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Brandon Gaither 2017-05-04
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p Alexa skills can bring additional capabilities to your Amazon Echo.

One of its latest skills means BMW's car-sharing program is just a question or two away.

ReachNow, a car-sharing service stocked exclusively with late-model BMWs and Minis, now has an Alexa skill.

It needs to access your address, since car sharing is based on location, but that's the only permission it requires.

Starting it up is as easy as saying, "Alexa, start ReachNow."

From there, users can ask Alexa a variety of ReachNow-related questions.

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Lucas Castillo 2018-07-17
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ReachNow can’t be described as a car-sharing service anymore.

The app aims to be a one-stop shop for users looking for the best way to get from Point A to Point B—and each choice providing a consistent BMW brand experience.

ReachNow’s car-sharing fleet is a mix of BMW i3 electric cars, BMW 3 Series, BMW X1 SAV, MINI Clubman, MINI 2-door hardtop and MINI 4-door hardtop models.

It’s even possible the same vehicle will be used, ReachNow’s Chief Customer Officer Dr. Simon Broesamle told TechCrunch.

Ride pricing will start at a $3.24 minimum, incurred at $2.40/mile plus $0.40/minute.

The new app has a few other ride-hailing features to give a more personal experience.

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Barry Polanco 2016-11-16
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It has been a busy seven months for BMW s carsharing service, ReachNow.

ReachNow CEO Steve Banfield announced the service s third city, along with several new mobility services, at this year s Automobility LA Technology Pavilion.

Digital Trends sat down with Banfield following the press conference to review the startup s aggressive growth and vision for the future.

The ReachNow app, to this point, has functioned purely as a carsharing solution.

Seattle and Portland residents could download the app, reserve a BMW i3, BMW 328i, BMW X1, Mini Cooper, or Mini Clubman, and drive for any number of miles at a rate of $0.49 cents per minute of operation $0.30 cents per minute that the car is parked .

While this service has represented forward thinking among mainstream automakers, it hasn t been innovative across the entire carsharing market.

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Daniel Patel 2016-06-13
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Mini s Italian division has infused the DNA of its Dakar-winning Countryman race car into the second-generation Clubman to create a concept called Scrambler.

It consequently sits taller than a regular-production Clubman, it rides on knobby tires, and it gains a pair of fog lights up front.

Mini hasn t published technical specifications, but a closer look at the Scrambler reveals that it s based on the Clubman S. That means it uses a turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that delivers 189 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 207 pound-feet of torque at just 1,250 rpm.

An eight-speed automatic transmission sends the turbo four s power to all four wheels via Mini s All4 all-wheel drive system.

Read more: Execs say Minis don t have to be mini in size, and they ll go bigger if buyers ask for it

Mini s Italian division stresses that the Clubman Scrambler is simply a one-off concept built for the local auto show circuit.

While there are no plans to bring it to production, the BMW-owned marque has previously promised that the next-gen Countryman that s set to bow in the coming months will be markedly more rugged than the model that s currently found in showrooms.

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Gerald Hurtado 2016-09-08
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Earlier this year, a new car-sharing service called ReachNow debuted in Seattle, Washington.

Owned by BMW, the brand allows those without wheels to scoot around town in vehicles like the 328xi, the all-electric i3, and the Mini Clubman, offering a unique experience compared to companies like Car2go.

We were intrigued by the premise of on-demand mobility with a luxury focus, so we trekked up to Seattle to give the service a try for ourselves.

You can read our full impressions here, but thankfully, the company is now launching right in Digital Trends backyard of Portland, Oregon on September 19.

Ahead of that date though, ReachNow is offering a Preview Drive where the one-time membership cost of $39 is waived, meaning the only costs for the time being are 41 cents per minute of driving and 30 cents per minute while parked.

That s a pretty solid deal for Portlanders, but be advised, the registration fee and driving rates will return normal after the introductory period ends.

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Shane Green 2019-04-16
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The "big for a Mini, but still fairly compact" Clubman is getting the mid-cycle refresh treatment at the 2019 Shanghai Motor Show.

Only a few years into its second generation, the changes are subtle, including style and lighting updates and a few revisions to the handling.

The Clubman's six-door design -- if you count the vertically split rear hatch twice -- is unchanged for this new model year.

That's a good thing; I really dig the Clubman's shape and the flexibility of its wagon-like silhouette.

