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RIP The R55 MINI Clubman

MotoringFile Sections: F54 Clubman, F55 Five Door Hatch, R55 (Clubman) Feb 10th, 2014 24 Comments

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Right on schedule MINI will be killing off the Clubman model at the end of the 2014 model year after a seven year model run. If the rumors we’re hearing our true, the last month of production will be June of this year giving prospective buyers just a few more months to plan our their purchase. But what of the future of the Clubman? Read on for the details.

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Finding the Perfect Used MINI – Your Stories

MotoringFile Sections: R50 (Coupe), R52 (Conv.), R53 (Coupe), R55 (Clubman), R56 (Hatch), R57 (Conv.) Sep 24th, 2013 20 Comments

For so many years MotoringFile has focused on whats new and recently released. However with the price of 2002 MINIs now well below $10k there are great used MINI deals to be had. So great that I’ve recently found myself magnetically drawn to eBay looking for a MINI project car.

But that’s another story for another time. Instead we want to hear your stories. Who’s bought a used MINI? What was the experience like? What was it like to buy someone else’s creation and make it your own? continued →

MINI Debuts Three Getaway Concepts

MotoringFile Sections: Custom MINIs, Design, R55 (Clubman), R60 (Countryman) Jul 22nd, 2013 9 Comments

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MINI’s been toying with concepts for years that show the potential versatility of the brand’s products. Now we have three new ones based on existing products. The trio each reflect different aspects of the rise in popularity of camping and festivals, creating a choice of premium home-from-home options for the traveller.

  • The MINI Clubvan Camper is the world’s smallest luxury camper van, packed with practical solutions that make it ideal accommodation for an individual on a weekend away.
  • The MINI Cowley is a compact yet comfortable caravan for two people, equipped with a twin-ring gas stove, fridge and sink.
  • The MINI Countryman ALL4 Camp with its innovative roof-top tent is the getaway car for an adventurous couple, evoking images of African safari and expedition vehicles.

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MINI USA Kills the Clubvan

MotoringFile Sections: R55 (Clubman) Jul 8th, 2013 33 Comments

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Due to low sales MINI USA has killed the Clubvan in the US. The reason is simple and something we questioned over a year ago when US sales were announced; the Chicken Tax. The tax added 25% onto the total cost of the car making the Clubvan decidedly uncompetitive in a market where price matters greatly. The resulting sales were abysmal at best with a total of 52 sold since March of this year. Those figures make the Clubvan the rarest MINI variant ever sold in the US. continued →


MF Vault: The MINI Clubman First Drive

MotoringFile Sections: MF Vault, R55 (Clubman), Reviews Jul 1st, 2013 6 Comments

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Welcome to MF Vault. Where we bring you the best of vintage MotoringFile in an effort to look back and maybe even re-evaluate. Five years ago there was no Clubman. There was no Countryman, Paceman, Coupe or Roadster. There was just the MINI and the MINI Convertible. With the addition of the Clubman MINI was dipping its toe in the water and seeing how far the brand could grow – literally. This is the first drive of that car in January of 2008.

The MINI Clubman is not the MINI reinvented. It’s not Americanized, supersized, or dumbed in any way. Instead what we have in the Clubman is the largest, most spacious MINI possible that still looks and performs like a MINI.

Yes the Clubman has more rear legroom and cargo space. 3.1 inches of extra legroom and 6.3 inches of extra storage space in the boot. That, along with various space saving nooks and crannies give the Clubman decidedly more versatility than the hardtop R56 MINI. But MINI was serious about creating something special inside the Clubman as well. The rear interior of the car (from the B-pillar forward it’s identical to the R56) was designed by the same interior designer who created the current interiors for Rolls Royce. While the quality of components may not be the same (no surprises there) the attention to detail and craftsmanship is obvious. continued →

MINI USA Announces 2014 Pricing

MotoringFile Sections: Official News, R55 (Clubman), R56 (Hatch), R57 (Conv.), R58 (Coupe), R59 (Roadster), R60 (Countryman), R61 (Paceman) Jun 12th, 2013 8 Comments

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2014 Model year pricing is in and things are looking good. In fact the only price increase is to the Paceman and Countryman and there MINI is only raising the price $100. With that $100 2014 R60 and R61s will now come standard with heated mirrors and washer jets – options technically worth more than $100.

Why no increase elsewhere? Simply put MINI is gearing up for the F56 and will be holding the line on pricing until it hits this next February/March as a 2014 model. That means that there will be no 2014 R56 models unlike the rest of the MINI range.

Production of 2014 models begins on July 1st 2013. Here’s the full release.

Official Release: The only models that will have a price increase for the MY2014 are Paceman and Countryman; however, for the $100 increase, all variants of those two models will come equipped standard with heated mirrors and washer jets.

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Is MINI Preparing a New Campaign for the Infamous Chain Tensioner?

MotoringFile Sections: Quality, R55 (Clubman), R56 (Hatch), R57 (Conv.), Recalls/Campaigns May 31st, 2013 57 Comments

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The R56 has been been incredibly successful for MINI in terms of sales and growing the brand. But one issue has stuck around with the R56 since 2007. From 2007 to 2010 the chain tensor (a $15 part) has been failing and wreaking havoc for MINI owners. continued →

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MINI Model Cheat Sheet

1st Gen MINI
R50: One & MC Hatch
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R53: MCS Hatch
2nd Gen MINI
R55: Clubman
R56: Hatch
R57: Convertible
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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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