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MINI’s Plugin Hybrid Drivetrain Previewed

MotoringFile Sections: Efficiency, F54 Clubman, F54 Clubman Hybrid, F60 Countryman, Official News, Technology Jul 2nd, 2015 4 Comments

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MotoringFile broke the news of MINI’s plugin hybrid 18 months ago. Since then we’ve had a steady drip of news on the new drivetrain. Today we get a healthy dose of data in the form of an official preview. No, the 2 Series Gran Truismo BMW has used to showoff the technology isn’t a MINI, but the drivetrain detailed here is identical to drivetrain that will be found in a future MINI product. continued →

Secret BMW Hydrogen Program Revealed

MotoringFile Sections: Efficiency, Official News, Technology Jul 2nd, 2015 4 Comments

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Among a slew of innovations announced this week at BMW’s Innovation Days press event, one stands out as perhaps the most awe inspiring of the bunch. The i8 based prototype (officially unnamed by BMW at this time) replaces the 1.5L MINI derived three-cylinder with a fuel stack. Energy is generated from hydrogen cryogenically stored and contained in a cylindrical tank low down in the center of the car. The stack provides electricity for the electric motor – the only emission being water. continued →


MINI Hardtop Wins Auto Express Premium Small Car Award

MotoringFile Sections: Awards, Official News Jul 1st, 2015 5 Comments

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Official Release: The MINI Cooper 3-door Hatch has been awarded Best Premium Small Car by Auto Express at the magazine’s annual New Car Awards last night. continued →

Woofcast #556: The Clubman Show

MotoringFile Sections: F54 Clubman, Podcast Jul 1st, 2015 No Comments

F54_Clubman_P90187723We heard you like the Clubman, so we put some Clubman in your Clubman. #clubman. Besides our thoughts on the latest MINI (spoiler alert; we like it), we have a very unique interview with Motoring Advisor Tony Poulson. Click through to nerd out on his art (and buy something if you like it!).

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2017 Countryman Spotted on the ‘Ring (Video)

MotoringFile Sections: F60 Countryman, Video Jun 30th, 2015 38 Comments

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The announcement of the 2016 Clubman is not even one week old and we are already moving on to other news. A little more than a month ago, the F60 Countryman was spotted going strong on the ‘Ring. We’ve already shared plenty of information regarding the next Countryman, but this video gets us one step closer to the official debut of the fourth superhero. continued →

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MINI Model Cheat Sheet

1st Gen MINI
R50: One & MC Hatch
R52: All 1st Gen MINI Convt.
R53: MCS Hatch
2nd Gen MINI
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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