BMW Announces Halliwell Jones Warrington as BMW i AgentTuesday, May 21, 2013
BMW UK today revealed its network of dealers that will supply and support BMW i, the company’s revolutionary new sub-brand featuring electric drive systems and premium mobility services.
Halliwell Jones in Warrington was name as one of the 46 sales agents across which in the UK will offer the BMW i range. Each will have specialist technical capabilities allowing them to carry out repairs to the vehicles’ high voltage batteries. A wider service network is planned to offer extended coverage for the general service, maintenance and repair of BMW i vehicles.
To find out more about BMW i or register your interest - contact Alan Rigby our BMW i Genius on 01925 248053, or send us an e-mail to BMWi@halliwelljones.co.uk.
Initially, two BMW i cars have been confirmed for production, the fully-electric BMW i3 megacity vehicle and the plug-in hybrid BMW i8 sports car.
The BMW i3 is BMW’s first fully-electric production car and is due to go on sale in the UK in late 2013. Like the i8, the BMW i3 features an all-aluminium chassis combined with a passenger cell made entirely from lightweight carbon fibre reinforced plastic.
BMW Group UK Managing Director, Tim Abbott said customer enquiries about BMW i are already “extremely high” with more than 6000 people registering their interest in the i brand. “With the announcement of our BMW i retail network we are open for business and taking deposits on the i3 and i8,” he said. “Our BMW i dealerships are located in the areas of the UK with the highest concentrations of population.”
As well as the vehicles themselves, BMW i will encompass a range of premium services for mobility aimed at optimising the use of parking spaces, recharging infrastructure, ‘smart’ navigation systems, intermodal route planning and access to other BMW vehicles on an ‘on-demand’ basis.
BMW is the first premium vehicle manufacturer to offer such a comprehensive ownership package surrounding electric mobility.
“With BMW i, we are offering game-changing technology that will revolutionise the way we move through a completely new driving and ownership experience,” said Abbott.
The BMW Concept i3 is currently on display in the world’s first BMW i showroom on Park Lane, London. In May, the car will feature at the Wentworth BMW PGA Championship and is then due to appear at the Canary Wharf Motorexpo in June.
To find our more about BMW i visit www.bmw-i.co.uk
AN EXCLUSIVE OFFER FOR MINI FANS AND OWNERS- £10 OFF MINI YOUNGDRIVE! EXPERIENCEMonday, May 20, 2013
An Exclusive offer for MINI fans and owners - £10 off a MINI YoungDrive Experience for those budding drivers!
Here at Halliwell Jones MINI, we have just the ticket for young motorists aged 11-17 who are keen to get behind the wheel for the first time. MINI fans can enjoy £10 off a MINI YoungDrive! Experience, an exclusive deal for MINI Dealers and Owners. This is a perfect opportunity for those budding motorists to experience an introductory lesson to basic driving techniques. MINI UK and MSV have joined forces to offer MINI owners a discounted price of £69 (normally £79) and is available at Brands Hatch, Oulton Park or Bedford Autodrome.
This summer treat budding drivers to a MINI MSV YoungDrive! Experience. Children between the ages of 11 and 17 can take a MINI One Hatch out on a racing circuit, and learn the basics of driving from a DSA-approved instructor. Covering everything from moving-off and stopping, steering through traffic cones, clutch control, and understanding road markings, it’s the perfect way to introduce your want-to-be Jenson Button to driving in a safe, stress-free environment. They will be in control of a dual controlled MINI One as they practice essential car control and build up their confidence, which will prove vital for when they hit the road for real. Safety is paramount but the emphasis is on having fun!
To book your experience and benefit from this great discount click http://www.youngdrive.com/mini
BMW X3. WHATCAR? BEST SUV 2013 AWARDWednesday, May 15, 2013
BEST IN ITS FIELD AND ON THE ROAD.
The BMW X3 is proving to be as commanding at awards ceremonies as it is on the road, having been selected by What Car? as 'Best SUV 2013'.
The judges were no doubt swayed by the combination of dynamic performance and outstanding efficiency that is delivered by BMW EfficientDynamics. At the same time, the finely spaced gears of the optional Steptronic eight speed automatic transmission offers even more fuel economy.
There's also the unrivalled capabilities of BMW xDrive, the intelligent all-wheel-drive system, which gives you impeccable control and agility whatever the road conditions.
Halliwell Jones Preferred Supplier for TaxAssist NetworkMonday, May 13, 2013
TaxAssist Accountants Group Annual Conference
On Saturday 20th April, the Local Business Development Team from Halliwell Jones Chester attended the TaxAssist Accountants Group Annual Conference. Halliwell Jones Group is the preferred supplied to the TaxAssist network for the supply of BMW and MINI company vehicles, and were invited to exhibit the model range at the event. The event was held at The Celtic Manor Resort in Newport and attended by the 220 Franchise owners, employees and families.
David Smith and Stephen Moore from Halliwell Jones Chester were on hand throughout the day to showcase models from the BMW and MINI range and offer expert advice on the range and the benefits of Business Partnership scheme. On display were popular models, including the MINI Hatch, MINI Roadster and the BMW 1 Series giving the attendees the opportunity to experience the model range first hand.
Karl Sandall, CEO of TaxAssist Accountants was delighted with Halliwell Jones Group's attendance and said ‘Our thanks go out to you for all your support in making our Conference such a successful occasion.’
David Smith, Local Business Development Manager for Halliwell Jones MINI Chester commented ‘We are very excited about our relationship with the TaxAssist network and look forward to working their Head Office and all of their franchisees going forward’. Halliwell Jones are the preferred supplied for the TaxAssist Group and supply complimentary vehicle livery on new cars ordered to help the franchisee to promote their business.
TaxAssist Accountants is a national network of accountants who are experts in helping small business owners and self employed individuals with all of their tax and accountancy needs. The TaxAssist network services over 44,000 clients and have a wealth of experience in the small business market. To find out more about TaxAssist Accountants visit www.taxassist.co.uk
If you manage a fleet of fewer than 50 company cars, the BMW/MINI Business Partnership has been designed specifically for you. To learn more about how it can benefit your business call David Smith on 07803 899403.
THE NEW BMW 3 SERIES GRAN TURISMO ARRIVES 15 JUNE 2013Wednesday, May 08, 2013
A NEW FORM OF SPACE.
At first glance, the innovative design of the new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo shows a powerful, dynamic performance coupé but there is more to this car than meets the eye.
The flowing lines and sleek, sporty silhouette disguise the luxurious levels of comfort and space that lie inside. With generous proportions and an elevated driving position offering improved road visibility, this new model adds a whole new dimension to the BMW 3 Series range.
Furthermore, the impressive class-leading luggage space offers a level of practicality and versatility that defies expectations, making it a car that demands a closer look.
HALLIWELL JONES PRESENT BMW & MINI BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP WITH THE BEST OF CHESTERMonday, April 29, 2013
Halliwell Jones’ Steve Moore, BMW Local Business Development Executive and David Smith, MINI Local Business Development Executive, along with thebestofchester held a Business Partnership Event at our brand new Service Centre yesterday evening. The event was a great success, with approximately 30 people attending representing their local businesses. The event provided a great networking opportunity for all involved, as well as chance to experience the level of facilities available at the new BMW and MINI Service Centre on Knutsford Way.
