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MINI Lineup Will Grow to Ten Models

MotoringFile Sections: New Product Jan 19th, 2012 19 Comments

At the NAIAS this year in Detroit, MINI featured the new Roadster — their latest addition to the MINI model lineup. For those keeping score at home, that brings the total number of unique MINI configurations up to six:

  • Hardtop
  • Clubman
  • Convertible
  • Coupé
  • Roadster
  • Countryman

Count the production version of the Paceman concept due out next year and that total climbs to seven. However, MINI is far from done at lucky seven. continued →

MF First Drive: JCW Countryman All4

MotoringFile Sections: JCW, New Product, R60 (Countryman), Reviews Dec 16th, 2011 24 Comments

The cars of MINI’s John Cooper Works sub-brand are often described as halo models. They are intended to be each MINI in its purest, most sporting form. While perhaps not as aggressively separate as BMW’s M division, the JCW cars have always been a good balance of power and performance without sacrificing reliability. For those willing to pay the premium, the JCW cars offer that little bit extra on already brilliant cars. Since the Countryman’s introduction, many have wondered (myself included) if the R60 would also come in a JCW flavor.

Wonder no more because, as the photo above suggests, we now know the answer to that question. continued →

MINI Debuts New Fashion to “Beat The Street”

MotoringFile Sections: New Product, Official News Aug 24th, 2011 9 Comments

Beyond great cars, MINI is well known for great style items. Sometimes it’s accessories like luggage or boot items, and sometimes it’s clothing and accent pieces. This time it’s a new set of fashion items that MINI is calling the “Beat the Street” collection. Full details after the break. continued →

Initial 2012 Pricing Information is Here

MotoringFile Sections: New Product, Official News, R55 (Clubman), R56 (Hatch), R57 (Conv.), R58 (Coupe), R60 (Countryman) Jun 20th, 2011 19 Comments

With calendar summer about to officially start, it’s time to start looking forward to the 2012 MINI lineup and pricing for this coming fall. We’ve received updated pricing information for the various MINI models, as well as some package changes. As of this posting, our information is still incomplete, but here’s what we know so far. continued →


Updated: A Folding Bicycle for your MINI’s Boot

MotoringFile Sections: Accessories, New Product Apr 23rd, 2011 15 Comments

With city traffic more congested than ever, MINI is offering up a solution to urban parking overcrowding: the MINI Folding Bike. Rather than cram a whole roll of quarters into that parking meter for 15 minutes, park further out and finish your trip on a bicycle. Not just any bicycle, but a rather clever little number that folds up small enough to fit in the boot of your MINI. More after the break. continued →

Viva la MINI Mat Edition

MotoringFile Sections: New Product, Official News Jan 19th, 2011 14 Comments

We’ve received official word this morning from MINI France PR that the matte black special edition cars we reported on earlier are indeed coming. Exclusive to France (for now) the small run of 250 cars will go on sale January 21, 2011. Wrapped in a matte black film, each car will feature a numbered side scuttle and matching key ring, along with a checkerboard themed interior and mirror caps. The mat film carries a separate 2-year warranty and there is full factory paint underneath. continued →


Wanted: OEM-style iPhone Gauge

MotoringFile Sections: New Product Jan 18th, 2011 36 Comments

Big thanks to Mark for sending this in! It’s an iPhone holder that integrates into the MINI dash much like the old R50/53 Chrono Pack speedo. From the photos, this appears to be an R56 installation and we don’t have any word on whether a similar kit would be available for the R50/53. It’s made by the German company Attractive4MINI and is due for release sometime this spring. No word yet on pricing. Also, rumor has it that something similar is in the works from MINI USA. It’s a great idea and kudos to its developers.

[UPDATE] We’ve talked with the folks at Attractive4MINI and have a little more info. The first versions will be iPhone 4 only. It does include the dock connector and can replace the arm rest iPhone dock if you want it to. That means that this gauge can be your iPhone cradle for MINI Connected. Also, they plan to build a version of this for the Countryman as well. Sadly, there will be no R50/R53 version as those gauges are apparently too small to house the iPhone. They are making plans for US shipping availability once the product is ready to go.

More photos after the break. continued →

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MINI Model Cheat Sheet

1st Gen MINI
R50: One & MC Hatch
R52: All 1st Gen MINI Convt.
R53: MCS Hatch
2nd Gen MINI
R55: Clubman
R56: Hatch
R57: Convertible
R58: Coupe
R59: Roadster
R60: MINI Crossover
R61: MINI Crossover Coupe
3rd Gen MINI
F54: Clubman
F55: Five Door Hatch
F56: Hatch
F57: Convertible
F60: MINI Crossover
F58: Traveller

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