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2002-03 = Launch of Cooper and Cooper S:
$ 16,850 for Cooper
$ 19,850 for Cooper S
* Body Colors:
* Cosmos Black (Cooper)
* Solid Black
* Electric Blue (Cooper S)
* Indi Blue
* British Racing Green
* Silk Green (Cooper)
* Chili Red
* Velvet Red (Cooper)
* Dark Silver (Cooper S)
* Pure Silver
* Pepper White (Cooper)
* Liquid Yellow
* Seat Upholstery:
* Panther Black Kaleido Cloth (Cooper Standard Seats)
* Tartan Red Kaleido Cloth (Cooper Sport Seats)
* Grey Space Cloth (Cooper S Sport Seats)
* Panther Black Gravity Leather (Cooper S Sports Seats)
* Lapis Blue Gravity Leather (Cooper S Sports Seats)
* Panther Black Profile Leather (Cooper)
* Cordoba Beige Soft Leather (Cooper Standard Seats)
* Emerald Green Natural Leather (Cooper Standard Seats)
* Panther Black Leatherette
* Wheel Offerings:
* 15" R81 (Cooper standard)
* 15" R82 (Cooper NC option)
* 15" R86 (Accessory)
* 16" R83 (Cooper option)
* 16" R84 (Cooper S standard)
* 16" R87 (Accessory)
* 16" R88 (Accessory)
* 17" R85 (Cooper S option)
* 17" R90 (Accessory)
# Front Suspension (eliminate "Pull Left" problem)
2002-04 = Beginning of ordering per customer specifications

2002-09 = Start of production for 2003 model:
$ 16,975 for Cooper
$ 19,975 for Cooper S
+ Alarm System Pre-wiring
+ Interior Surface Anthracite
+ Interior Surface Silver (now available for Cooper S)
+ Satellite-Ready / Aux-Ready Radio
+ Second Remote Key
- Boot Power Outlet
# Wheel Offerings:
+ 16" R90 (Accessory)
2002-10 = Changes for 2003 model:
+ Manual Boot Release
2002-12 = Changes for 2003 model:
+ Alloy Pedals (Cooper S)
+ Harman Kardon Sound System
# Sport Steering Wheel (perforated leather wrap and thumb grips)
2003-01 = Changes for 2003 model:
# Power Steering Fan (no longer shares electrical circuit with radiator fan)
2003-03 = Changes for 2003 model:
# Body Colors:
+ Solid Gold
- Silk Green
+ Brake Pad Wear Sensors
2003-04 = Sirius Satellite Radio available (dealer install)

2003-05 = Changes for 2003 model:
# Shock Absorbers (oil viscosity and valve structure)
2003-06 = JCW Kit available (dealer install)

2003-09 = Start of production for 2004 model:
$ 16,999 for Cooper
$ 19,999 for Cooper S
$ Options:
+ 50 for CVT
+ 50 for Leather Upholstery
+ 50 for Premium Package
+ 50 for Sport Package
+ Boot Power Outlet
# Body Colors:
- Velvet Red
+ Pepper White (now available for Cooper S)
# On Board Computer (instantaneous fuel consumption feature added)
# Seat Upholstery:
+ Cordoba Beige Soft Leather (now available for Sport Seats)
# Tachometer Digital Display (speed readout added)
2003-09 = Rear Fog Lights available (dealer install)

2003-10 = Changes for 2004 model:
# Power Steering Fan (protection grill added)
2003-12 = Changes for 2004 model:
+ Rear Fog Lights
# Sport Steering Wheel (3-spoke instead of 2-spoke)
2004-01 = Changes for 2004 model:
$ 20,449 for Cooper S
# Exhaust Hangers (parallel versus perpendicular for Cooper S)
2004-04 = Limited production model available:
$ 27,000 for Cooper S MC40
2004-07 = Start of production for 2005 model:
$ 21,500 for Cooper Convertible
$ 24,950 for Cooper S Convertible
$ Options:
+ 20 for Metallic Paint
+ 50 for Premium Package
+ 50 for Sport Package
+ Anthracite Headliner
+ Chrome Line Exterior
+ Chrome Line Interior
+ Chrome Mirror Caps
+ Chrono Gauge Pack
+ Interior Features:
+ Utility Box (storage in cubby hole between dash down-tubes)
+ Coin Tray (storage under hand-brake)
+ Driver Side Sun-visor
+ Passenger Grab Handle
+ Interior Surface Body Color (except Cooper Hardtop)
+ Universal Garage Door Opener
- Rear Fog Lights
# Automatic A/C Controls
# Body Colors:
+ Astro Black (Cooper)
- Cosmos Black
+ Cool Blue (Convertible)
+ Hyper Blue (Cooper S)
- Indi Blue
+ Hot Orange (Convertible)
+ Black-Eye Purple (Purple Haze)
# Bumpers (front and rear for Cooper)
# Clock (switchable time / odometer display on speedometer)
# Dash (3-piece replaces 5-piece)
# Engine Power (+7 hp / +7 lb/ft for Cooper S)
# Exhaust Sound (burble on deceleration for Cooper S)
# Grill (3-slats with smooth surround)
# Headlights and Taillights
# Manual Transmission (Getrag replaces Midland Gears for Cooper)
# Manual Transmission Gearing (better acceleration)
# Radio (larger volume dial and MP3 compatible CD player)
# Seat Upholstery:
- Panther Black Kaleido Cloth
- Tartan Red Kaleido Cloth
+ Panther Black Octagon Cloth (Cooper Standard Seats)
+ Grey Space Cloth (now available for Cooper Sport Seats)
+ Tartan Red Octagon Cloth/Leather (Hardtop Sport Seats)
+ Orange/Blue Sunrise Cloth/Leather (Convertible Sport Seats)
+ Panther Black Gravity Leather (now available for Cooper Sport Seats)
+ Lapis Blue Gravity Leather (now available for Cooper Hardtop Sport Seats)
+ Dark Blue Gravity Leather (Convertible Sports Seats)
- Panther Black Profile Leather
- Cordoba Beige Soft Leather (Cooper Standard Seats)
- Emerald Green Natural Leather
+ Grey Leatherette
# Wheel Offerings:
+ 15" R93 (Cooper Convertible standard)
+ 16" R92 (Cooper S Convertible standard)
+ 17" R91 (Cooper S Convertible option)
+ 17" R98 (Cooper S option)
+ 17" R99 (Accessory)
+ 18" R95 (Accessory)
2004-09 = Changes for 2005 model:
- Anthracite Headliner
2004-10 = Upgraded JCW Kit available (dealer install)