The evening began with a networking session followed by a welcoming introduction by Paul Daniels, Managing Director of thebestofchester. Thebestofchester is the ultimate local business guide, bringing the best of Chester to you. Thebesterofchester are a hub of everything local, you can find the best businesses as recommended by local people, get access to the best offers and keep up to date with what is happening in your local area.
Steve and David then carried out a presentation on the BMW and MINI Business Partnership Programme, introducing the benefits of the membership including compelling contract hire rates, complimentary specification upgrades across a wide range of BMW and MINI vehicles. The attendees took part in a tour of the new facilities at the Service Centre and were able to join in on a taster demonstration of a range of BMWs and MINIs.
Steve Moore said “Every customer who attended were amazed at the level of facilities at the new Service Centre and found the tour by Mike Lloyd (Master Technician) very informative and enjoyable. Thank you to everyone who helped to make the event successful”.
To find out more about thebestofchester please visit http://www.thebestof.co.uk/local/chester/
Or to find out more about the BMW/MINI Business Partnership options available to you please visit http://www.halliwelljones.co.uk/corporate
HALLIWELL JONES SPONSOR PROM XTRA -18TH -19TH MAYThursday, April 25, 2013
Halliwell Jones are delighted to announce that we will be the main sponsors at Prom Xtra, a fun filled weekend taking place on Saturday 18th May – Sunday 19th May. The annual event will stretch over the entire Colwyn Bay Promenade, making the event bigger and better for 2013!
Visit the Outdoor Zone to be sure you don’t miss the ‘Halliwell Jones Top Gear Experience’. Here is your opportunity to try the free simulator to test drive a Bugatti Veyron Super Sport around the Top Gear track! For all the adrenaline junkies, there will be more top attractions to get your heart rate pumping including climbing walls, kite surfing and water displays.
Don’t forget to visit the Halliwell Jones Hospitality Unit, meet the team and check out the latest BMW and MINI models on display.
Next to the Outdoor Zone you’ll find the Family Zone and Beach Zone. These areas are all about fun for all the family. Here you’ll get the chance to see Colwyn Bay’s new Watersports Centre, Porth Eirias which will be launched during the event. Not to mention there will be a funfair, local food market and a life size T-Rex roaming the site!
Be sure to stay for the beach party- Prom Live! Jameela Jamil from Radio 1 will be kicking off the party from 5pm, a free evening for all with lots of live music. We hope to see you there-it’s not to be missed! For more information visit http://promxtra.co.uk/
Special Offers at Marco Pierre White ChesterTuesday, April 23, 2013
HALLIWELL JONES SPONSOR WIGAN 10K - 8 SEPTEMBERWednesday, April 17, 2013
HALLIWELL JONES SPONSOR WIGAN 10K – SATURDAY 8 SEPTEMBER
Halliwell Jones are delighted to announce that we will be the main sponsors of Wigan’s inaugural 10k Event, which will take place on September 8th.
The event has been organised by local charity Joining Jack in conjunction with Wigan Council and Wigan Leisure Culture Trust and will be the first if its kind in the town.
Joining Jack is raising money and awareness for research into the Duchenne Muscular Disthrophy , (DMD) a neuromuscular condition that causes progressive muscle weakness in boys.
Along with helping towards funding the road race, some members of the Halliwell Jones Team from both of the Southport and Warrington branches will be participating in the event, including John Connor and Scott Hamilton.
Scott Hamiltion, Dealer Principal at Halliwell Jones Warrington said ‘We are honoured to be able to announce our partnership of the Wigan 10k run. It is part of the DNA of our business that we work with organisations and events in the local community’.
John Connor, Sales Manager added ‘Coming from Wigan, obviously, I was all too aware of the work being done to support Jack and thought it was something Halliwell Jones could be part of and hopefully assist in some way’.
Joining Jack are hoping to attract 2,000 runners to the event. To find out more about the Wigan 10k visit www.wigan10k.co.uk, or click here to Register. As well as runners, volunteers and additional sponsors are also still needed.
Pictured above are Andy and Matt Johnson from Joining Jack, along with their mascot JJ, along with John Connor and Scott Hamilton from Halliwell Jones.
Scrummy Somethings deliver delicious cakes & bakes in their new MINI ClubmanThursday, March 28, 2013
Gill Osborne, owner of Scrummy Somethings takes delivery of her brand new Mini Cooper D Clubman, fully decorated in her company’s colours, just in time for the Chester Food and Drink Festival that will be held at Chester racecourse over the Easter weekend.
Scrummy Somethings was formed almost 12 months ago to the day bringing together the finest locally sourced ingredients to deliver high quality artisan home baked cakes in Cheshire. As a special thank you for delivering the car in time for the food festival, Gill presented David Smith and other members of the team at Mini, Halliwell Jones Chester one of her signatureChocolate Guinness Cakes.
Gill says, “Although I will miss my old Mini hatchback, my new Mini Clubman will be a real benefit to my business, being much easier to load, and I am hoping that the striking livery will help to spread the word as I drive around the Chester area”.
Scrummy Somethings is a member of Taste Cheshire (www.tastecheshire.com ) and supplies a number of local businesses as well as attending local Farmers markets around Chester. In fact she wasone of the traders at the newly established and highly successful Taste CheshireFarmers Market held outside the Town Hall in Chester that will take place every 3rd Saturday of the month.
Scrummy Somethings will be joining forces with the award winning coffee shop The Barista’s, Chester's only Beverage standards accredited coffee shop awarded 4 cups for excellence in 2012, at this year’s Chester Food and Drink Festival. “This is a natural partnership as the ethos of both businesses was the same, that only the finest ingredients are used to produce great tasting products”, states Andy Delooze owner of The Barista's on Watergate St.
We look forward to welcoming visitors who will have the opportunity to experience the ideal coffee and cake break. Last year, some 27,000 people attended across the three days! But, with the chef demonstrations, kids workshops, CamperFest and over 120 exhibitors we will have attending, it’s sure to be brilliant.
To find out more visit www.scrummysomethings.com
SAF - Specialist Automotive FinanceWednesday, March 27, 2013
SAF – SPECIALIST AUTOMOTIVE FINANCE
Stacey Bridge, Group Business Manager for Halliwell Jones was delighted to accept an invitation from the Finance & Leasing Association to the House of Commons on Thursday 14th March 2013.
The prestigious event was held on the Terrace Pavillion at the House of Commons in London to recognise and congratulate Dealer Groups who have achieved the SAF Accreditation.
The Halliwell Jones Group were one of the first BMW and MINI Dealer Groups in the network to become SAF Approved over 12 months ago, and have just achieved another year of compliance.
SAF accreditation helps car buyers identify dealers who are committed to consumer protection and providing best advice and information to customers regarding automotive finance.
Stacey Bridge the Administrator for the SAF accreditation has implemented a program of training to ensure all Business Managers employed by the Halliwell Jones Group become SAF accredited.
Halliwell Jones are committed to raising the professional standards and knowledge of our Sales Teams to ensure that our customers only receive quality advice and guidance on the financial products we offer when they are buying their BMW or MINI.