It still looks like you just caught it doing something naughty, but there's less glossy black plastic in the Clubman's redesigned grill which now features a hexagonal grid pattern for Cooper S models.

Flanking that grill, the surprised eyes of the Clubman feature revised halo-shaped daytime running lights.

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Mark Alexander 2016-05-23
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At 3300 pounds it s no longer a featherweight, and with dimensions that are nearly identical for a four-door Golf, it s not all that miniature, either.

While the classic Mini traits of spritely, engaging performance and quirky design still exist here, as the company s design focus continues to evolve with the market, it s not surprising to discover that they re largely relegated to the periphery now.

So it s through that lens that one must look at the 2016 Cooper S Clubman, a Mini which casts its net far wider than its core fanbase in hopes of reeling in a number of Mazda3, Ford Focus and VW Golf Sportwagen converts along the way.

Sure, there s a Sport button, three pedals on the floor and a turbocharger under the hood, but the Cooper S Clubman has clearly been tuned with comfort placed at a higher priority than corner carving.

In comparison to the Mini Hardtop the Clubman s suspension tuning is noticeably softer, with body roll and brake dive quickly beginning becoming evident on demanding roads.

The new Clubman, like most of the rest of the current Mini lineup, will likely find favor with buyers who re looking for a car with more personality than the alternatives but would prefer to forego the potential drawbacks in comfort and convenience that are inherent to high performance tuning, diminutive proportions and quirkiness.

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William Gonzales 2019-05-16
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Both models use the same new 8-speed Steptronic sports transmission that has a mechanical differential lock on the front axle.

Both cars all have the ALL4 all-wheel-drive system.

Both JCW cars have specially engineered chassis with additional reinforcement modifications for the body structure, engine connection, and chassis fastenings.

Power for both comes from a 4-cylinder TwinPower turbo engine that makes 331 pound-feet of torque and 301 horsepower.

Mini says that the Clubman can reach 62 mph in 4.9 seconds.

Mini uses cooling technology that was devised on the race track to keep the car cool under hard use.

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Jack Scharfenberg 2016-09-29
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Mini has expanded the second-generation Clubman lineup with a performance-oriented model named John Cooper Works JCW .

The hot-rodded Clubman just made its public debut at the biennial Paris Auto Show.

The JCW Clubman gets a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that s both turbocharged and direct-injected.

Also found in a handful of other Mini and BMW models, the turbo four pumps out 228 horsepower from 5,200 to 6,000 rpm and 258 pound-feet of torque over a broad range that stretches from 1,450 to 4,500 rpm.

Transmission options include an enthusiast-approved six-speed manual and an eight-speed automatic controlled by steering wheel-mounted shift paddles.

A launch control function and Mini s ALL4 all-wheel drive system comes standard regardless of which transmission is chosen.

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Emma Martin 2019-05-14
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John Cooper Works versions of Mini cars are always feisty, powerful things, but now the Countryman and Clubman JCW are getting even spicier.

In both cars, a new turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four produces 306 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque.

That's a huge increase over the 228 hp and 258 lb-ft offered in the outgoing models, and Mini says it's enough to get the John Cooper Works Clubman to 62 miles per hour in 4.9 seconds, while the Countryman does the deed in 5.1 seconds.

Both cars are limited to 155 mph.

Compared to the prior JCW 2.0-liter, Mini says this new engine has a tougher crankshaft, new pistons that drop the compression ratio from 10.2:1 to 9.5:1 and a bigger turbocharger, among other modifications.

Power is nothing without control, and to that end the John Cooper Works cars have an upgraded All4 all-wheel-drive system with tougher gears and shafts.

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Paul Mize 2019-07-02
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If you want to a put a new Mini Cooper in your driveway, it’s about to get more expensive.

The most affordable model is the two-door 2020 Mini Cooper Hardtop, which starts at $24,250 (including destination charge), up from the 2019 model year price of $22,750.

In addition to the base Cooper, the two-door Hardtop is available in Cooper S and John Cooper Works trim levels, priced at $28,250 and $34,250, respectively.

Mini also offers a four-door Hardtop Cooper ($25,250) and Cooper S ($29,250).

All Hardtop prices represent a $1,500 increase over the 2019 model year.

Like the two-door Hardtop, the convertible is available in Cooper, Cooper S, and John Cooper Works flavors, with base prices of $29,259, $33,250, and $39,250, respectively.

