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What to Expect from MINI at the Mondial de l’ Automobile Paris 2014

MotoringFile Sections: Auto Shows | F55 Five Door Hatch | F59 Roadster/Coupe | Official News Sep 23rd, 2014 No Comments

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Official Release: The MINI model family once again presents distinctive personalities in its latest generation. The most recent example of an attractive addition to the model range of the British premium brand will be on show at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. The international motor show in the French capital is the setting for the world premiere of the new MINI 5 door. The second body variant of the new MINI offers two additional doors as well as expanded space for occupants and luggage, thereby providing new ways of experiencing the brand’s hallmark driving fun and individual style in a premium model of the small car segment. This means that for the first time in the brand’s 55-year history, MINI is now represented in this vehicle category with a 5-door model.

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Change Lane: The Uber of Oil Change

MotoringFile Sections: In the Press | Technology Sep 21st, 2014 2 Comments

Photo Credit: www.pandodaily.com

Photo Credit: www.pandodaily.com

Because of my job, I always need to have a pulse on what’s happening in the enterprise and consumer technology spaces. To that extent, I spend a good amount of time reading news and analyses or listening to dedicated podcasts. Actually, the real reason I do all that is because I’m a full-on nerd but that’s a topic for a different conversation.

This week, my tech news-reading obsession led me to discover Change Lane. continued →


F55 Public Debut at the 2014 Paris Auto Show

MotoringFile Sections: Auto Shows | F55 Five Door Hatch | In the Press Sep 20th, 2014 9 Comments

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According to Automotive News, the public unveiling of the F55 will happen at the 2014 Paris Auto Show starting on October 4th. The auto news outlet also reiterates the fact that MINI has great expectations for the five-door Hatch: continued →

MINI Explores The Future of Mobility at The London Design Festival

MotoringFile Sections: Design | Official News Sep 20th, 2014 No Comments

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Official press release:

Munich/London. September 17th marks the opening of ‘Dezeen and MINI Frontiers: The Future of Mobility’, an exhibition at designjunction, London, which explores how design, technology and science are coming together to shape the future of travel. Visitors to designjunction, a flagship venue at London Design Festival (13 – 21 September), will see six of the UK’s most progressive designers come together to celebrate a collaboration between MINI and the online design magazine, Dezeen. The designers include Pernilla Ohrstedt, Matthew Plummer-Fernandez, Dominic Wilcox, Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, Lucy McRae and Keiichi Matsuda. continued →


A Photo Tour of MINI Production at Oxford

MotoringFile Sections: F55 Five Door Hatch | F56 Hatch | Production Sep 19th, 2014 8 Comments

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The Oxford plant tour should be on every MINI fans bucket list. However given time constraints and high prices of air travel for those outside the UK, many of us will never make it. So we’re bringing the tour to you. continued →

The New MINI is Voted “Best-looking Car of 2014″ in its Class

MotoringFile Sections: Awards | F56 Hatch | Official News Sep 18th, 2014 15 Comments

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Official Release: On the market since spring 2014, the new MINI makes an instant impression – with its classic proportions, the typical three-way structure of its body, all-round greenhouse and roof, and a modern interpretation of hallmark brand design features. The new model, extended in length by some ten centimetres, has now been voted by readers of the automobile magazine “auto, motor und sport” as one of the best-looking new models on the German automotive market. With its powerfully expressive and distinctive design, the new MINI has not only impressed expert juries in important competitions, it has also left its mark on public perception. continued →


Exclusive: MINI’s New 8 Speed Automatic Transmission Revealed

MotoringFile Sections: F54 Clubman | F55 Five Door Hatch | F56 Hatch | F57 Convertible | F6X Countryman | Rumor Sep 17th, 2014 12 Comments

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Over the past five years there’s been plenty of speculation on these pages and others about what MINI would be replacing it’s long in the tooth six speed Aisin automatic transmission. The transmission, first seen in the R53 in 2004 has been a work horse for MINI ultimately finding its way (in revised spec) in the new F56. While improvements have made the unit (enough to even find it in BMW’s halo i8 sports car) six speeds doesn’t cut it in terms of performance or efficiency anymore. Enter BMW’s answer: the Aisin 8 speed AWF8F35

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According to sources BMW had considered several options for MINI including the new ZF 9 speed and a dual clutch transmission. It would seem that the existing technical relationship between BMW/MINI and Aisin when it comes to front wheel drive transmissions helped sway them in that direction, there were also other factors at play. For one the BMW felt that the new breed of traditional automatics offers most of the performance of the DCT with greater comfort and higher efficiency.

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The more you look at the AWF835 the more it seems particularly well suited for MINI’s needs. For one the 8 speed has a decoupling mechanism that allows for a reduction in parasitic drag which allows for coasting on overrun – something that BMW has been incorporating in across its range. It’s also built from the ground-up to be compatible with MINI’s start/stop functionality.

Estimated MPG Figures

What does this mean to potential owners? According to sources, the AWF8F35 will add up to a 14% improvement in fuel efficiency when compared to the current Aisin 6 speed. Looking at MPG numbers for 2014 (the last that are available as of today), here’s an early look at what we could see out of a 8 speed automatic equipped F56.

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  • 29 > 33 city
  • 40 > 46 highway
  • 33 > 38 combined

Cooper with Aisin 8 Speed AWF8F35 Automatic

  • 30 > 34 city
  • 42 > 48 highway
  • 34 > 39 combined

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Keep in mind this is straight math on our part and there could be other variabilities at play as MINI tunes this transmission to work with the existing engines. However it’s easy to see what a 14% improvement will do – immediately make the F5X generation of MINIs dramatically more efficient than anything that came before. Now imagine what this would do for the current diesel range – one of which, the Cooper SD we know is coming to the US within two years. Then there’s the plug-in hybrid that we will either see on the next generation Clubman or Countryman.

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The Timeline

If there was disappointment with MPG figures when the F56 was released, they will be quickly forgotten the second the 8 speed hits dealer lots. But the big question is when? Obviously MINI has to be chomping at the bit to get this upgrade out the door. Given that the improvement is so dramatic, we’d be surprised to see the company wait for the 2018 refresh to make the change. Instead we’d expect something much sooner, possibly coinciding with the launch of another variant like the JCW and Convertible next spring or even the Clubman next summer. However these dates are purely based on our best guesses at this point.

One important clue in how MINI roll out adoption if the 8 speed is BMW’s own use of the transmission in the 2 Series Active Tourer. Currently the AWF8F35 is only available in the four cylinder versions of that car meaning the 1.5L three cylinder engine is still mated to the six speed. What that means for MINI is still unknown.

Expect to hear much more on the new Aisin 8 Speed AWF8F35 soon.

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R50: One & MC Hatch
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R55: Clubman
R56: Hatch
R57: Convertible
R58: Coupe
R59: Roadster
R60: MINI Crossover
R61: MINI Crossover Coupe
3rd Gen MINI
F54: Clubman
F55: Five Door Hatch
F56: Hatch
F57: Convertible
F60: MINI Crossover
F58: Traveller

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