2004-11 = Changes for 2005 model:
+ Rear Fog Lights
2005-01 = Changes for 2005 model:
$ 17,500 for Cooper
$ 22,000 for Cooper Convertible
$ 20,950 for Cooper S
$ 25,450 for Cooper S Convertible
$ Options:
+200 for Anthracite Headliner
+ 30 for Chrome Mirrors
+ 50 for Chrono Gauge Pack
+ 10 for Fog Lights
+ 30 for Sport Seats
+ Auto Headlights
+ Automatic Transmission (Cooper S)
+ Convenience Package
+ Limited Slip Differential (Cooper S manual transmission)
# Body Colors:
+ Hyper Blue (now available for Cooper)
# Seat Bottom (cushion redesigned to accomodate airbag sensors)
2005-03 = Changes for 2005 model:
+ Armrest
2005-09 = Start of production for 2006 model:
$ 21,150 for Cooper S
$ Options:
+200 for Interior Surface Body Color
+ 30 for Metallic Paint
+ 50 for Premium Package
+ 50 for Sport Package
+ Interior Surface "Park Lane" (Hardtop)
+ Interior Surface "Seven" (Hardtop)
+ Silver Exterior Options:
+ Bonnet Stripes
+ Mirror Caps
+ Roof
# Body Colors:
+ Astro Black (now available for Cooper S)
- Solid Black
- Electric Blue
+ Space Blue (Hardtop)
+ Royal Grey (Hardtop)
+ Pepper White (now available for Convertible)
- Liquid Yellow (Cooper S)
# Seat Upholstery:
+ Panther Black English Leather (Hardtop)
# Wheel Offerings:
+ R81 (now NC option for Cooper)
- 15" R82 (now Accessory only)
+ 15" R93 (now standard for Cooper)
+ 15" R96 (Cooper Hardtop option)
+ 18" R105 (Accessory)
2005-10 = Changes for 2006 model:
+ Checkmate Package (Hardtop)
# Body Colors:
+ Solar Red (Cooper Hardtop)
# Seat Upholstery:
+ Grey Checkmate Cloth/Leather (Checkmate Package)
# Wheel Offerings:
+ 16" R94 (Cooper Checkmate Package)
+ 17" R97 (Cooper S Checkmate Package)
2005-11 = Changes for 2006 model:
+ JCW Package (Cooper S Manual Transmission)
2006-02 = Changes for 2006 model:
# Seat Upholstery:
- Grey Space Cloth
2006-03 = Changes for 2006 model:
$ 18,000 for Cooper
$ 22,500 for Cooper Convertible
$ 21,450 for Cooper S
$ 25,950 for Cooper S Convertible
2006-05 = Changes for 2006 model:
# Body Colors:
- Black-Eye Purple (Purple Haze)
- Solar Red
- Liquid Yellow
# Seat Upholstery:
+ Grey Space Cloth
2006-07 = Changes for 2006 model:
# Wheel Bolts (M14x1.25 replaces M12x1.5)
2006-08 = Limited production model available:
$ 31,150 for Cooper S JCW GP
2006-09 = Changes for 2006 model:
- Checkmate Package
2006-11-28 = Hardtop production ends



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Press Release - 01/08/2002

MINI COOPER AND MINI COOPER S OPTIONS AND PRICING ANNOUNCED SPORTINESS AND INDIVIDUALITY AT AN ATTAINABLE PRICE

Detroit, Michigan, January 8, 2002... In preparation for the brand's U.S. launch this spring, MINI today announced pricing at the Detroit International Auto Show for the MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S. The base Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 115 hp MINI Cooper is $16,850 and $19,850 for the 163 hp MINI Cooper S. Prices include a destination charge of $550. Complementing MINI's size, both models are competitively priced yet offer the high levels of standard and optional features expected on a premium car. Combining the attributes of a small, nimble car, BMW Group technology and a high level of handling, comfort and safety features, MINI has created the 'Premium Small Car' segment.

