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Adventurers will love this roof tent built by Autohome for the MINI Countryman

Are you the type who loves traveling and exploring? Or are you one of those people who go on out of town trips spontaneously? If you are, we think this is the perfect car for you. Photos of the new MINI Countryman have been circulating around the net, and it is looking cooler than ever.

The British automaker says that this model is about the spirit of discovery. And we totally agree with them. MINI Countryman fits five passengers, it has a huge trunk capacity, an optional all wheel drive system, and now, it adds comfort and a more homey vibe to its passengers with its convertible roof tent.

Mini collaborated with Autohome to come up with this genius idea. Autohome is an Italian company that has been around for over 50 years, with a specialization in roof tents for automobiles. The inspiration of the design comes from both Mini’s product portfolio, combined with Autohome’s signature design.

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MINI unveils Augmented Vision eyewear at Auto Shanghai Show

MINI is giving us a glimpse of the future at the Auto Shanghai show with the launch of its augmented reality interface between eyewear and the automobile dubbed as the MINI Augmented Vision. Dr. Jörg Preißinger, project-manager MINI Augmented Vision, BMW Group research and technology, said that this device offers an insight on how this pioneering augmented reality interface between eyewear and the MINI can be relevant in the future.

He added that MINI has collaborated with Qualcomm companies and built an interlinked system and eyewear that could “revolutionize the experience both in and outside the vehicle.” He also pointed out how MINI’s trademark sense of lifestyle has been fused in this prototype.

The AR eyewear uses see-through technology and improves safety and comfort during driving as it displays relevant information in the direct field of vision without hiding other road users.

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MINI Lifestyle Collection launches original USB products

Are you in the lookout for the best gift idea for a MINI fan? Then you might want to consider these original USB products were recently launched from the MINI Lifestyle Collection. There are three items in the MINI USB product range. The first is this MINI USB Stick “Key” that is designed as a MINI ignition key.

When the stick is connected to the computer, the red LED ring lights up. It can store up to 8 Gb, which means that it is more than sufficient to store data like music, films, photos, etc.

It also comes with a practical neck strap, protective cap and a separate USB cable. Then there’s the MINI USB Stick “Bulldog” that has the shape of a bulldog to reflect the brand’s British heritage. It shows the dog from the side in a 2D profile and it can store up to 4 GB.

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Mini creates one-off Cooper S for Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

The MINI Cooper S, a standard hardtop with two doors that is great for everyday use, has been transformed into a posh hatchback that is perfect for the royal family. The so-called royal Mini had been developed by Mini Design especially for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on May 19th. The Mini Cooper S has been given a beautiful Crystal White finish with an intricate roof featuring a handmade, multi coloured graphic.

The paint has several layers and was also completed by hand. Furthermore, they had to ensure to combine elements of Prince Harry’s flag, the Union Jack, as well as Meghan Markle’s national flag, Stars and Stripes. There are five white stripes on the roof, which corresponds with the hood where there are silver and blue accent stripes that can also be seen on the rear fenders.

The side scuttles around the side turn signal indicators were made with 3D printing technology, and these were adorned by the “M” and “H” initials, with a heart in between the letters. To cap off the exterior changes, there are door mounted LEDs that will project the words “Just Married” on the ground.

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Customers planning to purchase the Lamborghini Urus may want to further celebrate their ownership of the first super sports utility vehicle in the world by availing of co-branded personalized accessories exclusive only to the clients of the Italian sports car maker.

These special edition accessories were all created by Collezione Automobili Lamborghini in partnership with Italian luxury craft companies like shoemaker Enzo Bonafè, fashion house Hettabretz and luggage manufacturer Tecknomonster. Clients would love the fact that these accessories are customizable, which means these special edition collections can be tailor-fitted to their desires in accordance with the style criteria of the Lamborghini brand.

For Urus customers, Collezione Automobili Lamborghini is presenting two moccasins from the luxury handmade shoe collections of Enzo Bonafe. Customers can choose from three different colors for each of the shoe design, including beige and black suede.

