MINI Vision Urbanaut: The virtual vision vehicle

MINI Vision Urbanaut
MINI Vision Urbanaut
MINI Vision Urbanaut

With the introduction of the MINI Vision Urbanaut virtual vision vehicle in November 2020, the MINI brand uncovered an all-new understanding of versatility through an imaginative vision of room. Also, presently the BMW Group is set to divulge an actual model of the vehicle which will permit crowds to connect all the more broadly with the spatial idea and practical materials at work. The model will be given its reality debut on 1 July 2021 at the DLD Summer meeting in Munich.

“At MINI we consider it to be our obligation to safeguard and foster the special qualities of our image throughout the forthcoming years and those further ahead,” clarifies Bernd Körber, Head of MINI. “With our eyes fixed on the future, we have fostered a thought, with the MINI Vision Urbanaut, of how we can take the MINI credits – as here, with the attention on the ‘Cunning Use of Space’ – into the eventual fate of versatility and decipher them in an ordinarily MINI manner. It carries the client’s very own space into the vehicle and opens up different opportunities for them, from making a metropolitan desert garden to encountering opportunity in the ‘Hunger for new experiences’ second. The MINI Vision Urbanaut addresses our picture of how MINI’s ‘Sharp Use of Space’ could give a response to the necessities of future urban areas and ways of life.”

Oliver Heilmer, Head of MINI Design adds: “At MINI Design we accept that the most ideal approach to comprehend the general idea driving the MINI Vision Urbanaut is to encounter it. The sensation of room and the creative materials are simply requesting to be investigated. That is the reason it was vital for us from the start to likewise make an actual model of the MINI Vision Urbanaut. Furthermore, since second has come. We have arranged and fabricated each part of the model – which permits individuals to encounter the entirety of the features of the MINI Vision Urbanaut – at our MINI Design Studio in Munich.”

Broadening the possibility of portability past driving – the MINI minutes.

Scaled down sees its future self basically as an empowering influence of and ally for remarkable occasions, what we’re calling “Smaller than expected minutes”. Motivated by the inquiry “What sort of encounters would I like to have with my vehicle?”, they give the applied stage to the MINI Vision Urbanaut – for times when you’re voyaging and others when you’re not. What this implies all the more explicitly is embodied up by the MINI minutes “Chill”, “Hunger for new experiences” and “Energy”. The outside and inside of the vehicle change to mirror the MINI second close by thus give the on-board experience the most ideal stage and spatial climate. Aroma, sound and encompassing lighting keep on advancing the standard mind-set started by the picked MINI second. The change of the vehicle through the various minutes can now additionally be knowledgeable about shocking reality because of the formation of an actual model of the MINI Vision Urbanaut.

The Chill second welcomes you to get a breath and respite in the present time and place. The vehicle turns into a sort of retreat, a sanctuary where you can unwind or work with full fixation. While the back seat (Cozy Corner) welcomes different seating and lying positions, the illuminated Loop above it’s anything but an appearance enlivened by a green timberland shelter and can likewise be diminished. In the focal region, the roundabout instrument creases down to turn into a table light, killing presentations or switches that may help the client to remember their auto environmental factors.

Craving for something new is the lone MINI second where the MINI Vision Urbanaut is being driven or driving with computerized driving capacities. At this time, the inside turns into the best spot for driving the vehicle, or being driven by it, and empowers those on board to rediscover the sentiment of movement. At the point when the client needs to drive themselves, a tap of a finger on the MINI logo draws out the directing haggle. What’s more, the UI on the focal round instrument likewise adjusts it’s anything but; a liveliness of the course, extra excursion data – like guest attractions and appearance time – is shown here for those ready.

The Vibe second puts time with others at middle of everyone’s attention – inside and out. Opening the side entryway and collapsing up the windscreen causes an inviting situation that obscures the limits between the outside and inside. The focal round instrument turns into a media control focus. A liveliness of realistic equalizers moving with the music is projected onto surfaces of the front, back, haggles over the back seat, making a lovely club air. On the off chance that those ready so want, the vehicle could even start to look like a boombox. And afterward there is the fourth alternative, the customisable “my second”, which gives clients further extension for fitting the plan of the vehicle to their requirements and wants.

