Archive for February 2005

The Next Generation of iPod Integration

MotoringFile Sections: MF Feature, Rumor Feb 22nd, 2005 36 Comments


With the revolution that is the iPod exploding around us, many companies have sought ways to integrate the car audio with digital music. This has given the MINI owner several viable options of listening to an iPod through the car stereo. However all these choices still involve wires or at the very least some type of connecting cradle and aren’t quite as integrated as some might hope. Now comes word of a new solution that could not only make us rethink the way our car can interact with an iPod, but our work seamlessly with our mobile phones as well.

Here’s an excerpt from a recent article at Appleinsider:

In an interview with Radio France, Nedelcou let it slip that consumers will soon be able to broadcast music wirelessly from their iPod through their car speakers. Similarly, he said that users will be able to answer incoming phone calls without having to operate their mobile phone handset.

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The Counter Counterfeit Commission In Action

MotoringFile Sections: MF Feature Feb 22nd, 2005 23 Comments

[ CCC Border Raid Video ] Counterfeitmini.com / 3MB Quicktime

It just gets better and better…

MotoringFile Review: 2005 MCS Automatic

MotoringFile Sections: R53 (Coupe), Reviews Feb 21st, 2005 67 Comments


Few things have garnered as much debate as the new for 2005 optional automatic transmission for the Cooper S. Quite a few MINI enthusiasts have expressed outrage at the idea of an automatic transmission in the MCS and believe the reputation of the car will be suffer from it. Yet, there are those with physical limitations, long commutes, or who simply don’t know how to drive a manual that have welcomed the new option and praised MINI for finally bringing it to market. Needless to say the debate as raged on for months with no end in sight for those most opinionated.

Despite all the debates and opinions, the MCSa will be out on the streets of the US in large numbers within months. In fact, more than one Motoring Advisor I talked with was seeing about 75% of all recent MCS orders equipped with the automatic. What’s more, he was seeing a shift in the customers that were coming in to specifically ask about the MCSa. The type of customer that simply wanted the fastest and most expensive MINI equipped with a transmission they could finally drive. Certainly it’s all enough to get the diehard manual fans out there up in arms.

However, with this review I wanted to try to put all this debate aside and focus on one simple question. How does it drive?

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MINIUSA Hits 100,000 Sold

MotoringFile Sections: Sales Feb 18th, 2005 28 Comments

From MINIUSA Press:

MINI USA announces it has achieved a sales milestone, retailing the 100,000th MINI in the US market. With initial sales targets of 20,000 units per year at the time of launch, MINI has consistently exceeded expectations over the last three years, reaching the 100,000-unit mark a full two years ahead of projections.

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The BBC Gets a Taste of Motoring in the US

MotoringFile Sections: Best of the Web Feb 18th, 2005 18 Comments

From the BBC:

It’s been a great week for the Mini, as BMW puts another $188m into its Oxford factory. Business has been buoyed by 36,000 sales in the US – but can it be comfortable driving a Mini on American roads where other cars are as big as tanks? Magazine reader and Mini driver Candace Sleeman, from New Jersey, here tells of the view from the kerbside.

“When I park my Mini next to one of the monster SUVs, or 4x4s as you call them in the UK, it’s maybe a third of their length. Those things are huge now, they are just getting bigger and bigger, believe me.”

Follow the link for the entire article:

[ Confessions of a US Mini driver ] BBC

MINI Introduces Rear Bumper Protection

MotoringFile Sections: DIY, Official News, R50 (Coupe), R52 (Conv.), R53 (Coupe) Feb 18th, 2005 33 Comments


From MINIUSA Aftersales:

This accessory protects the paint of the rear bumper from getting scratched by loading and unloading the MINI. With adhesive backing, the bumper protection can be easily installed on all MINI hardtop rear bumpers, including the aero kit bumper. The protection stripe matches the structure of the other black edges around the bumper and the fender flares.

In case you’re wondering, the part number is 82 11 0 393 995 and it retails for $40.

MINI Plant Oxford to Expand

MotoringFile Sections: Official News Feb 18th, 2005 1 Comment


By now this if very old news. But for the sake of making it completely and utterly official here’s BMW’s press release on the topic of the MINI plant expansion at Oxford (via MINIUSA press):

The BMW Group will be investing over $188 million USD in the Oxford plant between now and 2007 and will be creating around 200 new jobs in MINI production. Most of this investment will be in the further optimization of the plant?s production capacities, mainly in a new body shell production building and in further modernization of the paint shop.

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