Sep 16th, 2014
And that is not an understatement. Following the official launch of the F55 and its subsequent review by a number of outlets, Auto Express editor-in-chief Steve Fowler shares his thoughts on the status of the MINI brand:
Think of it this way: if the original Mini was built by a company that had the wherewithal and finances to continually develop it, 911-style, as it should’ve been, I suspect it would be a very similar car – and model range – to what it is today. Whether you like BMW owning MINI or not, the German company has done brilliant things with the brand, and will continue to do so.
Sep 14th, 2014
The four door MINI. Or is it the five door MINI? It depends on which side of the pond you’re from it seems. But the bigger question is, just how big is this thing? We’ve seen publications (who have yet to see it in person) devote entire articles to it being too big and at least one that has driven it write about it being too small. Which is it?
While we won’t be driving it for another month, we can now give you plenty of detail on MINI’s latest four door five seater. For one it’s 4005 mm long, 105 mm less than the Countryman. The wheelbase has been extended in the MINI 5 door by 72 millimetres to 2 567 millimetres, while the track is identical to that of the 3-door model. Unlike the Countryman, MINI has created a four door that should handle for the most part like a MINI. Consider this more inline with the R55 Clubman in the way it had 95% of the R56’s gokart feel.
Interior comfort has been enhanced due to the longer wheelbase. Rear passengers now have 72 millimetres foot space and legroom available to them, while the increased space also provides for a third seat in the back row as well as more comfortable access. The increased vehicle height can be felt in an additional 15 mm of headroom. Meanwhile the car’s interior width at elbow height is now increased by 61 millimetres. The luggage compartment has a volume of 278 litres – an increase of 67 litres or around 30 per cent as compared to the 3-door model.
From a packaging stand-point the F55 isn’t going to be MINI’s family hauler. That honor will go to the redesigned (and noticeably larger and wider) Clubman that starts production next June. Instead this is MINI’s answer to those who’ve wanted just a little more utility out of the standard MINI without resorting to something like the Countryman.
We’ll have much more on the new F55 Four Door MINI including a massive 340 photo gallery and videos shortly. In the meantime click through for the full press release and our best look at the new MINI.
Sep 14th, 2014
The MINI F55 Four door is a new take on the classic MINI shape. Thusly it’s going to take a little getting use to for eyes long used to the more classic shape of the MINI hatch. Nevertheless the F55 is here to stay so it’s time to take a close look at the car that MINI has high hopes for. How high? They won’t say but there seems to a quiet optimism on the new car and what follows it, the 2016 F54 Clubman.
Click-through for our massive 337 photo gallery. continued →
Sep 14th, 2014
Last week MINI invited European journalists to drive the new five door for the first time. While we won’t be driving the car until later this fall, these reviews give us our first real look and MINI’s latest five seater. The early verdict? Read on.
Sep 10th, 2014
The EPA delays that MINI USA is dealing with may have roots in the fact that 2015 sees a new version of the Cooper S four cylinder. The B48 has quietly made way for the B46 – a variation of the 2.0L which is a classified as a super ultra-low emissions vehicle by the EPA (SULEV). What does this mean to potential owners? Read on.
Sep 9th, 2014
This will be old news to MotoringFile readers, but MINI is ready to talk about it. Earlier MINI not only celebrated the 3 millionth MINI being produced but simultaneously began production of the new F55 four door MINI. To further celebrate the occasion MINI is currently creating a special exterior design 3 millionth MINI that will debut shortly.
Lets take a quick look at MINI production highlights.
– Three million ‘New’ MINIs produced since 2001; over two million MINI vehicles exported from MINI Plant Oxford
– Three millionth MINI produced is a MINI 5-door hatch
– British brand now exports to over 110 markets on every continent
– USA is biggest MINI market, followed by UK, Germany, China and France
– Combined value of exports from UK approaching £30 billion
– Plant Oxford, Plant Swindon and Plant Hams Hall form MINI’s UK production network recent recipient of £750 million investment
Official Release: The continuing success story of the MINI brand was further underlined today as the British manufacturer announced the production of its three millionth car since 2001, and its two millionth international export.
Sep 8th, 2014
Get your internet ready, MINI USA is launching its 2015 F55 four door configurator today. But that’s not all that’s new at MINIUSA.com