Customers have a choice of three distinct option packages that make ordering a nicely equipped MINI Cooper or MINI Cooper S simple. The Premium Package and Sport Package are each only $1,250 and have exclusive options that, when combined, creates an ultimate premium offering. Adding the Cold Weather Package at $500 creates a fully equipped car for all seasons.

In addition to MINI's fun and sporty character, individuality is a cornerstone of the MINI product concept. Customers can choose from close to 30 comfort, safety and convenience options on both the MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S and not be restricted by option packages. Several options come at no additional cost to the customer.

Customers can specify MINI's signature contrast roof in either black, white or body color. On both models, customers can specify their chosen wheel size in either a white or a silver finish. The standard 6-speaker in-dash CD audio system can be exchanged for a 6-speaker stereo cassette audio system. All the above are offered at no additional cost.

MINI's options and pricing strategy gives consumers individuality and simplicity at a compelling price.

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MINI will be sold in the US via a separate retail network comprised of 70 dealerships. Each MINI dealer will have a sales environment and staffing exclusively dedicated to the franchise. Sales of 100,000 units a year are expected worldwide when full production has been reached. The US market is expected to commence at 20,000 units in the first full sales year.

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Press Release - 03/25/2002

MINI ON-SALE WEEKEND PROVES A SMASH HIT

Countrywide Celebrations of New Brand's Debut

Woodcliff Lake New Jersey, March 25, 2002...'MINI Mania' took hold throughout the U.S. this weekend with the launch of the all-new MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S. MINI dealers across the country held celebratory events for the return of a legendary automotive name to American shores and reported over 50,000 people attending.

Highlights of the weekend included:

* MINI of Palm Beach where customers arrived as early as 4:30 AM to be first for test-drives.

* Niello MINI - Sacramento, CA. People spent the night in cars in order to be the first in line. Buyers at the dealership ranged between 23 and 60 years old.

* Over 300 people showed up at MINI of Manhattan where test-drives continued well into the evening.

* The truck delivering the first MINIs to MINI of Las Vegas was met be a cheering throng of prospective customers.

* The American Heart Association had a silver MINI Cooper lead its marathon race through downtown Cincinnati.

* Motorwerks MINI of Ohio opened its mall location at the Southdale Center. Their test drive Cooper S logged 317 miles in prospective customers' hands.

* MINI's MotoringGear(tm) line also proved a smash-hit, with dealers each selling thousands of dollars worth of merchandise and clothing. In addition to the MINI Cuckoo Clock, popular items included a chamois jacket, a suntan T, and a special edition commemorative numbered tee shirt.

Anecdotal reports from dealers were:

* 8 out of 10 customers ordered at least one item from MINI's motoring accessories.

* 7 out of 10 paid cash for their car.

* 9 out of 10 of stated that their top three reasons for buying a MINI were the thrilling driving experience, styling, and individuality.

Many lucky attendees were picking up the keys this weekend. An excited MINI fan at one dealer event said, "I've been following the reintroduction of MINI for a while now and I was thrilled to learn I was able to pick up my car on launch day. This is such a beautiful car to look at and a great car to drive. My friends are so jealous."

Many of the parties were attended by the local Mini Owners' club, and Debbie Franks of the East Coast Mini Club said, "MINI has been away from the U.S. for too long. We are so happy that the new MINI Cooper is back in the U.S. - and it's just as much fun to drive as the classic Mini."

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MINI will be sold in the US from March 22 via a separate retail network comprised of approximately 70 dealerships. Each MINI dealer will have a sales environment and staffing exclusively dedicated to the franchise. MINI will be represented in the U.S. by the MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S, with MSRP of $16,850 and $19,850 respectively, including destination. Sales of 100,000 units a year are expected worldwide when full production has been reached. The US market is expected to commence at 20,000 units in the first full sales year.

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Press Release - 08/12/2002

MINI Pricing For 2003 Model Year Announced

Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey, August 12,2002... MINI USA has announced Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2003 model year MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S. Both models feature product enhancements and undergo an increase of $125. This means that the '03 model year MINI Cooper MSRP is $16,975 and the MINI Cooper S is $19,975. Both prices include destination charges.

2003 production begins September 1, 2002. For '03, the MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S will come with a second remote key and both are pre-wired for a dealer-installed alarm system. On the interior, an anthracite trim is also available at no extra charge. This option changes the fascia, down tubes, and door bezels to a stylish smoke gray on both the Cooper and the MINI Cooper S. The MINI Cooper S is also available with the high gloss silver interior currently found on the Cooper.

MINI's sound system will also be satellite-ready (an announcement on satellite radio will be made shortly) and will also offer the customer an auxiliary input jack to the rear to allow the direct connection of MP3 players, tape players, CD players and other auxiliary equipment.

