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What to Expect from MINI at the Mondial de l’ Automobile Paris 2014

MotoringFile Sections: Auto Shows, F55 Five Door Hatch, F59 Roadster/Coupe, Official News Sep 23rd, 2014 No Comments

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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.

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Superleggera Production and Longterm Model Lineup Decisions Months Away

MotoringFile Sections: F59 Roadster/Coupe, MINI Concept Cars Sep 13th, 2014 8 Comments

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The stunning Superleggera Vision concept which was originally unveiled at the Concorso d’Eleganza at Villa d’Este made its UK debut last week at Salon Privé, its second public appearance. According to Reuters, BMW board member Peter Schwarzenbauer stated the decision on whether to green light production of the Superleggera was still at least six months away and that there would need to be many questions answered in the meantime. However as we previously reported, there is a strong internal desire at MINI to bring the Superleggera to production. continued →

MINI’s Superleggera Concept Car to Make UK Debut at the Salon Privé

MotoringFile Sections: Auto Shows, F59 Roadster/Coupe, Official News Sep 3rd, 2014 1 Comment

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Salon Privé will mark the second appearance for the Superleggera Concept this year and signals that MINI is serious about the car. According to sources the concept previews a new interpretation of MINI’s classic design language that will be a part of future products. Those same sources have indicated to us that MINI executives are keen on making sure a roadster (perhaps one with a folding hardtop) will be remain part of those plans.

Official Release: MINI and Touring Superleggera, the tradition-steeped design and coach building house based in Milan, have brought the MINI Superleggera™ Vision to the UK for the first time at the highly exclusive Salon Privé.

The MINI Superleggera Vision is on the one hand a classic roadster – a compact and agile two-seater – expressing the most minimalist and emotional style of motoring; and on the other hand its electric drivetrain gives the car distinctly modern driving dynamics. continued →

MotorTrend’s Top 16 Hottest New Coupes: MINI Cooper S Coupe

MotoringFile Sections: F59 Roadster/Coupe, In the Press, MF Feature, R58 (Coupe) Aug 8th, 2014 4 Comments

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The longterm MotoringFile JCW Roadster won the hearts of all who drove it until it recently left the MotoringFile Garage to make way for its new big brother, the 2014 Cooper S hardtop. As much adoration as has been heaped onto the niche Roadster/Coupe pair, sales have waned slightly in 2014 with the pair being down 52.9%/54.4% YTD compared to 2013. But yet even in the shadow of the F56 launch, there is still much to love about of the Roadster and Coupe to the point that MotorTrend just named the Coupe one of the “Top 16 Hottest New Coupes on the Market”. continued →


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 →

MINI Execs Want to Build the Superleggera Concept

MotoringFile Sections: F59 Roadster/Coupe Jun 3rd, 2014 26 Comments

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Love the MINI Superleggera concept? You’re not alone. We’re fans here at MotoringFile, and for obvious reasons. The concept is an exciting view of what else a MINI can be when it reaches beyond its hatch roots. Yet concept cars can be fickle lovers. When a car is as conceptual as it is beautiful, it often simply passes in the current of a car company’s forward progress.

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The MINI Superleggera Detailed in Official Videos

MotoringFile Sections: Design, F59 Roadster/Coupe, Video May 28th, 2014 14 Comments

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The Superleggera has taken the world by storm as much as a MINI concept could. It’s been widely praised by critics and enthusiasts alike for its beauty and interpretation of MINI’s classic design principles and dose of British style. As as much as our recent hands-on photos illustrated the details of the concept, seeing it in motion really brings it to life in a way still photography cannot.

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MINI Model Cheat Sheet

1st Gen MINI
R50: One & MC Hatch
R52: All 1st Gen MINI Convt.
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R55: Clubman
R56: Hatch
R57: Convertible
R58: Coupe
R59: Roadster
R60: MINI Crossover
R61: MINI Crossover Coupe
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F54: Clubman
F55: Five Door Hatch
F56: Hatch
F57: Convertible
F60: MINI Crossover
F58: Traveller

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