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Brandon Gaither 2017-05-04
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p Alexa skills can bring additional capabilities to your Amazon Echo.

One of its latest skills means BMW's car-sharing program is just a question or two away.

ReachNow, a car-sharing service stocked exclusively with late-model BMWs and Minis, now has an Alexa skill.

It needs to access your address, since car sharing is based on location, but that's the only permission it requires.

Starting it up is as easy as saying, "Alexa, start ReachNow."

From there, users can ask Alexa a variety of ReachNow-related questions.

Barry Polanco 2016-11-16
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It has been a busy seven months for BMW s carsharing service, ReachNow.

ReachNow CEO Steve Banfield announced the service s third city, along with several new mobility services, at this year s Automobility LA Technology Pavilion.

Digital Trends sat down with Banfield following the press conference to review the startup s aggressive growth and vision for the future.

The ReachNow app, to this point, has functioned purely as a carsharing solution.

Seattle and Portland residents could download the app, reserve a BMW i3, BMW 328i, BMW X1, Mini Cooper, or Mini Clubman, and drive for any number of miles at a rate of $0.49 cents per minute of operation $0.30 cents per minute that the car is parked .

While this service has represented forward thinking among mainstream automakers, it hasn t been innovative across the entire carsharing market.

Gerald Hurtado 2016-09-08
img

Earlier this year, a new car-sharing service called ReachNow debuted in Seattle, Washington.

Owned by BMW, the brand allows those without wheels to scoot around town in vehicles like the 328xi, the all-electric i3, and the Mini Clubman, offering a unique experience compared to companies like Car2go.

We were intrigued by the premise of on-demand mobility with a luxury focus, so we trekked up to Seattle to give the service a try for ourselves.

You can read our full impressions here, but thankfully, the company is now launching right in Digital Trends backyard of Portland, Oregon on September 19.

Ahead of that date though, ReachNow is offering a Preview Drive where the one-time membership cost of $39 is waived, meaning the only costs for the time being are 41 cents per minute of driving and 30 cents per minute while parked.

That s a pretty solid deal for Portlanders, but be advised, the registration fee and driving rates will return normal after the introductory period ends.

Mark Alexander 2016-05-23
img

At 3300 pounds it s no longer a featherweight, and with dimensions that are nearly identical for a four-door Golf, it s not all that miniature, either.

While the classic Mini traits of spritely, engaging performance and quirky design still exist here, as the company s design focus continues to evolve with the market, it s not surprising to discover that they re largely relegated to the periphery now.

So it s through that lens that one must look at the 2016 Cooper S Clubman, a Mini which casts its net far wider than its core fanbase in hopes of reeling in a number of Mazda3, Ford Focus and VW Golf Sportwagen converts along the way.

Sure, there s a Sport button, three pedals on the floor and a turbocharger under the hood, but the Cooper S Clubman has clearly been tuned with comfort placed at a higher priority than corner carving.

In comparison to the Mini Hardtop the Clubman s suspension tuning is noticeably softer, with body roll and brake dive quickly beginning becoming evident on demanding roads.

The new Clubman, like most of the rest of the current Mini lineup, will likely find favor with buyers who re looking for a car with more personality than the alternatives but would prefer to forego the potential drawbacks in comfort and convenience that are inherent to high performance tuning, diminutive proportions and quirkiness.

Jack Scharfenberg 2016-09-29
img

Mini has expanded the second-generation Clubman lineup with a performance-oriented model named John Cooper Works JCW .

The hot-rodded Clubman just made its public debut at the biennial Paris Auto Show.

The JCW Clubman gets a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that s both turbocharged and direct-injected.

Also found in a handful of other Mini and BMW models, the turbo four pumps out 228 horsepower from 5,200 to 6,000 rpm and 258 pound-feet of torque over a broad range that stretches from 1,450 to 4,500 rpm.

Transmission options include an enthusiast-approved six-speed manual and an eight-speed automatic controlled by steering wheel-mounted shift paddles.

A launch control function and Mini s ALL4 all-wheel drive system comes standard regardless of which transmission is chosen.

Paul Mize 2019-07-02
img

If you want to a put a new Mini Cooper in your driveway, it’s about to get more expensive.

The most affordable model is the two-door 2020 Mini Cooper Hardtop, which starts at $24,250 (including destination charge), up from the 2019 model year price of $22,750.