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Press Release - 04/16/2003

Woodcliff Lake, NJ, April 16, 2003.... The Big Apple witnesses the debut of an exciting enhancement to the MINI Cooper S for the U.S. market - the John Cooper Works package. Produced by the legendary aftermarket company, John Cooper Works, this exciting 200 hp package comes just 12 months on from MINI's U.S. launch at the 2002 New York International Auto Show. Now, the John Cooper Works package offers customers yet another way to individualize their MINI - this time with real performance in mind.

Developed by the legendary John Cooper Works Company for a global market, the unique package will be sold exclusively through MINI dealers and will be covered under MINI's comprehensive new car warranty. The package includes a reconfigured cylinder head, uprated supercharger along with special engine electronics and a performance exhaust. This enhancement takes the regular 163hp MINI Cooper S to over 200 hp.
Importantly for existing MINI owners, the package can be retrofitted to their current MINI Cooper S. The complete package comes with an MSRP of $4,500 plus dealer installation.

Performance is at the heart of the MINI Cooper S and the John Cooper Works Package takes this philosophy one step further. The cornerstone of the package is an enhanced Eaton supercharger with specially coated vanes that generate increased flow pressure. The unit comes with a new pulley design that allows the unit to spin at a higher RPM, generating an increase in power.

A high performance head is also a key ingredient. The modified head has improved port flow and, crucially has been especially designed for the increased compression and heat produced by the supercharger.

The package also includes a reprogrammed Electronic Control Unit (ECU), which manages all engine control functions including airflow, combustion, fueling and spark advance. The enhanced ECU has been recalibrated to optimize power output and drivability, resulting in a lively throttle response and increased acceleration in the mid-range torque band.

Also included in the package is a stainless steel sport exhaust system. The system is a parallel-flow, low backpressure system with superb interior and exterior noise quality. The system adds a throatier, more powerful exhaust note has distinctive looking twin chrome exhaust tips.

The John Cooper Works Cooper S package promises enhanced performance and it delivers. With the package, power is increased to an impressive 200 bhp at 6950 rpm from the same 1.6 liters of displacement. In comparison, the already impressive MINI Cooper S produces 163 bhp at 6000 rpm in unmodified form. Torque is also up, rating at 177 foot-pounds at 4,000 rpm for the equipped car versus 155 foot-pounds at 4,000 rpm for the unequipped car.
The John Cooper Works equipped MINI Cooper S sprints from 0-60 in an improved 6.5 seconds with a top speed increased to 140 mph. This compares to a 0-60 time for the unequipped MINI Cooper S of 6.9 seconds and a top speed of 135 mph. The performance upgrade with the John Cooper Works package is very noticeable in all driving conditions and is an ideal compliment to the superb handling and chassis dynamics of the MINI Cooper S.

Visual cues are understated and will appeal to the MINI enthusiast. A unique chrome John Cooper Works badge adorns the rear deck lid and, when raised, the bonnet reveals a visually appealing silver intercooler surround with John Cooper Works logo. An individually numbered valve cover plaque tops it off and commemorates the exclusivity of this special package.

John Cooper Works has engineered this kit so that it can be offered in all markets where the MINI is sold around the world. Therefore, a MINI Cooper S equipped with the John Cooper Works Package must be able to withstand extreme temperatures and variations in fuel quality, but still offer enhanced power in an extremely reliable package.

The John Cooper Works package is sold and professionally installed through all MINI dealers in the U.S. A MINI Cooper S equipped with the dealer-installed package is fully backed by MINI's 4 year 50,000 thousand-mile new car warranty. And the John Cooper Works package is not just limited to new cars. Owners of an existing MINI Cooper S may also visit their local MINI dealer and have the kit installed at any time. The balance of the factory warranty will still remain in effect.

John Cooper Works is no ordinary aftermarket company. Since the 1940s, the company has produced celebrated racing cars, notably the front-engine Cooper Bristol driven by Fangio and rear engine Coopers for Formula 1, driven by Jack
Brabham, Bruce McLaren and Stirling Moss. Under John Cooper's direction, the Cooper Car Company won consecutive Formula 1 Constructors' World Championships in 1959 and 1960.

The Cooper name is forever entwined with MINI, originating with the 1961 MINI Cooper, which was developed by John Cooper. John recognized MINI's inherent motorsport potential and his team produced cars that took numerous race titles, and the MINI Cooper S became the stuff of legend with 3 Monte Carlo Rally wins between 1964 and 1967, driven by greats such as Paddy Hopkirk and Rauno Aaltonen. The Cooper company continues to produce aftermarket parts for the classic MINI and played an active part in the development of the new generation MINI Cooper. John Cooper passed away just as the new car came to market and the company is now run by his son, Michael.

Jack Pitney, general manager of MINI USA said: "We are thrilled to be bringing this exciting package to the U.S. MINI's regular specification cars are exhilarating to drive in themselves, but the addition of this unique package takes the MINI experience to a whole new level."

