Archive for January 2006

The JCW GP & Traveller Spied Testing

MotoringFile Sections: In the Press, R55 (Clubman), R56 (Hatch) Jan 31st, 2006 21 Comments

MPH-Online has a few new MINI spy photos today. The first two are of the Traveller testing mule that has been spotted quite a bit over the last six months. The photos give us a good overall glimpse of the shape of this new MINI but little else. As with other images we’ve seen, the rumored rear suicide doors appear to be covered up by plastic cladding.

The other two spy photos are the first seen yet of the JCW GP out on the road. If there are exterior design changes to come this testing mule doesn’t show them. However I have to say that the GP looks infinitely better in “prototype black” with those new R105 18″ JCW wheels than the grey/4-spoke combo that will be on the car at the time production this summer.

You can check them out below:

[ Mini Traveller and Mini Cooper S Works GP Spied ] MPH

Official MINI Sirius Install Instructions

MotoringFile Sections: DIY Jan 31st, 2006 24 Comments

We’ve got some new DIY goodness for you. These are the official PDF install insutructions for both the MINI Sirius antenna and receiver. Enjoy:

[ MINI Sirius Antenna Install PDF ] Official PDF (200k)

[ MINI Sirius Receiver Install PDF ] Official PDF (400k)

MINI UK Navigates a Path to Garmin

MotoringFile Sections: Official News Jan 30th, 2006 9 Comments

BMW and MINI in the UK have launched a new range of portable navigation devices in co-operation with Garmin (Europe) Ltd. Available through the BMW and MINI dealer network, the Garmin StreetPilot c310, c320, c330 and nuvi 350 models are now offered from as little as £299.

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MINI Concept Detroit: Web Round-up

MotoringFile Sections: In the Press, R55 (Clubman) Jan 30th, 2006 4 Comments

Now that NAIAS is over I thought a quick round-up of coverage on the MINI Concept Detroit was in order:

[ BMW to Build MINI Concept ] Autonews.com

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White Roof Radio Podcast #32

MotoringFile Sections: Podcast Jan 30th, 2006 No Comments


By popular demand Randy Webb is back! Randy discusses some upcoming home-grown Webb Motorsports products and general MINI info. Highly recommended for anyone interested in learning a little bit more about performance products for the MINI. Check it out below:

Subscribe | Show Notes | iTunes Link | MP3 Link (30Mb)

MotoringFile Aero Kit Specials

MotoringFile Sections: MF Advertising Message Jan 29th, 2006 28 Comments


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MINI Gets Creative with New Agency

MotoringFile Sections: In the Press, Marketing Jan 28th, 2006 6 Comments

BusinessWeek has a revealing article in its February 6th issue about MINI’s recent search for a new ad agency. Powerpoint and dark suits, it was not:

MINI started out following a standard script, up to a point. McDowell’s first move was to hire Raleigh (N.C.)-based consultant Hasan Ramusevic, who handles a dozen ad agency searches a year. Ramusevic began with 50 candidates; MINI whittled them down to eight, inviting them to answer long questionnaires and visit headquarters. Of those, four were selected for a rigorous tryout process that would last two months.

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