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BMW Group’s DriveNow Launches in London

MotoringFile Sections: BMW i | Mobility Services | Official News | R60 (Countryman) Dec 14th, 2014 No Comments

DriveNow is a carsharing joint venture by BMW Group and Sixt SE

DriveNow is a car-sharing joint venture from the BMW Group and the car rental company Sixt. Through this partnership BMW contributes the vehicles and automotive technology, while Sixt provides the services, the car rental know-how, the IT systems, and an extensive network of stations for customer registration. The program is now available in Munich, Berlin, Dusseldorf, Cologne, Hamburg, Vienna, and San Francisco with already has 360,000 registered customers.

Last week however, BMW annouced the availabilty of the service across three Londong boroughs: Islington, Hackney & Haringey. 210 1 Series and MINI Countryman will be available at launch, but the fleet will add 30 all-electric i3 cars in spring 2015, expanding it to a total of 300 vehicles during the course of next year.

This initiative is part of the BMW Group’s strategy to remain relevant in space imapcted by growth in urban living and shared owership. Unfortunately we haven’t had a chance to try it, but we’d love to hear you feedback if you have.

Thanks to an iOS and Android app the service seems fairly easy to use, but read on to learn all the details. continued →

EVO Reviews the F55 Cooper S (Video)

MotoringFile Sections: F55 Five Door Hatch | In the Press | Reviews | Video Dec 14th, 2014 9 Comments

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For your weeekend to be complete, MotoringFile recommends watching at least one MINI related video. Fortunately for you, we’ve got you covered. Our colleagues at EVO recently reviewed the F55 Cooper S and similar to the F56, the verdict is quite positive. continued →


Woofcast #532: The Alfa Romeocast

MotoringFile Sections: Podcast Dec 13th, 2014 No Comments

florent-marvier-10 News from the week from MotoringFile.com, of course. Lots of JCW talk today, especially the upcoming JCW suspension and sales finally coming back! Plus, all of the other news that’s fit to print, er, talk about.

We then go into a fantastic interview with Afshin Behnia from Petrolicious.com. Sure, you’ve heard of them, they are the automotive site with the amazing videos! Afshin actually owns the Alfa we found at BaT.

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US Customs Destroys a Gorgeous Classic Mini to Protect US Citizens

MotoringFile Sections: Classic Mini | Video Dec 13th, 2014 3 Comments

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Few things are more disturbing than seeing a Government agency abusing its power and then flaunting it. Except seeing a perfectly good classic Mini get destroyed for no reason. And when those two things come together in one horrendous video. Well it makes for a pretty sad day.

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MINI’s 3 Cylinder Wins Wards Engine of the Year Award

MotoringFile Sections: Awards | F56 Hatch Dec 13th, 2014 2 Comments

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Official Release: Penton’s Wards 10 Best Engines of 2015 have been announced. A 707-hp fire-breathing V-8 and a hydrogen-powered fuel cell emitting nothing but water vapor were among all-new or improved powertrains evaluated by the editors of WardsAuto to produce its annual Ward’s 10 Best Engines list.

To be eligible for the Ward’s 10 Best Engines competition, an engine or propulsion system must be all-new or significantly re-engineered and available in the U.S. market with a base price not exceeding $60,000. This year’s pool of 37 nominees includes last year’s 10 winners and 27 new entries. Eight WardsAuto editors drove the vehicles in October and November in their routine daily commutes around metro Detroit. Editors scored each engine based on power, torque, technology, observed fuel economy, relative competitiveness and noise, vibration and harshness characteristics. continued →

MINI Extends Dakar Rally Commitment until 2017

MotoringFile Sections: Countryman Dakar | Motorsports | Official News Dec 12th, 2014 No Comments

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Official Release: MINI will continue to play an important role in the Dakar Rally. Just 26 days ahead of the start of the 2015 Dakar Rally (4-17 January), Jochen Goller, Senior Vice President MINI, has announced the two-year extension of the brand’s Dakar Rally programme until the year 2017. continued →


MINI Superleggera Patent Drawings Surface

MotoringFile Sections: F59 Roadster/Coupe | MINI Concept Cars | Rumor Dec 11th, 2014 15 Comments

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MINI has patented the stunning Superleggera concept released earlier this year. These photos (via Jokeforblog) show off the concept in all of it’s black and white glory and two dimensional glory. Why has MINI done this and does it it mean we can expect a production version? continued →

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