Mar 10th, 2014
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.
Mar 8th, 2014
When MINI was launched in 2001 it went to to market with two models – the One and the Cooper. A year later (coinciding with the US market launch) the Cooper S joined the ranks and shortly after a number of diesel variants appeared. Now with the F56 Cooper and Cooper S successfully launched MINI is turning to the One range. Read on for the full specifications of both. The One and One D will be available in various markets (not North America) throughout the world later this summer. continued →
Feb 17th, 2014
This should come to no surprise to MotoringFile readers, as we reported on this some months back, but the official word is out. Additional MINI production will be taken on at VDL Nedcar in the Netherlands. This is in addition to cars already slated to produced at Plant Oxford, not a replacement. As in so many things, this move is actually another case of MINI staying in touch with its roots. That is, this isn’t the first time Minis have rolled off the assembly lines in the Netherlands.
Full details in the official release after the break. continued →
Feb 15th, 2014
For the past few years we’ve been told by insiders that the next generation JCW power plant would be shared with a BMW. First we thought that might be the i8 with it’s 225 hp three cylinder. Then we were tipped off it would instead be based on a 2.0L four cylinder making more power than today’s car. Finally a few months ago we got a code-name for the new engine: B48B20O0. And after some digging we discovered it matched a code-name used for the (at the time) soon to be released BMW 225i Active Tourer – also based on the MINI platform of course. Finally with the release of the new BMW 225i we finally saw a power figure for that engine. continued →
Feb 9th, 2014
Rounding out the launch models of the F56 will be the MINI Cooper D, One and One D. Let’s start with the One, MINI’s value and efficiency leader across both the petrol and diesel ranges. continued →
Feb 7th, 2014
We’ve seen it, driven it and reviewed it. But we’ve never taken our time to bring you the ins and outs of the F56 MINI until now. The Chicago Auto show media days afforded us (Nathaniel and I) a chance to get some quality time with a Volcanic Orange Cooper S with barely anyone around – not something that was possible in Detroit or LA. What that gives you is a great look at a few of the details you might have missed in the official MINI press photos. continued →
Feb 5th, 2014
Last week we had a day to spend with the all new 2014 F56 MINI Cooper and Cooper S. During that time we roamed the mountain passes and ocean front roads to bring you our first thoughts on MINI’s most important car since the launch of the R50 in 2001. But we also wanted to bring you more than just written words and photos from the launch.
So one take, no script, 20 minutes and a GoPro camera, we had our first video review of the F56 MINI Cooper and Cooper S. Check it out after the break.