Archive for November 2006

MotoringFile JCW GP Test Car Arrives

MotoringFile Sections: Site News Nov 30th, 2006 20 Comments

Along with the Season’s 1st Winter Storm.

I’ll be getting our official GP test car tomorrow, along with potentially 6 to 10 inches of snow. So if someone sees a GP in a ditch somewhere on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago around 6pm, please lend a hand. And no you can’t have the wing!

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MotoringBadges December Update

MotoringFile Sections: MotoringBadges, R52 (Conv.) Nov 30th, 2006 23 Comments

What a year. In the past nine months MotorinBadges.com has sold over 3000 badges. We now offer more than 100 different badges and over 200 total products. And today we’re happy to announce our latest additions. These will most likely be the last new badges of 2006 and we think they round out the collection well.

But first let’s take a quick look at the new collection of badges:

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MINI Receives Best Resale Value Award

MotoringFile Sections: Awards, Official News Nov 30th, 2006 1 Comment

Los Angeles, CA — November 29th, 2006… MINI took home three honors in Kelley Blue Book’s “2007 Best Resale Value Awards”. MINI was awarded two top spots with “Best Resale Value” in the Hatchback category and “Best Resale Value” in the Convertible category. In addition, the MINI Cooper has achieved a spot in the list of models ranked with the Top 10 Best Resale Value.

“As a testament to the MINI Cooper’s unwavering appeal, both the hatchback and convertible versions top their respective categories in this year’s resale value awards,” said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book’s kbb.com. “With an additional placement in the overall top 10, the expressive and fun MINI remains a resale champion.”

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MINI Wins Again With Low Depreciation

MotoringFile Sections: Awards, In the Press Nov 29th, 2006 13 Comments

Consumer Reports has again rated the MINI in the top 10 best cars at holding its initial value. Here’s an excerpt from CR:

Which cars hold their value the best? According to Consumer Reports’ depreciation ratings, several affordably priced models—such as the Toyota Prius hybrid, Mini Cooper, and youth-oriented Scion models—hold their value better than higher-priced sports and luxury models. And while all of the top 10 models have either Japanese or European nameplates, nine of the bottom 10 are domestic models. Contributing to their high depreciation is the fact that many are older models, commonly used by fleets and rental companies, and often heavily discounted.

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The MINI is Dead / Long Live the MINI

MotoringFile Sections: R50 (Coupe), R53 (Coupe), R56 (Hatch), R57 (Conv.), Sales Nov 28th, 2006 34 Comments

Today marks the end of product for the first generation MINI coupes as the R56 MINI officially went into full scale production this morning. This means that, for every four R56’s that are assembled, a solitary R52 (Cabriolet) is now being built. Quite different from just 24 hours ago when those numbers were reversed.

With orders ended and production now ceased, we can officially say the first generation coupe era has ended. The cars will be on dealer lots for a few months yet (especially in the US where they will be the only coupes available until late January or early February) but actually trying to find what you want will start to get pretty difficult.

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MINI Digital Power SoundModul Reviewed

MotoringFile Sections: R50 (Coupe), R52 (Conv.), R53 (Coupe), Reviews Nov 28th, 2006 47 Comments

Written by MF reader Randy Fedor (aka njpaguy)

DPSM: The JCW kit for your MINI’s sound system

It’s possibly the best kept secret among all MINI options for the now retired MINI Cooper and Cooper S models. The impact of this relatively simple add-on will make your driving experience no less than breathtaking. And it has absolutely nothing to do with your car’s power train.

Developed in co-operation with the HiFi specialist AUDIO MOBIL, the Digital Power SoundModul (DPSM) provides yet another reason to never leave the seat of your car.

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White Roof Radio #114

MotoringFile Sections: Podcast Nov 28th, 2006 No Comments

miniSince we didn’t work on Thanksgiving, Todd put together about 12 minutes of out-takes, flubs and other things that don’t normally make it into the show. Yes, including it taking me 4 tries to do the intro!

Check back next week and we’ll back in full force!

If anyone is planning on going to the LA Auto Show this coming Saturday, I’ll be hanging out with Fireball Tim most of the day. Stop over and say hi, I might even have WRR swag!

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