Read the entire article Collezione Automobili Lamborghini offers special edition accessories for new Urus super SUV

The company founded by Ferdinand Porsche has been in the business of building vehicles -- sports cars, SUVs and race cars – since 1931. The brand has long catered to the needs of motorists wanting a sporty ride built from around 24,000 auto race wins, including over 50 class victories at Le Mans. Meanwhile, consumers who want premium honey could also get it from Porsche.

Yes, the aforementioned information is right. Porsche is indeed now producing honey, not as a major source of income, but as part of a sustainability program. This honey – derived from 1.5 million honey bees from the company’s off-road area near its Leipzig plant – is now being sold in the Porsche Leipzig customer center shop under the name “Turbienchen.”

These bees aren’t the only inhabitants in Porsche’s off-road area. According to the German sports car maker, the nature reserve is now home to other wild animals like deer, amphibians, hares, birds, and bats. Everything was set into motion when the sports car company established colonies of Exmoor ponies and aurochs in the off-area, which measures around 132 hectares. As time passed, this off-area became a nature reserve, an offshoot of the company’s sustainable pasture concept at Porsche Leipzig.

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As a solution to declining sales in the United States, BMW is considering turning Mini into a purely all-electric brand, according to a recent report. During the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, BMW board member who is in charge of Mini, Peter Schwarzenbauer, mentioned that Mini’s sales in America have noticeably gone down by 10 percent just in the last month. This is because the market has been leaning towards getting SUVs. Unlike Europe where people criticized the automaker for selling increasingly bigger Minis like the Countryman SUV, the US market thinks that the vehicle still is pretty small.

In fact, Schwarzenbauer said that it is only in the United States where the brand is facing this problem. And so this is why Mini in the US is looking into electrifying all their cars, turning the company into a brand known only for electric urban mobility.

A little over a year from now, Mini is actually planning to unveil an all-electric model. But if Schwarzenbauer’s plans are realized, it could be the only one offered in the US in the coming years, considering that it will be the only all-electric vehicle they have so far. BMW also mentioned that the electric model would be built in the UK, though he did not clarify whether the new plan from BMW means that the Mini will also use their United States factories to build electric cars.

Read the entire article Mini might be revamped into all-electric brand in the US due to recent sales drop

In 2013, Mercedes-Benz started offering a novel way to make the vaunted Mercedes-Benz star on the grille more noticeable in the dark – by illumination. This simple but innovative illuminated Mercedes-Benz star managed to attain huge success, with increasingly more customers availing of this option from Mercedes’ original-parts program. Now, this program is offering another way to spice up a Mercedes vehicle – the new LED Projector AMG Emblem feature.

Mercedes is making the LED Projector AMG Emblem available to almost every model in its lineup. This means that whether a customer drives an A-Class or is hitting the road in a GLS, he or she could have this customization feature be installed on his or her ride. However, the LED Projector AMG Emblem could only be fitted on Mercedes model with the door lighting packages that come with factory-installed entrance light mounted at the bottom of the front doors. Once installed, the LED Projector AMG Emblem would replace the factory-installed entrance lights.

Once the driver or front passengers open their respective doors, the AMG emblem – an apple tree on the river that symbolizes the company’s location in Affalterbach, Germany – would be projected into the entrance area in a three-dimensional manner through the entrance lighting mechanism located at the bottom of the front door. This mechanism makes one’s entry into a Mercedes vehicle more special, allowing the driver or the front passenger to enjoy a more exceptional experience.

Read the entire article Show your love for the Mercedes-AMG brand with a new option: the LED Projector AMG Emblem

Dodge Challenger SRT Demon owners are in for a special treat after Dodge has recently announced that it is making their cars extra special by offering exclusive aftermarket car accessories. Included in the collection are some fancy car covers, a leather-bound track manual and the optionally available street tires for drag performance enthusiasts.

