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MINI Plant Oxford To Close for Construction

MotoringFile Sections: In the Press Jul 31st, 2006 10 Comments

As reported previously, BMW will be halting production for a couple of weeks while it puts the finishing touches on plant remodelling in anticipation of full R56 production. You can read more about it from the Sunday Times:

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More Power for ’08 JCW MCS

MotoringFile Sections: JCW, R56 (Hatch) Jul 31st, 2006 48 Comments

Apparently BMW is serious this time. Not that the current JCW isn’t fast, but it’s clear that BMW will need more power if they are to position the MCS JCW against such cars as the new VW GTI or Civic Si.

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White Roof Radio Podcast #82

MotoringFile Sections: Podcast Jul 31st, 2006 1 Comment

miniNews of the week plus we talk about refrigerators and televisions? Oh yea, and Todd. Is. Now. Speaking. Like. This.

Don’t forget WRR and Motoringfile for your MTTS coverage. If you are participating in the MTTS event, you should play along with the MPG contest too. Hey, even db is going to play around a bit, and called into the voicemail line with a bit of trash talk! that’s 206-33-WHITE.

Oh yea, there is a new site to get the Motoringfile Grille badges too. They have all been moved over to motoringbadges.com. Go ahead, check it out!

Show Notes | Subscribe | WRR @ iTunes

Next Generation Revealed (Revisited)

MotoringFile Sections: R56 (Hatch) Jul 30th, 2006 1 Comment

Our “Next Generation MINI Revealed” story has proven to incredibly popular since it was first published in March of 2005. A quick look at recent MotoringFile stats shows that it was even our most popular story this month – 17 months after it was originally written. From rearview mirror control placement to seat levers, it has about everything imaginable except for maybe final specifications and un-camouflaged photos.

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The First USA GPs

MotoringFile Sections: Events, JCW Jul 29th, 2006 3 Comments

Up to 45 “MINI Cooper S with JCW GP kit” MINIs will be delivered to their new owners in less than four weeks, in Monterey, California at the Monterey Historic (http://www.montereyhistoric.com/) weekend. As well as the key hand-over ceremony on Friday August 18, there will be a number of MINI USA organized events for the GP buyers, including a welcome dinner, and access to the Monterey Historic Automobile Races, and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. See this article on GPMINI.net for more information.

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Scoop: 2007 MINI Dash Options

MotoringFile Sections: R56 (Hatch) Jul 28th, 2006 60 Comments

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MotoringFile Exclusive: The interior plastic trim on the R56 MINI will become smaller but available in more colors and materials. Our sources have confirmed that MINI will eventually offer such choices as a very rich looking wood and high quality aluminum along several new colors (including a gorgeous pepper white) directly from the factory. We’re also told that dash color won’t be dependent on exterior color as it is now, allowing for some rather interesting color combinations. In total you can expect seven new dash options for the R56 in 2007.

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MINI’s Official R56 Preview Photos

MotoringFile Sections: Official News, R56 (Hatch) Jul 27th, 2006 82 Comments

Instead of sprinkling all 20+ photos of the new R56 prototypes throughout the official MINI press release, we thought readers might enjoy seeing them completely on their own in a separate post. Just click on each photo to increase the size. To move to the next image, simply click the next button or use the “N” key on your keyboard. To go back hit the previous button or click the “P” key.

Now let’s hear some initial thoughts. Likes, dislikes, questions, concerns?

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