From MINI to Trucks

Good morning Warren and Friends

I was at two events last Friday and they couldn’t be more different. From the MINIest of cars to the most heavy-duty trucks.

I drove the GMC Sierra heavy-duty and towed 10,000 pounds behind a Chevy Silverado heavy-duty while going down a hill at 55 mph, with cruise control on, while not touching the brakes. The second competition was going up the hill, towing 10,000 pounds.

Chevy and GMC offer the regular, double or crew cab, 2WD or 4X4, gas, diesel or CNG in a 6.5 or 8-foot bed length. The biggest deal to me – 19,600 pounds towing capacity!

One of these trucks could tow almost 6 new MINIs!

Speaking of which, Today I am in San Juan, Puerto Rico with MINI. The new MINI (the name of the car) Cooper has the smallest engine BMW produces; it is a 3-cylinder. The new MINI Cooper has a 3-cylinder engine with a peak output of 134 hp. The 4-cylinder engine of the MINI Cooper S mobilizes 189 hp. Another new feature: the standard 6-speed manual transmission, along with a 6-speed automatic transmission.

Cooper Automatic/Cooper Manual/Cooper S Automatic/Cooper S Manual

Fuel Consumption – City (ESTIMATED)MPG: 30/ 30/ 28/ 23
Fuel Consumption – Highway (ESTIMATED) MPG: 42/ 41/ 40/ 37
Fuel Consumption – Combined (ESTIMATED) MPG: 34/ 34/ 32/ 28

Here is one of the coolest unveils of a car I’ve seen in a long time

Unveiling the new MINI in San Juan, Puerto Rico

BTW – next week is the Chicago auto show. Is there anything you want Warren and me to look at for you?

Let’s chat about cars:

Lou Ann Hammond

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