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The 2015 MINI Clubman Hits the ‘Ring

MotoringFile Sections: F54 Clubman, Video Apr 11th, 2014 14 Comments

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Along with signs of spring comes MINI and BMW’s annual Nurburgring testing program. One of the first cars tested this year has been the 2015 MINI Clubman. As you’ve likely read on MF, the 2015 F54 Clubman will feature four doors, a wider chassis and an entirely new interior as compared to the F56. But enough of that, lets check it out in motion around the world’s most dangerous track. continued →

Exclusive: F56 MINI Cooper S Uses Active Sound to Enhance Engine Noise

MotoringFile Sections: F54 Clubman, F56 Hatch Mar 26th, 2014 74 Comments

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A few years ago I rode shotgun in a R55 Clubman and then a BMW 630d with a BMW engineer as he demonstrated something they called “Active Sound”. In the 630d the idea was to make it sound like a 650i. It worked… almost flawlessly.

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In the MINI we sampled what they call the “sound machine”. It’s a system that could change (on the fly) the engine note to any one of four settings. The system is tied to the engine speed and accurately reproduced engine notes as they are happened.

Fast forward to 2014 and we now have MINI using Active Sound to subtly enhance the in-cabin engine noise on the Cooper S. The option is only available on the Cooper S with the driving modes option – standard in North America. Let’s look at what the system is and how it works.

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Behind the Concept: The Next MINI Clubman Revealed

MotoringFile Sections: F54 Clubman, F55 Five Door Hatch, F56 Hatch Mar 25th, 2014 35 Comments

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It likely won’t surprise you to know that the MINI Clubman concept that debuted in Geneva is really not a concept at all. But the similarity between the concept and the final production vehicle is perhaps closer than we originally thought.

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Rumor: MINI May Axe Coupe, Roadster and Paceman in F-generation

MotoringFile Sections: F54 Clubman, F55 Five Door Hatch, F56 Hatch, F59 Roadster/Coupe, F6X Countryman, In the Press, Rumor Mar 10th, 2014 77 Comments

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MINI and BMW executives keep dropping more and more indicators that several current MINI models don’t have a future in this new generation of cars. This latest round of revelations came via Oliver Friedmann, head of MINI brand management, in a conversation with Auto News. Instead of a wide cross-section of model variants, Friedmann says MINI’s new strategy is to focus on three “pillar” cars to ground the product lineup in what MINI is all about. Those models? The F56 hardtop hatch, the next generation Countryman, and the next generation Clubman which we saw in concept at Geneva.

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The MINI Clubman Concept in Video

MotoringFile Sections: F54 Clubman, Video Mar 6th, 2014 33 Comments

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The MINI Clubman concept has landed in Geneva. And while we’ve seen plenty of photos and heard all about the details we haven’t really given you a good look at the car until now. 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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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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R50: One & MC Hatch
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F54: Clubman
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F57: Convertible
F60: MINI Crossover
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