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We are delighted to announce that we will be attending the Lancashire Business Expo on 25 March, so we thought we would give the event organisers, Shout Network, the chance to experience the MINI Electric for themselves!

Shout Expo Director, Jordan, was excited for his weekend with the MINI Electric and having never driven an electric car before he wasn’t sure what to expect. We always find that you can tell someone 100 times about how fast the MINI Electric is off the mark, and how it handles like it’s on rails, so we weren’t surprised when we received a message 10 minutes after he collected the car saying, “It sure is nippy, it surprised me even after what you said!”

Jordan had a busy weekend ahead of him, with trips around Lancashire in preparation for the Expo. Following his activity on social media, we saw Jordan make a trip to Preston North End Football Club, Winckley Square and Preston Docklands to name a few.

Here is what Jordan had to say about his experience with the MINI Electric:

“Having a usual preference for larger cars, I was pleasantly surprised at how roomy and luxurious the MINI Electric felt. It had an intuitive dashboard with all the tech you’d expect from a leading automotive brand such as MINI. The MINI Electric was an impressive, smooth drive and very responsive on the road. This was my first experience of driving an electric car, so I wasn’t 100% sure what to expect. I was surprised at how simple the charging was and how the car handles. The whole experience has certainly made me an electric car convert!”

Are you interested in test driving the MINI Electric, and seeing how it could work for your business? Book your test drive* today.

Alternatively, you can nominate a business for the MINI Electric’s next adventure by filling out the form below.

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    Learner drivers in Clitheroe will be amongst the first in Lancashire to take driving lessons in a new electric MINI.

    Bob Devine of Clitheroe School of Motoring has become the first driving instructor to buy an electric MINI from Bowker in Blackburn. His new MINI electric will be available to students to drive later this month.

    After picking up his new MINI from the Bowker MINI centre on Trident Park in Blackburn, Bob Devine said: “I’ve driven MINIs from Bowker for more than 16 years now. When the MINI electric was launched last year I was immediately curious. Then I drove one – and wow! It was so smooth! I started to wonder how my learners would react if I bought one. I asked followers on my business page how they would feel about learning on an electric vehicle. And the response was extremely positive. 

    “I had no issues about switching over to electric. The automatic transmission is more popular than ever with learners. In fact, many tell me they may never need to drive a manual transmission vehicle. I have two children who, when old enough, will both learn in the automatic electric MINI. Now the driving industry as a whole is starting to adapt; ready for the future. 

    “The fuel costs alone are at least a third of my previous diesel/petrol car. That’s before you factor in road tax. The range is perfect for my business and lifestyle needs. And the environmental benefits are the icing on the cake.”

    The MINI Electric delivers 0-62mph in just 7.3 seconds. Bob will charge at home or at one of the increasing number of over 11,000 public charging points.

    For Bowker MINI, Adam O’Neill, said: “Bob has been a valued customer for many years. He is one of an increasing number of drivers taking an interest in our electric and hybrid models. We hope that Bob’s students will love driving his new electric MINI as much as he does.”

    The growth of the EV market is expected to accelerate in the coming years as the UK prepares itself for the 2030 ban on new petrol and diesel vehicle sales. By the end of 2022, it’s projected that electric cars will outsell diesel and mild hybrid diesel. 

    Have a question about your MINI? We’ve put together some of our frequently asked questions. If you can’t find the answer you’re after you can submit a question using the form at the bottom of this page.

    To contact Bowker Preston located at Preston Docklands simply call 01772 761234, alternatively you can contact them online here.

    To contact Bowker Blackburn located at Trident Park on the Ring Road, simply call 01254 274333, alternatively you can contact them online here.

    The opening hours for Bowker Preston MINI are as follows:

    Sales Department:
    Monday – Friday: 8:30 AM – 6.00 PM
    Saturday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Appointments Advisable)
    Sunday: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
     
    Service Department:
    Monday – Friday: 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM
    Saturday: 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
    Sunday: CLOSED
     
    The opening hours for Bowker Blackburn MINI are as follows:
     
    Sales Department:
    Monday – Friday: 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM
    Saturday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Appointments Advisable)
    Sunday: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
     
    Service Department:
    Monday – Friday: 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM
    Saturday: 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
    Sunday: CLOSED

    A full service for a MINI might be scheduled every 12 months if you use your vehicle a lot and record relatively high mileage, or around every 10-12,000 miles. Compared to an interim service, a full service covers more vehicle checks, such as air filter maintenance, door locks and spark plugs.

    Book a Service

    When your MINI requires a service a service icon will appear on your dashboard. If you have added your MINI to the app you will be sent a notification, you will also be able to book a service via the MINI App.

    You are always welcome to bring your vehicle in so that our service department may perform an actual key read on your vehicle to let you know if it is due for service.

    Book a Service

    The cost of a service can vary depending on the age and mileage of the vehicle. Bowker MINI offer a bespoke discount* on vehicles over three years old. Learn more about our Bespoke Discount click here.

    Book a Service

    Both Bowker Preston and Bowker Blackburn have service Centres with trained MINI technicians. Book your appointment or contact us today for a quote. Call 01772 761234 for Preston, or 01254 274333 for Blackburn.

