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The EPA Downgrades 2014 F56 MPG Figures

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Hatch Oct 22nd, 2014 7 Comments

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We saw this coming. When the EPA required extensive re-testing of the 2015 F56 MINI models we assumed that things we’re going to head in a positive direction for MINI. We exclusively reported the results of that testing early this month and we’re left wondering if 2014 models would deb affected. Wonder no more. Here are the revised figures and as you’d expect, they’ve been downgraded.

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MINI USA Aims for January Launch for Five Door F55

MotoringFile Sections: F55 Five Door Hatch Oct 22nd, 2014 4 Comments

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MINI USA has quietly delayed the F55 launch from late fall to early 2015. That news comes from sources at MINI USA who clearly are focused on the F56 for the remainder of 2015. continued →

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The Next Generation MINI Hatch to Grow While the Brand Gets Smaller

MotoringFile Sections: GXX MINI City Car, GXX MINI Hatch (4th Gen), Rumor Oct 21st, 2014 34 Comments

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Before you head for the comments to complain about MINIs becoming MAXIs read on…

Sources inside MINI are telling us to expect the next generation MINI hatch to grow in size and into the C segment. That’s the same segment as the VW Gold/GTI and Ford Focus – decidedly bigger than the current MINI. And yet MINI is set to get even smaller in the years ahead. Details? Read on… continued →


MINI Takes the Unofficial Front Wheel Drive Nurburgring Record

MotoringFile Sections: JCW, R56 (Hatch), Video Oct 18th, 2014 3 Comments

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Sport Auto’s resident racer just took a modified JCW R56 around the ‘Ring is a smoking 7:44. That’s over 45 seconds faster than a stock JCW. With 290 hp you could understand why. But it’s also the roll cage and full KW coil over system, Drexler LSD and Dunlop Direzza 03Gs that allowed such an incredible time. Click through to see it all happen in under eight minutes. continued →

Exclusive: The Rocketman is a Go

MotoringFile Sections: GXX MINI City Car, Rumor Oct 15th, 2014 34 Comments

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Since we published our opinion piece last week stating that the Rocketman was a necessary move for the brand, we’ve heard from several sources on the subject. According these sources in the know, it’s great news for those of us who have been wanting a MINI city car.

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Gallery: MINI Four Door & Superleggera at the Paris Motor Show

MotoringFile Sections: Auto Shows Oct 13th, 2014 16 Comments

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The recent Paris Motor Show gave MINI fans an excellent chance to finally get hands-on with the new four door (or is it five?). But there was something else on display that may have actually drew more of a crowd – the MINI Superleggera. And since we know most of you couldn’t make the trip to Paris, reader Troy French has provided us with a full gallery from the show. Click through and tell us what you think of both in the comment section. 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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