Nov 22nd, 2012
It just wouldn’t be new MINI product cycle without some exploratory Photoshop on the part of AutoExpress. At least this time they’re admitting that the images are what the next generation MINI “could look like.” But lets be clear, this is not a rendering based on insider info. This is a shot in the dark at best. continued →
Nov 15th, 2012
[Official Release] A team of gym members from East Sussex have today smashed two Guinness World Records™ world records for the number of people inside both a classic Mini and a 2012 MINI.
Nov 14th, 2012
[Official Release] Whilst MINIs are well known for making clever use of their cabin space, a team of flexible gym members from Sussex are putting this to the ultimate test by attempting to break the world record for the number of people inside a MINI Hatch. 28 daring female volunteers will scramble their way into the MINI at Potters Fields Park, London on 15th November as part of the eighth annual Guinness World Record™ day. The team have set their sights on breaking their own previous record of 27 people, which was set in Eastbourne last year (pictured above).
Oct 25th, 2012
Most MINI fans are well aware that BMW Group and PSA partnered on the Prince family of engines found in the current R5X generation of MINIs. BMW did the engineering and handles the manufacturing, and PSA ponied up some development dollars and helps with supply chain logistics. In return, PSA got access to the engines for their own cars and BMW got to develop a more efficient engine for the MINI that didn’t involve Daimler. That relationship worked well for both parties, so BMW and PSA had worked out a separate agreement to develop and share hybrid drivetrains in partnership with PSA. This agreement included a joint-venture manufacturing facility and, like the Prince arrangement, PSA would have access to the systems BMW would develop.
Sep 27th, 2012
The Paris Motor Show is a big one for MINI. The MINI Paceman, JCW Countryman and of course the JCW GP are making their production debuts there. Yet there’s more in Paris than MINI. From BMW debuting their first front wheel drive concept (and a a sneak peak at F56 MINI’s new engine and platform) to VW showing off the new Golf and GTI it’s a huge show for the ordinary cars that will be roaming local streets for years to come. You can check out the entire gallery after the break and note we’ll have more photos of both the MINI and BMW displays soon.
Sep 21st, 2012
The internet is abuzz with talk from MINI board member Harald Kreuger’s comments to Inside Line regarding the continued expansion of the MINI lineup. We reported back in January that MINI plans to grow the MINI family to as many as ten members, and Kreuger’s latest comments appear to back that up futher. The story from Inside Line, however, adds new fuel to the fires of speculation.
Sep 9th, 2012
[Official Release] Motoring magazine Autocar publishes outcome of survey: one-off of the small car class crowned “greatest British car ever made”.
53 years ago, in September 1959, sales began of the Morris Mini-Minor and Austin Seven, and the classic Mini duly embarked on what was to be a triumphant assault on the world’s consciousness. 41 years later production had passed the 5.3 million unit mark, the revolutionary small car having blossomed into a legend. The classic Mini remains a motoring icon today – particularly so in its native Britain, but also much further afield. The car’s special place in the hearts of British car fans is reflected in a recent survey conducted by motoring magazine Autocar, in which it was crowned the “greatest British car ever made” – the best and most important car ever built in the British Isles. continued →