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MINI Superleggera Patent Drawings Surface

MotoringFile Sections: F59 Roadster/Coupe, MINI Concept Cars, Rumor Dec 11th, 2014 15 Comments

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MINI has patented the stunning Superleggera concept released earlier this year. These photos (via Jokeforblog) show off the concept in all of it’s black and white glory and two dimensional glory. Why has MINI done this and does it it mean we can expect a production version? continued →

MINI Responds to Rumors of Roadster & Coupe Demise

MotoringFile Sections: F59 Roadster/Coupe, Rumor Nov 25th, 2014 10 Comments

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MINI’s Roadster and Coupe twins were always going to be niche players within the line-up. However sales figures indicate that they may have turned into too small a niche to fulfill the typical seven year life-cycle. The pair are based on the R57 architecture which is going out of production next year with the new generation F57 convertible taking it’s place. Given that and the fact the sales are low it would seem 2015 would be a good year for MINI to potentially pull the plug. That opinion seemed to be confirmed by an interview MINI USA Head of Product Pat McKenna did with Autoguide at last week’s LA Autoshow:

“The Coupe and the Roadster will actually go out of production next year,” said MINI USA product boss Patrick McKenna speaking to AutoGuide at the LA Auto Show last week. “They’ve run their life cycle,” he said.

The quote obviously caught our attention but also seemed unusually blunt (or potentially a mis-quote) from the typically tight-lipped MINI. So we wanted to go to the source for a official statement. continued →

MINI Preps for a Massive LA Show

MotoringFile Sections: Auto Shows, F55 Five Door Hatch, F59 Roadster/Coupe, Los Angeles, Rumor Nov 10th, 2014 15 Comments

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Officially the news is that LA will see the US debut of the MINI five door and Superleggera concept. Unofficially we hear that MINI will be showing something else. Whether it’s a surprise new concept or a variation of a current model we don’t know. But we have our hunches it’s the former. Nevertheless here’s the official company line on what’s coming to LA. As you can see it’s impressive even without this latest rumor. Full official details of the show after the break. continued →

The Next Generation MINI Hatch to Grow While the Brand Gets Smaller

MotoringFile Sections: GXX MINI City Car, GXX MINI Hatch (4th Gen), Rumor Oct 21st, 2014 41 Comments

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Before you head for the comments to complain about MINIs becoming MAXIs read on…

Sources inside MINI are telling us to expect the next generation MINI hatch to grow in size and into the C segment. That’s the same segment as the VW Gold/GTI and Ford Focus – decidedly bigger than the current MINI. And yet MINI is set to get even smaller in the years ahead. Details? Read on… continued →


Exclusive: The Rocketman is a Go

MotoringFile Sections: GXX MINI City Car, Rumor Oct 15th, 2014 35 Comments

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Since we published our opinion piece last week stating that the Rocketman was a necessary move for the brand, we’ve heard from several sources on the subject. According these sources in the know, it’s great news for those of us who have been wanting a MINI city car.

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Opinion: MINI Must Get Smaller to Get Bigger

MotoringFile Sections: GXX MINI City Car, Opinion, Rumor Oct 7th, 2014 49 Comments

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By next summer three of MINI’s then eight models will have four doors. And if the Countryman’s success is anything to go by, its this segment that will be critical to the brand’s success in the years ahead. And there in lies the problem. The brand was built on unconventional. A finger in the air aimed at authority, the brand has been built on thinking differently and making less do more. And yet MINI is becoming quite established with utility vehicles, all wheel drive and an increasing size across every product. We applaud the success of the brand and understand the importance of financial viability, but there is something missing in all of this. You know it, we know it and by some accounts MINI knows it as well. It’s called the Rocketman. And we at MotoringFile want it built.

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2018 Countryman to Grow in Size, Seats & Power

MotoringFile Sections: F6X Countryman, Rumor Sep 30th, 2014 36 Comments

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The MINI Countryman has been a massive success for the brand. However MINI is determined to maximize both it’s utility and performance in its second generation. The F60 Countryman will grow in size, seats and utility with a larger chassis to be shared with the 2017 BMW X1. Click through for all the details.

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F60: MINI Crossover
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