Archive for October 2011

MF Poll: MINI Roadster vs Convertible

MotoringFile Sections: MF Poll, R60 (Countryman) Oct 31st, 2011 34 Comments

Which would you have? All things (price) being equal, which would you prefer to have in your driveway? Find out more about the differences after the break.

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MINI Roadster: First Video

MotoringFile Sections: Marketing, R59 (Roadster), Video Oct 31st, 2011 2 Comments

Here’s the latest in MINI’s Another Day, Another Adventure series of videos. This time, they’re featuring the new MINI Roadster and the always fascinating city of Istanbul. Full press release after the break. continued →

MINI Roadster: the Ultimate Gallery

MotoringFile Sections: R59 (Roadster) Oct 30th, 2011 6 Comments

Want a closer look at the newly announced MINI Roadster? Look no further than the 75+ photos in the gallery below. We’ve got every detail, inside and out, captured for your inspection.

And be sure to give us your first impressions in the MF comment section.

World Premier: MINI Roadster

MotoringFile Sections: Official News, R59 (Roadster) Oct 30th, 2011 12 Comments

Today MINI takes the wraps off of the last R56 model variant to be released: the MINI Roadster. The Roadster is based on the R58 coupe which in turn is based On a modified R57 convertible chassis. The car will debut late next winter (likely March in the US) and will come in all the flavors seen in the Coupe.

We’ll have a lot more on the roadster in the week ahead but until then, here are the highlights official release from MINI themselves.

Full gallery after the break.


MINI is pushing ahead with the rigorous expansion of its model family. The latest addition to the range is the MINI Roadster, the sixth model in the brand’s current line-up and the first open-top two-seater in its history. Cutting-edge, typically MINI interpretation of the compact, two-seater sports car concept with manually-opening soft-top roof; first premium car of its kind in the small car segment; unique package appealing to demanding target groups with a penchant for elegant sportiness, spontaneous open-top driving fun and irresistible design; inspiring handling fuelled by powerful engines and sophisticated chassis technology; unrivalled scope for individualisation. continued →

MotoringFile Garage: My Day with the MF Countryman

MotoringFile Sections: MotoringFile Garage Oct 29th, 2011 13 Comments

On October 21, 2011, I finally got the chance to drive the what is possibily the most argued about MINI ever created; The MINI Countryman. The MotoringFile long-term tester, in a drive from Chicago to Detroit, where we where celebrating Woofcast 400. continued →

MINI “Launches” the Coupe in NYC

MotoringFile Sections: Marketing, R58 (Coupe) Oct 27th, 2011 10 Comments

From day one, MINI has made a name for itself by having fun with its advertising and marketing efforts. Many times, these include outdoor “environmental marketing” in big cities such as New York or Chicago. These are essentially outdoor marketing stunts, which have included putting a Cooper on top of a Ford Excursion, or sticking a Countryman inside a giant snow globe. To celebrate the new Coupé, MINI is putting on a different kind of “launch” — one involving a 30-foot high faux rocket with a real MINI Coupé attached, ready to orbit the imagination. continued →

White Roof Radio #400

MotoringFile Sections: Podcast Oct 26th, 2011 17 Comments

So it has been written, so it has been done. 6 years and 400 episodes later, we are still bringing you the best automotive podcast in the land! This one as you know was taped live at Detroit Tuned with Gabe, Todd, Chad, Nathaniel, me and Jim Petersen’s brand new, newly striped JCW Coupe. And before you ask, yes, it’s rad. continued →

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