Section: Official News
Nov 18th, 2013
20 years ago BMW created a plan to revitalize the Mini brand. The idea was to create an entirely new car from the best of Mini’s heritage. Tapping into its history of performance and style, BMW combined that heritage with BMW’s renowned engineering prowess. While the first two generations of MINI were wildly successful, we’ve never had a car 100% engineered by MINI/BMW. That changes today with an all new car. That car is the F56 and it represents the first clean sheet design since the R50 was launched in 2001.
Today we can finally reveal a full set of official images and MINI’s official press release. Both do a great job diving into some of the highlights of this new car. In the coming days we’ll be breaking down the details of the new car, the new lineup of engines and the future of the F56 range. We’ll also be spending more hands-on time with the car getting to know all the things you can’t learn in the official press releases. But before we get into all of that, we have our first take on the new F56. Grab your favorite beverage, sit back and enjoy. This only happens once every seven years.
Nov 11th, 2013
Car number 983 is back on the road, heralding a revival of MINI production in the Netherlands in the near future. A 54-year-old classic Mini has been fully restored at the VDL Nedcar car manufacturing plant in the town of Born, the precision work lasting around six months. The historic Austin Seven with production number 983 dates back to 1959 and was one of the first examples of the classic Mini to be assembled in the Netherlands. The car was unearthed last year in an old barn in Groningen, ravaged by the passage of time and as such an ideal candidate for the “reBorn” mission. The classic machine has since been imbued with a fresh injection of sparkle, making it the perfect scene-setter for a new chapter in Dutch-British car making relations. Next year VDL Nedcar will begin production of MINI models under contract; MINI will be the only manufacturer having vehicles series-produced in the Netherlands.
Nov 4th, 2013
Official Release from MINI Motorsports: A thrilling and eventful MINI Challenge season is slowly but surely drawing to a close. Time for a review. As well as the series in Argentina, Italy, Great Britain and Switzerland, the protagonists in action in Germany’s MINI TROPHY also ensured the name MINI remains synonymous with excitement.
Nov 2nd, 2013
MINI USA is reporting sales down by -3.2% for October of 2013. This in an otherwise record-breaking year of sales for MINI here in The States. Year-to-date sales remain positive, with a +1.7% gain over 2012. Sales of certified pre-owned MINIs, however, were up +30.4% this October as compared to last. As final R56 allotments are fulfilled in preparation for the launch of the F56, some sales fluctuations seem reasonable.
The most interesting detail is that Countryman sales outpaced the Hardtop Hatch by about a third. Granted, this is likely tied to R56 production ramping down, but it’s an interesting detail nonetheless. Also of note are Coupe sales, which are down -73.8% year-over-year. By model, all the MINI variants were down significantly in sales this month with the exception of the Clubman and the Countryman, which saw +59% and +22% growth respectively. Or put another way, the Clubman and the Countryman carried the brand on USA sales this month while supply of the Hardtop contracted. Official remarks and info from MINI follow.
Oct 28th, 2013
Official Release from MINI USA: Robbie Davis won the Touring Car B-Spec Championship in the Pirelli World Challenge Championship in his MINI Cooper, run by the MINI of Charleston Racing Team. The American, who since 2007 has lined up in numerous series with a modified MINI Cooper S, produced a courageous performance in his adopted home of Houston. He refused to be denied by a crash and fought back to finish in the points while his closest rivals faltered.
Oct 20th, 2013
With the official debut of the next generation MINI Cooper hardtop hatch, the F56, just weeks away, MINI has started the launch party off in earnest with a contest for MINI fans to see the car debut in person at one of three venues. In either London, Los Angeles or Shanghai, lucky MINI fans will get a chance to see the new car in person before the rest of the world as well as participate in celebration events in each venue city.
Oct 10th, 2013
If you’re a long time MotoringFile reader you’ll likely remember our report earlier this spring with a detailed list of new options (including options codes) that the F56 MINI would feature. Today MINI is taking the wraps off of a few key pieces of technology revolving around driver assistance.
One of the key features of this and the center-piece of F56′s interior design is the light ring. Yes MINI is ditching the center speedo. But they still want the interior to functionally revolve around the center of the car. Enter the Light Ring. With this technology MINI has invented character in the F56 that is designed to set the car apart while not being difficult to get use to. But there’s more than that in this release. We also get an early look at MINI’s version of heads-up display and the new camera system used front and back.
But back to the Light Ring. Having seen it first had I can attest to it being incredibly cool and surprisingly useful. The use cases surprisingly work with a variety of infotainment functionality on the F56. In other words it’s something that, in practice, doesn’t feel gimmicky but actually useful.
We’ll have much more on the this new tech soon. Until then read on for the full release and gallery.
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