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MINI USA Receives Two 2015 ALG Residual Value Awards

MotoringFile Sections: Awards | MF Feature | Official News Nov 28th, 2014 No Comments

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Owners love their MINIs for many reasons, but the practical reasons among those include MINI’s low depreciation and high resale value.  However you do not have to take our word for it as MINI USA just received two Residual Value Awards from ALG.   The MINI Hardtop won top honors in the Premium Compact Class while the MINI Countryman is projected to hold it’s value better over three years than any other Subcompact Utility Vehicle.  ALG has been projecting residual values for nearly nearly 50 years and has been awarding honors for the top performers for the past 15 years of which MINI USA has been no stranger, winning many times. continued →

MINI Superleggera Concept Wallpapers

MotoringFile Sections: F59 Roadster/Coupe Nov 28th, 2014 1 Comment

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For your computer, phone or tablet. We’ve got a handful of new and gorgeous images of the Superleggera for your downloading pleasure. What if any news is there on the Superleggera? MINI is still waiting to make a final decision on whether to green light production of the car. However as we previously reported, there is a strong internal desire at MINI to bring the Superleggera to production. continued →


MINI’s Five Superhero Cars Strategy Clarified

MotoringFile Sections: F54 Clubman | F55 Five Door Hatch | F56 Hatch | F57 Convertible | F61 Paceman | F6X Countryman | In the Press | MINI Concept Cars | Rocketman Nov 27th, 2014 2 Comments

foto_0000010520140113163537Unfortunately, we don’t have the details of MINI’s strategy in that regard, but words from Peter Schwarzenbauer – left on this picture and BMW AG Board Member – reported yesterday by Automotive News revealed interesting facts about the future of our favorite brand. While the Five Superhero Cars plan isn’t news to avid MotoringFile readers, we have yet to find out what exactly those five cars will be. However, these new tidbits can help us make an educated guess and they seem to indicate that an all-electric MINI might be part of the pack. continued →

Happy Thanksgiving from MotoringFile

MotoringFile Sections: MF Feature | Site News Nov 27th, 2014 1 Comment

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It is Thanksgiving here in the United States and although many of our readers reside in other countries, it still feels appropriate to express our feelings of gratitude to all of our readers, MINI, MINI USA and our sponsors who make sharing our love of all things MINI possible.  Happy Thanksgiving from the MotoringFile family to yours!  Motor On and Motor safely this weekend.


A MINI Helps A BMW Break A Guinness World Record

MotoringFile Sections: MF Feature | Video Nov 26th, 2014 No Comments

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In the do-not-try-this-at-home news category, Han Yue (China) and Zhang Shengjun (Taiwan) just broke the Guinness World Record for number of donuts (spins) around a car driving on two wheels in one minute. The car on two wheels which the Austin Yellow BMW M4 happened to be spinning round was a British Racing Green II F56 MINI hardtop.  MINIs are often described as handling like they are riding on rails, but this takes that to a new level!  If the name of the driver sounds familiar, Han Yue recently broke another Guinness World Record in a different F56 MINI Cooper as reported here on MotoringFile.   continued →

MF Garage: Hard Choices

MotoringFile Sections: MotoringFile Garage Nov 25th, 2014 29 Comments

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I’m not going to bury the lead here. After nearly nine years of enthusiastic ownership, the time has come to sell my 2006 MINI Cooper S. The journey that brought me here, and what it means going forward is something I wanted to share with MotoringFile readers, as I’m sure other MINI enthusiasts have wrestled with this difficult decision as well.

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MINI Responds to Rumors of Roadster & Coupe Demise

MotoringFile Sections: F59 Roadster/Coupe | Rumor Nov 25th, 2014 8 Comments

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MINI’s Roadster and Coupe twins were always going to be niche players within the line-up. However sales figures indicate that they may have turned into too small a niche to fulfill the typical seven year life-cycle. The pair are based on the R57 architecture which is going out of production next year with the new generation F57 convertible taking it’s place. Given that and the fact the sales are low it would seem 2015 would be a good year for MINI to potentially pull the plug. That opinion seemed to be confirmed by an interview MINI USA Head of Product Pat McKenna did with Autoguide at last week’s LA Autoshow:

“The Coupe and the Roadster will actually go out of production next year,” said MINI USA product boss Patrick McKenna speaking to AutoGuide at the LA Auto Show last week. “They’ve run their life cycle,” he said.

The quote obviously caught our attention but also seemed unusually blunt (or potentially a mis-quote) from the typically tight-lipped MINI. So we wanted to go to the source for a official statement. continued →

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