Note: The Cooper version of the John Cooper package will not be offered for sale in the U.S. market.

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Press Release - 07/29/2003

Woodcliff Lake, NJ, July 29, 2003 ... MINI has announced that dealer-installed front and rear fog lamp kits will be available from late September.

Suitable for all existing MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S models, the kits can be bought for the rear only or front and rear as a package. The kits have an MSRP of $75 for the rear kit and $199 for the front and rear kit combined, exclusive of installation charges.

Kit pricing includes an additional toggle switch for the front console. Installation includes ancillary wiring and reprogramming of the vehicle's software.

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Press Release - 08/01/2003

Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey - August 1, 2003 MINI USA is pleased to announce pricing and specification changes for the 2004 model year. Even with strong and consistent demand for both MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S, both models will receive only a modest price increase of $24. This will make the MINI Cooper MSRP $16,999 and the MINI Cooper S MSRP $19,999, inclusive of $550 Destination and Handling.

Several specification changes for 2004 are below:
- Due to popular demand, Pepper White will be available for the MINI Cooper S
- A new style 3-spoke leather sport steering wheel for both models (available starting in December 2003)
- A rear power socket will return as a standard item
- Sport seats in Cordoba Beige Leather are also available due to customer demand
- The electronic display under the tachometer now includes a digital speed readout
- The On board computer now includes an instantaneous fuel consumption function

Several options and package prices have also been adjusted for 2004. Sport and Premium packages are up only $50 from 2003 as is the optional leather interior and CVT transmission.

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Press Release - 12/23/2003

December 23, 2003

While MINI has only made minor pricing changes since its launch, the base price of the supercharged MINI Cooper S will increase by $450, effective January 1st 2004 to coincide with the beginning of January production.
The manufacturer's suggested retail price for the MINI Cooper will remain unchanged, maintaining its competitive price point of $16,999, including destination. The new MSRP for the MINI Cooper S will be $20,449, including destination. Pricing for available options and packages across the entire MINI range will remain the same.

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Press Release - 02/04/2004

Chicago, Illinois - February 4th, 2004 ... MINI USA announces the debut of the MINI Cooper S MC40. This limited-production commemorative edition celebrates the 40th anniversary of MINI's win of the famed Monte Carlo Rally in 1964 - a victory that forever changed the reputation of MINI to that of a true motorsport legend.

The MINI Cooper S MC40 possesses all the distinctive visual characteristics that connects this limited production model to that of its historic predecessor. With only 1,000 units planned, the limited production MC40 comes with a set list of standard equipment and special features and will appear only in Chili Red with a white roof - the signature colors of the winning car. Customers are able to order the MINI Cooper S MC40 at dealers with expected delivery by April, 2004. MSRP will be about $27,000 including $550 for destination.

MINI and the 1964 Monte Carlo Rally - The Making of a Legend
What makes this limited edition so special is the historic event the MINI Cooper S MC40 commemorates. The 1964 Monte Carlo victory heralded the car as a worthy motorsport competitor and set the Mini on a course to become a motoring icon lasting 40 years to this very day.

The date was January 17th, 1964 and the Monte Carlo Rally was becoming more challenging than ever with the entry of well-organized factory teams. Competition for the Mini was stiff with bigger, more powerful cars from Ford, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo to Citroen, Saab and other pedigree challengers.

Piloted by fearless rally driver Paddy Hopkirk and his skilled navigator, Henry Liddon, the pint-sized Mini overcame great odds in all sorts of challenging conditions. Ice, twisty mountain passes, darkness and above all, formidable challengers, made for an exciting, flat-out drive for the team. On snowy sections of the route, the Mini's nimble handling and front-wheel-drive proved advantageous over the more powerful, albeit heavier, larger rear-wheel-drive competition. In the final moments of the rally on the Grand Prix circuit, Paddy and the pint-sized Mini were tenacious, pulling a victory over the second place contender by little more than 30 points.

It certainly was the sensation in the rally season that year: A small red David with a white roof proudly showed its tailpipe to all those ultra-powerful Goliaths, clinching overall victory in the Monte Carlo Rally. And in this "big bang", the tiny little car immediately became a legend.

Originally conceived as an inexpensive and economical means of transportation, the Mini had been transformed into the hot-blooded Mini Cooper and Mini Cooper S thanks to the legendary John Cooper of Formula 1 fame. John recognized the Mini's excellent attributes as a quick and nimble performer with great potential on the motorsport circuits. The Mini Cooper and Mini Cooper S clearly stood out as the "every man's sports car".

Wherever the Mini - either in standard trim or in highly modified form - appeared at the start of a race, it was always good for a genuine surprise. Indeed, the Mini wrote many a headline in the world of rally racing, just like it made things more than difficult for the usual "tough guys" on race circuits the world over. There was truly no other car in the market able to offer the same kind of sporting performance for so little money and providing outstanding driving pleasure within such compact dimensions.