In addition to the base Cooper, the two-door Hardtop is available in Cooper S and John Cooper Works trim levels, priced at $28,250 and $34,250, respectively.

Mini also offers a four-door Hardtop Cooper ($25,250) and Cooper S ($29,250).

All Hardtop prices represent a $1,500 increase over the 2019 model year.

Like the two-door Hardtop, the convertible is available in Cooper, Cooper S, and John Cooper Works flavors, with base prices of $29,259, $33,250, and $39,250, respectively.

Lucas Castillo 2018-07-17
img

ReachNow can’t be described as a car-sharing service anymore.

The app aims to be a one-stop shop for users looking for the best way to get from Point A to Point B—and each choice providing a consistent BMW brand experience.

ReachNow’s car-sharing fleet is a mix of BMW i3 electric cars, BMW 3 Series, BMW X1 SAV, MINI Clubman, MINI 2-door hardtop and MINI 4-door hardtop models.

It’s even possible the same vehicle will be used, ReachNow’s Chief Customer Officer Dr. Simon Broesamle told TechCrunch.

Ride pricing will start at a $3.24 minimum, incurred at $2.40/mile plus $0.40/minute.

The new app has a few other ride-hailing features to give a more personal experience.

Daniel Patel 2016-06-13
img

Mini s Italian division has infused the DNA of its Dakar-winning Countryman race car into the second-generation Clubman to create a concept called Scrambler.

It consequently sits taller than a regular-production Clubman, it rides on knobby tires, and it gains a pair of fog lights up front.

Mini hasn t published technical specifications, but a closer look at the Scrambler reveals that it s based on the Clubman S. That means it uses a turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that delivers 189 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 207 pound-feet of torque at just 1,250 rpm.

An eight-speed automatic transmission sends the turbo four s power to all four wheels via Mini s All4 all-wheel drive system.

Read more: Execs say Minis don t have to be mini in size, and they ll go bigger if buyers ask for it

Mini s Italian division stresses that the Clubman Scrambler is simply a one-off concept built for the local auto show circuit.

While there are no plans to bring it to production, the BMW-owned marque has previously promised that the next-gen Countryman that s set to bow in the coming months will be markedly more rugged than the model that s currently found in showrooms.

Shane Green 2019-04-16
img

The "big for a Mini, but still fairly compact" Clubman is getting the mid-cycle refresh treatment at the 2019 Shanghai Motor Show.

Only a few years into its second generation, the changes are subtle, including style and lighting updates and a few revisions to the handling.

The Clubman's six-door design -- if you count the vertically split rear hatch twice -- is unchanged for this new model year.

That's a good thing; I really dig the Clubman's shape and the flexibility of its wagon-like silhouette.

It still looks like you just caught it doing something naughty, but there's less glossy black plastic in the Clubman's redesigned grill which now features a hexagonal grid pattern for Cooper S models.

Flanking that grill, the surprised eyes of the Clubman feature revised halo-shaped daytime running lights.

William Gonzales 2019-05-16
img

Both models use the same new 8-speed Steptronic sports transmission that has a mechanical differential lock on the front axle.

Both cars all have the ALL4 all-wheel-drive system.

Both JCW cars have specially engineered chassis with additional reinforcement modifications for the body structure, engine connection, and chassis fastenings.

Power for both comes from a 4-cylinder TwinPower turbo engine that makes 331 pound-feet of torque and 301 horsepower.

Mini says that the Clubman can reach 62 mph in 4.9 seconds.

Mini uses cooling technology that was devised on the race track to keep the car cool under hard use.

Emma Martin 2019-05-14
img

John Cooper Works versions of Mini cars are always feisty, powerful things, but now the Countryman and Clubman JCW are getting even spicier.

In both cars, a new turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four produces 306 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque.

That's a huge increase over the 228 hp and 258 lb-ft offered in the outgoing models, and Mini says it's enough to get the John Cooper Works Clubman to 62 miles per hour in 4.9 seconds, while the Countryman does the deed in 5.1 seconds.

Both cars are limited to 155 mph.

Compared to the prior JCW 2.0-liter, Mini says this new engine has a tougher crankshaft, new pistons that drop the compression ratio from 10.2:1 to 9.5:1 and a bigger turbocharger, among other modifications.

Power is nothing without control, and to that end the John Cooper Works cars have an upgraded All4 all-wheel-drive system with tougher gears and shafts.