MINI USA Announces F56 Seat Related Recall

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Hatch | Official News | Recalls/Campaigns Dec 19th, 2014 No Comments


Hot off the presses the NHTSA & MINIUSA has issued a recall for certain F56 MINIs. Details after the break. continued →

Ask MF: How to Choose the Right MINI

MotoringFile Sections: Ask MotoringFile Dec 19th, 2014 10 Comments

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Choosing the right pre-owned MINI is no easy task. There are tones of, sometime contradicting, information online about the topic and it’s easy to get lost in the process.

Naturally, one of our readers, Vincent, decided to reach out and ask if we could steer him in the right direction. Vincent is interested in models from 2004 and onward, but he is not sure what he should be mindful of as far as potential mechanical issues are concerned.

Based on our experience, we have a couple of recommendations for Vincent:

  • LCI models are better options. That is MINIs between 2005-2006 and 2011-2013
  • Stay away from automatic CVT at all costs
  • Watch for potential rust in the door sills of the R5X cars
  • Make sure to check the service records as MINIs are known to have oil starvation problems

My ultimate recommendation would be to reach out to Nathaniel as he is selling a very well maintained 2006 Cooper S, but that’s just me. There’s also the MotoringFile also Buyers’ Guides for the R50 and R53 that contain precious tidbits. And since I’m definitely not the mechanical expert, I’m sure our readers won’t hesitate to chime in and provide Vincent with valuable advice.

Thanks again Vincent for reaching our and thank you all in advance for your comments!

MINI at NAIAS – JCW Debut and the Superleggera Makes an Appearance

MotoringFile Sections: Auto Shows | NAIAS Dec 19th, 2014 No Comments


Remember that MF will be at NAIAS in full force talking with MINI executives and detailing the new JCW. If there’s anything you want to know from MINI and about the new JCW, let us know here.

Official Release: One year after the US premiere of the new MINI, the British premium manufacturer presents another spectacular addition to the model range at the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. The new MINI John Cooper Works is raring to go and now sees its world premiere at the Mecca of the US automotive industry. This model takes hallmark MINI driving fun – already intensified in the latest generation – to a level of irresistible racing passion. A particularly powerful turbo engine, suspension technology precisely attuned to the race track and an aerodynamically optimised body design give the new MINI John Cooper Works outstanding performance properties. continued →

Ask MINI USA Execs Anything You Want

MotoringFile Sections: Ask MotoringFile | NAIAS Dec 18th, 2014 24 Comments

naias2This is that time of the year again! In less than a month, MotoringFile and White Roof Radio will rendez-vous at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. This will give us a chance to sit down with MINI USA Executives (David Duncan – Vice President, Chris Potgieter – Product Manager, Lee Nadler – Marketing Communication Manager) and getting up to speed on all things MINI for the US market, but more specifically on anything related to the F56 John Cooper Works. So we’re opening it up to you. Have questions about the new JCW? Want to know the status of the upcoming Clubman and Convertible? How about suggestions for the current range? Diesels? Hybrids? Superleggera? Rocketman? Let’s hear all the questions you want us to ask in the comments below.

BMW Introduces 360-degree Collision Avoidance & Fully-Automated Parking

MotoringFile Sections: Official News | Technology Dec 17th, 2014 6 Comments


File this under technology to watch. With more and more technology now shared between MINI and its parent company BMW, we fully expect to see these technologies not just reach mass production in BMWs but MINIs as well.

Official Release: BMW was already demonstrating at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2014 how perfect control technology can provide highly automated mastery of all drive statuses right through to very tight margins. Innovative sensors will allow BMW to demonstrate a number of features at the CES 2015 (6 to 9 January, Las Vegas) including the possibility of entirely collision-free driving. This success plots another benchmark defined by the specialists at the BMW Group on the road route to individual mobility free of accidents with a driver and also in fully-automated mode with no driver at all. continued →

Woofcast #533: Thank you Japan

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Hatch | JCW | Podcast Dec 16th, 2014 3 Comments

F56_JCW_45_highResFull crew tonight, including Nathaniel from ScooterFile and Gabe from MotoringFile talking about MINIs and other car related things for you this week. Ok, we spend most of the night talking about JCW stuff. And beards, but you need to click back to the live version for that, and all of the other pre-show things we do.

Be sure to join us next week as we will be talking to the only Jalop guy that doesn’t hate MINIs; Patrick George. Should be a great show. Also, programming update, as we finish out the year, next weeks show will also be our last for 2014 except we are tying to organize a Google Hangout for Christmas day, if you are looking for a way to get away from Christmas for a bit. Stay tuned for deets!

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MINI Undecided on Producing the Rear Wheel Drive Superleggera Roadster

MotoringFile Sections: F59 Roadster/Coupe | MINI Concept Cars Dec 14th, 2014 34 Comments

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No MINI concept has ever motivated so many thumbs to upward than the Superleggera. However MINI is struggling with approving the car according to Autocar. Given its new strategy of less niche models and more emphasis on core models like the F56 and upcoming Clubman it would seem the Superleggera doesn’t make a lot of sense. However it could serve the company well s a halo car helping to get people excited about the brand and into showrooms. Interestingly BMW has admitted for the first time that the Superleggera rides on a rear wheel drive platform. While we knew the concept was powered by an electric engine, that fact that this has once again been reiterated could be a sign that MINI is serious making the Roadster electric if produced. continued →

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