2016 Mini Cooper’s Safety Tops the Board

It isn’t always easy to take home top safety awards, not with all of the government testing and regulations a vehicle needs to meet. While most manufacturers scrape by with meager scores, MINI isn’t one of them. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has some of the most advanced tests around, and they put cars through the wringer before bestowing the coveted “Top Safety Pick+” rating. Recently, when the 2016 MINI Cooper’s testing came back, MINI’s safety features proved their worth, earning this top safety rating with no trouble at all!

So, what does it take to earn this rating? Well, to become the best of the best, vehicles need good ratings in every category as well as a front crash prevention system that earns an advanced or superior rating. With the changes implemented in November 2015, the MINI Cooper’s side curtain airbags improved its side protection rating. The “Top Safety Pick+” award applies to the two-door hardtop models.

The MINI Cooper’s front crash prevention system avoided a collision entirely in three of five tests. It slowed to one to three mph in the other two tests. In faster tests, the impact speed dropped by around seven mph, effectively reducing the damage as a result of the crash.

We here at MINI of Pittsburgh couldn’t be prouder of the safety-oriented MINI Cooper Hardtop 2-Door. Come see one in person at our Pittsburgh MINI dealership and see just how safe, and fun, driving a MINI really is.

Watch the MINI Cooper S Save the World in the new PIXELS Trailer

MINI Coopers and movies have a long, rich history together. Of course, The Italian Job—both the original classic starring Michael Caine and the slick 2003 remake—first pops to mind when thinking about MINIs on the big screen. Now the MINI Cooper S faces an even bigger mission—saving the entire world.

In the new Sony Pictures film PIXELS, classic video games like Pac-Man and Donkey Kong have come to life and are causing havoc and terror all over the country. In the trailer, it seems like Pac-Man is taking the lead as the big bad guy here. The MINI Coopers are recruited as the Pac-Man Ghosts—the cars even get to have the names and colors of the ghosts from the original game.

In the movie, the ghosts will be driven by four classic and talented arcade game players, hoping to drive their ghost MINIs to victory against the evil Pac-Man. You can see the new PIXELS trailer online now, and you can see the whole movie in theaters starting July 24. Of course, you can see the MINI Cooper S way before that, though. Just come in to MINI of Pittsburgh and we’ll get you set up in your own “ghost” today!


How many people can fit into a Mini Cooper?

As of now, the Guinness world record says that 27 people can fit into a Mini Cooper.

Before that, it was 26.

This year, Mini is attempting to break its own Guinness world record by fitting 28 people into a Mini Cooper.

The previous records were set utilizing 26 members of a New York dance company and, later, 27 members of a gym, fulfilling the ideal criteria of flexible and non-claustrophobic participants.

This time around, it is no different, as 28 gym members set out to pack themselves into a Mini Cooper.

Immediately following the attempt, 22 of the 28 participants will also try to fit into a classic Mini Cooper.

Guinness requires all participants to be at least five feet tall and 18 years of age. In addition, all doors and windows must remain closed for five seconds. Absolutely nothing inside of the vehicle may be modified.

The action will take place this Thursday at Potters Field Park in London.

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 www.miniofpittsburgh.com.

The MINI Cooper Does It Again

MINI CooperThe MINI Cooper has always been a crowd favorite, and for good reasons. This beloved and timeless mini-car has a unique and personalized look, drives great, and gets unbeatable gas mileage. Its outstanding credentials and its low price have earned it a spot on Kelley Blue Book’s “10 Best Car Deals of the Month” list, coming in at number 6. Kelley Blue Book praises the 2012 MINI Cooper for its “sharp steering,” its “tenacious grip,” and its “responsive engine.”

Earning a spot on the Best Car Deals list means drivers will get the most out of their money with this year’s model. Coming in at just under 20K, the MINI Cooper delivers the ride of a lifetime at an affordable cost. As a driver, if you like outstanding performance, less visits to the gas station, responsive handling, and a uniquely expressive design (on both the inside and the outside), then the MINI Cooper is the car for you.

Head on down to MINI of Pittsburgh today, and step inside an all-new 2012 MINI Cooper and take it out for a spin. Chances are, you’ll never want to get back out.




MINI Countryman Is Perfect Size for All Your Guests and Gear

MINI Countryman

With a spacious cabin, seating for four, and a personality that is distinctly MINI, the MIN Cooper Countryman is the perfect vehicle for your end of summer road trip. The MINI Cooper Countryman is available in three trim levels and has something for everyone.

The Countryman is the biggest, roomiest MINI on the road. It seats tall adults in either the front or rear seats comfortably and has a lost more cargo space than other MINI models. Comfort and convenience features on the Countryman include keyless start, remote trunk release, cruise control, auxiliary power outlet, variable speed intermittent wipers, climate control, HID headlights, and wireless cell phone hookup. An MP3 player, HD radio, and an auxiliary audio input keep you entertained during every ride.

