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MINI Clubman to Feature BMW’s Air Curtain Technology

MotoringFile Sections: Auto Shows, F54 Clubman, F54 Clubman Hybrid, Frankfurt Feb 18th, 2015 21 Comments


Last year MINI showed us the thinly vieled Clubman concept that gave us an excellent view of the 2016 model. The new Clubman will be the largest MINI to date and feature a full six doors (four full doors plus two barn doors). It will also have a number of features not seen on MINIs to date including a patented BMW aero technology called “Air Curtain.” Together with the “Air Breather” the system reduces drag on the bodyshell in a very simple, but extremely effective way.

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What to Expect from MINI at the Frankfurt Motor Show

MotoringFile Sections: Frankfurt, Official News Sep 2nd, 2013 11 Comments

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Traditionally the major fall European motor show (which alternates between Paris and Frankfurt annually) sees at least one major debut from MINI. Many had hoped it would be the public debut of the F56, the next generation MINI that has been so highly anticipated. However that will not be the case as it’s saving the production debut spotlight for the BMWi brand and the i3 and i8. Instead MINI will make do with the following accessories.

Or so it seems. Despite the following press release being devoid of a mention, we believe MINI will be showing off a concept based on the MINI Vision rendering we saw last month and one that foreshadows the F56. continued →

Full Gallery: The 2011 Frankfurt IAA Motorshow

MotoringFile Sections: Frankfurt Sep 16th, 2011 10 Comments

The biggest auto show of the year is about to open up to the public in Frankfurt and we have a sneak peak for you. Obviously MINI was on hand to show-off the new coupe. But without a world debut or surprise concept our attention quickly turned to the rest of the show. BMW was showing off the new 1 Series five door hatch and of course the i3 and i8 concepts that debuted earlier this summer. Elsewhere VW had the new UP and Beetle R on hand as well as the new 911 (which is sorta technically a VW now… right?). You can check out all 200 photos after the break. continued →

Video Recap: MINI at the Frankfurt IAA 2011

MotoringFile Sections: Frankfurt, Video Sep 13th, 2011 3 Comments

Couldn’t make the Frankfurt Motor Show? We’ve got you covered with an official MINI video recap detailing the speeches, the new production models and of some of our old favorites. You can see the full video after the break. continued →

MINI Presentation at the Frankfurt IAA Motor Show

MotoringFile Sections: Frankfurt, Official News Sep 13th, 2011 14 Comments

The following is the official transcript of the speech given by Dr. Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Sales & Marketing.

Official Release: A decade ago, MINI asked the question: “Is it Love?” …I would say so. Just a couple of weeks ago we celebrated the two millionth MINI rolling off the line at Plant Oxford in the UK. That’s a lot of fans!

By launching the new MINI ten years ago, we created the premium small-car segment. Our approach was: from the original to the original. Since then, we’ve been busy growing the MINI Family. After the Hatch, we launched the Convertible, which was followed by the MINI Clubman… and about a year ago we introduced the MINI Countryman.

The Countryman has taken the brand further afield with four doors and four-wheel drive. As well, it underscores MINI’s ability to enter—and create—new segments with its success, selling over 66,000 units to date. continued →

Frankfurt Auto Show: The Official MINI Preview

MotoringFile Sections: Auto Shows, Frankfurt Sep 5th, 2011 13 Comments

Starting in just two weeks, the Frankfurt International Motor Show is the premier event for many of the world’s automakers. In a way, Frankfurt can be thought of as both BMW and MINI’s “home” auto show. Over the years, MINI and BMW alike have used this venue to debut some of their most significant new vehicles. This year, MINI is holding the world premier of the the MINI Coupé, and officially introducing the MINI Yours program. Both of these are old news to the MF faithful, but these debuts will bring these significant additions to the world’s attention in a big way. Full info after the break. continued →

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