilities in 13 countries and has a global sales network in more than 140 countries.

In 2012, the BMW Group sold about 1.85 million cars and more than 117,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax for the financial year 2012 was euro 7.82 billion on revenues amounting to euro 76.85 billion. At 31 December 2012, the BMW Group had a workforce of 105,876 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been built on long-term thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain, comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy.

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