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

MotoringFile Sections: Auto Shows Oct 13th, 2014 5 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 →

What to Expect from MINI at the Mondial de l’ Automobile Paris 2014

MotoringFile Sections: Auto Shows, F55 Five Door Hatch, F59 Roadster/Coupe, Official News Sep 23rd, 2014 4 Comments

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Official Release: The MINI model family once again presents distinctive personalities in its latest generation. The most recent example of an attractive addition to the model range of the British premium brand will be on show at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. The international motor show in the French capital is the setting for the world premiere of the new MINI 5 door. The second body variant of the new MINI offers two additional doors as well as expanded space for occupants and luggage, thereby providing new ways of experiencing the brand’s hallmark driving fun and individual style in a premium model of the small car segment. This means that for the first time in the brand’s 55-year history, MINI is now represented in this vehicle category with a 5-door model.

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F55 Public Debut at the 2014 Paris Auto Show

MotoringFile Sections: Auto Shows, F55 Five Door Hatch, In the Press Sep 20th, 2014 11 Comments

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According to Automotive News, the public unveiling of the F55 will happen at the 2014 Paris Auto Show starting on October 4th. The auto news outlet also reiterates the fact that MINI has great expectations for the five-door Hatch: continued →

MINI’s Superleggera Concept Car to Make UK Debut at the Salon Privé

MotoringFile Sections: Auto Shows, F59 Roadster/Coupe, Official News Sep 3rd, 2014 1 Comment

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Salon Privé will mark the second appearance for the Superleggera Concept this year and signals that MINI is serious about the car. According to sources the concept previews a new interpretation of MINI’s classic design language that will be a part of future products. Those same sources have indicated to us that MINI executives are keen on making sure a roadster (perhaps one with a folding hardtop) will be remain part of those plans.

Official Release: MINI and Touring Superleggera, the tradition-steeped design and coach building house based in Milan, have brought the MINI Superleggera™ Vision to the UK for the first time at the highly exclusive Salon Privé.

The MINI Superleggera Vision is on the one hand a classic roadster – a compact and agile two-seater – expressing the most minimalist and emotional style of motoring; and on the other hand its electric drivetrain gives the car distinctly modern driving dynamics. continued →


MotoringFile NYIAS Interview: MINI USA Product Managers

MotoringFile Sections: Auto Shows, Podcast Apr 27th, 2014 2 Comments

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One of the better ways to talk about cars is to have them in front of you. And thats exactly what we did with both Pat McKenna (Head of MINIUSA Product – pictured) and Chris Potgieter (Product Manager) while at the New York International Auto Show. We simply walked from car to car and spoke about the state of each and what to expect.

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Here are some highlights:

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World Premier: 2015 MINI Paceman Refresh

MotoringFile Sections: Auto Shows, Beijing, Official News, R61 (Paceman) Apr 19th, 2014 10 Comments

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Fresh off of the light refresh of the Countryman MINI has turned its attention to the Paceman. But lets cut straight to what you want to know. Every part of the Countryman’s refresh is seen in the Paceman (detailed below). New trim, colors, grille design and sound deadening. The only exception is that the Paceman doesn’t get the Countryman’s silver trim seen on the All4 model of the Countryman. The refreshed Paceman should hit showrooms in July or August depending on where you are in the world.

Official Release: Fresh stimuli for the first Sports Activity Coupé in the premium compact segment; the new MINI Paceman underscores its exceptional standing as a sporty, elegant individualist with fresh design details, increased driving performance figures, further optimised efficiency, innovative equipment features and refined premium characteristics in the interior; pioneering automobile concept of a compact 3-door model with coupé-like lines, unique combination of driving fun and functionality and the optional all-wheel drive system ALL4 now gains additional appeal; increased engine output in the new MINI Cooper S Paceman consolidates driving fun leadership within the segment driving fun; market launch in July 2014 also includes the launch of the new edition of the extreme athlete MINI John Cooper Works Paceman. continued →


The MINI Clubman Concept Live from Geneva

MotoringFile Sections: Auto Shows, F54 Clubman, Geneva Mar 5th, 2014 36 Comments

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Our first live photos of the new Clubman concept from the Geneva floor. Early thoughts? Let’s hear ‘em in the comments.

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