Diverse supportability.

Just as its wide scope of employments, the MINI Vision Urbanaut likewise centers around manageability – and this can be seen and experienced straightforwardly in different parts of the vehicle. The beginning stage for the idea was the “Shrewd Use of Space” for which MINI is famous; for example it offers most extreme space on the littlest conceivable impression. Albeit the MINI Vision Urbanaut is just 4.46 m long, its tallness permits it’s anything but an inside space that can be utilized from various perspectives and offers a totally different simplicity of development inside the vehicle. The electric drive framework guarantees locally outflow free portability. Also, another perspective is the extension for utilizing the vehicle for purposes past versatility. For sure, the MINI Vision Urbanaut likewise makes a metropolitan space for individuals when it’s stopping, essentially expanding the measure of time they will need to utilize the vehicle or simply hang out in it.

The MINI Vision Urbanaut likewise embarks to utilize assets capably. To this end, from the start of the idea stage the group zeroed in on reliably diminishing the quantity of segments and keeping away from pointless utilization of materials. This has been accomplished by improvements including smart double usefulness for the dashboard (it can transform into a daybed) and the introduction appearance of a round OLED community show – which reworks itself as an up-to-date light in the Chill second – over the table. Expanding length of utilization by guaranteeing materials can be supplanted is in like manner a need. Variable covers are a genuine illustration of how this can be accomplished. Furthermore, the inside has been made without the utilization of chrome or calfskin, a methodology that will likewise be carried out in the following MINI model age.

MINI Vision Urbanaut

Top caliber and reasonable material advancements.

The inside of the MINI Vision Urbanaut highlights a high extent of reused materials and the materials utilized are only sustainable and recyclable. The prevailing material in the inside are materials produced using reused materials (counting fleece, polyester and Tencel) which mix comfort and quality with delicateness and solace. The planners likewise gave additional consideration to arrangements made out of a solitary kind of material – what are known as “mono-materials”. These are not difficult to reuse sometime later and can be transformed into new items. The utilization of sustainable and recyclable stopper on the directing haggle of the floor adds an extraordinary touch because of its regular feel, and guarantees a truly wonderful inside environment. With everything taken into account, the materials idea for the MINI Vision Urbanaut features the incredibly significant degrees of visual and haptic quality that an economically planned inside can offer.

An encounter for every one of the faculties.

The MINI Vision Urbanaut covers all tangible points in making the ideal on-board insight. A vital component of the inside plan is in this way a painstakingly sharpened way to deal with aroma and sound. “The all encompassing methodology tending to every one of the faculties makes a really novel and remarkable experience,” clarifies Annabell Coffinet, Fragrance Designer at the BMW Group. “An unmistakable scent signature sticks in the mind and can help you to remember a positive climate and by and large experience. Along these lines, we are making another, extremely close to home association with especially critical occasions. We additionally needed to interface the MINI brand personality with a scent signature interestingly. This drift of something theoretical, invigorating and surprising carries feeling to how the brand’s message is discussed, a sort of global mark with a high recognisability factor. It will be prudent and uncovered as a component of a welcome situation.” Bringing equilibrium to the tactile experience, Renzo Vitale, Creative Director Sound, gives the different surfaces of the welcome situation scent a discernible structure. Just as the welcome sound, he additionally formed the music for the Chill, Vibe and Wanderlust minutes. In the Chill second, the vehicle encloses the client by the inconspicuous soundscapes of a woods, with stirring leaves and streaming water filling the inside – a fitting supplement to the dimmable woodland shelter impact. Acoustic sounds set the seal on the unwinding rich experience. The Wanderlust and Vibe minutes are joined by a soundtrack of extraordinarily created music which can be played both inside and outside the vehicle.

Simple love, advanced association

Another point with the MINI minutes was to utilize computerized combination to strengthen or advance the simple experience. This “simple love, advanced association” approach runs all through the vehicle. Surely, an extra advanced level has been incorporated under a few of the simple surfaces. Models here incorporate the table inside the vehicle (which starts the MINI minutes when the MINI Token is set in one of the openings), the light with OLED show and the LED lattices in the inside under a layer of material or toward the front and backsides of the vehicle. These spaces of the vehicle unite the simple and computerized universes into another and vivid experience. And the entirety of this would now be able to be knowledgeable about a genuine vehicle, because of crafted by the BMW Group’s modelers.