WE LOVE CHESHIRE. BRAND NEW ONLINE DIGITAL LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE.Tuesday, March 26, 2013
HALLIWELL JONES CHESTER ARE DELIGHTED TO HAVE PARTNERED 'WE LOVE CHESHIRE'.
A BRAND NEW ONLINE, DIGITAL LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE.
We Love Cheshire will be promoting the County’s finest Pubs, Restaurants, Bars, Shops, Spas, Cookery Schools, Delis, Hotels & B&B’s – in fact, any quality independent lifestyle provider in and around our beautiful County.
WLC aims to promote quality, independent businesses using a digital platform and effective social media. Mid-week offers will be sent out via a weekly E-Newsletter, as well as by social media postings. Their Guest Features will be updated monthly by fabulous partners including Boodles and Celebrity Chef Simon Rimmer.
The We Love Cheshire Team will be venturing out and about and having a whole load of fun in their Halliwell Jones sponsored We Love Cheshire MINI ONE. And the ‘The Pink Ladies’ will be supporting local charities and worthwhile campaigns in and around the region.
As well as the WLC Lifestyle Magazine, they will be launching a number of other digital services including We Love Weddings and We Love to Shop where we’ll be selling WLC branded products such as the fabulous MyBunjee™ mobile phone accessory, and their Pink Ladies hoodies and many more gorgeous treats from quality Cheshire based businesses.
To find out more, sign up to their Newsletter, or follow them on Facebook and Twitter for all of the lastest news and offers.
Complimentary Regus Membership for Business Partnership CustomersTuesday, March 26, 2013
Business Partnership customers can now enjoy the benefits of swanky mobile office facilities thanks to a new partnership with Regus, the world's leading provider of flexible workspaces.
Each new Business Partnership customer will receive complimentary 12 month Regus Businessworld Gold Card membership, giving them access to professional business lounges, meeting rooms stacked with the latest technology and high speed internet connectivity.
With over 150 locations now in the UK, Business Partnership drivers can now spend their working day in comfort, as well as their commute.
For further information on the Regus Businessworld Gold Card visit www.regus.co.uk/bmwmini
BMW Seal & Protect - Keep your BMW looking as good as the day you bought itFriday, March 15, 2013
Put a shine on your BMW with our Seal and Protect Service
BMW Seal & Protect is the only fully approved BMW paint, interior and cloth upholstery protection system. It is designed not only to keep your BMW looking as good as the day you bought it, but to protect your investment by providing an enduring shield against environmental conditions and preserve the high quality finish of your car.
Watch the video to find out more...
For more information, please speak to your local Halliwell Jones Dealership.
Halliwell Jones BMW Chester support Chester Zoo Safari Ranger project for a third yearThursday, March 07, 2013
Halliwell Jones BMW Chester support Chester Zoo Safari Ranger project for a third year.
Halliwell Jones has put Chester Zoo in the driving seat by supporting its schools’ project for a third year.
Halliwell Jones BMW Chester has donated a BMW X1 to the zoo’s Safari Ranger project which works with schools that are unable to visit the zoo.
Last year Safari Ranger Carrie Littlehales visited around 90 different schools, teaching over 7,000 students.
Carrie, who picked up the keys from Dealer Principal David Nutter, said: “I take quite a lot of artefacts out with me so having an X1 is fantastic as there is plenty of space. The car is branded with a great zoo theme which creates a real buzz when I arrive and the children get very excited about the sessions.”
David Nutter commented “We are please to associate ourselves with Chester Zoo as not only one of the top tourist attractions in the country but also for its important work in conservation and education. The X1 will be conspicuous within the community by nature of its branded appearance and we look forward to developing our relationship with the zoo for the benefit of both parties.”
To book a visit to your school, or for more information, you can get in touch with Chester Zoo on their Safari Ranger hotline on 01244 389 738 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
HALLIWELL JONES CLINCHES DAVID PRICE SPONSORSHIPMonday, March 04, 2013
The Halliwell Jones Group are delighted to announce their sponsorship of local sportsman David Price.
David Price is a professional English heavyweight boxer from Merseyside, with both British and Commonweath Heavyweight Championship titles under his belt.
On Friday 1st March David collected his new BMW from Halliwell Jones in Chester. Fortunately, the flagship of the BMW range the BMW 7 Series has plenty of space to accommodate David’s 6 foot 8 physique.
Jim Houghton, Sales Director for the Halliwell Jones Group commented ‘This is a great opportunity to get involved with a world class athlete. We are looking forward to seeing David’s progression....and who knows when he will become Champion of the word!’.
For more information about David Price visit www.davidprice.co.uk
Pictured above is David Price collecting his new 7 Series from Halliwell Jones BMW Chester.
Halliwell Jones Warrington - Raising Dough for Comic ReliefFriday, March 01, 2013
HALLIWELL JONES WARRINGTON
RAISING DOUGH FOR COMIC RELIEF
A Team of volunteers at Halliwell Jones will be raising dough for Comic Relief on Friday 15th March.
The team of enthusiast bakers, headed up by chief baker Emily Hays will be cooking up a host of tasty treats to tempt customers, visitors and fellow members of staff on Friday 15th March.
The Team of 12 volunteers are planning to bake a selection of cup cakes, buns, muffins and traditional sponges which will be sold in our HJ Bistro and from Reception at the showroom.
And of course cake eating is thirsty work, so they’ll be plenty of tea and coffee on hand, which as always is complimentary to our customers.
The Team hope to raise £150 from their bake sale, which could help vaccinate 30 children against deadly childhood diseases like tetanus and hepatitis B.
So if you are at the Dealership on Friday 15th or in the Warrington neighbourhood, please pop and try one of our beautiful bakes and help Halliwell Jones raise money for this great cause!
BMW xDRIVE NOW AVAILABLE ON A RANGE OF MODELS.Monday, February 25, 2013
THE INTELLIGENT BMW ALL-WHEEL DRIVE SYSTEM,
NOW AVAILABLE ON A RANGE OF MODELS.
As the weather changes, you need your car to be able to adapt to the changing conditions of the road.
BMW xDrive is the most advanced all-wheel-drive system available. It reacts in the blink of an eye by balancing power between all the wheels, delivering reassurance in tricky road conditions, the peformance you'd expect from the ultimate driving machine and without compromising efficiency. Joining the existing BMW 320i xDrive Saloon, this system is now available on selected BMW 3 Series Saloon and Touring, and BMW 1 Series Sports Hatch models.
By permanently monitoring which tyres have the most traction and reacting in milliseconds to any loss of grip, the xDrive system subtly shifts the car's power to the appropriate axle for maximum roadholding, whatever the driving conditions. Moreover, unlike many all-wheel-drive systems, xDrive is fully variable so it eliminates virtually all understeer as the front wheels only receive power when required.
With xDrive available on selected BMW 1 and 3 Series models you can now enjoy the benefits of a Saloon, Touring or Sports Hatch with the outstanding roadholding of all-wheel-drive.
For more information or the arrange a Test Drive, click here or drop into your local Halliwell Jones Dealership and speak to one of the Sales Team.
