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Why BMW is Moving MINI Further Upscale (And Why We’re Not Worried)

MotoringFile Sections: F54 Clubman, F55 Four-Door Hardtop, F56 Two-Door Hardtop, F57 Convertible, F60 Countryman, Opinion Apr 3rd, 2015 23 Comments

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Premium does not equal high cost. Nor does a move further upscale mean MINI will turn its back on the style and performance that has made the brand such a success over the years. Now with that out let’s get to the why, how and when. continued →

Exclusive: Details From MINI USA’s Annual Sales Meeting

MotoringFile Sections: F54 Clubman, F57 Convertible, Marketing, NYIAS, Sales Mar 27th, 2015 35 Comments

P90158767-Mini-meeting-2014Every year, MINI USA organizes an Annual Sales Meeting between their executives and owners and managers of MINI dealerships across the U.S. This comes as an addition to the frequent visits that MINI USA Regional Sales Managers pay to dealers in their respective geographic areas. The purpose of this year’s meeting was to review 2014 and discuss what’s coming in 2015. While we already detailed parts of MINI USA’s tactics for this year, we managed to gather additional tidbits from our sources. continued →

Official: Neither Superleggera or MINI Minor Confirmed

MotoringFile Sections: F54 Clubman, F59 Roadster/Coupe, GXX MINI City Car, GXX MINI Hatch (4th Gen), Rumor Mar 18th, 2015 8 Comments

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Yesterday the typically reliable Car magazine indicated that MINI’s Superleggera Roadster concept had been approved for a 2018 production date. Today the typically reliable Automotive News says not so fast. According to the industry publication:

BMW has not approved a roadster based on the Superleggera concept for its Mini brand and has not decided whether to add a “mini Mini” that would be built with Toyota, Mini’s top executive, Peter Schwarzenbauer, said. continued →

Q&A With The Creators of The Clubman Gran Turismo Concept

MotoringFile Sections: F54 Clubman, In the Press, Official News Mar 3rd, 2015 2 Comments

Clubman_Vision_concept_GT6_875MINI Space published last week an interview with Christopher Weil, Lead MINI Designer of the MINI Clubman Vision Gran Turismo and Gran Turismo founder Kazunori Yamauchi. Their discussion is focused around the collaboration between MINI and Gran Turismo along with the design process behind creating the Clubman Vision GT. continued →


MINI Does Gran Turismo 6 with the Clubman Vision (w/Video)

MotoringFile Sections: F54 Clubman, Official News Feb 26th, 2015 6 Comments

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Yesterday we brought you a sneak peak of the Clubman Vision in the upcoming GT6 video game. Today we’ve got the official details along with a full 20 image gallery. Click through for the full details and our best look yet at MINI’s latest all digital concept.

Official Release: Inspired by the brand’s legendary motor racing success, the MINI Design Team has created the essence of a MINI to enable maximum racing performance in the game Gran Turismo®6 for PlayStation®3. “MINI has many highly emotional achievements to its name in motor racing. The MINI Clubman Vision Grand Turismo literally puts these onto the virtual race track in Gran Turismo 6. The image of a go-kart on the road has recurring appeal,” says Anders Warming, Head of MINI Design. (Video after the break). continued →

Leaked: Clubman Vision Gran Turismo Concept

MotoringFile Sections: F54 Clubman, In the Press, JCW Feb 24th, 2015 17 Comments

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In conjunction with Sony’s Gran Truism 6, MINI has released a digital only concept of the forthcoming 2016 Clubman. The differences? Just about everything. This Clubman is a fictionalized race car that takes the MINI formula to the extreme. The game and the car will be available digitally in March. Now, on to the numbers and what they do and don’t tell us about the rumored JCW Clubman. continued →


MINI Clubman to Feature BMW’s Air Curtain Technology

MotoringFile Sections: Auto Shows, F54 Clubman, F54 Clubman Hybrid, Frankfurt Feb 18th, 2015 21 Comments

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Last year MINI showed us the thinly vieled Clubman concept that gave us an excellent view of the 2016 model. The new Clubman will be the largest MINI to date and feature a full six doors (four full doors plus two barn doors). It will also have a number of features not seen on MINIs to date including a patented BMW aero technology called “Air Curtain.” Together with the “Air Breather” the system reduces drag on the bodyshell in a very simple, but extremely effective way.

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MINI Model Cheat Sheet

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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