Forty years on nothing has changed: The features which once took the classic Mini to victory in that historic race to Monaco remain the basic ingredients of the MINI today. With its compact exterior dimensions, the new MINI simply whisks around corners, resting solidly on its wide track and long wheelbase. In particular, however, every driver given the opportunity to take the wheel of a MINI will feel immediately why entering the Monte Carlo Rally would indeed be a wonderful experience. Both generations of MINI clearly stand out from all other cars in precisely the same way. They are extremely agile and posses go-kart-like reflexes.

The MINI Cooper S MC40 - A Salute to History
Competitors could not miss the distinctive red and white colors and tidy dimensions of the Mini that wrote history in 1964. Taking cues from the winning car, the same colors adorn the MINI Cooper S MC40. Special commemorative markings on the car include the famous "33-EJB" on the bonnet and a special 40th anniversary rally graphic on both the bonnet and rear quarters. The car proudly wears special magnetic door plaques with the unmistakable white and black "number 37". The plaques stay securely in place at speed, but can be easily removed if needed.

The MINI Cooper S MC40 comes with a set of distinctive 17-inch, multi-spoke alloy wheels. The two-piece wheels are finished in anthracite gray and feature a polished aluminum lip. Other special equipment includes rally-style driving lights with chrome bezels, a chrome grille, mirror caps and rear boot handle. A tasteful 'GB' insignia adorns the rear boot lid, paying tribute to the car's place-of-origin in Oxford, England.

The standard equipment list also includes a sport package with Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), front and rear fog lights, on-board computer and Xenon headlamps with power wash - features a rally driver could have only dreamed of in 1964.

In the cabin, the dash panel is clad in genuine, lightweight carbon fiber and the seats wear striking red and black leather upholstery unique to this model. A special gauge package is mounted in the center console and indicates voltage and oil temperature. The shift knob features a 40th Anniversary Monte Carlo insignia and has a satin aluminum finish. The interior also features a thick leather wrapped, three-spoke sport wheel and all-weather rubber floor mats to protect the carpets from would-be rally drivers' shoes.

To round out the unique features included in the MINI Cooper S MC40, there is a special numbered commemorative plate in the center console indicating the exclusivity of each car.

"We have created this car to mark a great event in MINI's history", stated Jack Pitney, Vice President, MINI USA. "The 1964 Monte Carlo victory was the event that put MINI on the map to become a lasting motoring icon and the MINI Cooper S MC40 pays a fitting tribute to our rich heritage."

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Press Release - 06/30/2004

Woodcliff Lake, NJ - June 30, 2004 - MINI ANNOUNCES 2005 MINI CONVERTIBLE PRICING

MINI USA is pleased to announce the official pricing for the much-anticipated MINI Convertibles which go on sale September 1st, 2004. The MINI Cooper Convertible debuts with a base MSRP of $21,500 while the MINI Cooper S Convertible comes on the scene with a base MSRP of $24,950. These prices include a destination charge of $550.

The MINI Convertibles come standard with a fully automatic power soft top that integrates a unique power sliding sunroof that can be opened and closed at speeds up to 75 miles-per-hour. Additionally, the innovative top design is engineered to maximize available storage. With the top in the up position, the rear portion of the top can be unlatched to hinge upward and expand the opening to the rear cargo area. With the MINI Convertible's standard 50/50 split fold-down rear seats, this clever design allows customers to fit larger items through the boot lid opening into the back.

The top also comes with a heated rear glass window and is available in three distinct colors - black, blue and green. On the subject of colors and customer choice, the MINI Convertibles are available in 12 colors with Hot Orange and Cool Blue exclusive to the convertible models.

A high level of standard safety is built into the MINI Convertibles. In addition the front impact airbags the MINI Convertibles offer side impact airbags that protect the thorax and head of both front passengers in the event of a side impact. Thanks to MINI's design, conceived from the start with both a hardtop and a convertible in mind, the MINI Convertibles are rigid with added structural enhancements to the A-pillars, side door sills and a high-strength, light weight aluminum roll-over bar contoured and integrated with the rear headrests.

A lot of value is standard in the MINI Convertibles at an attractive MSRP. However, the MINI Convertibles also offer a whole host of optional features and equipment to give customers the opportunity to build their own unique MINI Convertible.

In addition to the plethora of stand-alone options available for MINI customers to choose from, popular options are available in reasonably priced and easy to order packages. Both the Premium and Sport packages are available for the MSRP of $1,350 and the Cold Weather package is available for $300.

There is a variety of new interior trim options such as chrome instrument bezels, or body-color dash panels and a chrono gauge cluster. Other options such as navigation system, Harman Kardon sound system and a variety of wheel and upholstery combinations provide customers with a wide range of options to personalize their MINI Convertible.

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Press Release - 10/27/2004

Woodcliff Lake, NJ October 27, 2004.... MINI USA announces the availability of its new higher-output John Cooper Works kit for 2005. Produced by the legendary aftermarket company John Cooper Works, the new kit for the MINI Cooper S offers increased horsepower and torque over that of the previous generation. Horsepower is now increased to 207 hp at 6,950 rpm from 200 hp at the same rpm. Torque is also boosted, now registering 180 pounds-feet at 4,500 rpm, up from 177 pounds-feet at 4,000 rpm.

