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Want To Race Your MINI? SCCA Track Nights Are For You

MotoringFile Sections: Motorsports | Official News Mar 31st, 2015 No Comments

16C_7526If you want to really drive your car and practice your drifting skills in a safe environment, there’s no better way to do it than on a track. And if you want to perfect the setup, we highly recommend doing it at night. To that extent, Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) launched a brand new program that allows drivers with no prior racing experience to have fun with their rides on a track. It costs only $150 and doesn’t even require to be a SCCA member. The program will visit 20 facilities across the US, so let us know if any of you decide to participate because we’d love to hear about your experience. More details on the offer after the break. continued →

Why BMW is Moving MINI Further Upscale (And Why We’re Not Worried)

MotoringFile Sections: F54 Clubman | F55 Five Door Hatch | F56 Hatch | F57 Convertible | F60 Countryman | Opinion Mar 31st, 2015 10 Comments

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Premium does not equal high cost. Nor does a move further upscale mean MINI will turn its back on the style and performance that has made the brand such a success over the years. Now with that out let’s get to the why, how and when. continued →


We Have the 691 HP Tesla P85D for a Long Weekend — What Do you Want to Know?

MotoringFile Sections: MINI Competitors | Reviews Mar 31st, 2015 2 Comments

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BimmerFile & MotoringFile have tested various Teslas three times over the past five years. We’ve commuted, tracked and generally been in awe of the electric vehicle maker’s products. But those cars were all leading to something bigger, faster and even more efficient. And we have the keys to all 691 hp of it. continued →

The MINI Convertible Will Debut Early Next Year

MotoringFile Sections: F57 Convertible Mar 30th, 2015 6 Comments

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A few weeks ago a couple of our typical sources independently told us to expect the MINI Convertible to debut early this spring. Somehow what was lost in translation (almost literally) was what year. We now know that the MINI Convertible (Cooper and Cooper S forms) will make its public debut in Geneva or New York next year. continued →


Exclusive: Details From MINI USA’s Annual Sales Meeting

MotoringFile Sections: F54 Clubman | F57 Convertible | Marketing | NYIAS | Sales Mar 27th, 2015 34 Comments

P90158767-Mini-meeting-2014Every year, MINI USA organizes an Annual Sales Meeting between their executives and owners and managers of MINI dealerships across the U.S. This comes as an addition to the frequent visits that MINI USA Regional Sales Managers pay to dealers in their respective geographic areas. The purpose of this year’s meeting was to review 2014 and discuss what’s coming in 2015. While we already detailed parts of MINI USA’s tactics for this year, we managed to gather additional tidbits from our sources. continued →

MINIs On Top – Registration Opens with Teaser Video

MotoringFile Sections: MF Feature Mar 26th, 2015 2 Comments

MOT_videoRegistration for 2015 MINIs On Top opened this week. Today, videographer Dave Habeeb has posted a terrific teaser video featuring highlights from last year’s gathering. continued →


Clarkson Is Gone, Long Live Clarkson

MotoringFile Sections: In the Press Mar 25th, 2015 21 Comments

clarkson-top-gear-_2096313bThe rumor started to spread a couple of weeks ago, was more insistent last night on the web, and became unfortunately official earlier today. The BBC recently announced that Jeremy Clarkson will no longer host Top Gear moving forward. This is a sad day for all fans of Top Gear UK, but is it really? continued →

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