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Section: GXX MINI City Car

Why Is MINI Photographing an Updated Rocketman Concept?

MotoringFile Sections: GXX MINI City Car May 7th, 2012 33 Comments

Thanks to Twitter we know that MINI has been recently busy photographing what looks to be a slightly updated Rocketman concept on Carnaby St in London today. Shod in JCW red roof livery and dark blue, the car looks better than ever. Does this mean the rumors of the concept dying have been exaggerated? We can only hope so.

Update: It would appear MINI is creating a short film featuring the Rocketman.

(Hat tip to Rakey and photo credit goes to Conallmahon)

Rocketman Neither Living Nor Dead

MotoringFile Sections: GXX MINI City Car, Rocketman Feb 8th, 2012 27 Comments

The MINI Rocketman/MINI CITY is a concept that just won’t die, yet it’s also a car that might not actually live to see production. We’ve gotten conflicting reports since the Rocketman Concept’s debut that the diminutive MINI both would and wouldn’t see real world production. Various people in leadership, including MINI’s top man, Dr. Kay Segler, have expressed a very strong desire to see the little MINI on the city streets near you, yet we also know that the car isn’t in the current product roadmap recently approved by the BMW board. Inquiring minds want to know will this car get built or won’t it? Now we have some clarity from Sven Grutzmacher, BMW Group press spokesman at the recent press launch of the MINI Roadster. Well, sort of. continued →

Rocketman to be Co-Developed with Toyota?

MotoringFile Sections: GXX MINI City Car Dec 26th, 2011 32 Comments

Perhaps the most well received concept from MINI in the past ten years, the Rocketman has long been held up by MINI faithful as the proper direction for the brand to head. However bringing the car to production isn’t as easy as many had hoped. Originally thought was given to shortening the R56 or even the next generation F56 platform. However that has turned out to be not an option, either being too difficult or not feasible given costs. But that hasn’t quelled enthusiasm for the car inside MINI and company is look at another option.

Enter Toyota. Last month BMW announced a collaboration between BMW and Toyota that will give BMW future hybrid technology and Toyota BMW’s award winning four cylinder diesel engines. But rumors are that the partnership could expand even further. continued →

The Future MINI Family Revealed

MotoringFile Sections: F55 Five Door Hatch, F56 Hatch, F57 Convertible, F58 Spacebox, F6X Countryman, GXX MINI City Car, R58 (Coupe), R59 (Roadster), R60 (Countryman), R61 (Paceman) Jul 27th, 2011 23 Comments

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The MINI family has gotten complicated. From one model to five in just a few years is just the start. With a few years more MINI will have 9-10 models on dealer lots. The idea is to expand the potential customer base while staying true to the MINI aesthetic and ideals.

So with that, let’s take a look at the full list what we expect (based on several inside sources) from MINI in the years ahead. continued →


The Rocketman Revealed: Details of MINI’s City Car

MotoringFile Sections: GXX MINI City Car, Rocketman Jun 3rd, 2011 23 Comments

With the positive reaction still ringing from it’s introduction at Geneva, BMW has given MINI the greenlight to produce the Rocketman concept. But MINI design has quite a lot of work to do ahead of the 2015 debut date. Based on several sources and BMW insider Scott27’s recent insight, we’ve pieced together what to expect when the smallest MINI since the original debuts in four years time.

First off costs have scuttled the idea of a carbon fiber chassis or even components. That will likely be left for the next generation Rocketman theoretically due around 2022. But that doesn’t mean MINI isn’t serious about lightweight materials in the short term. The use of high strength and light weight steel along with aluminum and composite will play a major role in all BMW group cars and especially the MINI range. We expect the Rocketman to be no exception. continued →

Rocketman To Be Produced, But This Isn’t It

MotoringFile Sections: GXX MINI City Car, In the Press, Rocketman May 20th, 2011 14 Comments

AutoExpress, the overly sensational british auto tabloid, has done it again with a set of “photos” claiming that this is the production version of the MINI Rocketman concept. They are not. In fact the details aren’t even close to what MINI will ultimately produce. The ‘photos’ are nothing but photoshop jobs of the concept car we saw last spring at Geneva. However Auto Express does give us further confirmation that the Rocketman will ultimately be produced. So let’s talk about what we know. continued →


Future MINI Products Decoded

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Hatch, F58 Spacebox, GXX MINI City Car, R60 (Countryman), R61 (Paceman), Rumor Mar 21st, 2011 27 Comments

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We get asked all to often what MINI has planned for model X and/or when will we see an update to model Y. Frankly, we don’t know all the answers, but we do know enough to be dangerous. So with that said we wanted to publish a rundown of what we do know and what our best guesses are. Keep in mind, even if some of the following information has come directly from MINI sources, it may yet change as the dates get closer. continued →

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