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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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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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MINI at the Geneva Motor Show

MotoringFile Sections: Auto Shows, Geneva, Official News Feb 27th, 2014 11 Comments

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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.

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World Debut: MINI Clubman Concept

MotoringFile Sections: Auto Shows, F54 Clubman, Geneva Feb 25th, 2014 61 Comments

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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.

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2014 F56 MINI Cooper S Hands-On Gallery

MotoringFile Sections: Auto Shows, F56 Hatch Feb 7th, 2014 105 Comments

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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 →


MF/WRR Q&A with Pat McKenna, Product Manager at MINI USA

MotoringFile Sections: Auto Shows, F56 Hatch, JCW, NAIAS, Podcast Jan 21st, 2014 17 Comments

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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 →

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R50: One & MC Hatch
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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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