Mar 3rd, 2015
MINI Space published last week an interview with Christopher Weil, Lead MINI Designer of the MINI Clubman Vision Gran Turismo and Gran Turismo founder Kazunori Yamauchi. Their discussion is focused around the collaboration between MINI and Gran Turismo along with the design process behind creating the Clubman Vision GT. continued →
Mar 2nd, 2015
Official Release: Bold athletic flair and supreme versatility define the character of the MINI Countryman. As the first MINI with four doors, a large tailgate, five seats and optional all-wheel drive, it took on the role of an irresistible front-line force from the very outset – both in the conquest of additional target groups for the British premium brand and in the area of off-road driving. Its irrepressible forward thrust and flexibility are now expressed even more strikingly in an exclusive edition model. The MINI Countryman Park Lane sees its world premiere at the Geneva International Motor Show in March 2015. continued →
Mar 2nd, 2015
Official Release: Sebastian Mackensen was born in Braunschweig and graduated with a degree in business administration and economics in 1995 after completing his studies. Upon finishing his international MBA in Madrid and Los Angeles, he successfully completed an international sales management development program at the sports car manufacturer Porsche in Stuttgart. After holding professional positions for the same company in Spain and in the USA, Mackensen moved to Audi AG in Ingolstadt in 2008, where he headed the sales division for the entire American region with five subsidiaries and more than twenty importers. continued →
Feb 26th, 2015
Since its rebirth, MINI has partnered with a variety of designers to reflect on the future of urban mobility. In light of the 2015 Milan Furniture Fair, also known as Salone del Mobile, our favorite brand has decided to team-up with Spanish designer and artist Jaime Hayon. While these associations may seem obscure to some, the goal for MINI, its designers, and engineers is to inform their view of automotive design and possibly gain a new perspective on the matter. It is interesting to note that MINI’s and Jaime Hayon’s exercise is based on the MINI Citysurfer Concept presented during last year’s L.A Auto Show in November. More details after the break. continued →
Feb 26th, 2015
Yesterday we brought you a sneak peak of the Clubman Vision in the upcoming GT6 video game. Today we’ve got the official details along with a full 20 image gallery. Click through for the full details and our best look yet at MINI’s latest all digital concept.
Official Release: Inspired by the brand’s legendary motor racing success, the MINI Design Team has created the essence of a MINI to enable maximum racing performance in the game Gran Turismo®6 for PlayStation®3. “MINI has many highly emotional achievements to its name in motor racing. The MINI Clubman Vision Grand Turismo literally puts these onto the virtual race track in Gran Turismo 6. The image of a go-kart on the road has recurring appeal,” says Anders Warming, Head of MINI Design. (Video after the break). continued →
Feb 13th, 2015
What was just a whisper a couple of months ago, is now a reality. Today MINI is announcing the impending end of production for the R58 Coupe and R59 Roadster. As you may remember, MotoringFile is quite fond of the Twins, to the point that we awarded the Roadster the title of best commuter car ever. Since we don’t know if they will ever be replaced, it is with mixed feelings that we see these two go. On the other hand and given how much love they have received from enthusiasts, it would not surprise us if they turned into sought-out collectors’ items in the near future. On a more positive note, if the Superleggera ever hits production, it would surely make for a worthy replacement. Godspeed, Coupe and Roadster.
Official Release: Changeover at MINI Plant Oxford: while worldwide demand for the new MINI 3 door and the new MINI 5 door launched a few months ago increases continuously, production of two model variants from the preceding generation of the original in the premium small car segment is about to come to an end. continued →
Feb 10th, 2015
Official Release: Following on from a record-breaking 2014, where the BMW Group delivered more than two million vehicles, 2015 has got off to a good start with sales up 7.0% compared with the same month last year. A total of 142,154 BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce vehicles were delivered to customers in January, a new high for the month (prev. yr. 132,906).
Overall sales of MINI brand vehicles were also higher than ever before in January, with the brand achieving double-digit growth of 12.0% compared with the same period last year (17,373 / prev. yr. 15.510). continued →