Uniting the BMW Group’s model-building skill.

As an imaginative space idea, the MINI Vision Urbanaut was planned from the back to front. The creators made the extensive inside experience prior to fostering the outside, utilizing floor plans, household items in addition to wooden scale models to give a sign of size. Throughout the span of the venture, expanded the truth was utilized to make a computerized model, which was then deliberately upgraded. The actual model of the MINI Vision Urbanaut was then assembled beginning to end at the MINI Design studio in Munich. Here, the BMW Group assembled all the mastery accessible to change virtual dreams into actual reality. Upholsterers, modelers, mechatronics engineers, developers, paint subject matter experts and others worked close by the planners to transform a dream into an actual model of nearly model quality. All things considered, the MINI Vision Urbanaut is certifiably not a static model, however a driveable and steerable one. Each part has been uniquely planned, accuracy made utilizing state of the art devices and created by hand. The serious level of imaginativeness inside the MINI Vision Urbanaut is featured by an inside plan that is suggestive of an advanced living space. The development of the model in this way stretched out from a traditional vehicle construct through furniture-production right to programming and shrewd innovative joining.


MINI at Auto China Beijing 2018.

MINI at Auto China Beijing 2018.

MINI at Auto China Beijing 2018.

A unique combination of driving fun, premium quality and individual style, characterise the models with which MINI continues to increase its popularity on the Chinese automotive market. The model update for the MINI 3 door, MINI 5 door and the MINI Convertible set fresh impulses for the success of the brand. The Asian premiere of the new models will take place at the Auto China 2018 in Beijing. Furthermore, MINI will be presenting its range of models in the premium compact segment.

More than 1600 exhibitors from all over the world will be presenting current models, technological innovations and services at the Auto China 2018. The international automotive meeting, which began in 1990, takes place every two years and is spread over 220 000 square metres at the China International Exhibition Center. The 15th exhibition will take place between 25 April and 4 May 2018 with more than 800 000 visitors expected.

Fresh Update for the Original in the Premium Small Car Segment.

The three originals in the premium small car segment are now sportier, more advanced and more attractive than ever before, thanks to the model update. The new MINI 3 door, MINI 5 door and MINI Convertible boast specific design modifications, additional equipment features and individualisation possibilities as well as new digital services from MINI Connected.

The British brand’s new MINI 5 door will take centre stage at the Auto China 2018. The model, the first of the current MINI generation to be introduced, embodies the principle of creative use of space – used ever since the classic Mini – in a fascinating, modern form. Brand typical proportions are combined with the advantage of additional leg and head room in the rear as well as luggage space. Functionality, comfort and long distance suitability are improved thanks to the 161 millimeters extended body length, the two additional doors and the three seats in the rear. The mature character of the compact car model from MINI is, therefore, accompanied by an increase in product substance.

Distinct design accents and new equipment features.

The new MINI 5 door as well as the new MINI 3 door and the new MINI Convertible boast a distinct black trim as standard in its headlights as part of its precise design details. In combination with the LED headlights, the taillights also boast a new design. As a clear nod to the brand’s British heritage, the LED taillights feature a Union Jack motif. The MINI 5 door, on display at the Auto China 2018, will feature a new body colour, Emerald Grey metallic. There are three new colours available in total. The MINI 3 door, also at Beijing, is finished in Solaris Orange metallic and the MINI Convertible in Starlight Blue metallic.

New individualisation possibilities are offered through the option Piano Black Exterior, the additional alloy wheels and the Chester leather trim and Colour Line now also available in Malt Brown for the MINI 5 door and MINI 3 door. There is also the option MINI Yours Interior Style Piano Black illuminated which bears a Union Jack motif rear-lit strip on the passenger’s instrument panel. Furthermore, the enhanced compact car model boasts the new MINI logo. The control system now contains a Touch screen function for the display in the central instrument. There is also an expansion of the digital services as part of MINI Connected.