The Pirelli performance tires which come in the sizes of 305/35ZR20 will be wrapped on the 20-inch standard wheels that suit the Challenger Hellcat’s Widebody set-up. The package is only offered on the Dodge Demon which is available for purchase through Mopar Performance Parts and Accessories. Given that the stock drag radials may also be prone to damage especially in colder climates, having an extra set of high performance tires is not far from being a necessity.

Among the aftermarket products currently available are Mopar’s rear seat delete package which gives the owners the option to remove the rear seat if they initially availed the Demon to come with the rear seat. This may sound simple but the package offers all the necessary parts and hardware that would have been used in the first place had the customer chose the Demon without the rear seat ready.

Read the entire article Aftermarket add-ons now available for the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

Mini recently announced the newest version of the MINI, the limited-edition Blackfriars. It took inspiration from a historic portion of London, and it will exclusively be sold in France. Customers will only be able to get the three-door or five-door Hardtop model through the end of the year.

For a little bit of backstory, it was the robes of the Dominican monks who were living in that section of London that were given the name Blackfriars. And as mentioned earlier, this is where Mini took inspiration from. Therefore, the special edition Mini gets a matte black trim on both the B- and C-pillars. But those are not the only bits that are finished in matte black as this finish is also seen on the turn signals and Blackfriars badges. What finishes off the exterior look would be the 17-inch Cosmos Spoke wheels with dark accents.

The special edition Mini comes with some useful tech as well, such as automatic headlights and electrically folding mirrors.

Read the entire article French buyers can now get their hands on this special edition MINI Hardtop Blackfriars

During the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, Land Rover presented something that no other automaker has before - an off-road stroller for parents to use when transporting their toddlers. In other words, Land Rover came up with a baby carriage that is perfect for babies who would like to go off roading but are not capable of walking yet.

Land Rover was able to make this possible by entering a partnership with iCandy and creating an all-terrain stroller dubbed as the iCandy Peach All-Terrain Special Edition push chair. With these capabilities, no one expects this stroller to be easily affordable. In fact, it comes with a $2,000 price tag.

We're letting you guys decide whether or not this stroller is worth your money for what it is. In fact, one might get an actual off-roader vehicle that's probably been worn out for the same price. Furthermore, your kid might already have learned how to walk even before you finish paying for this stroller.

Read the entire article Would you pay for a $2,000 offroad-ready Land Rover baby stroller?

Those who will attend the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show will be able to personally witness the Mercedes-Benz EQ A Concept, but if you want to experience something even more high-tech, check out the automaker’s E-Class Estate that features an augmented reality roof box. You’ll probably wonder how Mercedes-Benz Accessories’ demonstration works. Well, visitors of the auto show will have to use Microsoft’s HoloLens glasses and a camera to recognize their hand movements, which lets them store skis and bags into the storage space.

Some of you may not be into high-tech gimmicks like this, and that’s completely fine because Mercedes-Benz Accessories will also display several customized X-Class pickups that will demonstrate the wide variety of available parts to improve the truck’s overall appearance. These include soft or hard tonneau covers for the truck, a bed cap, styling bars, side steps, a bed liner and storage box. For a more durable and a better off road truck, Mercedes can offer you a three-piece stainless steel underbody guard to protect the engine, transmission and exhaust system.

It is not just the pickup that Mercedes will be putting on display in Frankfurt. A GLC Coupe will feature the company’s aftermarket roof spoiler. In the cabin, passengers will get an attachment point that fits a coat hanger, folding table, a camera mount, or tablet holder. The C-Class Estate gets the same item too. The GLA-Class, on the other hand, will be getting roof rail tracks. This lets the compact crossover carry the Mercedes-Benz Mountain Bike, with a carbon fiber frame and 3.9 inches (100 millimeters) of suspension travel. Last but not the least, the S-Class Cabrio sits on a set of 10-spoke, 20-inch wheels.

