BMW i s using the MINI brand to create a revolution in the sub-compact class and it is going to offer in the future cars with all the imaginable body types, based on the classical MINI. The latest information points that BMW has in development a successor for the classical Mini Moke. A modern MINI SUV will be presented at the beginning of the next decade and will be built in the US.
Updated 01/21/10: Production version is known as theMini Countryman and will make its official debut in March 2010 at the Geneva Motor Show.
BMW has presented several concepts that show how the MINI range will be extended. First of all, a station wagon will be launched, called Clubman. Based on that wagon, the German manufacturer will later develop a modern compact SUV.
A BMW insider confirmed the existence of a Mini 4x4 crossover: "We have many concepts which may or may not become realities, but there is a strong brand and sales-generating logic behind a MINI 4x4 crossover."
Although a reminiscent of the original Mini off-roaders, such as the Mini Moke or Austin Ant, the new MINI Moke (as this is the probable designation) will be as modern and advanced as the rest of the range. The simplicity and the economical approach of the initial designs will be replaced with the high-tech sprit and luxury touch that can be found in all the BMW products.
The technical platform will be the same used on the rest on the MINIs, the only difference being the addition of a 4WD system. It is expected that the SUV will be produced in BMW ’s Spartanburg plant, together with the X5 and Z4. The official launch of the MINI Moke is expected for 2010, production beginning later.
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1964–1993 Mini Moke
The Mini Moke is a vehicle built between 1964 to 1993. It is based on the Mini and is designed for the British Motor Corporation (BMC) by Sir Alec Issigonis. The name comes from "Mini "—the car with which the Moke shares many parts—and "Moke", which is an archaic dialect term for "donkey".
The first prototype was a light military vehicle in the style of the American Jeep. It featured small wheels and low ground clearance so it was impractical as an off-road vehicle.
The Moke become succesful as a as a beach buggy — becoming a popular ’cult’ vehicle in the Seychelles, Australia, the United States and many tropical resorts.
There were three different type os Mokes: British, Australian and Portuguese. All of them used identical engine, transmission and suspension parts to the basic Mini.
The British ones were powered by a low-end 850 cc engine which had been detuned to use low-octane fuel. They used the same suspension, gearbox and 10 inch wheels as the standard Mini.
The Australian Mokes -produced between 1966 to 1981 - were powered by 998 cc engine which was switched in mid-production to 1098 cc. In 1972 Leyland Australia produced a limited edition Moke called "Californian" which was powered by a 1,275 cc engine.
The Portuguese Mokes were built between 1980 and 1990. They were powered by the same 1,275 cc engine as a Cooper S.
The 1-Series hathback went on sale in Spring 2007 featuring a model line up that includes the most fuel efficient production vehicle BMW has ever produced.
World’s lightest six-cylinder production engine with VALVETRONIC and Bi-VANOS technology achieves zero to 62mph in 6.0 seconds (five-door is 6.1 seconds) and an electronically limited top speed of 155mph. Output is 265bhp while peak torque is 315Nm. Combined fuel consumption is 34.0mpg and CO2 emissions are 197g/km.
New four-cylinder engine with High-Precision Direct Injection and Bi-VANOS technology achieves zero to 62mph in 7.7 seconds (7.8 seconds for five-door) before going on to a top speed of 139mph. Output is 170hp (up 20hp) while peak torque is now 210Nm (up 10Nm). Combined fuel consumption is 44.1mpg (improves by 17 per cent), CO2 emissions are 152g/km (down 16 per cent).
Four-cylinder engine with Bi-VANOS achieves zero to 62mph in 10.9 seconds and a top speed of 124mph. Output is 116hp and peak torque is 150Nm. Combined fuel consumption is 37.7mpg and CO2 emissions are 179g/km.
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Scion unveiled the 2008 xB at 2007 Chicago Auto Show. The xB was first introduced in early 2003 for the 2004 model year and its boxy shape became iconic to the Scion brand.
The 2008 xB is equipped with a 2.4 L dual overhead-cam four-cylinder engine with Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i), the same engine found on the tC. The engine produces 158 horsepower, 55 more than the previous generation. Customers will have a choice of either a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic with sequential shifting, a first for automatic four-speeds in the Scion or Toyota line-up.
Like the previous generation xB, the all-new 2008 model was styled with distinctiveness in mind. This aggressive new compact applies design elements from the t2B concept vehicle that was shown at the 2005 New York International Auto Show. These exterior styling cues include the soft angles between its wide and flat paneling, high beltline, elongated headlamps that wrap around the side of the vehicle, inset taillights, rectangular grille, pronounced fenders, and single rear backup light on the left bumper. The xB also features tinted rear windows, and turn signals integrated into the side mirrors.
Mazda unveiled the Mazda3 MPS at the 76th annual Geneva International Motor Show. It is the second model in the Mazda Performance Series, following the Mazda6 MPS.
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Engineered to deliver high performance at all speeds, along with low exhaust emissions and excellent fuel economy, Mazda’s MZR 2.3 DISI (Direct Injection Spark Ignition) turbo -charged engine produces in excess of 250-hp in the Mazdaspeed3.
The new Mazdaspeed3 employs the six-speed manual transmission shared with the Mazdaspeed6 , providing the driver with full control over the vehicle’s high power, while contributing to a quiet ride and strong fuel economy. A compact three-shaft design made it possible to keep the overall length the same as the five-speed manual transmission used in the standard Mazda3. In addition, Mazdaspeed3’s six-speed transmission uses wide gear ratios to fully exploit the wide torque band of the direct-injection turbocharged engine.