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MINIUSA Responds to the Lowering of MPG Figures by the EPA

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Hatch Oct 24th, 2014 6 Comments

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When the EPA re-released 2014 MINI MPG figures we reached out to MINI for an official response on the matter. What you see below is that response. While it doesn’t give us insight into why, we can certainly assume that spot checking the original figures proved uncovered discrepancies that led to this re-test. The big question however is what this does to consumer expectations of the new MINI and its efficiency.

Read on for the official statement.

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How is the New MINI in Wet Driving?

MotoringFile Sections: MF Feature Oct 23rd, 2014 6 Comments

Screen Shot 2014-10-22 at 5.09.40 PMWith fall in full swing storms can bring lots of rainy days. Autocar recently put seven cars to task in wet conditions and MINI was in the mix. continued →


The EPA Downgrades 2014 F56 MPG Figures

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Hatch Oct 22nd, 2014 15 Comments

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We saw this coming. When the EPA required extensive re-testing of the 2015 F56 MINI models we assumed that things we’re going to head in a positive direction for MINI. We exclusively reported the results of that testing early this month and we’re left wondering if 2014 models would deb affected. Wonder no more. Here are the revised figures and as you’d expect, they’ve been downgraded.

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MINI USA Aims for January Launch for Five Door F55

MotoringFile Sections: F55 Five Door Hatch Oct 22nd, 2014 6 Comments

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MINI USA has quietly delayed the F55 launch from late fall to early 2015. That news comes from sources at MINI USA who clearly are focused on the F56 for the remainder of 2015. continued →


White Roof Radio #527

MotoringFile Sections: Podcast Oct 21st, 2014 3 Comments

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We are back with a fresh episode of the mighty woofcast for you this week, joined by special guest Casey Liss (atp.fm, relay.fm/analog, neutral.fm, @caseyliss), who joined us tonight to talk about cars, news from MotoringFile and Todd getting in an accident. It was a great time and hope you enjoyed hearing him as much as we enjoyed having us on the show.

Ask Chad next week. The inbox is still out of commission, so use the contact form to those questions into us!

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The Next Generation MINI Hatch to Grow While the Brand Gets Smaller

MotoringFile Sections: GXX MINI City Car | GXX MINI Hatch (4th Gen) | Rumor Oct 21st, 2014 38 Comments

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Before you head for the comments to complain about MINIs becoming MAXIs read on…

Sources inside MINI are telling us to expect the next generation MINI hatch to grow in size and into the C segment. That’s the same segment as the VW Gold/GTI and Ford Focus – decidedly bigger than the current MINI. And yet MINI is set to get even smaller in the years ahead. Details? Read on… continued →


MINI Takes the Unofficial Front Wheel Drive Nurburgring Record

MotoringFile Sections: JCW | R56 (Hatch) | Video Oct 18th, 2014 5 Comments

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Sport Auto’s resident racer just took a modified JCW R56 around the ‘Ring is a smoking 7:44. That’s over 45 seconds faster than a stock JCW. With 290 hp you could understand why. But it’s also the roll cage and full KW coil over system, Drexler LSD and Dunlop Direzza 03Gs that allowed such an incredible time. Click through to see it all happen in under eight minutes. continued →

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