Three engine variants are available for the MINI 3 door (for the Chinese market combined fuel consumption: 6,2 – 5,4 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 148 – 129 g/km) as well as the MINI 5 door (for the Chinese market combined fuel consumption: 5,6 – 5,6 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 134 – 133 g/km) on the Chinese market. For the MINI Convertible (for the Chinese market combined fuel consumption: 6,2 – 5,8 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions : 147 – 137 g/km) two engine variants are available. Available here are the MINI One 5 door, the MINI Cooper 5 door and the MINI Cooper S 5 door as well as the MINI One 3 door, the MINI Cooper 3 door und the MINI Cooper S 3 door. For open-air driving fun the MINI Cooper Convertible and the MINI Cooper S Convertible are also available.

More space, more versatility: MINI Clubman and MINI Countryman.

Both models in the premium compact segment are characterised by MINI typical style, driving fun and extended possibilities thus enabling the brand to appeal to additional customer groups within the Chinese automotive market. The MINI Clubman owes its exceptional position to its unconventional body concept with four side doors und two split doors at the rear as well as its flexible interior. The MINI Countryman is more spacious and versatile than ever before. Its robust exterior and its all-wheel drive system MINI ALL4 ensure genuine driving fun and that it remains an absolute All-rounder within MINI’s model programme.

Ensuring a race track feeling during daily driving, the ultra-sporty John Cooper Works models are also enjoying a constantly growing fan base in China.

The MINI John Cooper Works Clubman will also be exhibited at the Auto China 2018. The power of its turbo engine is brought to the streets thanks to its all-wheel drive system MINI ALL4 (for the Chinese market combined fuel consumption: 7,0 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions:167 g/km) as standard.


Kia Niro wins Green Car Journal’s 2018 Green SUV of the Year

Kia Niro wins Green Car Journal's 2018 Green SUV of the Year

Kia Niro wins Green Car Journal's 2018 Green SUV of the Year

Recognizing environmental achievement in the auto industry, the Kia Niro has been named Green Car Journal’s 2018 Green SUV of the Year™. Since the Niro went on sale early last year, it has been a popular choice for consumers seeking a hybrid offering crossover utility and great looks. The Niro beat out crossover/SUV finalists from Chevrolet, Mini, Mazda, and Volvo for the coveted award.

“We’re thrilled to have received this special distinction from Green Car Journal,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, planning & strategy, Kia Motors America. “The Niro represents years of hard work by Kia to provide a hybrid that is fun, versatile, economical and a pleasure to look at and drive. It’s immensely gratifying to all of us that the Niro is recognized by Green Car Journal as the 2018 Green SUV of the Year.”

“The Kia Niro impresses on many levels with its appealing style, functionality and features,” said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal and “What’s equally important is its hybrid powertrain and affordable price point, a combination that makes the Niro accessible to a great many buyers who wish to drive with a smaller environmental footprint.”


BMW Group remains world’s Number One premium automotive company

BMW Group remains world’s Number One premium automotive company

BMW Group remains world’s Number One premium automotive company

The BMW Group achieved its best-ever annual sales in 2017, the seventh consecutive year it has achieved a new annual record. This success was spread throughout the company with both BMW and MINI brands achieving new all-time high figures. BMW M and BMW i also achieved record sales, as did BMW Motorrad. With this sales result, the BMW Group reconfirms its position as the world’s leading premium automotive company.

Record sales for BMW
The company’s core BMW brand achieved a new all-time sales high, growing sales by 4.2% across the year, to total 2,088,283. BMW X vehicles continued to be significant growth drivers with sales of X vehicles up 9.6% compared to the previous year, despite limited availability of the BMW X3 due to the introduction of the new generation in November. The BMW 5 Series limousine, which underwent a model change during 2017, achieved growth of 55.2% (30,359) in December, with sales of the world’s leading premium business sedan up 6.3% (291,856) in the full year. Other models which contributed to the brand’s growth in 2017 include the BMW 1 Series (201,968 / +14.7%), and the BMW 7 Series (64,311 / +4.5%).

