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World Premier: The 2015 F56 MINI 210 Challenge Edition

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Two-Door Hardtop, JCW, Motorsports, Official News, Special Editions Apr 16th, 2015 6 Comments

mini-challenge210-1The new MINI is barely 18 months old, but it didn’t prevent MINI UK from releasing a special edition F56. To celebrate the Hardtop’s debut in the 2015 Challenge Series, MINI UK released a limited-run F56, the 210 Challenge Edition. continued →

2015 MINI John Cooper Works: First Drive Live On Periscope

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Two-Door Hardtop, JCW, Reviews Apr 16th, 2015 4 Comments

JCW_F56_LAOne of our local dealers just received a 2015 John Cooper Works and we are about to take it for a spin. Starting at 5:45pm EST, you’ll be able to watch our test-drive live on Periscope here: https://t.co/mX71VfNMyg. Apologies in advance for the setup, but this the best we can do for now. We’ll share our impressions on another post later this evening.


MF Garage: Snow & Ice vs the Cooper S (In Praise of Plastic)

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Two-Door Hardtop, MotoringFile Garage, Reviews Apr 15th, 2015 7 Comments

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There is nothing glorious about doing damage to your car. And there’s definitely no glory in doing it to someone else’s. Cue the crunching sound of ice breaking plastic. That was the sound I heard as I was parallel parking a few days after particular bad 24″ Chicago blizzard this winter. As anyone will tell you navigating the unplowed side streets of Chicago are bad enough. But trying to parallel park in them is even worse. Alas that was my mission and unfortunately I missed accounting for a rather large glacial like piece of icy snow. I rolled over it with my back and onto it with my right plastic side skirt. And that side skirt did exactly what its engineers have designed it to do. It broke. continued →

Woofcast #547: Travel Like A Wad Of Cash To The Safe

MotoringFile Sections: Podcast Apr 15th, 2015 2 Comments

Augmented_vision_glasses_903Todd drives a VW GTI in Las Vegas. And likes it! We talk about that for quite a bit before going to news from MotoringFile. Played with a new way of sharing the show live for you guys, watch for us to do that way more often!

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MINI Worldwide Sales Up 39% In March 2015

MotoringFile Sections: Official News, Sales Apr 14th, 2015 15 Comments

P90144729-F56When MINI USA performs well, worldwide sales tend to follow. In fact, the BMW Group achieved its best month of March ever with an 8.1% increase in sales compare to the same month last year. MINI is one of the factor of this impressive performance, with 38.9% sales increase. While BMW doesn’t provide the breakdown of sales by model, BMW Group Board Member Peter Schwarzenbauer explains what drove MINI sales this March. continued →

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MINI Model Cheat Sheet

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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