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The MINI VISION NEXT 100 premieres

BMW Group VISION NEXT 100 Vehicles

The MINI VISION NEXT 100: “Every MINI is my MINI”

The key idea behind the MINI VISION NEXT 100 is responsible use of resources for personal mobility. The motto “Every MINI is my MINI” is about innovative car-sharing, with MINI fans of the future able to access and tailor any MINI to their own personal preferences, anywhere and at any time. The MINI will be available to everybody at all times, picking drivers up autonomously from wherever they like and adjusting the car’s appearance, driving characteristics and connectivity to suit the user’s personal lifestyle. New, customised mobility with the MINI VISION NEXT 100 builds on connected digital intelligence.

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comparing BMW 1-Series and MINI Hardtop front overhang

2014 MINI Hardtop and BMW 1-Series front overhang

MINI has always been known for its bulldog stance with its wheels pushed out to the corners of the car.  Since the early spy photos of the third-generation MINI Hardtop (F56), there has been much discussion about the growth of the model, especially with the front overhang.  The longer overhang and the height of the bonnet have grown to meet European pedestrian safety standards.  MINI acknowledges that the new Hardtop’s front overhang has grown but that it is still much shorter than its competitors.  But how does it compare to BMW’s own 1-Series?

Comparing the published specifications for the current BMW 1-Series Coupe with those of the 2014 MINI Hardtop, we find something surprising.  The MINI Cooper’s front overhang is 749 mm, which is only 2 mm shorter than the 1-Series’ front overhang of 751 mm.  However, the longer 757 mm front overhang of the MINI Cooper S is actually 6 mm longer than the BMW’s.

We’ll have more on the MINI Hardtop dimensions and specifications soon.


MotorWerks Magazine: online magazine for BMW and MINI

MotorWerks Magazine, Volume 2 Issue 02MotorWerks Magazine is a new media (online) magazine from Canada covering BMW and MINI motorsport and enthusiast interests.  The magazine is released sporadically with the just-released December 2012 (volume 2, issue 02) edition being only the fifth issue since launch in January 2011.

The December 2012 issue is the first to feature MINI on the cover.  Inside are the following MINI-related articles:

  • “Cleared for take-off!” on Stuart Mackay’s R56 Cooper S.
  • “Cooper RSR” project car from MotorWerks Magazine.
  • “Thunder Strikes Thrice!” about MINI Thunder III.
  • “R53 MINI Swansong” cover story on the final race of the RSR Motorsports MINIs in GRAND-AM.
  • “Miniacs corralled at Laguna” on the MINI fans at the penultimate GRAND-AM race.

Read MotorWerks Magazine, Volume 2 Issue 02, December 2012 online or see the entire Archives.