“We are delighted with these new record sales figures, which mean the BMW Group, with its three premium automotive brands BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce, remains the world’s leading premium automotive company,” commented Ian Robertson, until 31 December 2017 BMW AG board member responsible for Sales and Brand BMW. “We have continued to increase sales despite headwinds in some major markets and model-changeovers of several of our most significant vehicles. This demonstrates the high desirability of our brands and products, ranging from the i3 to the M5 and from the BMW 1 Series to the BMW 7 Series. We clearly achieved our target of selling over 100,000 electrified vehicles in a single calendar year and are delighted that, following its model changeover, the BMW 5 Series returned to its position as segment leader in the final months of 2017,” Robertson continued.

Pieter Nota, who on 1 January 2018 succeeded Robertson on the board of BMW AG, added “I am confident BMW sales will continue to grow during 2018, while we also maintain our focus on profitability. Increased availability of BMW X models and our ongoing model offensive, which includes the launches of brand new models this year such as the BMW X2 and the BMW 8 Series, will ensure we bring even more customers to the BMW brand in 2018.”

Target exceeded: over 100,000 electrified vehicles sold in 2017. BMW Group’s leading role in premium electro-mobility confirmed
In December, the BMW Group celebrated delivery of the 100,000th electrified vehicle sold in 2017. In total, 103,080 electrified vehicles were delivered to customers during the year; this increase of 65.6% underscores the company’s leading position in electro-mobility. The BMW Group sold more electrified vehicles in Europe than any other premium manufacturer in 2017 and the company’s position on the world market is also extremely strong. Four years after its launch, sales of the BMW i3 grew in 2017 by 23.3% to total 31,482 worldwide. The plug-in hybrid BMW iPerformance vehicles also continue to grow in popularity, with sales almost doubling to total 63,605. Launched in June 2017, the MINI Countryman plug-in hybrid also made a significant contribution to boosting the BMW Group’s electrified sales, with a total of 5,799 delivered to customers around the world. The BMW Group is expecting strong double-digit growth in electrified vehicle sales in 2018. By the end of 2019, the company aims to have at least half a million electrified BMW Group vehicles on the road.

Powerful growth at BMW M GmbH
BMW’s high-performance BMW M vehicles achieved record sales in 2017. Deliveries of BMW M and BMW M Performance vehicles increased by 19.1% compared to the previous year, with overall sales topping 80,000 for the first time ever. In its first full year on the market, the BMW M2 (fuel consumption combined: 8.5-7.9 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 199-185 g/km. Fuel consumption and CO2 figures were calculated as per the EU test cycle and may vary depending on the tyre format.) was the strongest growth driver, with total sales of 12,293. The BMW M Performance variants of the new BMW 5 Series also contributed strongly to the increase in sales. With the launch of the new BMW M5 in in the spring, BMW M’s powerful success story looks set to continue in 2018.

All-time-best sales figures for MINI
The MINI brand overall achieved a new sales record in 2017 with 371,881 vehicles delivered to customers around the world, an increase of 3.2% on the previous year. The new MINI Countryman saw a jump in sales of 30.0% (84,441). Another significant contributor to the brand’s sales success was the MINI Convertible, which grew sales 12.0% (33,317). “We are delighted that with our new brand strategy, we have achieved a new sales record. The focus of the MINI portfolio on fewer but more characterful models was completed with the launch of the new MINI Countryman last year,” stated Peter Schwarzenbauer, Member of the BMW AG Board of Management responsible for MINI, Rolls-Royce, BMW Motorrad. “The Countryman contributed significantly to MINI’s growth in 2017 and the first MINI plug-in hybrid also achieved excellent results. I am sure that this success will continue into 2018, with the launch from March of the new MINI 3 and 5 door, as well as the MINI Convertible, supporting the brand’s further growth,” he continued.

The Goodwood-based luxury house delivered 3,362 units (-16.2%) to customers in almost 50 countries during 2017. This result was achieved despite the absence of Phantom from the market due to model-changeover and against a backdrop of unsettled market conditions in the important Middle East market. New Phantom was unveiled in July to unprecedented worldwide acclaim by media and prospective customers alike and has a strong order book. First customer Phantoms are due to be delivered in January 2018.

BMW Motorrad
BMW Motorrad achieved a seventh consecutive record year, with more motorcycles and maxi-scooters delivered to customers than ever before. Sales across the range increased by 13.2% with a total of 164,153 units delivered worldwide – the ever- popular GS models were particularly strong growth drivers. A total of 14 new and updated models in the range, including additions to the R nineT family and the attractively priced G 310 R and G 310 GS also helped drive BMW Motorrad to its most successful sales year ever.