Eddie Stobart: Trucks & Trailers - new episode filmed at Halliwell Jones WarringtonMonday, February 18, 2013
Halliwell Jones Warrington had the privilege and honour of being invited to take part in a forthcoming documentary for Channel 5, the popular Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers Series.
Halliwell Jones will be featuring an episode on the logistics and transportation of BMW & MINI vehicles to dealership’s across the UK, lifting the lid on the fascinating world of the legendary Eddie Stobart haulage company.
Eddie Stobart is the UK's best-known road haulage company. With its iconic green and red livery, the company's 2,200 trucks can be seen pounding motorways and roads the length and breadth of the UK. The company employs more than 6,000 people over 50 sites across the UK.
The company is also well known for its fleet of immaculate trucks, each emblazoned with a girl's name on the front, and the army of dedicated StobartSpotters who try to find each one!
So check out our album of photo’s of the filming that took place at our Warrington Dealership on Thursday 14th February, and watch this space for the date of the forthcoming BMW & MINI episode.....which will be aired in the Spring.
HALLIWELL JONES NEW AFTERSALES CENTRE OPENS 4TH MARCH :£5 MILLION INVESTMENT IN CUSTOMER SERVICEFriday, February 15, 2013
HALLIWELL JONES NEW AFTERSALES CENTRE OPENS 4TH MARCH
£5 MILLION INVESTMENT IN CUSTOMER SERVICE
There is a buzz of excitement and anticipation around the Chester dealership as we approach the opening of the new 4 acre Aftersales Centre on Knutsford Way. Only 400 metres from the existing site the new facility will provide a host of services to BMW and MINI customers and incorporates the very latest in design and technology .
The provision of impeccable customer service lies at the heart of the Halliwell Jones group business ethos and this superb new development will assist the Chester dealership to move forward towards our objective of giving our customers a truly 5 star experience across all areas of the business.
With this in mind we will offer a customer centric menu of services and our priority is to provide quality, choice, convenience and comfort at all times. Our services include:
- “DRIVE – IN” CUSTOMER RECEPTION AREA – NO NEED TO PARK!
- CUSTOMER LOUNGE AND BISTRO OFFERING COMPLIMENTARY BEVERAGES AND A SELECTION OF SNACKS
- BUSINESS FACILITIES AND COMPLIMENTARY WI-FI
- ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING POINT
- DEDICATED CHILDRENS PLAY AREA
- TYRES AT COMPETITIVE PRICES
- AUTHORISED MOT TEST STATION
- BMW AND MINI APPROVED BODYSHOP
- SMART REPAIR SERVICE – ALLOY WHEEL REPAIRS, COSMETIC PAINT AND BODYWORK REPAIRS ETC
- PROFESSIONAL VALETING SERVICE
- BMW AND MINI GENUINE PARTS AND ACCESSORIES
- AMPLE CUSTOMER PARKING AND DISABLED PARKING
We would like to also take this opportunity to thank our customers for their support over the years and for their patience and understanding with regard to the challenging customer access and parking issues at the Sealand Road site. The new Aftersales centre is certain to improve the customer experience for all and we look forward to welcoming everyone from the 4th of March.
Why not take a virtual tour of our new Drive-In Facility at our Service Centre below:
Pictured above left to right: Clive Bevan - Site Manager, Carefoot Plc, Richard Bird - Group Operations Director - Halliwell Jones, David Nutter - Dealer Principal, Halliwell Jones Chester and Roy McNeil - Service Manager, Halliwell Jones Chester
MINI ROADSTER WINS WHAT CAR? BEST CONVERTIBLE AWARDThursday, February 14, 2013
MINI ROADSTER WINS WHAT CAR?
BEST CONVERTIBLE AWARD.
Play that little bit harder with our latest award-winner, the MINI Roadster. Beating some outstanding competition, the MINI Roadster kicked off 2013 in style by picking up the 'Best open-top' award at the respected What Car? Car of the Year 2013 awards.
Packing show-stopping looks, rock-solid road handling and an incredible 240 litres of boot space suited for everyday adventuring, the MINI Roadster Cooper S storms to 0-62mph in just 7 seconds.
"Its 181bhp turbocharged petrol engine rockets you from one corner to the next, yet average fuel economy is an impressively frugal 47.1mpg." WHAT CAR?
Don't just trust the experts though. Share in the glory, jump in and take one for a spin to experience the MINI Roadster for yourself.
Start your summer early with the MINI Roadster at Halliwell Jones MINI with a MINI Roadster from just £219 per month
Contact your Local Halliwell Jones Dealership today for a Test Drive! Or, check out video....
Fresh of Chester Delivers in Style on Valentine’s Day in a MINI ClubvanWednesday, February 13, 2013
FRESH OF CHESTER DELIVERS IN STYLE ON VALENTINE’S DAY!
With Valentine’s Day being one of the busiest days of the year in the floristry calendar, Halliwell Jones were delighted to help Fresh of Chester with their Valentine’s deliveries by loaning them their MINI Clubvan demonstrator.
Fresh of Chester is a boutique florist based in Hoole, Chester. Fresh specialise in bespoke floral designs for weddings, corporate events and other special occasions. All of their bouquets are designed carefully and lovingly by their skilled team of florists.
David Smith, Local Business Development Executive at Halliwell Jones commented "Being an old romantic at heart, I think it's great that Fresh of Chester will be delivering Valentine's joy around the Chester area in our MINI Clubvan."
Fresh of Chester are due to take delivery of their own MINI Clubvan from Halliwell Jones in April, so keep your eyes peeled for their Clubvan zooming around delivering beautiful fresh flowers to happy customers across Chester.
To find out more about Fresh visit www.freshofchester.co.uk
The MINI Clubvan picked up its first award after being selected as the Editor’s Choice at the 2013 What Van? Awards. To find out more visit http://www.halliwelljoneschestermini.co.uk/mirror/model-range/mini-clubvan or call David Smith, Local Business Development Executive on 07803 899403.
Halliwell Jones official sponsors of the Southport Clothes Show - Sunday 24th March 2013Monday, February 11, 2013
Halliwell Jones Southport are proud to announce their sponsorship of the upcoming Southport Clothes Show.
The day will include fashion shows from local, national and international established brands and showcase exciting work of new and upcoming designers.
Along with all of the latest new season looks, the event will showcase the region's best models, hair stylists, make-up and creative teams.
There will be a full Catwalk and Milan style seating. There will be 5 Main Runway shows on the day showcasing the latest Spring/Summer Collections.
Halliwell Jones are deligted to be sponsoring the Event, and will be showcasing the very latest models in the BMW & MINI Range.
This exciting event takes place at the Southport Theatre & Convention Centre on Sunday 24 March 2013. Tickets are priced at just £8.50, and children under 12 are free.
The registered charity for this event is the Steven Gerrard Foundation, with a percentage of the ticket sales going towards the charity.
To find out more of the buy tickets visit the Southport Clothes Show Facebook Page!
We look forward to seeing you there!
