Archive for May 2008

MF Full Review: MINI Clubman Cooper S

MotoringFile Sections: R55 (Clubman), Reviews May 30th, 2008 34 Comments

The idea of bigger MINI can seem like an anomaly. For those not familiar with the car, the entire concept seems at odds with the brand. Why would anyone want a slightly larger MINI. At what point does a larger MINI become just another car? And if a larger MINI doesn’t reflect the character of the brand, how does BMW expect this car to be successful?

Luckily BMW had all this in mind (along with some good instincts) when designing and engineering the car. In my week with the Clubman I found that it does the unthinkable by offering more space but retaining 90% of what auto enthusiasts love about the MINI. The handling and feel that have always made the MINI feel so special is almost all there. And to anyone but the enthusiast, the difference is probably barely noticeable.

In return the Clubman offers up both extra space and a unique character that the MINI coupe doesn’t have. There’s a whimsical feel to the Clubman from the rear wipers to the hidden handle on the 3rd door. It’s the kind of car that you feel connected to on a level that belies what it really does – get you from point A to point B. continued →

MTTS Update: Your questions answered

MotoringFile Sections: Events, MTTS, Podcast May 28th, 2008 9 Comments

MTTSWe gave you the chance to ask some questions, and Gina Koutros took almost 20 minutes with us earlier today to answer them.

Besides the questions, we also get some more information about the way the events were planned, hows and whys and all that.

There will be more updates coming a little later this week or early next. You can get updates automatically via email or subscribe via RSS. Of course, we will be posting those updates at Motoringfile.com as well.

And, finally, don’t forget to register if you plan on going! If you want the goodie bag, you are going to have to register!

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MINI of Spain Introduces Two Special Editions

MotoringFile Sections: MF Feature May 28th, 2008 22 Comments

MINI of Spain is following MINI of Italy’s lead with the special editions. Both models will be based on the Cooper S and are expected to be available soon. Here’s the rundown of both models:

The Oxford Edition:

  • Biege Leather interior
  • 17″ Crown Spokes
  • Crome Interior
  • Crome Exterior
  • Oak interior trim w/Oak steering wheel
  • Bluetooth w/USB Connection continued →

MINI Cross-over to Debut in Paris this Fall?

MotoringFile Sections: R60 (Countryman) May 28th, 2008 26 Comments

Autotelegraaf is reporting that MINI is planning on debuting the new MINI cross-over (potentially named the “Crossman” this September at the Paris Motor Show. While we have our doubts about the exact information, the article goes on to say that the Crossman will measure just over 3 inches (8 cm) higher and around 157 inches (400 cm) – 9″ longer than the standard MINI coupe which is roughly 146 inches in total length.

Despite what Autotelegraaf is reporting, our sources are telling us that what will actually be shown this fall will be a lightly disguised “concept” similar to the Traveller concepts shown a few years ago that previewed the Clubman. We expect the final production cross-over to remain behind closed doors until just before it’s public debut until 2010 – likely the latter half. continued →

Autoblog Garage: ’08 Clubman

MotoringFile Sections: In the Press, R55 (Clubman) May 27th, 2008 8 Comments

000_08clubman.jpgAutoblog.com recently posted one of the most glowing reviews of a Clubman I’ve seen. And, it was just a Clubman, not an S. A very favorable review.

The mini door is especially handy is if you have kids. I positioned my 2-year-old son’s car seat on the side with the Clubman-door, since that gave me more room to work with when it came time to buckle him in. My daughter, age 5, was fine climbing through the driver’s side and getting herself strapped into her booster. Parents still using the LATCH connections will find the anchors easily accessible through plastic tunnels in the seatbacks — no digging under the cushions is necessary. As a people carrier, the Clubman is a substantial improvement over the regular Cooper, whose back seats are sized for miniature pinschers and Micronauts.

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White Roof Radio #248

MotoringFile Sections: Podcast May 26th, 2008 No Comments

miniAgain with the re-runs? Yep, I am afraid so. Don’t worry, I picked a great show for you tonight. Woofcast #141. Worth a re-listen if only to hear Gabe attempt an intro. It’s truly awesome.

Don’t worry, we’ll be back next week just like you like. We only need a short break!

Woofcast #141 Show Notes

To start with, db just didn’t want to do the intro tonight. You benefit. Trust me.

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A Review You Can Watch

MotoringFile Sections: In the Press, R55 (Clubman) May 26th, 2008 No Comments

Big thanks to MF Reader Ralph for bringing this to our attention. The PBS show MotorWeek will be reviewing the 2008 MINI Clubman on an upcoming episode.

Have that Tivo remote handy? Here are the details. continued →

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