The 2012 MINI Cooper Countryman is now on the lot at MINI of Pittsburgh. Visit us in person or online at http://www.miniofpittsburgh.com/ for more details and to view our current inventory. Come experience the quirky and fun ride that can only be delivered by MINI.

MINI Cooper Coupe Makes KBB’s List of Top 10 Head Turners of 2012

With a funky exterior and nimble handling, it’s easy to see why the 2012 MINI Cooper Coupe made Kelley Blue Book’s like of the Top 10 Head Turners of 2012. The 2012 MINI Cooper Coupe is now available at MINI of Pittsburgh.

The MINI Cooper Coupe was all-new for the 2012 model year. This two-door two-passenger coupe offers the driving dynamics that are uniquely MINI with a smaller, sportier feel. The 2012 MINI Cooper Coupe is available in three trim levels: Base, S, and John Cooper Works.

The Base Coupe features a 4-cylinder engine with 121-hp@6000 RPM. The Base trim gets exceptional fuel economy with estimated rating of 29 city/37 highway MPG. Standard equipment includes a trip computer, adjustable steering wheel with mounted controls, keyless start, intermittent wipers, and cruise control. In addition, HD radio, auxiliary audio input, and MP3 player come ready to use.

The S Coupe delivers a little more jolt under the hood with a 4-cylinder, 181-hp@5500 RPM engine. The S Coupe boasts fog lamps, leather wrapped steering wheel, keyless entry, power steering, front floor mats, and vehicle anti-theft system.

The John Cooper Works Coupe provides the most powerful engine on the 2012 Cooper Coupe with a 4-cylinder 208-hp@6000 RPM engine. Leather seats, HD radio, keyless start, power driver mirror, and a rear spoiler are just a few of the standard features on the most luxurious trim of the Cooper Coupe lineup.

The eye-catching exterior of the MINI Cooper Coupe is what really sets it apart from any other vehicle on the road today. The integral roof spoiler and wing that deploy from its trunk lid convey a very futuristic style. The unique ‘helmet’ roof and hatch-style decklid create a compact feel with an aggressive appearance.

The 2012 MINI Cooper Coupe is now available at MINI of Pittsburgh. Stop by and see us today or visit http://www.miniofpittsburgh.com/ to view our inventory.

Driving Fun and Efficiently with MINI’s John Cooper Works

A suite of new high-performance MINIs is coming to town. The John Cooper Works line of MINIs pack a punch of power and fuel efficiency as the newest incarnation of the MINIMALISM attitude.

The principle behind MINIMALISM relies on engine efficiency in fuel consumption and emission-reducing technology. The MINI John Cooper Works has both of these, while still offering instant power on the pedal.

The 2013 models will carry a next-generation John Cooper Works engine based on the powertrain in the MINI Cooper S. This powerhouse will use a twin-scroll turbocharger, direct injection and VALVETRONIC variable valve control. The VALVETRONIC throttle-free load control boosts the response of the engine, in addition to improving efficiency.

The 1.6-liter, 208 hp, four-cylinder engine is paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox, with an optional automatic that features Steptronic function. The electric motor only uses energy when power is needed, which helps to reduce fuel consumption. However, fuel efficiency hasn’t affected the power and fun in the drive. The 2013 MINI John Cooper Works Hardtop can hit 60 from 0 in just 6.2 seconds. The ‘overboost’ function will take the new John Cooper Works engine from 192 lbs-feet of torque up to 207.

Model lines include the MINI John Cooper Works Hardtop, MINI John Cooper Works Clubman, MINI John Cooper Works Convertible, MINI John Cooper Works Coupe and MINI John Cooper Works Roadster. The MINI John Cooper Works Countryman will come with ALL4 all-wheel-drive.

2012 MINI John Cooper Works

New Partnership with Miles Ahead

Miles Ahead Program

MINI has recently partnered up with Miles Ahead to become The Official Car of the Miles Ahead Teen Driving Intensive. The Miles Ahead program works with teenage drivers in efforts to decrease the number of auto collisions and injuries caused by this age group. The program puts students behind the wheel in controlled environments where teens can learn behaviors and techniques in order to become more confident drivers.

During the Miles Ahead program, teenagers learn and practice car control, handling and avoidance exercises. Although learning about vehicle safety is not at the top of every teenager’s to-do list, Miles Ahead makes it fun, taking advantage of their affiliation Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IndyCars.

Miles Ahead proudly selected MINI vehicles as their exclusive school vehicle. They chose MINI as their reputation for quality, efficient, safe and well-maneuvered vehicles is perfect for the program. Miles Ahead also teaches teens about the great MINI safety features such as the standard anti-lock braking system, dynamic stability control, three-point safety harness and six airbags MINI vehicles have to offer.

Mini of Pittsburg proudly supports MINI’s collaboration with the Miles Ahead Teen Driving Intensive. It is very important to teach new drivers the importance of safety and handling on the road. If you are interested in finding out more about this great program, feel free to swing by our Pittsburg, PA dealership. Our associates will be happy to answer any questions you may have.