Feb 25th, 2014
Curious about the next MINI Clubman? The wait is over. MINI has taken the wraps off of the Clubman concept, and in doing so, given us a very clear view at the 2016 Clubman itself. As is customary with MINI and BMW’s lightly disguised concepts, it’s the hard-points that should be focused on. The question remains, however, what exactly is going to make it to production and what is a design exercise? Read on to find out.
Feb 24th, 2014
With the weather warming, we’re seeing more and more spy shots emerge of the upcoming 5-door MINI Hardtop Hatch. Internally designated the F55, this is a slightly stretched version of the F56 Hardtop Hatch which incorporates four conventional passenger doors. While spy shots have been coming in at at more steady rate, this set over at GMotors are the first to give us a view of the open doors. As expected, the rear doors are small, but look like they’ll serve just as well as any other small 5-door like a Honda Fit.
As always, check out our F55 Section for the most info on the web about MINI’s next model.
Feb 24th, 2014
If you want to know what technology BMW is about to release in production form, BMW’s Innovation Days is your answer. It’s an annual program where the brand opens its doors and discusses what it’s working on and what we will likely see on the showroom floors in the coming years from both BMW and MINI. This year, as you might expect, it was all about BMWi and technology associated with it. As always we’ll have more on the topics in the coming months as they move from the lab to production.
Feb 23rd, 2014
It’s been well known that BMW was dabbling in carbon fiber wheels and that we’d eventually see them on cars such as the i8. What we didn’t know was when we’d see them across the model range. Auto Express had a chance to speak with a few folks at BMW who shed light on the companies plans.
Feb 19th, 2014
MINI Canada is an official Olympic sponsor, and as such, has had a little fun with the Canadian national anthem. They’ve used actual MINI sounds to create sort of a dubstep version of ‘O Canada’ in this video from MINI CANADA.
Feb 19th, 2014
Update – Just Hours Left. Get your vote in now!
You might have noticed a few banners around the web and on MF talking about MINI’s “Final Test Test Drives” contest. The idea was to pick ten MINI fans to help create a special edition F56 MINI that will actually be produced. Once those cars are designed the public will vote on which one will ultimately be made by MINI USA for anyone to order. Which brings us to our point – it’s time to vote folks. The ten finalists have been chosen and they have crafted ten rather unique looking special edition MINIs ready for your viewing.
Click through for our favorites and a look at who we think might win. continued →
Feb 18th, 2014
Sources have been telling us for more than a year to expect something special in the drivetrain of the next generation MINI Clubman. More recently, we’ve had a high-level sources confirm that the Clubman will indeed see all-wheel drive in at least one configuration. What we didn’t realize was that both sources were actually saying the same thing. When MINI releases the 2016 Clubman next year, we believe they will also introduce the brand’s first hybrid model along with the rest of the normal range of petrol and diesel engines. But this isn’t just a typical hybrid system that we’ve seen on cars like the Prius for more than a decade. It’s something decidedly more interesting for people who care about performance as well as efficiency.