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The New MINI, and Competition !

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The New MINI, and Competition !

Posted on 29 November 2013 by Chris Ford

Last week MINI launched the new look MINI here we have a great video of the launch event

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Don’t forget you have just a few days left to enter to win a few MINI branded prizes . these will go to two readers that come up with our favourite roadtrip playlist that you would put into Deezer to play while cruising in your MINI.

Heres a example of mine :

Passenger – Iggy Pop

Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen

Get Lucky – Daft Punk

Don’t Stop Believin – Journey

Highway to Hell – AC/DC

So all we need is you to email us the names of your ultimate five track roadtrip playlist to enterthecomp@gmail.com , I will the select two winners on December the first who will both win a MINI gear stick umbrella and MINI coffee mug.

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MINI Connected – Deezer

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MINI Connected – Deezer

Posted on 18 November 2013 by Chris Ford

I’m always interested in anything new or different in the tech world, a sucker for new gadgets and gizmos I’m a early adopter of a lot of new tech sometimes to my benefit sometimes to my downfall (HD-DVD anyone?).

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So it was with great excitement I approached the offer from MINI to check out their latest in car entertainment system called ‘MINI connected’.

The idea being you connect your Iphone (sorry no Android connection currently) to the usb socket in the car via the supplied cable and MINI connected springs into life, MINI  connected offers a whole host of info about the car via the app such a mileage  fuel consumption etc but what really interested me was the music integration.

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First of all the MINI communicates seamlessly with the Iphone displaying track information and artwork directly from your Iphones library , with the large round screen in the centre of the console  beautifully displaying everything you need to know this alone had me impressed, the menu system and controls are very  intuitive and not the sort of system you need to read the instruction manual for ( I never do anyway!)

One of the nice things about MINI connected is Deezer integration.  Deezer if you didn’t know is a online cloud based music service where you stream music directly to your phone over the internet , you can create playlists, listen to custom playlists created by others or what they call ‘Radio stations’  which constantly play ( much like a radio station) tracks from a specific genre or theme , and with access to over 30 million songs with Deezer you go way beyond the memory limits of your phone or the music you own on it.

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So the integration is really simple, once your Iphone is connected you run the Deezer app on the phone and then select Deezer from the MINIs menu.  Then you are free to use internet streamed music in your MINI ! The music also plays in exactly the same way as it would if stored on your phone with full artwork and track and album information included, very impressive!

WIN STUFF!

So as you can tell I was pretty impressed with the Deezer service in the MINI and Im happy to announce MINI are kindly giving away a few MINI branded prizes to two readers that come up with our favourite roadtrip playlist that you would put into Deezer to play while cruising in your MINI.

Heres a example of mine :

Passenger – Iggy Pop

Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen

Get Lucky – Daft Punk

Don’t Stop Believin – Journey

Highway to Hell – AC/DC

 

So all we need is you to email us the names of your ultimate five track roadtrip playlist to  enterthecomp@gmail.com , I will the select two winners on December the first who will both win a MINI gear stick umbrella and MINI coffee mug.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The all new MINI

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The all new MINI

Posted on 12 November 2013 by Chris Ford

 

Recently I took a MINI for a bit of a road test to check out some of thecool  tech they are now  integrating into the cars ( post to come soon)  but it seems MINI are about to launch a brand new model !
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On 18 November, the all new MINI will be unveiled to the world in London on the day that classic Mini designer Sir Alec Issigonis would have turned 107.

 

 

 

For an opportunity to win tickets to the world premiere in London, or for more details and to register your interest in the car, click HERE

 

 

 

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A MINI Update….

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A MINI Update….

Posted on 29 October 2013 by Chris Ford

Just a quick or ‘MINI’ update to readers, you may have noticed a lack of post in the last month for this I can only offer my apologies but regular life has somewhat got in the way with things being rather busy of late.

But things are about to get back to normal, we have some exciting stuff happening over the next month including one feature in conjunction with MINI exploring the  tech they are integrating into their new cars which promises to be interesting stuff as well as a chance to win some MINI related goodies in a exciting competition…. stay tuned

 

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A Mini Vison of the future?

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A Mini Vison of the future?

Posted on 09 August 2013 by Chris Ford

Our first family car was a Mini so I have a bit of a soft spot for them, so I was excited to hear news today that there are plans for a brand new British made Mini to be released in November its great news for Mini lovers and the British car industry.

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There arent any details of the new Mini yet but I wonder if they will be taking any style points from this recent concept design Mini are showcasing

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I’m a sucker for blue LED lighting and this concept has it in spades! , in fact you can customize the lighting to suit your mood!

By far the most outrageous feature though is the disco style led floor which I can’t imagine ever actually being made but if it did, well wow!

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I hope to bring you more news and info on the new Mini as November approaches.

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The MINI Folding Bicycle

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The MINI Folding Bicycle

Posted on 04 July 2012 by Chris Ford

MINI the car company have developed  its very first bike and in keeping with the MINI tradition it doesn’t take up much space!

The MINI Folding Bike  is available from all MINI dealerships and  is compact enough to fit into the boot of a car  when folded. For commuters, it’s a fantastic ‘Park and Ride’ accessory, enabling you to park out of town and then simply continue your journey in style. With many city centre car parks offering free bike bays, it’s a pocket-friendly, environmentally-conscious transport option featuring MINI’s  design credentials.

 

The MINI Folding Bike is a genuine high-tech vehicle: with high-quality components, a light-weight aluminium frame and a clever folding mechanism that enables the bike to be folded and unfolded in just a few seconds. The bike is folded along the crossbar and handlebars. In addition the saddle can be retracted and the pedals be folded up. This makes the bike extremely easy to handle whilst saving space. Fitted in a sleeve under the saddle is a practical transport bag. The MINI Folding Bike can easily match the riding characteristics of a “normal” bike. Weighing less than 11 kilos and equipped with 8 gears and 20-inch wheels, it is quick and versatile. The teflon-coated chain prevents annoying soiling caused by chain oil and reduces the wear and tear on the components. The comfortable gel saddle ensures comfort. Thanks to the front and rear mudguards, you can carry on peddling regardless, even in the rain. Good visibility on the road is guaranteed by the accompanying reflectors.
Even on two wheels MINI proves its unmistakable design expertise.

The bike comes in  matt black with Silver highlights that are off  set by the MINI lettering on the crossbar, the brand logo on the handlebars and the Union Jack motif on the rear forks. The absolute eye-catchers are the bike chain and bell in bold neon yellow.


The MINI Folding Bike is available for £499 on the Internet at www.mini.com/shop and from all MINI dealerships. The bike comes fully assembled and ready to ride.

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