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Archive for September 2006

World Debut of the new MINI

MotoringFile Sections: Official News, R56 (Hatch) Sep 30th, 2006 24 Comments

A unique story of success is entering the next round: The MINI, the world’s best-selling small premium car, is entering its second model generation.

Making its world debut at the 2006 Paris Motor Show, the new MINI is really new in every respect five years after its predecessor entered the market. As the top performer in its class, the new MINI is making its way to the road with brand-new four-cylinder power units. And despite even better performance and sportiness, the new MINI is even more economical and fuel-efficient than its predecessor.

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New MINI Sections are up at MINI.com

MotoringFile Sections: R56 (Hatch) Sep 30th, 2006 10 Comments

Get your clicking fingers ready: Cooper / Cooper S

White Roof Radio #98

MotoringFile Sections: Podcast Sep 30th, 2006 No Comments

miniNews of the week and details for Woofcast 100.

We cover Gabe’s review of the Kumho Ecsta SPT fairly well. We are overdue for a real live tire show and I’m working on getting one together as I type this. Watch for it sometime after Woof 100. Don’t forget our disappointment in the lack of a good online translator, a car that changes to a briefcase and moving sidewalks. We also spend a fair amount of time discussing the design of the R56.

If you are intested in listening in on Woofcast 100 and 101 as we record it, full details are posted here. It should be a good time and we can’t wait!

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Fifth Gear Tests GP vs RC

MotoringFile Sections: Best of the Web, Video Sep 29th, 2006 19 Comments

Fifth Gear (otherwise known as the other UK car show) pits the GP against a super fast RC car. Sent in my MF Reader Jahpaul


MINI Urban Tour Video

MotoringFile Sections: Video Sep 29th, 2006 16 Comments

What do a a bunch of kids doing parkour to French rap, Boy George, and a fast talking, German speaking Asian girl have in common? They are all part of the maddness that is the “MINI Urban Tour”. Here’s a quick look at what to expect if you see the big black bus in your town.

Related: MINI Urban Style Tour (MINI.com)

More Official R56 Photos Released

MotoringFile Sections: R56 (Hatch) Sep 28th, 2006 29 Comments

MINI released another batch of R56 photos today to go along with the initial release last month. Nothing particularly new we haven’t seen, just a bit more detail.

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R56 JCW Accessories Officially Revealed

MotoringFile Sections: JCW, R56 (Hatch) Sep 28th, 2006 29 Comments

The R56 JCW Aero Kit, spoiler, brakes, wheels and interior accessories are now on MINI.com 

Most of this should be very familiar to regular MotoringFile readers who had a sneak peak of the R56 JCW Accessories earlier this month.

You can expect most of these accessories (including the newly branded “JCW” aero kit) to be available in spring of 2007.

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1st Gen MINI
R50: One & MC Hatch
R52: All 1st Gen MINI Convt.
R53: MCS Hatch
2nd Gen MINI
R55: Clubman
R56: Hatch
R57: Convertible
R58: Coupe
R59: Roadster
R60: MINI Crossover
R61: MINI Crossover Coupe
3rd Gen MINI
F54: Clubman
F55: Five Door Hatch
F56: Hatch
F57: Convertible
F60: MINI Crossover
F58: Traveller

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