The unique John Cooper Works Company kit is sold exclusively through MINI dealers and is covered under MINI's comprehensive new car warranty. Key enhancements for the new 2005 John Cooper Works kit include a redesigned air box with an electronically-controlled air induction system, a set of higher flow fuel injectors and a reprogrammed electronic control unit.

The new air box features an electronically controlled valve that opens an additional air duct at higher engine speeds, This allows more fresh air to enter though a special low restriction filter element. In addition to dramatically increasing the airflow, the new air box creates a more powerful induction sound that compliments the impressive growl from the performance exhaust, also part of the kit.

Of course, the cornerstone of the package remains the enhanced Eaton supercharger with specially-coated vanes that generate increased flow pressure. The unit comes with a pulley design that allows the unit to spin at a higher RPM. This, along with the increased flow pressure, generates an increase in power over the stock unit.

A high performance cylinder head also remains a key ingredient. The modified head has improved port flow and has been specifically designed for the increased compression and heat produced by the supercharger. For 2005, new injectors with a higher fuel flow and a set of performance spark plugs with a colder heat rating, also help to increase the power output.

With its new upgrades for 2005, the enhanced Electronic Control Unit (ECU) has been recalibrated to optimize power output and drivability, resulting in lively throttle response and increased acceleration in the mid-range torque band. The reprogrammed ECU optimizes the power output by managing all engine control functions including airflow, combustion, fuel delivery and spark advance.

Also included in the package is a stainless steel Sport Exhaust System. The system is a parallel-flow, low backpressure system with superb interior and exterior noise quality. The system adds a throatier, more powerful exhaust note, and has distinctive-looking twin chrome exhaust tips.

Visual cues for the kit are understated and will appeal to the MINI enthusiast. A unique chrome John Cooper Works badge adorns the rear deck lid and when raised, the bonnet reveals a visually appealing silver intercooler surround with a John Cooper Works logo. An individually numbered valve cover plaque tops it off and commemorates the exclusivity of this special package.

John Cooper Works has engineered this kit so that it can be offered in all markets where the MINI is sold around the world. Therefore, a MINI Cooper S equipped with the John Cooper Works Package must be able to withstand extreme temperatures and variations in fuel quality, but still offer enhanced power in an extremely reliable package.

The John Cooper Works kit is sold and professionally installed through all MINI dealers in the U.S. A MINI Cooper S equipped with the dealer-installed package is fully backed by MINI's 4 year, 50,000-mile new car warranty. And the John Cooper Works package is not just limited to new cars. For those customers who already have the previous-generation John Cooper Works kit installed on their MINI Cooper S, a special upgrade kit includes the new air box, injectors and a reprogramming of the ECU for $525.00 plus 1.5 hours of labor for installation. Also, owners of an existing MINI Cooper S may visit their local MINI dealer and have the kit installed at any time. The balance of the factory warranty will still remain in effect. The full 2005 John Cooper Works kit retails for $4,650.00 plus an estimated 10 hours of labor for installation.

John Cooper Works is no ordinary aftermarket company. Since the 1940s, it has produced celebrated racing cars, notably the front-engine Cooper Bristol driven by Juan Fangio and rear engine Coopers for Formula 1, driven by Jack Brabham, Bruce McLaren and Stirling Moss. Under John Cooper's direction, the Cooper Car Company won consecutive Formula 1 Constructors' World Championships in 1959 and 1960.

The Cooper name is forever entwined with MINI, originating with the 1961 MINI Cooper, which was developed by John Cooper. Recognizing MINI's inherent motorsport potential, Mr. Cooper's team produced cars that took numerous race titles, and the MINI Cooper S became the stuff of legends with three Monte Carlo Rally wins between 1964 and 1967, driven by greats such as Paddy Hopkirk and Rauno Aaltonen. The Cooper company continues to produce aftermarket parts for the classic MINI and played an active part in the development of the new generation MINI Cooper. John Cooper passed away just as the new car came to market and the company is now run by his son Michael.

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Press Release - 12/30/2004

Woodcliff Lake, NJ - December 30, 2004... MINI's fun and spirited brand personality is highlighted yet again - now with the addition of new optional features and a performance package. The MINI Cooper S with automatic transmission will make its world debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next month. A limited slip differential for the MINI Cooper S equipped with a manual transmission will also be presented along with the new 2005 John Cooper Works tuning kit.

World Debut: Automatic Transmission in Copper S and Cooper S Convertible
An all new six-speed automatic transmission for the MINI Cooper S and MINI Cooper S Convertible makes its debut. Models equipped with the new unit - which features Steptronic mode and Steptronic shifting paddles on the steering wheel - will be shown in Detroit. The optional automatic transmission, features sporty and responsive gear changes, providing a dynamic driving experience tuned specifically to match the sporty character of the MINI Cooper S.

The unit also features Adaptive Transmission Control which allows the transmission to adapt to one's driving style. As an example, the transmission will build the revs longer between gear changes if it 'knows' the driver enjoys taking the car to its limits.