    Book a Service

    The price of an MOT at Bowker MINI is just £39.99. Not only will you be leaving your pride and joy in the safe hands of an expert MINI Technician, but they will take it through 150 rigorous checks and only use Genuine MINI Parts for any repairs.

    Unsure about when your MINI needs an MOT? Click here and enter your vehicle’s make and registration number.

    Book an MOT

    Yes, you can part-exchange your current MINI for a new model, and the good news, it’s really simply and our team are here to assist you with any questions you have. So, whether you’re looking for a fully Electric, Plug-in Hybrid, Diesel or a Petrol MINI we have what you’re looking for. You’re guaranteed to find the perfect MINI for you.

    Why not use our Finance Health Check to see what your vehicle is worth?

    Value my Vehicle

    Selling your MINI is really easy! We’re are currently looking for MINIs to add to our Approved Used stock. Our valuations are quick, accurate, and reflect the condition of your car at the time of inspection. Holding a full MINI service history will improve the value of your car.

    Sell My MINI

    Yes, at Bowker MINI we offer Complimentary Finance Health Check, regardless of the make or model of vehicle you currently own. Why not see what your vehicle could be worth?

    Value My Vehicle

    With the MINI App you can plan journeys more easily than ever before. Start from the comfort of your couch by planning your route from the app, then send it directly to your MINI’s infotainment system so you’re ready to go. Plus, you can use the MINI App on your smartphone to track down where you’ve parked and even check whether you locked your doors. And when your next service is due, the app will ping you a notification to remind you to get booked in with your local Bowker MINI Centre.

    To add your MINI to your MINI App, first make sure you have downloaded the app. When given the option to login or register. Once this stage is complete and you have logged in, enter your four digit pin to complete authentication. 

    You will then be able to add your MINI onto the App using your vehicles VIN number.

    Can’t find the answer you’re looking for? Submit your question below and we will get back to you.

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      MEET YOUR MINI SPECIAL EDITION.

      Find a car that’s as unique as you are. Meet the MINI Editions. Delightfully detailed and inspired by our rich heritage of motorsport and design, these special edition MINIs for 2022 are a unique reimagining of our current models, packed with unique exterior styling, striking body colours, dynamic trims, and stylish interiors.

      Above all, these special edition MINIs are all about Big Love – the optimistic MINI attitude that sees beauty in individuality, and the potential in creativity. All the MINI feels, but with an extra-special twist. 

      So whether you’re an individualist, free-spirt, wild adventurer, or understated stylist, there’s a MINI special edition to suit you.

      MINI RESOLUTE EDITION.

      UNMISTAKABLY RESOLUTE.

      Time to make a statement. The MINI Resolute is the special edition Hatchback, Electric and Convertible that proudly wears our heritage on its sleeve, all the way down to its exclusive go-faster bonnet stripes. 

      • Rebel Green finish
      • Pepper White contrast roof and mirror caps
      • Exclusive Resolute Bronze design elements
      • Sleek styling in Piano Black
      • Cloth/leatherette upholstery in Black Pearl

      Available for: 3-door Hatch, 5-door Hatch, Convertible and MINI Electric

      MINI CLUBMAN UNTOLD EDITION.

      STORIES UNTOLD.

      Stylish, whatever your story. Chic craftsmanship is taken to the next level with the MINI Clubman Untold Edition.

      • Sage Green finish
      • Edition-specific bonnet stripes
      • Exclusive Refined Brass design elements
      • Sage Green MINI Yours Leather Lounge seats
        Edition specific 18”
      • Untold Spoke Alloy Wheels

      Available for: Cooper, Cooper S

      MINI COUNTRYMAN UNTAMED EDITION.

      ADVENTURE UNTAMED.

      Adventurous, whatever the weather. The MINI Untamed is the rugged SUV.
      It’s the MINI Countryman levelled up for even bigger adventures.

      • Momentum Grey paint finish
      • Roof Rails and mirror caps in Piano Black
      • Exclusive Frozen Bluestone elements
        MINI Yours leather lounge Highland Green upholstery
      • 18” Untamed 2 Tone Spoke Alloy Wheels

      Available for: MINI Countryman and MINI Countryman Plug-in Hybrid

      UNLOCK THE MINI ELECTRIC. 11 – 2pm, Sunday 20 February.

      MINI Electric looks like a MINI, but does it handle like one? Does it get you where you’d like to go in style and comfort? Is it easy to charge?

      When it comes to something new, we all have questions. But why not ask someone who knows best?

      At our MINI Electric event running between 11-2pm on Sunday 20 February, you’ll be able to meet Phil and Sue, at our Preston MINI Centre, and Ian, at our Blackburn MINI Centre. They’re genuine MINI Electric drivers, so if anyone has all the juicy gossip, it’s them.

      They’ve been zapping about in their MINI Electric, and now having been Electric owners for a while, we think they’re the best people to be on hand to answer any of your questions, chat all things charging and share their electric experience with you.

      We’ll also give you the chance to be in the driver’s seat* so you can feel the thrill of its instant torque for yourself.

      And of course – it’s not an event unless there are refreshments, right? We’ll be serving up special MINI Electric cupcakes alongside tea and coffee from our refreshment bar.

