MINI Tops J.D. Power’s SSIS for Fifth Consecutive Year

MotoringFile Sections: In the Press Nov 25th, 2014 6 Comments


It’s that time of the year again and as in 2013, MINI finished first of J.D. Power’s US Sales Satisfaction Index Study (SSIS), in front of Buick and Chevrolet, with a score of 727, a 9-point increase from 2013. What does that mean and how does the SSIS work? Read on to find out. continued →

MotoringFile Review: R56 JCW Tuning Kit

MotoringFile Sections: JCW | R56 (Hatch) | Reviews Nov 24th, 2014 7 Comments


In 2007 MotoringFile took delivery of our first R56 and with it a number of JCW accessories – most importantly the JCW Tuning Kit. With the F56 JCW Tuning being released this fall we thought we’d look back to remind ourselves what came before.

The kit for the R56 is extraordinarily straight forward. In the US it simply consists of a more aggressive air intake, a free flowing exhaust, a turbocharger air filter air guide and the all important ECU upgrade.

This is quite a contrast to the previous kit available for the R52 and R53 that included such items as a new head and inter-cooler and pretty big freakn’ check from the new owner. In fact the new kit is almost 1/3 of the $6000 price tag the R52/R53 dealer installed version rang up. But is it even worth the lower $2000 price tag? Especially now that there are so many aftermarket tuning options for the R56?

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Video: The Citysurfer Concept in Motion and Explained

MotoringFile Sections: Auto Shows | Los Angeles | Scooter Concept | Video Nov 23rd, 2014 2 Comments


The Citysurfer concept scooter is one of the more interesting things MINI has done recently and perhaps one of the most underrated. But that’s our opinion. What’s yours? Watch MINI explain the concept and take the scooter around LA and let us know in the comments. continued →

Parallel Parking World Record in a F56

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Hatch | In the Press Nov 23rd, 2014 4 Comments


I always see myself as good parallel parker but every time I watch one of Han Yue’s parking job, I am put to shame, as must be the rest of the world. Why is that? Because this week, Yue achieved the tightest parallel park world record with a 3.15 inch gap between cars. That’s insane! I mean this gap is smaller than the very first iPhone. Obviously, we will note that a spanking new MINI F56 was used to do the trick. I guess the not so fun part is trying to get out that spot. continued →

The History of the MINI JCW

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Hatch | JCW Nov 21st, 2014 6 Comments


I don’t know about you all but I crave for anything related to MINI’s history. I stopped counting the number of hours I spent searching Amazon and YouTube for any piece of memorabilia related to the brand we all love. continued →

The MINI Story at the BMW Museum

MotoringFile Sections: Official News Nov 21st, 2014 No Comments


The BMW Museum finally gives us the exhibition we deserve. Starting next week and until January 31st 2016, a showing of over 30 vehicles along with accessories, photos, films and sketches will tell the MINI Story. I don’t know about you but I definitely want to check this out. I could have actually done it, if this did not happen. Anyways, if any of you happen to see the MINI Story don’t hesitate to share your pictures with us. continued →

MINI at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show

MotoringFile Sections: Auto Shows | Los Angeles Nov 20th, 2014 1 Comment

HangingMINI’s press conference at the Los Angeles Auto Show unveiled the smallest MINI concept ever…sort of. continued →

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