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MINI USA Introduces Revised Engine for the 2015 MINI Cooper S

MotoringFile Sections: F55 Five Door Hatch, F56 Hatch Sep 10th, 2014 9 Comments

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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.

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MINI Produces its Three Millionth MINI

MotoringFile Sections: F55 Five Door Hatch, Official News Sep 9th, 2014 No Comments

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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

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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.

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MINI USA Launches the F55 Four Door Configurator

MotoringFile Sections: F55 Five Door Hatch Sep 8th, 2014 18 Comments

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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

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Q&A with MINI USA Product Manager Chris Potgieter

MotoringFile Sections: Diesel, F55 Five Door Hatch, F56 Hatch, JCW, Podcast Aug 13th, 2014 15 Comments

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During #mtts2014, we were able to speak with Chris Potgieter, MINIUSA Product Manager about questions that were submitted to Motoringfile as well as a few we had. As always, Chris was very forthcoming with details that he knew about and could speak about.

That includes:

  • Details on the forthcoming JCW exterior package (and the return of Chili Red)
  • Other JCW accessories and even info on the new tuning kit
  • A mention of touch-screens in future MINIs? It’s in there – not sure what it really means
  • Hints at forthcoming CarPlay integration
  • Update on new options available for 2015
  • Diesel updates
  • Timing on the F55 four door in the US

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MINI’s 2015 & 2016 Product Launches Revealed

MotoringFile Sections: F54 Clubman, F54 Clubman Hybrid, F55 Five Door Hatch, F57 Convertible, F59 Roadster/Coupe, F6X Countryman, Rumor Aug 7th, 2014 22 Comments

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MINI has a busy 24 months ahead of it. With the F56 rolled out and in showrooms, the brand can turn it’s attention to all the associated variants. But what gets released and when? Read on for the detailed list. continued →

Open Sourcing a Redesign of the F56

MotoringFile Sections: F55 Five Door Hatch, F56 Hatch Jul 17th, 2014 31 Comments

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While most seem to like the new MINI’s design, there have been a vocal minority who haven’t gelled with it. By far the biggest complaint that we’ve heard about the new MINI Cooper S is its protruding lower chin. It’s a design element that’s meant to give the car a more aggressive look and harken to the aggressive air inlets of rally and race cars. However it’s safe to say that not everyone sees that in the execution – especially with chrome trim added or in lighter colors. But there may be an answer that doesn’t involve simply buying a Cooper (which doesn’t have the “chin).

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BMW & MINI’s iDrive Earns Highest Marks in Industry But Can’t Touch the iPhone

MotoringFile Sections: F55 Five Door Hatch, F56 Hatch, Technology Jul 2nd, 2014 15 Comments

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According to German market research company GfK, BMW and MINI’s iDrive system is the industries best worldwide. The automaker scored highest for user experience with Audi and Mercedes in 2nd and 3rd place. However above all was customer experience associated with Apple’s iPhone. Here’s an excerpt:

The overall user experience score for automakers’ human-machine interface (HMI) systems was 4.3 out of a possible 6.0.

By comparison, the iPhone scores well above 5.0, said Tim Bosenick, global head of user experience at German market research GfK. He presented his findings at the we.CONECT Car HMI Concepts & Systems conference in Berlin this week.

Bosenick created GfK’s user experience score. It is based on: how easy it is to learn and use the HMI system; its look and feel; and, most important, whether the user is inspired to do more and more with it. This is where the iPhone scores very high.

Read the full report at Automotive News

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R50: One & MC Hatch
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