      To reserve your place at the event, simply complete the form below.

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        Looks like you sniffed out the Bowker MINI Dogs Hub – that’s one excellent nose you have there.

        You might’ve worked out that here at Bowker MINI we’re paw-sitively passionate about pooches. We have already teamed up with a number of our four legged friends, and now we are supporting MINI UK who have teamed up with the incredible dog welfare charity, Dogs Trust to help on their mission to help the nation’s dogs travel happier. 

        Take a walkie around the Dogs Hub to explore our helpful, expert tips and tricks. 

        MINI Clubman Leads The Pack

        We’re over the moon that the MINI Clubman has won “Dog Friendly Car Of The Year” at the News UK Motor Awards 2021. Its low boot sill, split rear doors, and new dog accessory pack are just a few of the reasons for this triumph, and we’re proud to work with the Dog’s Trust and canine behaviour experts to ensure our four-legged friends look forward to their MINI adventures as much as you do.

        MINI LOVES DOGS.
        9/10 DOGS LOVE MINI.

        Find the perfect MINI for your Family.

        If you’re here looking for a dog-friendly car, then you’re barking up the right tree. Browse our range of MINI models to find which is right for you and your canine companion.

        Send us tour pets happiest waggy-tail picture.

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          Built to journey big, the MINI Countryman offers cutting-edge tech and stacks of room. No other MINI is better equipped for adventure. And with our Plug-in Hybrid model, explore more with fewer emissions.

          Don’t just take our work for it, Bowker MINI were proud to partner with Five Little Doves for a Big Family Day Out in the MINI Countryman. The local Lancashire family took to the road on their big adventure and visited some local hotspots – including a day trip with their four-legged friend, Oscar, to Yarrow Valley and an action-packed weekend at Ribby Hall Village. Here is what Laura and her family had to say:

          “Last weekend we set off on our Mini Big Days Out to Ribby Hall and what a weekend it was! We are so lucky here in Lancashire to have some gorgeous places to visit and even luckier to explore them in the new Mini Countryman for the weekend! With 8.8 inch screen navigation, LED rear lights in a new Union Jack design, fully digital display cockpit and go-kart handling it really does have everything you could ever need from a family car. And, having never driven a Mini before, I was well and truly converted!! 😍

          Our weekend was packed with festive fun – the big light switch on at Ribby Hall, visiting Father Christmas, a Beauty & The Beast panto plus a wander round the Wild Discovery zoo. It was such a lovely way to spend some time together as a family and somewhere we will definitely go back to! ❤️

          Handing back the Mini Countryman at the end of the weekend was hard (my own car feels so boring in comparison!) but fingers crossed it won’t be the last Mini Countryman we drive – I’m ready for our next Mini Big Days Out adventure!! 🙌”

          Are you ready for a big adventure? 

          To show you just how spacious and supremely fun a MINI Countryman is to drive, we’ve been exploring to find the best views, adventure, and fun for you to enjoy on a Big Day Out of your own. We’ve scouted out some locations we think you’ll love to visit:

          Whether you choose to visit one, two or all the locations we’ve picked, it’s set to be an amazing day experiencing all the MINI Countryman has to offer. Book your test drive today and get ready for your Big Day Out*.

          *Test drive subject to availability and driver eligibility.

          A Lancashire rescue dog is leading a North West car retailer’s national crusade to produce and share the best video in the country on social media.

          George, abandoned by previous owners 9 years ago, has made his acting debut in a video that celebrates the feeling motorists get when they collect a new car. The video is representing Bowker MINI in Blackburn and Preston in a national competition.

          The video also features George’s owner and fellow acting debutante Jess O’Neill. Jess is a marketing executive at Bowker Motor Group. Together they demonstrate a motorist’s experiences from the moment she wakes up through to picking up her new MINI Electric and driving it for the very first time. The MINI Electric was launched in March 2020 and it is the first fully-electric MINI.

          Bowker Motor Group marketing executive Jess O’Neill said: “George and I loved the challenge of acting in the video. George is very special to us. He is so cheeky and I think that glint in his eye comes through in the video footage. He’s not really used to the limelight. But he took his first acting and filming experience in his stride.”

          The video is the automotive retailer’s entry in a national competition for MINI retailers to develop influencer content then shared on each retailer’s social channels. The video will be judged for creativity and innovation alongside others from throughout the UK.

          Bowker Motor Group marketers teamed up with local creatives Sam Mellor from Mellor Media and photographer Scott Clarkson who filmed the video together. It was shot over a day and a half in locations throughout Lancashire including Pleasington, Preston City Centre and Wrea Green.

          Four finalists will represent the UK and Republic of Ireland in the global competition.

          Earlier this year, Bowker MINI centres beat off competition from more than 130 other UK centres to win the Marketing Champion category at the MINI UK Retail Awards. Bowker MINI was the only retailer group located outside of the South to be shortlisted in the marketing category.

          The first place finish saw Bowker MINI go one better than two years ago when they finished runner up in the same category. 

          Bowker MINI are proud to announce that we have partnered up with the wonderful people at Brindle Distillery.

