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The MINI Cooper S Wins Autocar’s Hot Hatch Special

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Hatch Jul 21st, 2014 20 Comments

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Autocar has historically been held up by many as the best weekly car magazine in the world. Between their excellent reviews and industry leading news it’s an excellent source with always valuable opinions.

It all stands to make Autocar’s annual hot hatch award something to take note of. Especially this year with the F56 and Audi S1 vying for the win. How did MINI do? Read on for the results and the full story. continued →

MINI Celebrates Ten Years of the MINI Convertible

MotoringFile Sections: F57 Convertible | R52 (Conv.) | R57 (Conv.) Jul 18th, 2014 3 Comments

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It’s been ten years since the R52 MINI Convertible was launched and a new MINI model was born. Since that time we’ve driven every model variation from the very first 2005 R52 to the latest JCW Convertible (across the US during MTTS no less). And then there’s the full-on love affair we had with our long-term JCW Roadster last year. Through it all we’ve grown to love open-top motoring and the visceral qualities it brings to an already emotional driving experience.

As much as ten years is worth celebrating, there’s something else happening here. MINI is subtly prepping us for the all new F57 MINI Convertible. That car will debut next February at Geneva and should hit dealers sometime in late Spring worldwide. Much like the R52 and R57 before it, the F57 will make use of a dual stage top, four seats and a fold-down rear boot. However it will also leverage all of the advancements that the F56 brings with more power, more efficiency and greater technology on-board.

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MINI Begins Production in the Netherlands

MotoringFile Sections: Official News Jul 17th, 2014 11 Comments

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The following report is from long-time MotoringFile contributor Berthil van Beek

A lot of effort was done to make the opening a real party for all involved and especially the factory employees who worked very hard the last one and a half year to convert this plant from a Mitsubishi plant to a MINI plant with equal quality standards as Oxford. It was special to see our king drive so close to all the employees when he made a tour after the official opening.

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Open Sourcing a Redesign of the F56

MotoringFile Sections: F55 Five Door Hatch | F56 Hatch Jul 17th, 2014 30 Comments

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While most seem to like the new MINI’s design, there have been a vocal minority who haven’t gelled with it. By far the biggest complaint that we’ve heard about the new MINI Cooper S is its protruding lower chin. It’s a design element that’s meant to give the car a more aggressive look and harken to the aggressive air inlets of rally and race cars. However it’s safe to say that not everyone sees that in the execution – especially with chrome trim added or in lighter colors. But there may be an answer that doesn’t involve simply buying a Cooper (which doesn’t have the “chin).

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MINIs On Top Returns

MotoringFile Sections: MF Feature Jul 16th, 2014 4 Comments

MOT-banner_mf3You may have heard the interview from MINIs On Top last year on White Roof Radio, when the event organizers were stepping down and the event’s future was uncertain. Fortunately, a new group of volunteers stepped forward and continued the tradition this year. ‘Tis the season for MINI gatherings so, we bring you this rundown of last month’s MINIs On Top, New England’s premiere MINI event.

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BMW Group Sees Record Sales for 2014 But MINI Sales Remain Down

MotoringFile Sections: Official News | Sales Jul 15th, 2014 23 Comments

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The BMW Group sold more than a million vehicles in the first half of 2014, more than ever before in the first six months of the year. A total of 1,020,211 vehicles were delivered to customers worldwide, an increase of 6.9% over the same period last year (954,501). Sales in June also reached an all-time high: deliveries increased 4.8% with a total of 193,342 vehicles sold last month (prev. yr. 184,489).

As expected the recent model change means overall MINI sales continue to be down year over year. continued →


Opinion: the Best MINI / Mini Model Ever

MotoringFile Sections: Opinion | R53 (Coupe) Jul 14th, 2014 23 Comments

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Editors note: As part of the MotoringTern program MotoringFile has added two new authors to our roster. This piece is from one of those authors – Kurt Heiden. And as part of our desire to remain faithful to all sides of the MINI we also want to broaden the voice of the site and tell more varied stories that offer differing opinions. Having two new writers on the site will give us those different viewpoints that we’ve always strived for but haven’t always had the time to fulfill. Join us in welcoming Kurt and feel free to respectfully give your take in the comments below. And remember, this opinion doesn’t necessary reflect what all of us at MF believe. Or does it?

Anytime one tries to pick the best from a group of phenomenal choices it’s bound to ruffle some feathers, so apologies up front to those who disagree. That said if you like opinions (and don’t mind respectfully disagreeing), read on…

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R50: One & MC Hatch
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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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