The Halliwell Jones Group wins two awards at the BMW and MINI Dealer Conference in HelsinkiFriday, February 08, 2013
The Halliwell Jones Group wins two awards at the BMW and MINI Dealer Conference in Helsinki
BMW Used Car Sales Dealer of the Year Halliwell Jones Southport
The Halliwell Jones Southport dealership has beaten stiff competition from more than 140 approved BMW dealerships across the UK this year to win the coveted BMW Used Car Sales Dealer of the Year award. Scott Green, Dealer Principal, was delighted to accept the award on behalf of the team at Halliwell Jones from Richard Hudson, Sales Director for BMW Group UK at an awards ceremony held at the BMW National Dealer Conference in Helsinki this week.
Based on performance in six key business areas, Halliwell Jones exceeded its targets in an extremely challenging environment. Commenting on the award, Mr Green said: “This is a fantastic accolade for the team and we look forward to building on this success in 2013.”
MINI Oscars Marketeer Guru of the Year Award
Catherine Wilcox, MINI Development Manager commented "Massive congratulations to the Marketing Team from Halliwell Jones Group who won the MINI Marketeer Guru of the year award for 2012. Sue Carden Group Marketing Manager and her team have worked tirelessly to promote and increase sales and this Oscar is so well deserved."
Pictured above: Sue Carden and Phil Simmons accepting their awards, Scott Green, Dealer Principal for Halliwell Jones Southport accepts the BMW Used Car Sales dealer of the Year award from Richard Hudson, Sales Director BMW UK, Phil Simmons and his Used Car Sales Team and Sales Director Jim Houghton accepting the MINI Marketing Award at the Helsinki Conference.
YOU SPOKE. WE LISTENED. DEDICATED SERVICE ADVISOR FOR MINI NORTH WALES.Tuesday, February 05, 2013
YOU SPOKE. WE LISTENED.
From 1st February, Halliwell Jones North Wales has its own dedicated MINI Service Advisor.
As a result of recent customer feedback we appointed a dedicated MINI Service Advisor at Halliwell Jones North Wales - Daniel Roberts.
We appreciate our customer's opinions and when an opportunity arises to better our customer service we stand up and take note.
So if you have a MINI Servicing requirement, need an MOT or a SMART repair on your MINI - pop into the showroom and speak to Daniel Roberts (he's a lovely chap!), and he will make sure that everything is spick and span with your MINI.
Alternatively, e-mail email@example.com, or call 08454 606101
Federation of Small Business Merger marked at Halliwell JonesMonday, January 28, 2013
The Wigan and St Helens branch of the Federation of Small Businesses has merged with Warrington and Widnes, a move marked by an event held at the Halliwell Jones BMW showrooms in Warrington.
Approximately 40 small businesses were represented at the event, which took place on Tuesday, 15 January 2013. It was also attended by the FSB’s National Chairman John Walker, Regional Chairman John Allan, Merseyside, West Cheshire and Wigan National Councillor Alexis Lay and numerous branch officers, in addition to the Mayor of Warrington, Steve Wright.
A Welcome and introductions were delivered by the new branch Chairman, Peter Rimmer. Peter was followed by John Walker, who thanked attendees and Halliwell Jones before informing the group of the value of FSB’s lobbying activities and business support member benefits.
Following a brief presentation from Robert Woodward of Halliwell Jones, refreshments were provided and a tour of the facilities took place. Attendees also benefitted from networking opportunities and learned about activities and events being planned by the new branch.
“The FSB’s strength lies in the collective so, now that the Warrington and Widnes branch has joined forces with Wigan and St Helens it was important to gather members together to discuss plans and network,” said John Allan.
“We couldn’t have asked for a better venue or more hospitable host. The event was a real success, and hopefully a blueprint for how the branch will proceed in the future.”
Halliwell Jones’s Robert Woodward said: “With Halliwell Jones Warrington now being a new member of the FSB, it was a great opportunity to meet new companies. At Halliwell Jones Warrington we are looking forward to having a long and successful relationship for years to come. I look forward to repeating the event later this year”.
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BMW Group Official Partner for the RFUMonday, January 28, 2013
BMW Group UK is the Official Vehicle Partner for the Rugby Football Union in an exciting new partnership that began on September 1, 2012.
BMW Group UK will invest in various levels of the elite game through an integrated partnership to become the Official Vehicle Partner of England Rugby, title sponsors of England’s elite age grade development programme and front of shirt sponsors of the England Under-16, Under-18 and Under-20 squads.
The partnership sees the world’s leading premium automobile manufacturer make a significant investment in the continued development of the next generation of English players.
Outside of its commitment to development and support of the England teams, BMW Group UK will also engage rugby supporters and BMW and MINI customers through the RFU’s digital channels and at Twickenham Stadium on international match days.
The BMW Performance Academy
An initial pool of more than 30 players, from across the existing elite age-grade development programme (U16, U18 and U20), and those aged over 20 close to breaking into the senior squad, has been selected by the England coaches for the BMW Performance Academy. These members of the BMW Performance Academy will receive tailored support to help them progress, what this means for the game is investment directly into developing the next generation of players.
The player, club coach and the RFU will work together to create an Individual Development Plan (IDP) to ensure that the key skills required for that particular individual are specially developed. The close relationship with the club coach in the development of this plan is very important.
TOP-SELLER IN TOP FORM: BMW 5 SERIES REMAINS THE SUPERIOR SEGMENT LEADER IN 2012.Friday, January 25, 2013
Munich. The BMW 5 Series has supremely defended its market leadership in the segment of business automobiles. 359,016 customers worldwide opted for a BMW 5 Series model in 2012. Whether an elegant Sedan, a dynamic Touring or a luxurious Gran Turismo, the BMW 5 Series thrills customers all over the world with its distinctive combination of design, technology, dynamic performance and comfort.
Drive . The modern 4, 6 and 8-cylinder engines provide an impressively high level of output, running smoothness and efficiency.
For example, the BMW 520d EfficientDynamics Edition makes do with an unsurpassed fuel consumption of just 4.5 litres of diesel per 100 kilometres. Even the extremely powerful BMW 535d with 230 kW/313 bhp and a maximum torque of 630 Newton metres is more economical than the competition, with an average fuel consumption of only 5.4 litres of diesel per 100 kilometres.
The top-of-the-range engine in the BMW M550d xDrive for the Sedan and Touring models is unique in the segment. The impressive performance figures for the in-line 6-cylinder diesel engine developed exclusively for the BMW M Performance automobiles with three turbochargers are as follows: 280 kW/381 bhp, maximum torque 740 Nm, maximum engine speed 5,400 rpm, average fuel consumption 6.3 litres per 100 kilometres.
The 4-cylinder petrol engines are fitted with BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology, likewise providing a high level of output at a low fuel consumption. The two 2-litre turbo engines in the BMW 520i and 528i feature a turbocharging system based on the twin-scroll principle, variable valve control VALVETRONIC and variable camshaft control double VANOS - as such they are based on the technology package of the multiple award-winning inline 6-cylinder engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo in the BMW 535i.
Driving dynamics and comfort. The BMW 5 Series offers the perfect compromise between sporty flair and suspension comfort. Over and above the excellent standard suspension, numerous technologies are optionally available to further enhance Sheer Driving Pleasure.
For example, the integral active steering uses steered rear wheels and variable steering ratio on the front axle to subjectively shorten the wheelbase when driving slowly, thereby improving manoeuvrability and agility. When driving fast, the wheelbase is subjectively lengthened in the interests of driving stability and comfort.