          Based at Holmes Farm in Brindle, the award-winning distillery, known for the name ‘Cuckoo GIN’ are dedicated to the future and strive to be sustainable. They take pride in using locally sourced raw materials, with a natural spring delivering fresh spring water to the distillery which is then used in the distillation of their spirits and for cooling their still, nicknamed ‘Maggie’.

          With our expanding MINI Electric and Hybrid range, Bowker MINI wanted to contribute to the sustainability of their business. Currently, the distillery ensures the use of sustainable and ethically sourced botanicals from the UK and across the world that give their spirits their award-winning taste.

          Mark Long, Director and Master Distiller had this to say after their MINI Electric Experience, “Teaming up with a local company like Bowker MINI was a great privilege, to do it because of our shared sustainable principles was the icing on the cake. At Brindle Distillery (Cuckoo Gin) we live by our tag line, ‘Inspired by the past, dedicated to the future’. The past harking back to times and farming stories created our brand name Cuckoo Gin. We are dedicated to the future by using the land on the farm to create a product that in turn builds the local economy, creates jobs and tourism for the area. We strive to be sustainable and green in all aspects of our product production, from using biomass to heat our still, using our own water in production and spreading waste back on our land. Part of our long-term goal would include using electric transport to ship our products and meet customers out on the road. Bowker have introduced us to this technology, and we are massively impressed with the performance of the MINI Electric and the range from just one charge. We hope this is the start of a great partnership together.”

          More About the MINI Electric

          The MINI Electric, offering a range of up to 145 miles* from a full charge is a practical option for any business striving towards sustainability. Financially, the Electric strikes a chord too, costing approximately just 4p a mile and as of April 2021 just 1% BIK for Business users. Charging could not be easier either, with a wallbox the MINI Electric will be ready to go in just three hours, so whilst you are charging your batteries, so is your MINI. And with the charging network continually growing, with the help of a 50kw charging unit, now found at many motorway services, the MINI Electric can go from 0-80% charge in just 35 minutes. So, a quick snack and a coffee and you are ready to go, and with the Electric going from 0 to 62 in just 7.3 seconds you’ll be there before you know it.

          Do you know or have a company that could benefit from a MINI Electric Experience? Why not ‘Nominate a Business’ and find out?

          *The values of fuel consumptions, CO2 emissions and energy consumptions shown are determined according to the European Regulation (EC) 715/2007 in the version applicable at the time of type approval. The figures refer to a vehicle with basic configuration in Germany and the range shown considers optional equipment and the different size of wheels and tires available on the selected model and may vary during the configuration.

          MINI Charging is your gateway to one of the worlds largest charging Networks. You will have access to a range of providers, using just one RFID card or via a mobile app.

          Introducing the public charging network of “MINI Charging”

          MINI Charging is the new superregional public charging service available from MINI.

          MINI Charging provides customers with easy access to one of the world´s largest public charging networks.

          With the MINI Charging card, or mobile app, you can charge at a large number of charging points from different operators across the UK (>11,000), as well as in all other MINI Charging markets within Europe (>173,000).

          Currently in the UK charging points from key operators such as bppulse  and others, as well as high-power charging stations available via IONITY are connected to the MINI charging network.

          This gives MINI customers access to >9,500 AC and >1,500 DC charging points across the UK. Not to mention a further >162,000 AC and >11,000 DC across Europe.

          Upon account creation you are presented with a single basic tariff, named Flex tariff.

          The Flex tariff provides access to all included network operators without any monthly membership/subscription fees. This base tariff is most suitable for occasional users as the customer only pays for the charging sessions they complete. The price for the charging session is determined by the individual charging point operator and therefore varies dependent on the charging point/network used. The current pricing for each charging point is shown directly in the MINI Charging app or website and it is recommended that the customer always check the prices in operation prior to commencing the charging session. Typical prices range from £0.18-£0.42 per kWh for AC/DC charge points.

          For more frequent public charging users, you can choose to add optional packages. Whereby for a monthly subscription fee, each package provides more attractive/preferential pricing for charging sessions conducted on those networks.


          bppulse package

          The bppulse package is suitable for frequent users of the bppulse network.

          For a monthly subscription fee of £7.85 you can access preferential pricing per/kWh when charging at the included bppulse charging points. There are currently >5,000 MINI compatible bppulse charging points available in the UK

          NEW VEHICLE OFFER

          New vehicle customers who have purchased a new fully electric or plug-in hybrid MINI vehicle through Bowker MINI and whose vehicle handover took/takes place on or after 01 April 2021 are eligible to receive the “bppulse” package for 12 months without subscription fee if they have registered for the Flex tariff.**

          **The offer is valid once for a specific vehicle from 1stApril 2021 and cannot be transferred to other vehicles or owners. After the subscription fee exemption expires, the regular Flex Tariff conditions will be applied. This promotional offer applies to the package subscription fee only, usage costs remain the responsibility of the customer. This promotional offer does not apply to used vehicles.

          The MINI Navigation system shows all charging points within the MINI Charging network.

          The MINI Charging App is available for both Apple iOS and Android.

          The My MINI App.

          To start and end a charging session at a MINI Charging partner charging point, either the RFID card or mobile app may be used, depending on the capability of the charge point.

