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MINI’s Plugin Hybrid Drivetrain Previewed

MotoringFile Sections: Efficiency, Official News, Technology Jul 2nd, 2015 No Comments

F54_Clubman_P90187510MotoringFile broke the news of MINI’s plugin hybrid 18 months ago. Since then we’ve had a steady drip of news on the new drivetrain. Today we get a healthy dose of data in the form of an official preview. While this technically isn’t a MINI specific preview, this is identical to drivetrain that will be found in the MINI and thus entirely relevant. continued →

Secret BMW Hydrogen Program Revealed

MotoringFile Sections: Efficiency, Official News, Technology Jul 2nd, 2015 1 Comment

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Among a slew of innovations announced this week at BMW’s Innovation Days press event, one stands out as perhaps the most awe inspiring of the bunch. The i8 based prototype (officially unnamed by BMW at this time) replaces the 1.5L MINI derived three-cylinder with a fuel stack. Energy is generated from hydrogen cryogenically stored and contained in a cylindrical tank low down in the center of the car. The stack provides electricity for the electric motor – the only emission being water. continued →

BMW Previews Turbo Water Injection MINI’s Three Cylinder Engine

MotoringFile Sections: Efficiency, Official News Jul 2nd, 2015 8 Comments

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Originally shown in the high output BMW M4 this week at BMW’s Innovation Days, the company took the wraps off of a scaled down version destined for MINI’s three and four cylinder engines. The principle is relatively simple –cooler temperatures allow for higher output without sacrificing MPG. But the details are pretty interesting. The cooling effect triggered by direct water injection likewise imbues this unit with substantially increased performance and efficiency. Plus, fuel consumption is reduced when pushing the engine. The boost to efficiency is therefore significant – especially when the driver adopts a sportier style – and average fuel economy under everyday conditions benefits accordingly. Added to which, direct water injection reduces thermal stress on numerous engine components and minimizes emissions. continued →

MINI USA Sales Up 14.8% in June 2015

MotoringFile Sections: Official News, Sales Jul 1st, 2015 9 Comments

F55_Cooper_SD62247There couldn’t be a better way to start the summer. With 6,174 cars sold last month, MINI USA has achieved its second best month of June ever. After two quarters MINI USA still trails behind its 2013 and 2012 levels by roughly 2,000 units, but there are key takeaways that appear to validate MINI’s strategy. Let’s have a detailed look at the sales figures. continued →


MINI Hardtop Wins Auto Express Premium Small Car Award

MotoringFile Sections: Awards, Official News Jul 1st, 2015 1 Comment

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Official Release: The MINI Cooper 3-door Hatch has been awarded Best Premium Small Car by Auto Express at the magazine’s annual New Car Awards last night. continued →

2016 MINI Clubman Detailed in Official Videos

MotoringFile Sections: F54 Clubman, Official News, Video Jun 25th, 2015 23 Comments

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Because high-resolution photos are never enough, MINI is bringing us a series of videos showcasing their brand new model. Unfortunately there are no driving scenes, but the deeper dive into the model, and a comparison to its predecessors, is a welcome addition to the pictures we published this morning. We have to admit that seeing the barn-doors opening up automatically is pretty rad. We could watch this all day long. continued →


MINI’s First Clubman Commercial is Out

MotoringFile Sections: F54 Clubman, Official News Jun 24th, 2015 16 Comments

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MINI’s marketing team is firing on all cylinders today for the release of the new Clubman. Next up, the first commercial. Click through for the full one minute spot. continued →

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1st Gen MINI
R50: One & MC Hatch
R52: All 1st Gen MINI Convt.
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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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