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Opinion: MINI Must Get Smaller to Get Bigger

MotoringFile Sections: GXX MINI City Car | Opinion | Rumor Oct 7th, 2014 49 Comments

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By next summer three of MINI’s then eight models will have four doors. And if the Countryman’s success is anything to go by, its this segment that will be critical to the brand’s success in the years ahead. And there in lies the problem. The brand was built on unconventional. A finger in the air aimed at authority, the brand has been built on thinking differently and making less do more. And yet MINI is becoming quite established with utility vehicles, all wheel drive and an increasing size across every product. We applaud the success of the brand and understand the importance of financial viability, but there is something missing in all of this. You know it, we know it and by some accounts MINI knows it as well. It’s called the Rocketman. And we at MotoringFile want it built.

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Exclusive: MINI’s Surprising 2015 US EPA Figures Revealed

MotoringFile Sections: F55 Five Door Hatch | F56 Hatch Oct 2nd, 2014 57 Comments

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MINI has had a rough couple of months with the EPA. First MINI USA elected to switch from versions of its 2.0L four cylinder in the Cooper S from the B48 to the B46. The B46 is a variation of the 2.0L which is a classified as a super ultra-low emissions vehicle by the EPA (SULEV). From there we don’t know what happened but we do know that the EPA decided to re-test the entire line-up of F56 models from the Cooper to the Cooper S. This means that the 2015 car couldn’t be sold until certification was finished – something the EPA said would take until October 1. While the results of this testing hasn’t been published yet, we’ve obtained MPG figures for the 2015 model range that are a little surprising.

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MINI Among America’s Most Ticketed Cars

MotoringFile Sections: In the Press | R60 (Countryman) Oct 1st, 2014 2 Comments

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Well, not really but kind of. According to a study released by insurance.com the MINI Countryman S ranks #16 among the most ticketed cars in the US, with 27.5% of R60 S drivers recently receiving a traffic citation. Insurance.com says results are based on insurance quote requests from 550,000 drivers a month. continued →

MINI USA Sales Down 20% for September

MotoringFile Sections: Sales Oct 1st, 2014 17 Comments

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For September, MINI USA reports 4,219 automobiles, a decrease of 20.5 percent from the 5,306 sold in the same month a year ago. The reason? The inability for MINI to release any 2015 cars due to the EPA certification process. However that should end as of today. How did the rest of the line-up do? Read on.

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MINI’s Highest Level of Individualization: MINI Yours

MotoringFile Sections: MINI Yours | Official News Oct 1st, 2014 2 Comments

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Official Release: It’s not just the driving fun that is unique. With an incomparable variety of special equipment and accessories, the British premium car maker MINI offers its customers enormous scope for customising their vehicles to reflect their own personal style. The wide range of exterior paint finishes and alloy wheels, upholstery variations and interior colour schemes, trims and colour lines, as well as the numerous MINI-specific options such as mirror caps, additional headlamps, roof decor and graphic elements create almost limitless options for making every MINI a unique made-to-measure creation. The options available from the MINI Yours programme are the most exclusive way to customise your car according to your personal preferences. Top-quality materials, stylish designs and precise workmanship to the highest standards characterise the special equipment available ex works for the exterior and interior of the latest MINI models.

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2018 Countryman to Grow in Size, Seats & Power

MotoringFile Sections: F6X Countryman | Rumor Sep 30th, 2014 36 Comments

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The MINI Countryman has been a massive success for the brand. However MINI is determined to maximize both it’s utility and performance in its second generation. The F60 Countryman will grow in size, seats and utility with a larger chassis to be shared with the 2017 BMW X1. Click through for all the details.

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Unleash your inner artist on a custom MINI

MotoringFile Sections: MF Feature Sep 30th, 2014 No Comments

gmb5YyfaFGThe folks over at MINI Space are having a contest and you’re invited to participate. Get out the crayons, submit your design and it could end up on display at BMW Welt (BMW World) in Munich. continued →

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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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