Nov 1st, 2014
We know. You’re wondering how we can be so confident about the US finally getting a diesel MINI when MINI USA has either shown ambivalence or pulled plug on the program in the past. Five years ago the US was on the verge of getting an R56 diesel. However due to the global economy meltdown the business case just didn’t make sense. However this time things are different. The UKL platform from the beginning has been designed to accommodate the urea tank required for US diesels making modifications less expensive. Then there’s the increased interest in higher MPG and diesel in the US that are both consumer cost (never mind the currently low fuel prices) and legislation driven.
So what diesel MINI will the US get? We originally reported that the US would be getting a MINI Clubman SD for 2017. While we believe that’s still likely, we believe that a Countryman SD is actually more likely for the 2018 model year. What’s the SD? Simply put it’s a diesel Cooper S drivetrain that produces 168bhp at 4000rpm and 266lb ft lbs at 1500rpm. MPG? That’s where things get really interesting. continued →
Oct 22nd, 2014
MINI USA has quietly delayed the F55 launch from late fall to early 2015. That news comes from sources at MINI USA who clearly are focused on the F56 for the remainder of 2015. continued →
Oct 10th, 2014
With the F56 and F55 four door launched, MINI is turning its attention to rounding out its aging line-up. This includes the convertible, JCW and of course the highly anticipated Clubman. Read on the for the details.
Oct 2nd, 2014
MINI has had a rough couple of months with the EPA. First MINI USA elected to switch from versions of its 2.0L four cylinder in the Cooper S from the B48 to the B46. The B46 is a variation of the 2.0L which is a classified as a super ultra-low emissions vehicle by the EPA (SULEV). From there we don’t know what happened but we do know that the EPA decided to re-test the entire line-up of F56 models from the Cooper to the Cooper S. This means that the 2015 car couldn’t be sold until certification was finished – something the EPA said would take until October 1. While the results of this testing hasn’t been published yet, we’ve obtained MPG figures for the 2015 model range that are a little surprising.
Sep 23rd, 2014
Official Release: The MINI model family once again presents distinctive personalities in its latest generation. The most recent example of an attractive addition to the model range of the British premium brand will be on show at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. The international motor show in the French capital is the setting for the world premiere of the new MINI 5 door. The second body variant of the new MINI offers two additional doors as well as expanded space for occupants and luggage, thereby providing new ways of experiencing the brand’s hallmark driving fun and individual style in a premium model of the small car segment. This means that for the first time in the brand’s 55-year history, MINI is now represented in this vehicle category with a 5-door model.
Sep 20th, 2014
According to Automotive News, the public unveiling of the F55 will happen at the 2014 Paris Auto Show starting on October 4th. The auto news outlet also reiterates the fact that MINI has great expectations for the five-door Hatch: continued →
Sep 19th, 2014
The Oxford plant tour should be on every MINI fans bucket list. However given time constraints and high prices of air travel for those outside the UK, many of us will never make it. So we’re bringing the tour to you. continued →