BMW & MINI sales in the markets / regions at a glance
The BMW Group maintains its focus on balanced sales around the world.

  • Asia was the company’s main growth driver in 2017 with China the most significant contributor. BMW and MINI sales in Mainland China, the company’s largest market, increased by 15.1% (594,388) in 2017. This increase was achieved despite the model changeover of the BMW 5 Series.
  • Europe maintained sales of BMW and MINI vehicles at the same extremely high level as the previous year, with a total of 1,100,975 (+0.9%) vehicles delivered to customers in the region, despite significant headwinds in the important UK market.
  • The Americas recorded a slight decrease in deliveries across the whole year (450,020/-2.0%) with the limited availability of BMW X models impacting on sales.


Rallye OiLibya du Maroc 2017 – Round 10, FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup

Rallye OiLibya du Maroc 2017 – Round 10, FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup

Rallye OiLibya du Maroc 2017 – Round 10, FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup

Rallye OiLibya du Maroc is race 10 and the penultimate round of the 2017 FIA Cross Country World Cup calendar. This race is not just the last chance for competitors to shine at one of the most competitive cross-country rally events, but also to reacquaint with racing in desert conditions ahead of the 2018 Dakar Rally. For MINI Motorsport partner X-raid, it is also the signal to sign off a successful year of continued test and development of MINI racing cars, again in readiness for the “big one” – the Dakar Rally.

Seven MINI crews are ready to tackle the dust, sand and dunes of Morocco. The racing action starts on Thursday 5th October with a 12.16 km Super Special section close to the ancient city of Fez. This short but spectacular race is to not only establish a start order for the next day, but also to show the watching locals and world audience what exactly makes cross-country racing the most spectacular long-distance motorsport today and all within a controlled viewing arena.

The seven crews of the MINI family will contest to take the win but it is the pairing of Jakub Przygonski (POL) and co-driver Tom Colsoul (BEL) who will be racing with a defensive strategy. Currently second in the FIA Cross Country World Cup, Przygonski will want to safeguard that position, while at the same threaten for the top spot and extend his racing experience.

Rallye OiLibya du Maroc 2017 – Round 10, FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup

Building on their new “work” relationship will be Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) and co-driver Andreas Schulz (GER), who will be keen to improve on their last outing together at the Hungarian Baja 2017 (round eight), which saw the pairing shine brilliantly by completing the race in second place.

Another duo keen to shift Moroccan desert from under the wheels of a MINI is that of American duo Bryce Menzies and Peter Mortensen. After the last minute retirement from the start of the 2017 Dakar Rally, both Menzies and Mortensen are keen to make their up and coming debut Dakar a memorable one. Racing time in Morocco will be time well spent in every aspect of endurance rallying.

Fresh from victory in a MINI ALL4 Racing at Argentine’s Desafío Ruta 40 Norte, Orlando Terranova (ARG) and Bernardo Graue (ARG) are sure to be focused on challenging for the front but at the same time focussed on preparation for the extremes of Dakar. This will, like all crews, include navigation, which is notoriously difficult in the barren regions of South America.

Rallye OiLibya du Maroc 2017 – Round 10, FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup

Former Dakar winner (2014 – MINI ALL4 Racing) Nani Roma (ESP) takes to Moroccan ground for his first outing with MINI in 2017. Together with compatriot Alex Haro, it shouldn’t take this pair long to familiarise with the reliability and all-round performance of a MINI racing car.

Boris Garafulic (CHI) last made his appearance within the MINI Family at the 2017 Dakar Rally. With this in mind and the prospect of competing at the 2018 Dakar Rally, Garafulic is keen to experience X-raid’s long-standing development practice that has enabled MINI to amass four Dakar race-win titles in succession. Filipe Palmeiro (POR) is his co-driver for the Moroccan race.

Vladimir Vasilyev (RUS) with friend and co-driver Konstantin Zhiltsov (RUS) are the final duo to make up the seven MINI crews to contend Rallye OiLibya du Maroc. The combined experience of these two men is wide as it is long and means they should never be discounted from pushing the competition all the way.