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Section: MINI Concept Cars

MINI Undecided on Producing the Rear Wheel Drive Superleggera Roadster

MotoringFile Sections: F59 Roadster/Coupe, MINI Concept Cars Dec 14th, 2014 33 Comments

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No MINI concept has ever motivated so many thumbs to upward than the Superleggera. However MINI is struggling with approving the car according to Autocar. Given its new strategy of less niche models and more emphasis on core models like the F56 and upcoming Clubman it would seem the Superleggera doesn’t make a lot of sense. However it could serve the company well s a halo car helping to get people excited about the brand and into showrooms. Interestingly BMW has admitted for the first time that the Superleggera rides on a rear wheel drive platform. While we knew the concept was powered by an electric engine, that fact that this has once again been reiterated could be a sign that MINI is serious making the Roadster electric if produced. continued →

MINI Superleggera Patent Drawings Surface

MotoringFile Sections: F59 Roadster/Coupe, MINI Concept Cars, Rumor Dec 11th, 2014 15 Comments

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MINI has patented the stunning Superleggera concept released earlier this year. These photos (via Jokeforblog) show off the concept in all of it’s black and white glory and two dimensional glory. Why has MINI done this and does it it mean we can expect a production version? continued →

The MINI Story at the BMW Museum Documented by Autocar

MotoringFile Sections: Classic Mini, Design, In the Press, MINI Concept Cars Dec 3rd, 2014 No Comments

Autocar Gallery Capture

MotoringFile recently provided you the official press release for an exciting MINI exhibit at the BMW Museum: The MINI Story.  The exhibit just opened on November 27, 2014 and Autocar has provided highlights and a gallery of photographs.  The exhibit includes classic Minis, design studies for the modern MINI in addition to concepts that latter became production vehicles such as the Clubman and Countryman.   continued →

MINI’s Five Superhero Cars Strategy Clarified

MotoringFile Sections: F54 Clubman, F55 Five Door Hatch, F56 Hatch, F57 Convertible, F61 Paceman, F6X Countryman, In the Press, MINI Concept Cars, Rocketman Nov 27th, 2014 5 Comments

foto_0000010520140113163537Unfortunately, we don’t have the details of MINI’s strategy in that regard, but words from Peter Schwarzenbauer – left on this picture and BMW AG Board Member – reported yesterday by Automotive News revealed interesting facts about the future of our favorite brand. While the Five Superhero Cars plan isn’t news to avid MotoringFile readers, we have yet to find out what exactly those five cars will be. However, these new tidbits can help us make an educated guess and they seem to indicate that an all-electric MINI might be part of the pack. continued →


Watch MINI’s LA AutoShow Press Conference

MotoringFile Sections: Auto Shows, F55 Five Door Hatch, F59 Roadster/Coupe, Los Angeles, MINI Concept Cars, Scooter Concept, Video Nov 20th, 2014 5 Comments

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MINI came to LA with a lot to show-off. The new Citysurfer concept, the US debut of the Superleggera concept and the US debut of the new four door hatch. They also had a few interesting things to say as well. Check it out after the break. continued →

World Premier: MINI Citysurfer Concept

MotoringFile Sections: Auto Shows, Los Angeles, MINI Concept Cars, Official News, Scooter Concept Nov 19th, 2014 17 Comments

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MINI is a transportation company. They solve transportation problems in smart and stylish ways that hold true to the MINI brand. And in this case that doesn’t necessarily mean an automotive solution. Today MINI takes the wraps off of the MINI Citysurfer, a product designed to solve transportation needs of urban dwellers in the most space and fuel efficient way possible while holding true to the kind of fun we expect with MINI products.

What we have here is a 40 lbs electric scooter with a 10-15 mile range that neatly folks to fit in the back of a MINI. Oh, and it looks incredible. Before you get your credit card out, keep in mind that this is a concept and MINI has not yet announced any concrete plans to build it let, alone a time-table. However, unlike MINI’s previous electric scooter concept, this looks entirely plausible from a production standpoint — especially if MINI partners with an existing manufacturer in the space.

The MINI Citysurfer will debut at the LA Auto Show this weekend alongside the Superleggera concept and the entire MINI range. If you’re in the area, check it out and let us know what you think. If not, hit up the comments below and let MINI know if they should build it. Either way, click through and check out the full gallery and official release.

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Rumor: The Rocketman is Back

MotoringFile Sections: GXX MINI City Car, Rocketman, Rumor Sep 16th, 2014 18 Comments

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Much has been written on the Rocketman on these pages. Earlier this year our sources had told us that the car was undergoing feasibility studies with an eye to bring it to market on the back of a Toyota platform. Ever since MINI Design head Gert Hildebrand and Exterior Design head Marcus Syring dreamt up the idea of the Rocketman while waiting for a delayed flight at a New York airport, there’s been a powerful movement within the company to get it built. While the initial design study was seen as a major success, it died on the vine due to BMW not wanting to invest in a city car version of the forthcoming UKL platform. More specifically BMW didn’t believe the sales volume would ever make up the initial investment unless they sold the car for the same price as the F56 – which to many would be unacceptable.

But lucky for us that didn’t stop the enthusiasm inside MINI for making a city car. And now we have our first promising public quote from MINI Design Chief Anders Warming on the topic. continued →

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