A hydraulic torque converter offering maximum efficiency ensures a smooth gearshift, while the converter lock-up clutch guarantees an equally smooth flow of power and superior fuel economy. Despite its six gears, this new transmission requires a far smaller number of gearshift elements, making it much lighter and more compact in its design.

Limited Slip Differential Grabs Hold
A new limited slip differential has added another new feature to the MINI Cooper S and Cooper S Convertible equipped with 6-speed manual transmission. A performance feature coveted by motoring enthusiasts, the limited slip differential helps to divert more torque towards the drive wheel with better traction, ensuring power is transmitted to the road more effectively. This helps to increase traction under acceleration or during cornering, resulting in improved handling and increased stability.

The torque-sensitive differential manages torque output under acceleration and offers a 30 percent slip rate; meaning there is no loss of torque if the difference in grip between the two wheels is 30 percent or less. The system also allows the threshold for Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) to be increased without impeding the system's safe intervention in slippery situations. All of this benefits the enthusiastic driver of a MINI Cooper S at its performance edge.

New John Cooper Works Tuning Kit
MINI offers a new higher-output John Cooper Works kit for 2005. Produced by the legendary aftermarket company John Cooper Works, the new kit for the MINI Cooper S offers increased horsepower and torque over that of the previous generation. Horsepower is now increased to 207 hp at 6,950 rpm from 200 hp at the same rpm. Torque is also boosted, now registering 180 pounds-feet at 4,500 rpm, up from 177 pound-feet at 4,000 rpm.

The unique John Cooper Works Company kit is sold exclusively through MINI dealers and is covered under MINI's comprehensive new car warranty. Key enhancements for the new 2005 John Cooper Works kit include a redesigned air box with an electronically-controlled air induction system, a set of higher flow fuel injectors and a reprogrammed electronic control unit.

The new air box features an electronically controlled valve that opens an additional air duct at higher engine speeds, This allows more fresh air to enter though a special low restriction filter element. In addition to dramatically increasing the airflow, the new air box creates a more powerful induction sound that compliments the impressive growl from the performance exhaust, also part of the kit. Of course the John Cooper Works kit continues with its modified supercharger and cylinder head, as well as tasteful under-hood and exterior badges.

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Press Release - 08/04/2005

Woodcliff Lake, NJ - August 4, 2005... MINI USA enhances its 2006 model line up with new packages and optional features, including most notably a new Checkmate package and new factory-installed John Cooper Works package. In addition, MINI USA holds the line on 2006 MSRP pricing for the MINI Cooper, the MINI Cooper Convertible and the MINI Cooper S Convertible. The MINI Cooper S hardtop increases by $200.

John Cooper Works Kit Now Factory-Installed
MINI has now made the popular John Cooper Works performance upgrade available as a 2006 factory-installed option. In addition to the engine performance upgrade, the factory installation adds the John Cooper Works sport brake kit and a limited-slip differential. Along with the expanded line of John Cooper Works tuner accessories, MINI USA will continue to offer the dealer-installed John Cooper Works engine performance kit. The factory-installed package will retail for $6,300.

Checkmate Package Highlights New 2006 Options
For 2006, MINI USA now offers even more ways for owners to individualize their MINI. Available on the MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S hardtop models, the Checkmate package features an exclusive exterior appearance with special Checkmate side decals, a rear spoiler and bonnet stripes. The custom Checkmate interior offers uniquely patterned cloth/leather sport seats, leather wrapped wheel and a high-gloss, specially patterned dash panel. An exclusive performance wheel and tire package, Dynamic Stability Control and font fog lamps round out the package's sporty orientation.

MINI USA also expands its line of optional equipment for 2006. New interior options include English Leather upholstery, a MINI "Seven" high-gloss black dash panel and a MINI "Park Lane" dash. Exterior options include roof, mirror caps and bonnet stripes now available in silver, new paint colors including Solar Red, Royal Grey and Space Blue and two new 15" no-cost wheel packages for the MINI Cooper.

2006 Pricing
As the definitive premium small car, MINI offers an ideal combination of value, fun and performance. By holding prices for three out of four models and offering more options and features, MINI increases the value equation for 2006. The 2006 MINI Cooper holds at $17,500 and the MINI Cooper Convertible and MINI Cooper S Convertible hold at $22,000 and $25,400 respectively. All MSRP pricing include a $550 destination charge.

Select package and option prices have been incrementally adjusted for 2006; Sport and Premium packages have increased by $50, metallic paint has increased by $30 and the body color dash is now optional at $200.

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No manual boot release was fitted by the factory until October 2002 .

This meant that in the case of an electrical malfunction, there was no way to open the boot hatch.

This problem could be remedied by the Do-It-Yourselfer for less than $25 in parts, unless you needed to spend an addition $40-odd to replace a superceded lock mechanism.


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The power steering fan shared the same electrical circuit as the radiator fan until January 2003.

This meant that if road debris jammed the power steering fan causing the common fuse to blow, the radiator fan would not operate and the engine would overheat.

Putting the power steering fan on a separate electrical circuit was covered under warranty per Service Bulletin M320104.


The power steering fan was unprotected by a grille until October 2003 .

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