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In the late sixties, Mini was one of the few superstar vehicles in the rally scene for claiming a number of victories at the Monte Carlo Race throughout the years - this was around 50 years ago. And this year, the automaker developed a vehicle to celebrate the Mini's history, which we will see at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. However, Mini has already released photos of it - the MINI John Cooper Works GP Concept.

One of the board members of BMW AMG who is also in charge of MINI, Peter Schwarzenbauer, said that this creation is like driving fun in its purest form. He also said that the Mini John Cooper Works GP Concept is about unrestricted feelings of driving and levels of performance in motorsport.

Like previous Mini GP concepts, the John Cooper Works is quite flashy too - with wings, air intakes and carbon fiber, and an aggressive front clip that come with air intakes and carbon fiber front apron. More carbon fiber details have been used on the side skirts. There are flared arches on both the front and rear wheel openings that seamlessly blend into the huge rear wing and some aggressive add-ons that round off the vehicle's look. As for the paint job, Mini is not known for having bold and bright finishes, but it was finished in just the right combination of red, silver, grey and orange.

Read the entire article MINI John Cooper Works GP Concept unveiled ahead of 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show

Finally, Mini is going electric, at least through a design study. Mini will be introducing the new MINI Electric Concept at the upcoming 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Dominating the city landscape is nothing new for Mini. After all, the carmaker has been known for its own concept of urban mobility that’s injected with the customary go-kart feeling. However, the Mini Electric Concept brings these attributes to a whole new level.

The concept treats urban mobility as a good platform from which it could launch its electric capabilities, as electrified vehicles are often suitable for short travels within the city because of their shorter range.

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If you have always wanted the really pricey Porsche Design 911 Soundbar that looks like a 911 GT3 exhaust and costs $3,500, there is a new alternative that you might want to consider for your home - that is the 911 Speaker that is also by Porsche Design. Though this speaker is not a replication of any part of the 911, it costs almost $3,000 less at only $599.

By looking at the design of the speakers, the closest thing it looks like would be the dual exhausts of the GT3. The compact speakers have dimensions of 11.42 inches long, 6.1 inches wide, and 4.7 inches in height (290 x 155 x 120 millimeters). As for the quality, the speakers are made of aluminum housing that is finished in high-gloss black. It features a 60-watt system with Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity that you can pair up with devices as far as 33 feet away (10 meters). Inside, it has a lithium-ion battery pack that can play your music for as long as 24 hours, and the best part is the fact that it supports voice commands.

But that is not all it features, if you get two of these, you will be able to pair both devices for a stereo sound, unlocking a new feature. One will act as the left component, while the other will act as the right one. It is either that, or both speakers will broadcast the same music from two different parts of your home, enabling it to fill a larger space.

Read the entire article You can now have supercar sound in your home with Porsche Design 911 Speaker

What has BMW been up to lately? The company recently announced that they are currently focusing on electrification, and so far, their new architecture will enable “electrification of every model series”. In other words, all brands and all models can already be electrified in the near future – as either a full-electric version or as plug-in hybrid powertrain one. The company plans to make these available by the end of the decade. There will definitely be more fully-electric vehicles in the next generation.

On July 25, the company confirmed that the fully electric MINI 3 door variant will be the company’s core model. But production for this model will not begin its production until 2019. By doing that, MINI customers will have more choices when it comes to powertrains. Soon, choices will range from petrol, diesel internal combustion engine, a plug-in hybrid, and a battery electric vehicle. Since it is the BMW Group that is starting this, the MINI’s electric drivetrain will first be built at the Plant Dingolfing and Landshut in Bavaria, before it gets shipped to the Oxford Plant where the MINI 3 door models are being built.

The Dingolfing and Landshut plants are vital to the company’s global production network as the company’s global competence center for electric mobility, said Oliver Zipse, BMW AG Management Board member for Production. He then added that their system can adapt to rapidly changing customer demands, and that it is innovative. Though they have not done this yet, they are confident that they can quickly increase production of electric drivetrain components quickly if it is necessary.

