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New Report on MINI’s Rumored Small Car

MotoringFile Sections: Rocketman, Rumor Feb 23rd, 2015 50 Comments

rocketman Car Magazine, one of the more authoritative sources these days on all things BMW has a new report out that neatly sums up the current rumor mill around MINI’s small car plans (aka the MINI Minor). We’ve done a ton of reporting on a Rocketman type of vehicle and even scooped the existence of MINI’s interest over five years ago. But now as things are becoming more real, details are starting to surface. continued →

Renamed MINI Rocketman Gaining Steam with MINI Executives

MotoringFile Sections: City Car, In the Press, Rocketman, Rumor, Superleggera Jan 23rd, 2015 31 Comments

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For over five years we’ve reported (and reported and reported) on MINI’s internal desires to produce a smaller car than the R53, R56 and especially F56. In 2011 MINI gave us a view of what this car could be with the Rocketman concept. While the BMW Group could not make a business case of the concept initially, we learned back in October of last year that the city car had been in fact green-lighted by the Board. Yesterday, Automobile double-downed on our previous reports and revealed that MINI designers and engineers are actively working on the Rocketman, or should we say the MINI Minor. Automobile’s Georg Kacher also indicates that the Superleggera will join the ranks of the FXX generation. Although we can’t confirm the veracity of these claims, I don’t think we could have ended the week on a better note. continued →

MINI, We Want the Rocketman

MotoringFile Sections: MF Poll, Rocketman, Superleggera Jan 22nd, 2015 8 Comments

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Last week we asked MotoringFile readers which of the Rocketman or the Superleggera they would rather have MINI produce. Since both concepts present so much appeal, answering this question was no easy task, but more than 700 of you participated in the poll and we are very thankful for that. We’ve already spoiled the final result of our investigation with the title of this post, so let’s look at the numbers in detail. continued →

MF Poll: Rocketman or Superleggera?

MotoringFile Sections: MF Poll, MINI Concept Cars, Rocketman, Superleggera Jan 16th, 2015 43 Comments

P90150959-MINI Superleggera Vision Roadster ConceptWith the FXX generation, one of MINI’s goals is to build a more focused lineup. While we could debate for endless hours the meaning of the word “focus” in the five super-hero cars strategy, we’d prefer to use everyone’s time to answer a simple question. Should MINI be in a position to bring to market the Rocketman or the Superleggera, which of the two would you rather become a reality? To vote, just complete the form below and don’t hesitate to let us know the reason(s) for your choice in the comment section. The poll will remain open until week. continued →


MINI’s Five Superhero Cars Strategy Clarified

MotoringFile Sections: F54 Clubman, F55 Four-Door Hardtop, F56 Two-Door Hardtop, F57 Convertible, F60 Countryman, F61 Paceman, In the Press, MINI Concept Cars, Rocketman Nov 27th, 2014 5 Comments

foto_0000010520140113163537Unfortunately, we don’t have the details of MINI’s strategy in that regard, but words from Peter Schwarzenbauer – left on this picture and BMW AG Board Member – reported yesterday by Automotive News revealed interesting facts about the future of our favorite brand. While the Five Superhero Cars plan isn’t news to avid MotoringFile readers, we have yet to find out what exactly those five cars will be. However, these new tidbits can help us make an educated guess and they seem to indicate that an all-electric MINI might be part of the pack. continued →

Rumor: The Rocketman is Back

MotoringFile Sections: GXX MINI City Car, Rocketman, Rumor Sep 16th, 2014 18 Comments

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Much has been written on the Rocketman on these pages. Earlier this year our sources had told us that the car was undergoing feasibility studies with an eye to bring it to market on the back of a Toyota platform. Ever since MINI Design head Gert Hildebrand and Exterior Design head Marcus Syring dreamt up the idea of the Rocketman while waiting for a delayed flight at a New York airport, there’s been a powerful movement within the company to get it built. While the initial design study was seen as a major success, it died on the vine due to BMW not wanting to invest in a city car version of the forthcoming UKL platform. More specifically BMW didn’t believe the sales volume would ever make up the initial investment unless they sold the car for the same price as the F56 – which to many would be unacceptable.

But lucky for us that didn’t stop the enthusiasm inside MINI for making a city car. And now we have our first promising public quote from MINI Design Chief Anders Warming on the topic. continued →


Rumor: MINI Working on a Small City Car

MotoringFile Sections: Rocketman, Rumor May 19th, 2014 88 Comments

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Ever since MINI Design head Gert Hildebrand and Exterior Design head Marcus Syring dreamt up the idea of the Rocketman while waiting for a delayed flight at a New York airport, there’s been a powerful movement within the company to get it built. While the initial design study was seen as a major success, ultimately it died on the vine due to BMW not wanting to invest in a city car version of the forthcoming UKL platform. More specifically BMW didn’t believe the sales volume would ever make up the initial investment unless they sold the car for the same price as the F56 – which to many would be unacceptable.

But lucky for us that didn’t stop the enthusiasm inside MINI for making a city car. continued →

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