Jul 16th, 2015
The US DOT’s 50 year old regulation of headlights is getting in the way of innovation. That’s what BMWNA told us recently when asked why we won’t have laser lighting as an option on the new G02 7 series when it launches this October 24th. However there is a plan that BMW and other automakers are hoping will produce favorable results. continued →
Mar 18th, 2015
Yesterday the typically reliable Car magazine indicated that MINI’s Superleggera Roadster concept had been approved for a 2018 production date. Today the typically reliable Automotive News says not so fast. According to the industry publication:
BMW has not approved a roadster based on the Superleggera concept for its Mini brand and has not decided whether to add a “mini Mini” that would be built with Toyota, Mini’s top executive, Peter Schwarzenbauer, said. continued →
Jan 14th, 2015
Everything that we know is about to change! That’s a bold statement, but given the scoop Autocar managed to grab from BMW’s Advanced Engineering Department, we are in for a wild ride regarding future BMW and MINI models. According to Autocar journalist Hilton Holloway, the BMW Group is on a quest to a radical engineering overhaul which will result in reinventing legacy cars into all-wheel-drive range-extender electric cars. To comply with EU fuel consumption regulations, future BMWs and Rolls-Royce will boast unprecedented EfficientDynamics technologies, including:
- Mix of steel, aluminum and composites for body construction
- Electric motors as primary drive source while combustion engines act as energy generators
- Advanced aerodynamics to reducing air and rolling resistance at speed to a minimum
- 3D connected navigation systems that anticipate traffic and road types
Although it will require some time before the Group can pack all these innovations into a single vehicle, we’re already witnessing the efforts of the Advanced Engineering Department with the successful i3, i8, and upcoming G11 7 series. continued →
Oct 21st, 2014
Before you head for the comments to complain about MINIs becoming MAXIs read on…
Sources inside MINI are telling us to expect the next generation MINI hatch to grow in size and into the C segment. That’s the same segment as the VW Gold/GTI and Ford Focus – decidedly bigger than the current MINI. And yet MINI is set to get even smaller in the years ahead. Details? Read on… continued →
Sep 6th, 2014
Apples to oranges for sure but it’s worth noting that BMW i3 sales are picking up steam. Enough as it were to outsell the venerable Model S by 70% last month. In fact the i3 moved into the second spot in terms of electric vehicle sales in the US in total. As capacity and perhaps even incentives increase, it’ll be interesting to see where sales go. All good but what does this early success mean for the chances of a fully electric MINI?
May 9th, 2014
Edmunds has a pretty worthless report on the 2021 G5X MINI which includes:
- Coming in 2020, which we knew, as a 2021 model
- May make use of lightweight materials which we knew
- May include all electric model – something that has been hinted at in the past
- Will remain unmistakably MINI – file that under shocking news
Now lets dig into this a bit more and fill in the gaps with what we know to expect for the next MINI. It will certainly ride on the second generation of the UKL FWD/AWD platform that will spawn vehicles roughly the same size as the current line-up. There is still talk of MINI partnering with Toyota to share a city car platform for the MINI Rocketman, but that is not this car and would be a completely separate model if it happens.
The next generation UKL platform won’t make use of all carbon fiber construction like BMW’s new i3, but the platform will use it along with high strength steel and aluminum to reduce weight. While it’s too early to know if it will actually be lighter (despite surely having much more technology and equipment onboard) we’d expect weight will play a crucial part in the car meeting incredibly stringent efficiency standards that will be in place by that time. continued →
Feb 11th, 2014
Bookmark this post. Because in 7-8 years we’ll be talking about this as a reality.
According to Autocar, BMW plans to reduce the number of models within the MINI range with the introduction of the fourth generation car. Peter Schwarzenbauer, BMW board member for Mini and Rolls-Royce suggested that MINI focus on it’s core “hero” models rather than create many derivatives. While it’s not necessarily something we haven’t heard before, this is the first time a BMW Board member has gotten into the strategy behind the move.