          Yes of course. Simply use the steadily expanding public network of MINI Charging or other charging stations as available, such as from your employer. The MINI App* or the navigation system in your vehicle shows you public charge points in the vicinity.

          Attractive public charging tariffs and personalised offers are also available exclusively to MINI customers.

          The time taken to charge electric cars (depending on the cable or charging station) takes longer with alternating current (AC), while direct current (DC) is significantly faster. The new MINI Electric, for example, is charged from 0-80% after approx. 35 minutes when charged with 50 kW at a Rapid charging (DC) station. These are commonly found at motorway service stations. Alternatively, using a BP Pulse wallbox, the charging time is between 3 – 5 hours.

          Discover the MINI Range at your local Bowker Centre and experience the fun for yourself with a test drive. Select your preferred Centre below to book.

          The MINI Hatch has been awarded ‘Most Fun Car to Drive’ at the 2021 Auto Trader New Car Awards.

          Erin Baker, Editorial Director of Auto Trader, said: “With their short wheelbase and nippy, cheeky character, it’s a deserved win. Owners commented on the “go-kart feel and acceleration” and the fact that MINIs “don’t take themselves too seriously”.

          The MINI Hatch, which took the same award in 2019, was decided the ‘Most Fun Car to Drive’ by 148,000 UK car owners who took part in a comprehensive survey to understand the honest opinions of those who have bought, driven and lived with their new vehicles. They rated their cars across different criteria including reliability, performance, appearance and running costs, as well as detailing their overall satisfaction with the car and if they would recommend it to others.

          David George, Director, MINI UK said “Being fun to drive and putting a smile on the driver’s face is one of the most important parts of MINI’s DNA, so to officially win Auto Trader’s ‘Most Fun Car to Drive’ is a brilliant and very fitting award for the MINI Hatch.”

          Discover the MINI Hatch Range at your local Bowker Centre and experience the fun for yourself with a test drive. Select your preferred Centre below to book.

          From Monday 12th April, our MINI Centres are fully open for Sales and Aftersales, in line with Government guidance. We have enhanced safety measures in place to keep both you and our team protected at all times.

          Here’s what we’re doing and how you can help:

          • The temperature of our staff is being checked
          • Social distancing measures are in place
          • Hand sanitiser stations are positioned throughout the Centres
          • Protective screens have been fitted to desks where required
          • Disposable gloves, seat, steering wheel and gear selector covers are being used by our service advisors, technicians and valeters
          • Pre-appointment calls are made beforehand to limit the number of customers in the Centre at any given time
          • Each vehicle that passes through the workshop will be sanitised using a safe disinfecting solution
          • Customers are encouraged to make payments by card or other contactless methods
          • Online sales enquiries are being conducted using video technology where possible
          • Contactless collection/delivery of sold vehicles is available on request

          Click here to view our opening hours.


          MINI Sales
          Our sales teams are on hand to assist with your enquiry either within our Centres or from the comfort of your own home. Making an appointment is advisable to avoid any unnecessary waiting in light of social distancing and hygiene measures.

          Bowker Blackburn
          Tel: 01254 274333
          www.bowkermotorgroup.co.uk/mini/contact-us/bowker-blackburn-mini

          Bowker Preston
          Tel: 01772 761234
          www.bowkermotorgroup.co.uk/mini/contact-us/bowker-preston-mini

           

          MINI Service & Trade Parts
          To make an appointment, please call us or you can book online 24/7:

          Bowker Blackburn
          Tel: 01254 274333
          www.bowkerblackburnmini.co.uk

          Bowker Preston
          Tel: 01772 761234
          www.bowkerprestonmini.co.uk

          We ask that you bring your vehicle to our Centre for your planned Service appointment and park in customer parking. Please access the Centre at Main Reception where you will be met by a member of staff. Your keys will be sanitised and we will wipe down the frequently touched surfaces with a safe disinfecting solution, adding PPE to the interior. Likewise, when you return to collect your vehicle from us, we will have done the same.

          For Trade Parts enquiries or to place an order, please call:

          Bowker Blackburn: 0800 919 724
          Bowker Preston: 0800 1 957 957

          We look forward to welcoming you to our Centres again and want to reassure you that we are doing everything we can to promote a safe and secure experience.

          Thank you for your continued loyalty and support.

          Paul Bowker
          Chief Executive

          tap into your mini

          Maximise your MINI experience with the new MINI App. Thanks to its array of clever features, you can plan journeys more easily than ever before. Start from the comfort of your couch by planning your route from the app, then send it directly to your MINI’s infotainment system so you’re ready to go. Plus, you can use the MINI App on your smartphone to track down where you’ve parked and even check whether you locked your doors. And when your next service is due, the app will ping you a notification to remind you to get booked in with your Bowker MINI Centre. Download it here.

          *The MINI App is compatible with all MINI vehicles from the March 2018 model year onwards in conjunction with the option ConnectedDrive Services and a compatible smartphone. For the best in-app experience, vehicles will need to be equipped with Remote Services. The availability and functions of the MINI App may vary depending on the country. 