AdaptiveDrive combines individually adjustable shock absorbers with active stabilisers at both axles so to achieve both a more comfortable and a more sporty ride.
The Driving Experience Control switch enables the character of the vehicle to be altered significantly at the press of a button - from very sporty through to highly efficient.
The intelligent all-wheel drive system xDrive is available for a total of 17 BMW 5 Series variants.
ConnectedDrive. The interconnection between driver, vehicle and the outside world is becoming increasingly important. The BMW 5 Series offers numerous innovations in this essential and fast-developing area.
Real Time Traffic Information (RTTI) provides traffic information in real time, suggesting appropriate alternative routes in the event of a traffic jam.
BMW Night Vision uses a thermal image camera to detect people and animals from a distance of up to 300 metres, warning the driver of potential collisions.
The full-colour Head-Up Display projects relevant information into the driver's field of vision such as current speed, speed limits, navigation directions and warnings.
The new multifunctional instrument display shows instruments relevant to the current driving mode. For example, in ECO PRO mode the driver is given important tips for an economical driving style. Meanwhile in Sport mode the colour and graphics change, focusing on data relevant to a sporty driving style.
My BMW Remote App gives the drive access to numerous vehicle functions via smartphone, including locking the car or activating the headlamp flasher - so as to be able to find the vehicle more easily in large car parks, for example.
The BMW Connected App provides a range of functions inside the car such as web radio, Facebook, Twitter, RSS feeds, Wiki Local and personal calendar.
Bluetooth Office transforms the BMW 5 Series into a mobile office. The main smartphone office functions such as e-mail, appointments, contacts and notes are transferred directly into the vehicle and displayed on the screen.
To find out more about the BMW 5 Series visit us at http://www.halliwelljonesbmw.co.uk/newbmw/5_series/5-series-520d-ed.html
BMW AWARDS. BMW STILL LEADS THE WAY.Friday, January 25, 2013
BMW's recent awards successes have given further weight to the industry-wide acknowledgement of the strength of EfficientDynamics technologies that raise performance while lowering emissions and improving fuel consumption.
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Three victories for BMW – readers of the trade magazine “auto, motor und sport” choose “The best cars of 2013”
Munich. For BMW, the year 2013 has got off to a really pleasing start. Readers of the trade magazine “auto, motor und sport” gave models of this brand the best rating in three different categories. The new version of the BMW 3 Series went immediately to the top of the highly competitive midrange segment, the BMW 5 Series once again defended its lead in the upper midrange segment and the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe went straight to first place in the luxury class ratings. In addition, like last year, the BMW 6 Series seized third place in the category convertibles. On the whole, an impressive result, continuing with the numerous successes achieved in recent years in this survey. The high total of 112,877 readers participating in the vote shows that the interest in this highly reputed survey is by no means declining. Hence, this traditional readers’ competition stands on a broad and appropriately indicative basis.
The accolades were presented to Dr. Ian Robertson, board member of the BMW AG, responsible for BMW Sales and Marketing, during a gala event held in Stuttgart today.
The BMW rankings at a glance:
BMW 3 Series First place in the midrange segment
BMW 5 Series First place in the upper midrange segment
BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe First place in the luxury class
BMW 6 Series Convertible Third place in the convertible category
Every year for 37 years now, the automotive trade magazine “auto, motor und sport” has held this large-scale opinion survey, which is also a widely acclaimed indicator for the automotive market, as the results reflect tendencies, needs and potential buyers’ preferences. In the current survey, readers were able to choose from 373 models, which were to be assessed in a total of ten different categories. These included 51 completely new models, which were being assessed for the first time, as well as 48 revised model series.
The BMW 3 Series’ victory in the fiercely competitive, high-volume midrange segment impressively underscores what the potentially record-breaking sales figures of this popular series had already suggested: The BMW 3 Series is right at the top of its segment. A high level of popularity and acceptance was also confirmed by the success of the BMW 5 Series, which, as the winner in the upper midrange segment, kept its competitors “at a distance” for the third time in succession. Furthermore, the “start-to-finish victory” of the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe demonstrates with its elegant interpretation of a four-door coupe that BMW has effectively managed to meet the needs of luxury class clientele.
BMW’s good performance in the category “Car of the Year 2013” reflects the brand’s tremendous success achieved last year, during which BMW sold more cars than ever before in the company’s history. Sales increased in 2012 by 11.6 % to a new record high of 1,540,085 vehicles.
PETERHANSEL WINS THE DAKAR 2013 IN A MINIFriday, January 25, 2013
After his victory at the 2012 Dakar, record winner Stéphane Peterhansel again emerges from the toughest rally in the world as the number one in his MINI ALL4 Racing Countryman.
Nothing and nobody could stop Stéphane Peterhansel. Not the difficult dune sections that really put the competitors at the 2013 Rally Dakar to the test shortly after the start in Lima. Not the majestic Andes, whose gigantic heights the rally crossed not once but twice this year. Not the relentless heat of the Atacama Desert, which has not experienced a single drop of rain in living memory. And not the strong opposition from 151 participants in this year’s car class, all of whom had to be taken seriously. On the 15th day of the Dakar, and over 8,000 kilometres since the start in the capital of Peru, it was finally confirmed: the winner of the 2013 Rally Dakar is the X-raid Team’s Stéphane Peterhansel in the number 302 MINI ALL4 Racing.
The latest win at the toughest endurance rally in the world is another milestone in the illustrious career of the 47-year-old Frenchman. He has now won the Dakar on eleven occasions – six times on a bike and five in a car. No other driver has ever achieved this feat. Stéphane had already ensured that his name will go down in the Dakar history books and the motorsport annals. In 2012 he won the Dakar in a MINI ALL4 Racing for the first time, presenting the X-raid Team with its first ever title at the most famous rally in the world. In May of last year, he announced that he would defend his title at the 2013 Dakar – which he did in impressive style.
Cheered on by thousands of fans, Stéphane crossed the finish line in Santiago de Chile with an impressive lead of 42:22 minutes over the second-placed driver in the overall classification, Giniel de Villiers. Going into the 2013 event, the conditions were far from ideal for Stéphane and the X-raid Team, and did not necessarily point towards another victory. The organisers had introduced rules that allowed all petrol-driven cars greater performance than diesel cars like the MINI ALL4 Racing. Furthermore, the many Buggys in the field not only lined up with more performance, but also less weight. For comparison: the engine in the MINI ALL4 Racing produces 307 hp, the Buggys started with 420 hp and were about 500 kilograms lighter than the MINI ALL4 Racing. However, X-raid Team Principal Sven Quandt knew all he needed to regarding the qualities of the MINI: “Maybe we can’t beat the opposition in terms of raw speed – but we probably can when it came to the reliability of the MINI in general and the MINI’s handling on sand in particular.”
