Archive for January 2007

Oxygen Blue Arrives

MotoringFile Sections: R56 (Hatch) Jan 31st, 2007 21 Comments

At long last Oxygen Blue has finally arrived on MINI’s European online configurators. For those who may have missed it, Oxygen Blue is a non-metallic that will only be available on MINI One’s, Coopers and Cooper D’s for March production. It’s also worth noting that Oxygen Blue is somewhat similar to Candy Blue – a color officially announced in 2001 but never released.

Thanks to all those who sent this in.

The Clubman’s Boot Storage Module

MotoringFile Sections: R55 (Clubman) Jan 31st, 2007 9 Comments

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With the additional space that comes with the Clubman, MINI has been working on new storage solutions.  One that is likely to see production is a removable storage organizer hidden under a false floor.  The storage module will occupy the entire boot area and will be made deep enough so that when the rear seats are folded down, a flat storage area will be created. continued →

US Press Launch of the R56 This Weekend

MotoringFile Sections: Site News Jan 31st, 2007 61 Comments

MINI USA’s press launch of the US Spec 2007 Cooper and Cooper S is taking place in Arizona this weekend and I’ll be leaving the frozen tundra of Chicago to experience it. I’ll have hours of road and track time in the 2007 R56 MINI and should have a full review early next week. I also plan on having some small updates (including pictures on our MotoringFile Flickr Pool) throughout the weekend.

But before packing the bags I want to hear what you want to hear? Obviously I’ll be giving my take on the car’s the performance, design and how it relates to the R50 and R53 MINIs. But what do you want to know that hasn’t been covered in the European press? Performance related, spec related, now’s the chance to add your question to the list that I’ll be bringing this weekend.

MINI United 2007 Officially Confirmed

MotoringFile Sections: Events, MINI United Jan 31st, 2007 2 Comments

Update: The official MINI United 2007 site is now live: MINI United 2007

MINI of Germany has officially confirmed what MotoringFile readers have known for a month; MINI United is coming to the Netherlands in June of 2007. However MINI has yet to release an English version of the news. So we’ve turned to the always reliable (said with a healthy dose of sarcasm) Google Language Tools to translate the German release:

Very Poorly Translated MINI of Germany Press Release: It goes again loosely. After the overwhelming success of the premiere in the year 2005 in Misano, Italy now the preparations for the second MINI United festival begin. Meeting place for thousands of MINI fan from all world is this time the Circuit park in the Dutch Zandvoort, in close proximity to Amsterdam. Becomes three days long there of 22.

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MINI USA Releases Motorby Billboard Details

MotoringFile Sections: Marketing, Official News Jan 31st, 2007 10 Comments

The following is the official MINI USA press release detailing the Motorby Pilot program we reported on a few weeks back. For more articles on this topic please click the MINI Ads category link above or in the “Browse by Category” link on the top left of the site.

MINI USA Press Release: Imagine MINI owner Scott is driving down the highway. He’s checking out the billboards – phone companies (snore)… online casinos (no thanks)… “MOTOR LIKE YOU MEAN IT, SCOTT!” (Hold on! Say what?). Scott has just experienced personalized “talking” billboards – the latest innovation from MINI USA, which will be the first to use advanced technology to communicate directly with its consumers with the introduction of MINI Motorby. Commuters who are tired of seeing billboards with the same mind-numbing out-of-home copy will instead be greeted by MINI Motorboards. These boards feature an ever-changing array of unique, personal, playful and unexpected messages targeted to and triggered by MINI owners. Messages will be spelled out in lights on billboards in locations in New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Miami beginning January 2007.

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The Clubman’s Seating Capacity

MotoringFile Sections: R55 (Clubman) Jan 30th, 2007 56 Comments

Since we broke the news a few months back that the 2008 MINI Clubman was designed to seat five, we’ve had a raft of questions about the arrangement from readers. So recently we dug a little deeper to see if we could find a few more details.

Talking with a few more of our sources, we’ve learned that the Clubman’s rear seats are indeed meant to accommodate three across the rear seats. However in the US that will not be the case. Evidently concerns over NHTSA safety guidelines have persuaded MINI to fit the US Spec Clubmans with the same two seat configuration found in the current R56 hardtops.

So yes the Clubman will seat 5. It’ll just be outside the US market.

R56 vs. GTI vs. C30 T5

MotoringFile Sections: In the Press, R56 (Hatch) Jan 30th, 2007 13 Comments

In this months Winding Road, they have a very fun piece that is not really versus as much as it is a good comparison of the MCS, the Volkswagon GTI and the Volvo C30 T5

A Swede, a Brit, and a German wander up an Italian hill to search for a bucket of driving goose bumps.

Staying sort of true to the squared-off, tin can feel of the original 1360 pound 1960s Mini Cooper S, our nouveau Cooper S hit the nearby scales at just 2601 pounds.

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