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Peter Schwartzenberg, BMW's board member in charge of MINI, previously announced that MINI will be further modifying its business approach and will primarily focus on its "superhero" models.

For now, only 4 models have been unveiled to the public, but the 5th member is still shrouded in mystery. Only recently it has been rumoured that the 5th "superhero" in the likeness of an EV will supposedly launch in 2019, or so the sources say.

In previous months, the British automaker was developing and testing a pure electric vehicle but it is not certain if it will be launched to the global market as a volume unit or if it is intended as a niche model in selected regions, but it seems it will be the former.

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Named after its size and compact qualities, we all know that Mini has been making the most out of space for some time now. So, what’s new with Mini, you ask? Nope, not a concept car, or a new Countryman. Instead, it seems like the automotive manufacturer took a break from building cars and is taking some time to explore green living and architecture.

The automotive company teamed up with New York based company SO-IL, to build what they call “MINI Living - Breathe”. The prototype was installed in the middle of a narrow courtyard in Italy for the duration of Milan design week, that was from 4 to 9 April 2017.

This installation, made with translucent white mesh exterior walls, is supported by a modular metal frame, and stands at four stories tall. It can accommodate up to three people and hold a total of six rooms, plus a minimalistic roof garden. This is definitely something we have not seen from Mini before.

Read the entire article Mini Designs an Eco-Friendly Home

Riding under a banner as an auto retro specialist, British specialty carmaker David Brown Automotive is introducing its second project after reinvigorating the coach-building market with its Speedback GT. This new retro model – the Mini Remastered – was intended to celebrate the best of British motoring and blend it with high-quality, traditional coach-building and modern technologies.

Just as its name indicates, the Mini Remastered is a modern reinterpretation of the classic icon, wrapped in a modern package yet handcrafted like the old days. To remaster this iconic vehicle, David Brown worked to retain its classic design and personality – as penned by legendary British-Greek designed Sir Alec Issigonis – while installing a new aluminum grille inspired by the company’s design language as well as chrome bullet-style door-mounted wing mirrors with LED puddle lamps. Its rear end features jewel-like LED rear light clusters and indicators, as framed by aluminum surrounds. David Brown also removed the bodywork seams.

Measuring 3,055 mm in length, 1470 mm in width, 1,330 mm in height and with a 2,035 mm wheelbase, the Mini Remastered features a completely new structure as well as exterior body shell, which means that while it looks and feels like the classic Mini, it is more rigid and more reliable. According to David Brown’s Web site, the Mini Remastered is powered by the original 1275-cc four-cylinder Mini engine that has been retuned and reconditioned to develop 78 bhp of max output at 5,700 rpm and 91 lb.-ft. of peak torque available at 3,900 rpm.

Read the entire article David Brown Automotive recreates classic MINI with the perfect blend of retro and modern

McLaren car owners will be thanking the automotive company as it has decided to roll out new goodies for the 540C, 570S and 570GT sports car line-up. From this series of accessories, they surely can enhance their rides to compete with the new releases of car companies far and wide, not only for aesthetic purposes but also to increase their protection.

McLaren Special Operations (MSO) came up with a tier of personalized packages fit to either protect or enhance the said super cars. MSO has shown off an array of personalized cars lately, including the new 720S that was unveiled earlier this month at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. MSO is the division of McLaren automotive solely responsible for client's commissions. This department has 5 level of services: MSO Limited, MSO Defined, MSO Programmes, MSO Heritage and the MSO Bespoke division.

It should also be mentioned that the brand offers new floor mats and cargo-area mats. The British automaker protection products are made to keep the prized materials of the Sports Series in mint condition. Indoor and outdoor covers to protect your beloved vehicle's bodywork and paint are now at hand. Also available are skid plates that can be mounted underneath the vehicles and shield the ever delicate front diffusers from grating against speed bumps and curbs.

Read the entire article McLaren launches accessories for the 540C, 570S, and 570GT Sports Series