Archive for May 2005

The Italian Job Coaster Reviewed

MotoringFile Sections: Events, Reviews May 31st, 2005 8 Comments

The Italian Job Coaster at Paramount Kings Island can’t claim to be the fastest coaster out there. Nor can it be called the tallest or scariest. However, what it can lay a claim to is simply being one of the most fun rides around. Its combination of speed, banking, back-drop and theme make it one of those rides that just about anyone will enjoy.

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MotoringFile Month in Review

MotoringFile Sections: Site News May 30th, 2005 No Comments

Since news is slow on this holiday weekend I thought I’d post a little recap of the month that was on MF. From new colors seeing the light of day to more information on the 2007 MINI, there were lots of posts that deserve another look. Here are a few of them (from old to new):

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Upcoming Speed Channel MINI Coverage

MotoringFile Sections: Video May 30th, 2005 12 Comments

This info was sent in by Sam:

This past Sunday, Team Mighty Miniz played a gracious host in the canyons to Speed Channel’s new show Street Tuner Challenge. They will be runing two segments on the MINI lifestyle. The Track and The Canyons. Please tune in and check out the killer footage we mustered up. We were extremely thorough in soaking the film crew with our lateral G forces and witty humor.

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Autoweek Goes in Depth on GDI

MotoringFile Sections: In the Press May 27th, 2005 5 Comments

And what is GDI you ask? GDI, or gasoline direct injection, is a method of fuel delivery that the next MINI engine (code names Prince) will feature. This article by Autoweek (actually written for Automotive News Europe) does a great job documenting GDI’s short yet interesting history and making the technology behind it easier understand. Here’s an excerpt:

Performance-tuned GDI engines with turbochargers or superchargers can improve fuel efficiency by as much as 7 percent. BMW says the turbocharged version of its PSA joint-venture engine gets 15 percent better fuel consumption.

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2006 Updates; Seats and Wheels

MotoringFile Sections: Uncategorized May 27th, 2005 38 Comments

We’ve got a few more updates on some of the minor changes MINI has in store for the 2006 model year.

We’ve just heard from a reliable source that the venerable 15″ holey wheel (seen here via MINI2’s wheel FAQ) that was introduced with the Cooper in 2001, will be discontinued. Word has it that there will be several new wheel styles available for the 2006 model year and at least one had to go in order to make room. We’ll hopefully have a few photos of the new wheels in the coming weeks and months.

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Italian Job Coaster Event is a Go

MotoringFile Sections: Events May 26th, 2005 19 Comments

Normally we don’t post news about events that aren’t truly national in their scope… however this one is just too cool to pass up. And it has the potential to be one of the bigger US MINI events this year. (The news comes from Adam at the MINIsota Motoring Society)

Just wanted to let you know that the online ticket presale for the June 18th event at Paramount Kings Island (just outside of Cincinnati) is now live!

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MINI Convertible Tops US Total Quality Index

MotoringFile Sections: Awards May 25th, 2005 32 Comments


In its first year since launch, the MINI Convertible has received the top award in its segment in the latest Strategic Vision Total Quality Index (TQI). The MINI Cooper Convertible was the highest scorer in the Convertible Under $30,000 segment in this year’s index and is the third year in a row a MINI has received top segment honors in the TQI by the San Diego-based research firm.

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