And that was exactly the case. The MINI ALL4 Racing was a guarantee of reliability at the 2013 Dakar. There were absolutely no technical faults to complain of, and the overall result was evidence of the MINI’s class. As well as Stéphane in first place, his team-mates Leonid Novitskiy in the orange MINI ALL4 Racing finished third and Nani Roma in the yellow MINI came home in fourth. In addition, the MINI trio claimed six of 14 possible stage wins, which means that more than 42 per cent of the stages were won by a MINI. A remarkable result. However, Stéphane never had any doubt about the qualities of the MINI ALL4 Racing. Shortly before the start of the Dakar he said: “I have every faith in the MINI.” And the MINI repaid this trust at the 2013 Dakar – a fact that Stéphane valued highly at the end of the rally.
As in 2012, we did not have a single technical fault on the MINI to complain about. As such, I am delighted that I was able to defend my title in the MINI ALL4 Racing,” said Stéphane. “It was once again an exciting Dakar and the victory is amazing, even though I have lined up at the Dakar so often. Up until its win last year, the X-raid Team had to wait a long time for a victory. And now it has defended its title! That was only possible as a team, however. I would like to thank everyone involved for the work they put in.” Praise that Team Principal Quandt was happy to return: “We knew that it would not be easy to win another Dakar. But we also knew how well prepared we were as a team and just what the MINI is capable of. That, plus the great performances put in by our driving teams, particularly Stéphane Peterhansel, who I would like to congratulate on his eleventh Dakar win, allowed us to be successful again this year.”
THE EXCLUSIVE MINI CLUBMAN BOND STREET SPECIAL EDITIONFriday, January 25, 2013
New MINI Alert – The exclusive MINI Clubman Bond Street has just been announced.New MINI Alert – The exclusive MINI Clubman Bond Street has just been announced.
SPECIAL EDITION: MINI CLUBMAN BOND STREET
Following in the wheel tracks of illustrious London-inspired MINI special editions such as the Camden, Bayswater and Baker Street, MINI presents an exclusive new Clubman limited edition model named after London’s most famous high-end shopping street.
Due to premiere at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, the MINI Clubman Bond Street fuses the inherent practicality and superb driving dynamics of the Clubman, with a unique interior and exterior interpretation that reflects the style of this most upmarket of London addresses. Production will begin in March 2013, and like many of the goods retailed in the street that bears the same name, such exclusivity will only be available for a strictly limited period.
The MINI Clubman Bond Street is finished in a distinctive and lustrous Midnight Black Metallic for the exterior, with a contrasting roof, exterior mirror caps, bonnet stripes and the lower sections of the C-pillars all finished in Cool Champagne. Distinctive light-alloy wheels further distinguish this exclusive Clubman: a twin spoke 17” design in black with a highlight being the trim ring around their edge in Cool Champagne. Further embellishment comes from the ‘Bond Street’ script applied to the side indicator surrounds and on the doors’ sill protection strips.
Inside, lounge leather sports seats are finished in Carbon Black with contrast piping and stitching. The instrument panel is covered in Black/Carbon Black leather, while other interior surfaces are finished in Deep Champagne. The Chrome Line interior package adds the final flourish to a highly distinctive and truly premium cabin ambience.
As you would expect with such an exclusive limited edition model, the MINI Clubman Bond Street benefits from a wealth of standard equipment, including front fog lights, climate control, on-board computer, Bluetooth, USB functionality, rain sensor and automatic headlamp activation, sport leather steering wheel, height adjustment for both front seats, storage package and lighting package.
As with every MINI, customers can enhance the appeal of their car further using the extensive options list of comfort, convenience, design and technology features.
The MINI Clubman Bond Street is available with four engine options, consisting of two petrol engines and two diesel-powered options: the MINI Cooper (122hp), MINI Cooper S (184hp), MINI Cooper D (112hp) and MINI Cooper SD (143hp). All engines are linked to a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, with a six-speed automatic available as an option.
Contact your local Halliwell Jones MINI Dealership to find out more
MINI Cooper Clubman Bond Street - £20,275
MINI Cooper D Clubman Bond Street - £21,625
MINI Cooper S Clubman Bond Street - £23,355
MINI Cooper SD Clubman Bond Street - £24,045
The BMW 3 Series Saloon retains the title What Car? ‘Best Executive Car’ 2013 for eighth year.Friday, January 11, 2013
The BMW 3 Series Saloon has once again crushed the competition to be crowned What Car? ‘Best Executive Car’ 2013, for the eighth consecutive year with the 320d EfficientDynamics.
The BMW 3 Series Saloon remains the vehicle of choice in the Executive Car category, for being the car that means you can have it all. In EfficientDynamics guise this ‘3’ is the most economical car in its class with its fast yet frugal 2.0 litre diesel engine, making it appeal to both business and personal buyers alike. However, it was not just the BMW 3 Series’ outstanding economy that put it ahead of the competition, the judges noted that its combination of refinement, comfort and agility put it leagues ahead of its larger rivals.
Chas Hallett, What Car? editor-in-chief, said: “When you consider its spacious, classy and user-friendly cabin, and its frugal running costs, there is no need to upgrade to bigger, more expensive executive cars.”
Continuing the success of the ‘3’, the BMW X3 took home the accolade of What Car? ‘Best SUV’ 2013 for the second year in a row. Despite the tough opposition from newer models in this sector, the BMW X3 xDrive20d reigns supreme thanks to its excellent residual values, practicality and superior quality.
Chas Hallett, What Car? editor-in-chief, said: “The winning X3 engine is one of the most refined available today and with its eight-speed automatic transmission it’s hard to beat. The X3 offers the driver and passengers top-notch luxury as well as great economy and extremely attractive residual values. The X3 works on paper and even better in real world.”
Tim Abbott, Managing Director of BMW UK, said: “For the BMW 3 Series to win the prestigious ‘Best Executive Car’ award for eight consecutive years is an honour and testament to the hard work that goes into producing BMW’s core model. With the X3 also cementing its position as ‘Best SUV’, 2013 is off to a great start for BMW.”
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THE NEW MINI PACEMANFriday, December 14, 2012
A sporty new exterior design, lowered suspension for a dynamic ride and an exciting reinterpretation of the familiar interior – feast your eyes on the all-new MINI Paceman, set for UK launch in March 2013.
To find out more about the MINI Paceman and to keep in touch with the latest news and details of the launch of the new Paceman just send us your details firstname.lastname@example.org
Styled as a coupé interpretation of the MINI Countryman, four versions will be available, including the MINI Cooper S Paceman which will have a 0-62mph time of just 7.5 seconds. The seventh unique member of the family, it will sell alongside the Hatch, Clubman, Convertible, Countryman, Coupé and Roadster.
Packed with MINI character and obvious design cues which tie it to the rest of the range, the three-door Paceman’s unique exterior styling is what immediately catches the eye. With a contemporary and expressive body shape, the Paceman has been created to appeal to a new type of design-conscious customer.
The upright front grille, complete with hexagonal radiator grille and broad chrome surround, gives the Paceman genuine presence. Its coupé-style stretched side profile features long doors, while the blacked-out pillars create a ‘floating’ roof concept, as already seen on the MINI Coupé. Available in either black, white or body colour, the roof gently slopes towards the rear of the car, ending at the integrated spoiler. The Paceman is the only member of the brand’s line-up to be identified by a rear nameplate.
