MINI Coopers’ Motoring Hearts

Motoring HeartsThe holiday season is a time to express gratitude and to give generously to others.

And, that is what Motoring Hearts is all about.

With over 37,000 volunteer organizations, this partnership between Volunteer Match and MINI allows volunteers to discover opportunities that match their interests.

  • Visit
  • Proceed to visit the Motoring Hearts website.
  • Click “Get hooked up with the right volunteer opportunity.”
  • Enter a location, interest, and age group.
  • Search for your match.
  • After registering, you will be contacted by the organization.
  • After volunteering, you will receive a Motoring Hearts badge.

Do you give good advice? Are you a business professional? Do you enjoy cooking? Are you a runner or a swimmer? Do you love animals? Are you an international guru, a piano master, a former thespian? Do you love to shop?

Your local city of Pittsburgh offers volunteer opportunities for each of these interests and more.

  • Advice Counselor—Elder Wisdom Circle
  • Arthritis Foundation 2012 Jingle Bell Run/Walk—Arthritis Foundation Western Pennsylvania
  • Business Mentor—MicroMentor, An Initiative of Mercy Corps
  • Exchange Coordinator—EF Foundation for Foreign Study
  • Food Pantry Volunteer—East End Cooperative Ministry
  • Music Ministry—AseraCare Hospice
  • Pet Therapy Volunteer—Caring Hospice of Western PA
  • Swim for MS—Multiple Sclerosis Association of America
  • Usher—Quantum Theatre
  • Volunteer Shopper—Ursuline Senior Services

As Motoring Hearts would say, “Let’s be a bunch of good-for-somethings.”


Club MINI Amsterdam Rocked During Amsterdam Dance Event

Club MINIThe Amsterdam Dance Event is a music festival consisting of over 1,700 artists from around the world performing in 75 of the best clubs in Amsterdam. Just for the Amsterdam Dance Event, the MINI Brand Store Amsterdam transformed into an exclusive club.

The MINI Brand Store offers a large assortment of MINI accessories and lifestyle products. The store is the center for all things MINI. For two days during the music festival, the store turned into Club MINI Amsterdam. This made MINI the first car brand with its own club. MINI hosted two parties featuring performances by international well-known DJs. The event was a huge success and the MINI Brand Store hopes to transform into Club MINI Amsterdam more often in 2013.

If you can’t make the trip to Amsterdam, you can still browse the MINI Lifestyle Collection online. Bring out the MINI enthusiast in you with a vast selection of great MINI products.

Topping out at 149 MPH, the 2013 MINI Coupe Cannot Come to Dealerships Fast Enough

2013 MINI CoupeYou may not be Jürgen Schmarl. And you may not be the 2012 MINI Trophy Champion. You may not even be a contestant in the MINI John Cooper Works Coupe Endurance Race. But, you could, however, feel as if you are any of these by owning the 2013 MINI Coupe.

Dealerships across the country are waiting in anticipation for the arrival of the 2013 MINI Coupe. For such a small car, it has created quite the hype. It truly is a standard-setter in the segment of premium small-cars.

The 2013 MINI Coupe offers three different trims—the Cooper, Cooper S, and John Cooper Works—each with a 1.6-liter engine, delivering anywhere from 121- to 208-horsepower and 121 to 192 lb-ft. of torque. The Cooper S and the John Cooper Works both have a turbocharged engine. In addition, there is the option between a six-speed manual or automatic transmission, available for the first time on the John Cooper Works.

Zero to 60 in 8.8 seconds, topping out at 149 miles per hour, and delivering 29 miles per gallon city and 37 miles per gallon highway, this two-passenger, two-door ride creates a Go-Kart feel, both on the racetrack and the every-day roads.

It is flashy yet athletic and offers precise handling, reliable stability, and a sporty interior.

To become a champion, the 38-year-old Austrian, Schmarl, would agree that it is all about the engineering of the car, down to the very last detail. Although you may not have the intention to win a race, the features of the 2013 MINI Coupe could still make you feel like a champion every day that you drive it.

And, maybe you’re not concerned with aerodynamics and weight distribution to optimize the speed at which you take corners on the track. However, such attributes of the 2013 MINI Coupe could contribute to the safety and performance of your ride.

MINI of Pittsburgh is anxiously anticipating the arrival of the 2013 MINI Coupe at their Pennsylvania dealership located on 4900 Baum Blvd. Interested buyers may call ahead at 877.299.9045 to schedule a test drive.

Stylish MINI Cooper Lands on Edmunds’ List of Best Convertibles

2012 MINI Cooper ConvertibleWith its legendary styling and zippy performance, the MINI Cooper Convertible is one sun-seeker that proudly stands out in a crowd. So it comes as no surprise that the MINI Cooper Convertible was chosen as a contender on Edmunds’ Consumers’ Favorites Poll of Best Convertible 2012. The MINI Cooper Convertible is waiting for you now at MINI of Pittsburgh.

This two-door convertible features a retractable soft top as well as a power tilt/sliding sunroof for days when you don’t want quite as much sun. With the ability to seat four passengers and an EPA estimated 27 mpg city/35 mpg highway, the MINI Cooper Convertible is ready and able to take you and your gang on long road trips or quick commutes around town. Standard amenities include cruise control, an auxiliary power outlet, leather wrapped steering wheel with mounted controls, a trip computer, MP3 player, and satellite radio. Optional convenience features include climate control, navigation system, rain sensing wipers, HID headlights, a premium sound system, and keyless start.

The 2012 MINI Cooper Convertible received a five-star rollover crash rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Five stars is the high rating obtainable. Safety features include brake assist, electronic stability control, traction control, driver and passenger air bags, and 4-wheel disc brakes.

Enjoy the many colors and beautiful scenery of fall with the top down on a MINI Cooper Convertible from MINI of Pittsburgh. Visit our dealership on Baum Boulevard in person or online at

MINI International Magazine Get a Fresh Look

Every great subculture has a dedicated magazine, and The MINI International is the source of all things MINI for those in the know. Well into its 11th year of publication, The MINI International has announced a stylish redesign of the publication that MINI owners have come to rely on.

Those who seek out the MINI lifestyle aren’t your typical car buyers. Once they’ve put the wheels to the road for the first time, MINI owners become part of the MINI Community. As a MINI car is a strong statement of personality and style sense, the MINI Community can be expected to be just as unique. This sentiment is now the focus of The MINI International.

The new design will forego heavy-handed airbrushing, opting instead for photos of real MINI cars in their natural habitats. Stories will zero in on slices of life, like ’food architect’ artists Bompas & Par as they put us in their Cooper S Paceman and take us on a tour of the trendy gourmet food districts in London.

“The MINI International magazine is unique and contemporary, and includes fans, customers and the MINI models equally,” commented Ralf Schepull, head of MINI Brand Communications, “With its contemporary new look, illustrations and unusual design elements, The MINI International is thoroughly modern and reflects the MINI brand perfectly.”

If you can’t get your hands on a paper copy of The MINI International, a free iPad app can be downloaded to view the latest issue.  The electronic version of The MINI International will include lots of bonus material such as short films and games.