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Archive for January 2008

Upcoming Reviews: We Want Your Questions

MotoringFile Sections: MINI Competitors, R55 (Clubman), Site News Jan 31st, 2008 52 Comments

Over the next few weeks we will be not only participating in the official North American Clubman press launch but also the US launches of the BMW M3 and 1 Series as well. And while we certainly have our own agenda planned (including potentially some audio and/or video), we want to know what you hear and see knowing our ultimate goal is to make it seem like you were really there with us as we put these cars through their paces both on the road and track.

Starting with the Clubman of course, let’s hear what you’d like to know about the car. Obviously we’ll be giving our take on the car’s the performance, design and how it relates to the other MINIs available. We’ll have a chance to drive the Clubman on some amazing roads south of San Francisco and meet with the very people who designed and engineered the car. continued →

BMW Group Revenue at Record Levels in ’07

MotoringFile Sections: Official News, Sales Jan 31st, 2008 4 Comments

Official BMW Group Press Release: The BMW Group has achieved a new sales revenue record in 2007. Compared to the previous year, group revenues rose by 14.3% to euro 56,018 million (2006: euro 48,999 million). Revenues of the Automobiles segment went up by 12.7% to euro 53,818 million (2006: euro 47,767 million). The Motorcycles segment reported sales of euro 1,228 million (2006: euro 1,265 million /-2.9%), while the Financial Services segment increased its revenues by 25.8% to euro 13,940 million (2006: euro 11,079 million). continued →

Ask MF: Service Bulletins

MotoringFile Sections: Ask MotoringFile Jan 30th, 2008 9 Comments

Motoringfile reader Kim asks this week.

Is there a quick & easy way to find out all recalls and service bulletins for my 2003 Mini Automatic? (not an “S”)

You could do a quick Google search or even search here at MF. But those won’t give you a complete list like you might be looking for. continued →

Clubman Accessories PDF Download

MotoringFile Sections: R55 (Clubman) Jan 30th, 2008 9 Comments

Yesterday we brought you the full brochure. Today, we’ve got the Clubman accessories brochure in PDF format. Again a big thanks to our friends at Morristown MINI for supplying us with the PDF.

[ Clubman Accessories Brochure ] PDF (1mb)

If you’re in the NJ area, be sure to check out Morristown’s Clubman launch part on February 15th from 5pm until 9pm.


Autoweek.nl Captures the R57 Up Close

MotoringFile Sections: R57 (Conv.) Jan 29th, 2008 25 Comments

The Dutch publication Autoweek.nl has one of the best R57 spy-shots to date. While the new pop-up roll-bar system is hidden expect it to increase rear visibility somewhat along with what appears to be a slightly larger rear window.

Expect the new convertible to debut in the spring of 2009.

[ Nieuwe Mini Cabrio speelt buiten ] Autoweek.nl

Clubman Brochure PDF Download

MotoringFile Sections: R55 (Clubman) Jan 29th, 2008 18 Comments

For all you Clubman fans out there who just can’t wait for launch day, we’ve got something special for you. Thanks to our friends at Morristown MINI, we’re happy to present the official Clubman brochure. You can grab it below.

And if you’re in the Morristown NJ area, make sure to check out Morristown’s Clubman launch part on February 15th from 5pm until 9pm. Food, music and MINIs!

[ Clubman Brochure ] PDF (5mb)

Check back tomorrow for another Clubman related download.


What Car? Gives BMW & MINI a Green Light Award for “EfficientDynamics”

MotoringFile Sections: Awards, Efficiency Jan 29th, 2008 1 Comment

Official BMW Group (UK) Press Release: BMW Group has won What Car?’s coveted Green Award. With EfficientDynamics introduced across the BMW and MINI model ranges as standard in 2007, What Car? rewarded BMW’s efforts with one of most coveted awards in the UK automotive calendar. The UK’s self-styled new car buyers’ bible also announced its 2006 car of the year, the BMW 3 Series, as its ‘Best Compact Executive’ car for the third year in a row. MINI Cooper S retained its ‘Best Hot Hatch’ trophy. continued →

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