          5 MINI APP HIGHLIGHTS.

          ● Instant access to your MINI’s status

          ● Direct access to your MINI Service Centre

          ● Clever features and functions for electric models

          ● Easy and efficient journey planning with navigation and maps

          ● Regular upgrades with exciting new features and functions

          CHECK YOUR MINI’S STATUS.

          The MINI App’s ‘Vehicle’ gives you visibility of your MINI’s status. Check when your next service is due, how much oil is in the engine and even whether the doors are locked or not, all from the MINI App your smartphone.

          It includes the following functions:

          • Vehicle Info
          • Vehicle Status (oil check/service required notification)
          • Remote Services (vehicle search, lock/unlock doors
          • Ventilation/Climate Control
          • Link to MINI Driver’s Guide

          And if you drive MINI Electric or MINI Countryman Plug-in Hybrid you get these additional functions:

          • E-mobility features such as Remaining Range incl. Charging Status
          • Charge & Climate Timer
          • Charging History
          • Scan & Charge (convenient access to MINI charging)

          ADD YOUR MINI TO THE MINI APP IN JUST A FEW EASY STEPS.

          PERFECT JOURNEY PLANNING.

          Head to the ‘map’ tab for information about upcoming journeys, locations, destinations and useful information en route. It includes:

          • Map Search
          • Category Search
          • Free Text Search
          • Dealer Search
          • Charging Station Search plus Details
          • Points of Interest Search (POIs)
          • Destination Details
          • Favourites incl. Home and Work
          • Parking Detail Screen 
          • Send-to-car Destinations
          • Share Location from another app

          EVERYTHING IN THE RIGHT PLACE.

          The MINI App helps to make your experience easier and more efficient than ever. Create a personal profile, check out frequently asked questions and even find helpful information about roadside assistance – all in one place. Included are features such as:

          • Personal Profile
          • Settings
          • Roadside Assistance
          • Financial Services
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          YOUR MINI, MANAGED.

          Take care of your MINI’s servicing needs with ease. Use the MINI App to manage maintenance requirements, and get push notifications when a service is due. You can even schedule appointments and request roadside assistance directly through the app. It includes: 

          • Service Alerts
          • Recall Alerts
          • Contact your Preferred Dealer
          • Online Appointment Scheduling
          • Roadside Assistance
           

          The MINI Electric Pacesetter inspired by JCW is the new Safety Car for the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship race series. As such, it connects the brand’s electrified future with the rich racing history of John Cooper Works. The car was created out of the new MINI Electric as part of an unprecedented collaboration between MINI Design, BMW Motorsport, the FIA and the Formula E.

          Electric drive meets John Cooper Works.

          “We have already shown how well driving fun and electric mobility go together with the MINI Electric,” says Bernd Körber, Head of MINI. “However, the MINI Electric Pacesetter inspired by JCW goes at least a step further and blends the performance character of the John Cooper Works brand with electric mobility.

          This extreme version of the MINI Electric has been developed as the Safety Car in the Formula E, so is clearly not intended for use on public roads. But it does reveal one of the directions we could take with the electrification of the JCW brand. For me, the message is clear: electrification and John Cooper Works are a good fit.”

          Dynamism maximised – the exterior design.

          The exterior of the MINI Electric Pacesetter inspired by JCW has been purpose-built for life on the track and represents the most dynamic interpretation yet of a MINI with all-electric power. “The design is an exciting symbiosis of technical precision and emotion,” explains Oliver Heilmer, Head of MINI Design. “Here, function dictates form, and many design elements have been shaped by technical considerations.

          For example, we worked closely with our colleagues at BMW Motorsport to develop the form of the wheel arches and front and rear aprons, and the optimisation programme for them included weight-saving measures. This visually striking, technically precise design language gives the car its pervasive sense of emotional engagement and excitement.”

          At the front of the car, classic MINI icons such as the circular headlights and hexagonal radiator grille create the familiar, easily recognisable MINI face. At the same time, signature John Cooper Works elements, such as wheel arches adapted to the car’s track width and the deep front apron with additional front splitters to the left and right, enhance the sporting visuals of the front end. The blanked off “radiator grille” and MINI Electric logo point to the electric “heart” of the Safety Car.

          As virtually no drive system cooling is required through the upper area of the grille, the front end is largely enclosed to aid aerodynamics. The only exceptions are the area below the grille and the eye-catching, almost squared-off apertures for brake cooling. The Safety Car’s white flashing lights are integrated harmoniously into the bonnet. Characteristic MINI bonnet stripes extend over the roof to the rear end.

          Showcasing MINI’s racing genes – the flanks.

          The MINI Electric Pacesetter inspired by JCW also cuts an extremely dynamic figure from the side. The interplay of geometrically accentuated spats (with carefully placed aero edges) and sporty side skirts gives the car the appearance of powering forward even before it turns a wheel. Together with the increased-diameter wheels, which almost fill the wheel arches, these elements strengthen the time-honoured MINI “stance on the wheels”. The spats and spoilers are made – or more precisely 3D printed from recycled carbon fibre – in Oxford.

          Yellow accent lines and surfaces on the aero elements (e.g. the spats, skirts and rear wing) provide a nod to the airflow optimisation taking place in these areas and add a visual flourish to the air deflectors and aero edges. The lightweight 18-inch forged wheels in bi-colour black-neon/orange design bring significant visual depth and added intricacy to the four-spoke items from the MINI John Cooper Works GP.

