BMW, parent company of MINI, is in “advanced discussions” with Chinese automaker Great Wall Motors to build an electric MINI in China.
The Chinese government wants 20% of cars sold to be electric or rechargeable-hybrid vehicles by 2025, spurring a rash of fresh investment from the world’s car makers in the county.
The two companies are still finalizing where to build the car and how much to invest in the project. Great Wall operates factories in an industrial city Baoding and in Tianjin, both of which are in the Beijing area.
MINI’s Oxford, England, factory will also manufacture the electric MINI, with production slated to begin in 2019. It wasn’t revealed when Chinese production will begin.
BMW and Great Wall’s factory will initially build cars exclusively for the local market, but made in China” MINI models could eventually find their way to Europe or North America.
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Mini John Cooper Works GP Racer Is Becoming A Real Car
The hot hatch concept is under development.
At the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, Mini revealed a wild concept racecar called John Cooper Works GP (pictured) that certainly had more than a few journalists drooling. Two years later, the company has given the project the green light.
The JCW GP racer enters production in 2020, and we can assume it will probably have more than the 228 hp and 236 lb-ft. delivered by the 2.0-liter turbo found in the current JCW to work with.
Unfortunately, the wild styling might be toned down a little bit, but considering that the carbon-fibre add-ons, giant rear wing and other cool details greatly add to its appeal, let’s hope not too much.
Inside, engineers omitted the rear seats, door cards and the headliner to save weight, something that will likely carry over to the production model.
Mini has built two other JCW specials in the past, one for 2006 and the other for 2013. Both had a limited production run of 2,000 cars, so the new one might also see a short run.
MINI John Cooper Works Knights Edition Brings A Touch Of Style
This British hatchback is all about style.
MINI has revealed the newest edition to is lineup, the John Cooper Works Knights Edition, which is aimed at those looking for an extra sprinkling of style with their sporty ride.
Based on the John Cooper Works Hardtop, the Knights Edition stands out with black and silver parts and a few new accessories. It can be had in only one color, Midnight Black, contrasted with a Melting Silver roof, mirror caps, hood stripe, and a Melting Silver, and side stripes, as well as red accents at the bottom of the grille, side sills, and brake calipers.
Other exterior touches include Piano Black trim on places like the door handles and fuel filler cap; John Cooper Works Exhaust Flap System; and Exhaust Chrome Tips.
The MINI John Cooper Works Knights Edition goes on sale in Q1 2019 after making its world debut at the 2018 LA Auto Show.
You Can Now Add Personalized 3D-Printed Parts To Your MINI
MINI now lets owners add 3D-printed parts to their cars, having announced a line of 3D-printed parts that can be fully customized to your unique taste.
The aptly-named “MINI Yours Customized” product range includes indicator inlays (called side scuttles), trims for the passenger side of the interior, LED door sills and LED door projectors. Each customized part is manufactured using 3D printing and laser lettering and only take a few weeks to arrive after being ordered.
According to MINI, the parts have been designed so that they can be integrated in the vehicle by the customer or a MINI dealer and can be easily be exchanged for less personal parts if the owner chooses to sell the car in the future.
Unfortunately, not every MINI model is available with the same customized parts. Owners of the MINI Hardtop 2 Door, the MINI Hardtop 4 Door, and the MINI Convertible, for instance, can customize the trim on the passenger side, while the MINI Clubman only gets customizable LED door trims.
Fortunately, not only are you able to make a selection between different colors, patterns, surface finishes and icons when designing the MINI Yours Customized products, but you can also integrate your own texts and signature into the design, which can be modified at any time.
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