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Friday, February 27, 2015

MINI ALL4 Racing Podiums At Northern Forest – Baja Russia

love:mini reports on the second place finish of MINI ALL4 Racing Team's Russian pairing of Vladimir Vasilyev and Konstantin Zhiltsov at the Northern Forest – Baja Russia, round one of the 2015 FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup, held February 20-22, 2015.

2015 MINI Cooper S Is "Worth A Little Splurge"

Bloomberg Business favorably reviews the 2015 MINI Cooper S:
Yes the MINI costs more than things like the ($14,000) Ford Fiesta and ($19,000) Mazda 3, but it’s built much better than those and is comparably efficient. And its fit-and-finish makes those other cars seem cheap. It’s also more fun to drive. Just look at that face.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Clubman Vision Gran Turismo Concept

According to MotoringFile,
In conjunction with Sony’s Gran Truism 6, MINI has released a digital only concept of the forthcoming 2016 Clubman. The differences? Just about everything. This Clubman is a fictionalized race car that takes the MINI formula to the extreme. The game and the car will be available digitally in March. . . . .

2016 MINI Convertible Leaked Before Geneva Motor Show

Left Lane offers drawings and says, in part:
Leaked patent images have prematurely revealed the 2016 MINI Convertible ahead of its debut at next month's Geneva Motor Show.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A Video Tour Of The MINI Exhibit At The BMW Museum

Brought to you via MotoringFile.

"2015 MINI Cooper 5-Door Review: Seriously Sensible Fun"

Australia's The Motor Report concludes:
What’s Hot: Added space and versatility, spirited on-road feel
What’s Not: Chunky pillars can hamper visibility, options can quickly get expensive
X-FACTOR: The grown-up way to enjoy a MINI without missing out on the fun.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Kelley Blue Book's Quick Take On The 2015 Mini Cooper S Hardtop 4 Door

Kelley Blue Book's fast review concludes:
The extra space in Mini's new 4-door is helpful, but don't expect miracles. With 32.3 inches of rear legroom (vs. 30.8 in the 2-door) adults can fit more easily in back, but they won't be spreading out. Rear cargo space is also enlarged, relatively speaking. 
My biggest nit with this test car was its not-so-Mini price tag. Loaded with features such as navigation, head-up display, folding side mirrors and heated seats, this 2015 Mini Hardtop cost just shy of $36,000. That's about $10,000 beyond the S model's base price (4-door models with the 3-cylinder engine start around $22,500). This tendency for prices to climb quickly with options isn't unusual for Mini -- it's also a reminder that this is a premium brand owned by BMW -- but it is something to beware of if you're lusting after one of these new cars.

2016 Clubman Cooper S Spied Testing In The Snow

autoevolution has a photo gallery of spy shots together with rampant speculation.

Monday, February 23, 2015

MINI Racing For Likes At The Chicago Auto Show

According to Multimedia from the Chicago Auto Show:
The MINI display at the Chicago Auto Show boasted an interactive contest with winners getting a chance to hot lap the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in a MINI convertible. The objective of the contest is to create a video that would gain the most Facebook Likes.

With a camera recording, participants sit in the MINI Convertible in front of a green screen as the car races down an imaginary country road. Participants are emailed a link to their video so they can share it on Facebook to increase their chances to win.

A representative said that over 600 people have participated in the contest so far. The videos can be found at MINIUSA.com. The contest ends one week after the close of the Chicago Auto Show.

Plausible Design Render Of The 2017 MINI Countryman S Surfaces

Here it is, according to WorldCarFans, the next generation MINI Countryman S.

What do you think?