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MINI Will Soon Be Made In China

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BMW, parent company of MINI, is in “advanced discussions” with Chinese automaker Great Wall Motors to build an electric MINI in China.

The Chinese government wants 20% of cars sold to be electric or rechargeable-hybrid vehicles by 2025, spurring a rash of fresh investment from the world’s car makers in the county.

The two companies are still finalizing where to build the car and how much to invest in the project. Great Wall operates factories in an industrial city Baoding and in Tianjin, both of which are in the Beijing area.

MINI’s Oxford, England, factory will also manufacture the electric MINI, with production slated to begin in 2019. It wasn’t revealed when Chinese production will begin.

BMW and Great Wall’s factory will initially build cars exclusively for the local market, but made in China” MINI models could eventually find their way to Europe or North America.

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MINI Rocketman Concept Is Being Developed

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The model will be developed and built in China by Great Wall and sold around the world.

Not long after unveiling its first all-electric, the Cooper SE, MINI might already be working on its second electric vehicle.

According to senior source at BMW that spoke with Autocar, the British automaker has approved the Rocketman concept for production. The new model will be built in China as part of a partnership between BMW and Great Wall Motors and should arrive by 2022.

“We’re advancing plans for a model along the lines of the Rocketman,” the source stated. “It’s a car we have been looking at for a long time, but to build it profitably at the price point we think customers are prepared to pay, you need a joint venture partner to share costs. Great Wall Motors has provided that opportunity with a shared electric car platform that will be used by Mini”

Ora R1 Electric Car

Although production will take place in China, MINI’s new electric car will be sold worldwide. Autocar speculates it will be a variation of the Ora R1, an electric car that’s cheaper than any new car sold in North America.

The cute little Ora R1 (pictured immediately above) looks like a Honda E and Smart ForFour hybrid. It is powered by an electric drivetrain that consists of an 30.7-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack and an electric motor rated at 47 horsepower and 92 pound-feet of torque, though buyers have the option of a bigger, 33-kilowatt-hour pack.

Mini hasn’t made anything official, but if the report is accurate, expect a vehicle that looks little like the Rocketman.

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Mini Cooper SE Is Mini’s First All-Electric Car

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The SE provides a modest range of up to 168 miles in Europe, and generous instant torque should make it a real hoot to drive around town.

After months of teasing, MINI has finally unveiled its first-ever all-electric car, the Cooper SE.

The company’s EV is essentially a Mini Cooper S with an electric drivetrain — more specifically, the same technology used by the BMW i3 — that lets it drive 235 to 270 kilometers (146 to 168 miles) based on Europe’s WLTP and NEDC test cycles. It will reportedly have an EPA-certified driving range of 183 km (114 miles) in the U.S., a figure that will not make it a direct competitor with the Tesla Model 3 and other 200+ mile electric vehicles.

A 32.6-kWh lithium-ion battery pack energizes an electric motor that produces 181 horsepower and 199 lb-ft. of torque, allowing the Cooper Electric to zoom from 0 96 km/h (62 mph) in 7.9 seconds before hitting a top speed of 150 km/h (93 mph).

The production car seems to stay close to the concept that debuted back in 2017, featuring bright yellow accents and optional asymmetrical Corona Spoke two-tone 17-inch wheels. The interior features unique display and control elements.

According to MINI, the MINI Electric maintains the brand’s characteristic “go-kart feeling.” It weighs just 319 pounds more than the regular Cooper S two-door hardtop despite the added heft of the battery and has a 30 mm lower center of gravity thanks to the floor-mounted battery.

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MINI Celebrates 60th Birthday With Special Edition Model

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The British automaker has been around for quite a while, won’t you say?

MINI chose to celebrate 60 years in the automotive industry with a special edition model of its iconic nameplate.

Based on the Cooper S, the 60 Years Edition MINI is featured in a British Racing Green IV exterior hue, though buyers preferring a different color have the option of Midnight Black metallic, Moonwalk Grey metallic, Melting Silver metallic or Lapisluxury Blue. The roof and mirror caps are either colored in Pepper White or Black depending on the color you choose.

Other touches include hood stripes with a specific anniversary design, unique 17-inch light alloy wheels, as well as a ’60 Years’ logo on the hood, turn indicators and on the door sill finishers.

Designers reupholstered the interior in a rich, brown leather that’s trimmed with British Racing Green accents to match the body, while the black leather steering wheel and driver’s seat are adorned with the 60 Years anniversary logo.

Available as either a three- or five-door, the 60 Years Edition MINI is powered by the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol engine used by the standard Cooper S, giving it a 0-60 mph (96 km/h) time of 6.7 seconds and a top speed of 146 mph (235 km/h).

Only 500 units will be made, each costing £29,990 (~ $38,635.97). Do you want one?

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