          The respective colour worlds of the MINI Electric and John Cooper Works brand merge into a single statement here. The main body colour is a matt silver which extends back beyond the centre-point of the car. A high-gloss wrap with a two-stage colour gradient – from Highspeed Orange to Curbside Red metallic – then covers the rest of the body to the rear.

          The contrast between matt and gloss surfaces brings extra smoothness to the silhouette, while the clear, diagonal separation lines between the different colours injects further dynamism. On the flanks, a chequered flag-inspired pattern shares the stage with a large MINI Electric logo, which can also be found in the radiator grille, on the roof and at the rear end. The Safety Car brief also brings regulations-specific and sponsor-related graphics, which add further visual intensity to the car’s racing character.

          Broad and eye-catching – the rear.

          The rear end in black and Curbside Red metallic uses yellow accent surfaces to extend the eye-catching design language from the front end and flanks, and makes an extremely modern and dynamic statement. The prominent roof-mounted rear wing with air through-flow and yellow accent lines also integrates the signal light unit and was 3D printed at Plant Oxford. The flared wheel arches accentuate the car’s wide track and transition seamlessly into the pronounced rear apron. The rear apron has cut-outs around the wheels, clearing the view to the higher-grip racing tyres. Between the wheels sits an unadorned diffuser. When the car is viewed from this angle, the accents in Energetic Yellow and lack of exhaust tailpipes identify this as a car powered by an electric drive system.

          Reduced to the max – the interior.

          The interior is stripped back to the absolute essentials; only the front seats remain. The driver’s area consists of a certified seat with six-point belt approved for both racing and road use, a steering wheel with minimalist-design carbon fibre impact absorber and a digital instrument cluster. The central information display makes way for a carbon fibre cover here to further reduce weight. The centre console houses the gearshift lever, handbrake and controls for the necessary signal lights – all in exposed carbon fibre.

          The likewise pared-back carbon-fibre door panels with window and door openers contain cloth straps to make closing the doors easier. Another central feature of the interior is the welded-in roll cage, which maximises safety. And the remainder of the stripped-out interior structure is also painted in typical racing white (for functional reasons).

          Bespoke 3D-printed parts for the interior.

          The steering wheel’s minimalist impact absorber and the boost panel on the right-hand side of the wheel are high-quality, custom-made components, likewise the centre console cowling and door panelling on the driver’s side. Another highlight are the removable pads on the sport seat, which are likewise 3D-printed and whose innovative structure combines comfort, robustness and modularity. The thickness, hardness and colour of the pads can be adapted as required according to the physiognomy, weight and personal taste of the driver at hand.

          Ready for the race track, helped by knowhow from BMW Motorsport.

          Behind the visually powerful design of the MINI Electric Pacesetter inspired by JCW lies the expertise of BMW Motorsport. Rigorous adherence to lightweight design principles gives the Safety Car a kerb weight of approx. 1,230 kg – which makes it approx. 130 kg lighter than the standard MINI Electric.

          The drive system – also based on that found in the MINI Electric – produces 135 kW and 280 Nm (206 lb-ft), which enables the MINI Electric Pacesetter inspired by JCW to sprint from 0-62 mph in 6.7 seconds (standard model: 7.3 s) and from 0-37 mph in 3.6 seconds (standard model: 3.9 s). Even more important for a Safety Car, though, are the mid-range figures. Here, the MINI Electric Pacesetter inspired by JCW showcases all the talents of its torque-rich electric drive system with single-speed transmission, enabling a 75 mph time of 4.3 seconds (standard model: 4.6 s).

          The drive system teams up with racing coilover suspension (three-way adjustable for rebound, compression, height and camber) to deliver maximum go-kart feeling. Race-spec suspension control arm mountings, a 10 mm increase in track width, plus the four-piston brakes and wheels from the MINI John Cooper Works GP with Michelin Pilot Sport tyres (size 245/40 R18) round off the overall package.

          Premiere at the Rome E-Prix on 10.04.2021

          The MINI Electric Pacesetter inspired by JCW will come into use in Rome on 10 April 2021 at the second event (Race 3) of Formula E’s 2021 season. At the wheel will be official Formula E Safety Car driver Bruno Correia, as BMW i Andretti Motorsport drivers Maximilian Guenther (GER) and Jake Dennis (GBR) battle it out for victory in their BMW iFE.21 racers.

          “Agility, performance and a cool looking car. The MINI Electric Pacesetter Safety Car of FIA Formula E World Championship has got it all. Very fun to drive, it feels like karting”, said Correia.

          A lot of MINI Electric is what you know and love about the MINI Hatch already. Its iconic design and legendary responsive handling. The innovative tech. The ability to customise it to your taste (did we mention the six handsome colour options available?). But the new fully electric motor takes things to a whole new level. So, if you’re looking for a car that’s all torque, as well as action, then let us introduce the latest MINI Electric. It feels better than ever, with immediate oomph thanks to instant torque. And it looks better than ever too. With a sharper, sleeker update to its legendary MINI look and, of course, that MINI Electric feeling.