The car’s interior has been designed specifically for this model. Two individual chairs in the rear provide generous levels of head, shoulder and knee room with outstanding comfort and support with armrests integrated into the rear trim. A two-section version of the MINI Centre Rail storage and attachment system – first seen in the Countryman – comes as standard. A full-length variant is available as an option.
Folding down the rear seats expands the rear load-carrying capacity from 330 litres to a maximum of 1,080 litres. Access is via a large and high-opening tailgate, offering extra practicality for owners.
In the front, the raised seating position gives the driver and passenger an excellent view in every direction. The instrument panel includes many familiar components, including the large round central speedo. However, its black surround and decorative inner rings in high-gloss black or chrome are new, as are the redesigned air vent surrounds. Buttons for the windows, which have been toggle switches below the speedo on every MINI to date, have moved to the door trim panel.
MINI’s trademark go-kart handling will be a key part of the Paceman’s appeal, enhanced by the optional all-wheel drive transmission. Lowered sports suspension as standard will help provide customers with an outstanding driving experience, though regular suspension and ride height are available as a no-cost option.
From launch, Paceman customers will have the choice of four powerful four-cylinder engines, two petrol and two diesel. All come with a six-speed manual gearbox, or the optional six-speed automatic with Steptronic function for manual control.
For petrol buyers, the MINI Cooper Paceman features a 1.6-litre 122bhp unit offering a 0-62mph time of 10.4 seconds, fuel economy of 47.1mpg with CO2 emissions of 140 g/km. The MINI Cooper S Paceman uses the same engine, tuned to deliver 184bhp thanks to the addition of the Twin Scroll turbo charger. It will sprint to 62mph in 7.5 seconds. Fuel economy is 46.3mpg and emissions are 143g/km.
For those who prefer diesel, the MINI Cooper D Paceman uses a 1.6-litre 112bhp turbocharged engine with a 0-62mph time of 10.8 seconds. It will provide owners with a frugal 64.2mpg fuel economy and 115g/km emissions. The flagship diesel is the MINI Cooper SD Paceman, which gets a 2.0-litre 143bhp engine. Its 0-62mph time is 9.2 seconds. Fuel economy is 61.4mpg with an emissions figure of 122g/km.
For buyers who want the reassuring grip that comes with four-wheel drive, MINI’s ALL4 system is available on the Cooper D, SD and Cooper S Paceman, models. And for those seeking the ultimate in MINI performance and desirability, a John Cooper Works Paceman version is in development.
Seven exterior paint shades are available including the new Brilliant Copper and Blazing Red. Starlight Blue also previously unseen and unique to the Paceman. As always with MINI, personalisation is expected to be very popular and there is an extensive choice of bonnet stripes, upholstery variants, interior surfaces and Colour Lines.
Under the Paceman’s body shell, sophisticated chassis technology includes MacPherson spring struts and forged cross members at the front axle, a multi-link rear axle and electric power steering with Servotronic function. These combine to provide a sure-footed yet dynamic driving experience. Extra fun can be summoned via the sport button, optional on Cooper and Cooper D, which tweaks the engine’s responses and the power assistance provided by the steering.
Driver aids include Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) as standard across the range, with Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) including Electronic Differential Lock Control (EDLC) on the MINI Cooper S Paceman, Cooper SD Paceman and Cooper D Paceman ALL4. Light alloy wheels in 16-inch and 17-inch sizes are standard, with 18-inch or 19-inch on the options list.
The state-of-the-art powertrain and suspension technology is married to MINI’s acclaimed MINIMALISM environmental systems, which are fitted as standard. They include Auto Start/Stop, Shift Point Display, Brake Energy Regeneration and on-demand operation of ancillary units, all of which help cut fuel use and reduce emissions.
Outstanding occupant protection is provided by an extensive range of safety equipment including front and side airbags. Side curtain airbags are fitted in both the front and back. ISOFIX child seat attachments in the rear and a tyre pressure warning are on every Paceman.
Other standard equipment includes air conditioning, powered door mirrors and front sports seats. Popular options will include Xenon Adaptive Headlights, Park Distance Control, an electrically operated glass roof plus the MINI navigation system. Advanced infotainment functions are available via MINI Connected. A range of optional equipment packages will also be available providing customers excellent value and helping to promote strong residual values.
It will go sale on 16 March 2013 with prices starting at just £18,970 on the road. To find out more about the MINI Paceman and to keep in touch with the latest news and details of the launch of the new Paceman just send us your details email@example.com
Halliwell Jones Birkdale winners - CongratulationsFriday, August 10, 2012
Thank you to our customers who played in the BMW Golf Cup International at Royal Birkdale on 25th July. Our congratulations go to Halliwell Jones qualifiers Greg Davies, Monica Pinfold and Kurt Van Flute for reaching the National finals which will be held at the Turnberry Hotel on Thursday 20th and Friday 21st September next.
We wish them well for the event.
JOHN COOPER WORKS GPFriday, July 20, 2012
BIG ON PERFORMANCE, SMALL IN NUMBER: THE MINI JOHN COOPER WORKS GP
Only once has there been anything like it, but even that wasn’t as quick. With the John Cooper Works GP, MINI has come up with another car of exceptional talent designed to deliver extreme performance on both the race track and the road. The sportiest road-registered MINI ever made will go on sale later this year in a limited run of 2,000 cars.
It is currently completing a programme of testing in preparation for series production, part of which has involved setting an impressive lap of the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife circuit. The MINI John Cooper Works GP lapped the erstwhile Grand Prix course in 8 min. 23 sec. In so doing, the new model has put clear asphalt between itself and numerous sports cars from loftier perches – and beaten the lap time set by its predecessor, the MINI Cooper S with John Cooper Works GP Kit, by almost 19 seconds.
Underpinning the performance characteristics of the MINI John Cooper Works GP is the exclusive powertrain, chassis and aerodynamics technology inspired directly by motor sport.
Its twin-scroll turbo engine generates outstanding torque and demonstrates a healthy appetite for revs. Specially developed, adjustable race suspension channels the output into spectacular yet precisely controllable handling.
As well as being undeniably imposing visually, the design of the body also gives the MINI John Cooper Works GP ideal aerodynamic balance in extreme driving situations. Large front and rear aprons, striking side skirts and a bespoke roof spoiler are complemented by a newly developed rear diffuser which optimises airflow around the underbody.
The interior of the MINI John Cooper Works GP also contributes to the car’s inspirational racing feeling; with the rear seats removed, it focuses unashamedly on the needs of the driver and co-driver.
We are now taking preliminary orders for the JCW GP to find out more contact your local Halliwell Jones MINI Dealership
THE HALLIWELL JONES STADIUM PROUDLY OPENS NORTH EAST CORNERWednesday, March 21, 2012
RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY AT THE HALLIWELL JONES STADIUM
The Mayor of Warrington Cllr Mike Biggin, Leader of the Council Cllr Terry O’Neill, Wolves’ Chairman Steven Broomhead and Phillip Jones of principal stadium sponsor Halliwell Jones performed the first ribbon cutting in front of the newly branded north east corner with representatives of the Foundation’s PAN disability football team holding the ribbon.
Phillip Jones cuts the ribbon at the opening of the new north east corner of the Halliwell Jones stadium
The new Halliwell Jones Stadium signage