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Lord Baker visits MINI Plant Oxford

MotoringFile Sections: Official News, Production Oct 10th, 2014 No Comments

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Official Press Release:

Lord Baker, the mastermind behind University Technical Colleges, has visited the MINI Plant in a bid to encourage more local businesses to get behind the scheme.

Oxfordshire UTC, based in Didcot, is set to open in September 2015 specialising in life sciences, physical sciences and engineering. The college is being backed by industrial supporters, including MINI Plant Oxford, as well as Reading and Royal Holloway Universities. continued →

Quadruple Win for MINI at Rally Morocco

MotoringFile Sections: Motorsports, Official News, R60 (Countryman) Oct 10th, 2014 No Comments

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Official Press Release:

Nasser Al-Attiyah/Mathieu Baumel (QT/FR) in their MINI ALL4 Racing car have won the prestigious Rally Morocco, the ninth round of the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies. The X-raid drivers have shown a dominant performance over six legs, on which the participants covered a total of 1991 kilometres. 1441 of them in special stages. Al-Attiyah/Baumel won three stages and crossed the finish line in the capital of Marrakesh ahead of Monster Energy X-raid driver Orlando Terranova/Rolando Graue (AR/AR).

“It’s a great feeling to win here in Morocco,” Al-Attiyah said at the finish in the capital of Marrakesh. “It was a tough challenge, a lot of difficult sandy parts in the desert, where you could get stuck easily. Some sections were a lot trickier than I expected. But my co-driver Mathieu did a great job as always, he’s a great navigator, who always finds the best route. The MINI ALL4 Racing was again very reliable and nice to drive. I love it and I’m now looking forward to the next big challenge, the 2015 Dakar Rally.” continued →

MINI’s Highest Level of Individualization: MINI Yours

MotoringFile Sections: MINI Yours, Official News Oct 1st, 2014 2 Comments

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Official Release: It’s not just the driving fun that is unique. With an incomparable variety of special equipment and accessories, the British premium car maker MINI offers its customers enormous scope for customising their vehicles to reflect their own personal style. The wide range of exterior paint finishes and alloy wheels, upholstery variations and interior colour schemes, trims and colour lines, as well as the numerous MINI-specific options such as mirror caps, additional headlamps, roof decor and graphic elements create almost limitless options for making every MINI a unique made-to-measure creation. The options available from the MINI Yours programme are the most exclusive way to customise your car according to your personal preferences. Top-quality materials, stylish designs and precise workmanship to the highest standards characterise the special equipment available ex works for the exterior and interior of the latest MINI models.

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What to Expect from MINI at the Mondial de l’ Automobile Paris 2014

MotoringFile Sections: Auto Shows, F55 Five Door Hatch, F59 Roadster/Coupe, Official News Sep 23rd, 2014 4 Comments

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Official Release: The MINI model family once again presents distinctive personalities in its latest generation. The most recent example of an attractive addition to the model range of the British premium brand will be on show at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. The international motor show in the French capital is the setting for the world premiere of the new MINI 5 door. The second body variant of the new MINI offers two additional doors as well as expanded space for occupants and luggage, thereby providing new ways of experiencing the brand’s hallmark driving fun and individual style in a premium model of the small car segment. This means that for the first time in the brand’s 55-year history, MINI is now represented in this vehicle category with a 5-door model.

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MINI Explores The Future of Mobility at The London Design Festival

MotoringFile Sections: Design, Official News Sep 20th, 2014 No Comments

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Official press release:

Munich/London. September 17th marks the opening of ‘Dezeen and MINI Frontiers: The Future of Mobility’, an exhibition at designjunction, London, which explores how design, technology and science are coming together to shape the future of travel. Visitors to designjunction, a flagship venue at London Design Festival (13 – 21 September), will see six of the UK’s most progressive designers come together to celebrate a collaboration between MINI and the online design magazine, Dezeen. The designers include Pernilla Ohrstedt, Matthew Plummer-Fernandez, Dominic Wilcox, Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, Lucy McRae and Keiichi Matsuda. continued →

The New MINI is Voted “Best-looking Car of 2014″ in its Class

MotoringFile Sections: Awards, F56 Hatch, Official News Sep 18th, 2014 15 Comments

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Official Release: On the market since spring 2014, the new MINI makes an instant impression – with its classic proportions, the typical three-way structure of its body, all-round greenhouse and roof, and a modern interpretation of hallmark brand design features. The new model, extended in length by some ten centimetres, has now been voted by readers of the automobile magazine “auto, motor und sport” as one of the best-looking new models on the German automotive market. With its powerfully expressive and distinctive design, the new MINI has not only impressed expert juries in important competitions, it has also left its mark on public perception. continued →


The New MINI Four Door Officially Launches

MotoringFile Sections: F55 Five Door Hatch, Official News Sep 14th, 2014 17 Comments

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The four door MINI. Or is it the five door MINI? It depends on which side of the pond you’re from it seems. But the bigger question is, just how big is this thing? We’ve seen publications (who have yet to see it in person) devote entire articles to it being too big and at least one that has driven it write about it being too small. Which is it?

While we won’t be driving it for another month, we can now give you plenty of detail on MINI’s latest four door five seater. For one it’s 4005 mm long, 105 mm less than the Countryman. The wheelbase has been extended in the MINI 5 door by 72 millimetres to 2 567 millimetres, while the track is identical to that of the 3-door model. Unlike the Countryman, MINI has created a four door that should handle for the most part like a MINI. Consider this more inline with the R55 Clubman in the way it had 95% of the R56’s gokart feel.

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Interior comfort has been enhanced due to the longer wheelbase. Rear passengers now have 72 millimetres foot space and legroom available to them, while the increased space also provides for a third seat in the back row as well as more comfortable access. The increased vehicle height can be felt in an additional 15 mm of headroom. Meanwhile the car’s interior width at elbow height is now increased by 61 millimetres. The luggage compartment has a volume of 278 litres – an increase of 67 litres or around 30 per cent as compared to the 3-door model.

From a packaging stand-point the F55 isn’t going to be MINI’s family hauler. That honor will go to the redesigned (and noticeably larger and wider) Clubman that starts production next June. Instead this is MINI’s answer to those who’ve wanted just a little more utility out of the standard MINI without resorting to something like the Countryman.

We’ll have much more on the new F55 Four Door MINI including a massive 340 photo gallery and videos shortly. In the meantime click through for the full press release and our best look at the new MINI.

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