Apr 19th, 2014
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 →
Mar 5th, 2014
Our first live photos of the new Clubman concept from the Geneva floor. Early thoughts? Let’s hear ‘em in the comments.
Feb 27th, 2014
Official Release: A look ahead to the future of the MINI brand promises even greater driving fun and efficiency, evolutionary refinement of its unmistakable design and fresh options for individual style. This is supplemented by a more mature automobile character defined more than ever by premium quality, ride comfort, carefully conceived functionality and innovative technology. This look ahead to the new MINI is presented at the 2014 International Motor Show in Geneva, where it is further underscored by the world premiere of the MINI Clubman Concept. Immediately prior to its market launch, the new MINI sees the introduction of two additional model variants that are particularly fuel-efficient. The MINI One and MINI One D are presented in Geneva for the first time. MINI is setting the benchmark in terms of individual style and creativity – not just in the area of drive technology but also in the field of automobile concepts. With the MINI Clubman Concept, the British manufacturer demonstrates potential new ways of experiencing the new generation of driving fun.
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 7th, 2014
We’ve seen it, driven it and reviewed it. But we’ve never taken our time to bring you the ins and outs of the F56 MINI until now. The Chicago Auto show media days afforded us (Nathaniel and I) a chance to get some quality time with a Volcanic Orange Cooper S with barely anyone around – not something that was possible in Detroit or LA. What that gives you is a great look at a few of the details you might have missed in the official MINI press photos. continued →
Jan 21st, 2014
Todd and I go in depth with Pat & Chris on just about everything. First off we grill the guys on JCW – what we’ll see and when we’ll see it. And about the F56 – we dive into some of those specific product questions many of you have been waiting for. How does the 3 Cylinder Cooper sound? What’s the must-have option on the F56? If you’re considering a new MINI, this interview is a must hear. continued →
Jan 19th, 2014
The universally praised Toyota FT1 gets the nod here. And as much as the aero-focused design is striking, the how the low the car is that really buckled my knees when I first saw it. Like the Toyota F86 the FT1 looks built from the ground up to be minimal and enthusiast oriented. Just imagine if this platform was the one that BMW and Toyota were sharing for new sports car development.
Best Small Hatch Concept: MINI JCW Concept
The JCW concept looks like the JCW we’ve always wanted. If whispers are to be believed, this will be a 2,800 lbs car with 220 hp, bespoke suspension and enough fast bits to make this to quickest MINI of all time.