          REASONS TO MAKE THE SWITCH TO mini ELECTRIC.

          Now MINI Electric is here, you can make the switch to electric without losing any of the things you love about MINI. Need any more reasons to make the switch to MINI Electric? Read on.

          MINI Electric makes your money go further

          ELECTRIC COSTS LESS.

          The cost of electricity can be up to two thirds less than what you’re paying for petrol or diesel. When it comes to cost per mile, the news gets even better. Compared to a traditional petrol or diesel car, going fully electric could cut costs by up to three quarters or more. MINI Electric makes your money go further too. At just 4p per mile, it’s around 2.5 to 6 times cheaper than driving a petrol or diesel.

          MINI Electric makes your money go further.

          ELECTRIC CAR CHARGING POINTS.

          Charging MINI Electric is just as easy on the go. The UK network of public charging points is growing every day. And MINI Navigation will plan your route taking into account the 9,000+ charging points already available across the UK.

          MINI have partnered with bp pulse, meaning MINI Electric drivers can charge up easily at over 7,000 public charging points using both AC and Rapid DC chargers.

          CLEANER MEANS GREENER.

          Bid farewell to traditional fuels and start living a little greener? With zero exhaust emissions, you’re creating less pollution as you drive. And by switching to a sustainable energy supplier, like MINI’s partner OVO Energy, you can reduce your environmental impact even more.

          LOW MAINTENANCE MILES.

          An electric car motor is less complex than a combustion engine. And because there are fewer moving parts, it means there’s less wear and tear, so maintenance can be kept to a minimum. When it’s time for a service, we can help you keep the costs down too with our simple monthly payment plans.

          MINI Electric makes your money go further.

          FILL UP AT HOME.

          With MINI Electric, you’ll wake up every morning raring to go. Just plug in to a standard home socket overnight to recharge the battery whilst you’re sleeping. If you want more efficient charging, we recommend installing a Wallbox at home.

          With no noise from the engine, you feel more relaxed and connected to the world outside.

          SMOOTHER, QUICKER, QUIETER.

          One of the first things you notice when driving an electric car is how calm it feels inside. With no noise from the engine, you feel more relaxed and connected to the world outside. Without the need to change gear, accelerating feels smooth and effortless with instant torque from the electric motor. And when you put your foot down, there’s an immediate response and surge of speed that makes an electric vehicle ideal for city driving.

          SAVE WITH A GOVERNMENT GRANT.

          MINI Electric has been given a Category 1 rating by the government, which means you can receive a £2,500 grant towards the purchase price. Plus, if you’re buying a MINI Electric for your business, there’s a BIK rate of 0% from April 2020.

          ZERO EMISSIONS.

          As electric vehicles produce no emissions, they are exempt from Vehicle Emissions Duty (VED). In London, they are also exempt from the congestion charge, as long as drivers apply for the 100% discount. And exempt from the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) too.

          If you’re looking for a car that’s all torque, as well as action, then let us introduce the latest MINI Electric.

          MORE ABOUT MINI ELECTRIC.

          FEELS LIKE ELECTRIC, LOOKS LIKE MINI.

           

          A lot of MINI Electric is what you know and love about the MINI Hatch already. Its iconic design and legendary responsive handling. The innovative tech. The ability to customise it to your taste (did we mention the six handsome colour options available?). But the new fully electric motor takes things to a whole new level.

          A charging solution for electric vehicle customers

          We know that many Motability customers are interested in electric vehicles but are concerned with charging them. So, as part of the worry-free motoring package, the Motability Scheme are offering customers who place an application for full battery electric vehicles an ‘at home’ charge point at no additional cost, in partnership with BP Pulse.

          If you don’t have access to off-street parking, then instead you’ll be given access to a network of charging points for easy on-street charging. 

          What costs are involved?

          There are no costs for BP Pulse to supply and install a home charge point, but if there is work required to gain access to your electricity supply then you’ll have to cover these costs. Also, customers are responsible for paying for the electricity used to charge their car.

          If you would prefer to use an alternative supplier you can do so, but this will be at your own cost. Motability insist that customers have some sort of provision in place before they deliver an electric vehicle, this is to ensure your continued mobility throughout your lease. If you are considering an electric vehicle you will need to have access to a charge point to recharge the battery and pay for the electricity that is used.  

          What will I need to do?

          During your application for a full battery electric vehicle we will ask if you would like to take advantage of the charging solution. All you need to do is say yes, we will then pass your contact details onto BP Pulse.

          You’ll then be contacted by BP Pulse directly who will arrange the provision of a charging solution.

          You can discover the full range of cars on the Scheme here. If you are already a customer and are coming up to the end of your three-year contract, please contact one of our team and they will advise how to change to an electric vehicle.

          Interested in Joining the Motability Scheme?

          For more information about joining and possibly leasing one of the vehicles available on the scheme, we have Motability trained and award-winning specialists who are ready to answer your questions and help you choose your car. We’ll also guide you through the simple process and complete all the paperwork for you.

          To find out more, please complete the form on this page and we’ll be in touch. Alternatively, call our friendly Motability specialists at Bowker Preston MINI on 01772 761234 or at Bowker Blackburn MINI on 01254 274333.