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Exclusive: The Rocketman is a Go

MotoringFile Sections: GXX MINI City Car | Rumor Oct 15th, 2014 35 Comments

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Since we published our opinion piece last week stating that the Rocketman was a necessary move for the brand, we’ve heard from several sources on the subject. According these sources in the know, it’s great news for those of us who have been wanting a MINI city car.

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Gallery: MINI Four Door & Superleggera at the Paris Motor Show

MotoringFile Sections: Auto Shows Oct 13th, 2014 16 Comments

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The recent Paris Motor Show gave MINI fans an excellent chance to finally get hands-on with the new four door (or is it five?). But there was something else on display that may have actually drew more of a crowd – the MINI Superleggera. And since we know most of you couldn’t make the trip to Paris, reader Troy French has provided us with a full gallery from the show. Click through and tell us what you think of both in the comment section. continued →


Lord Baker visits MINI Plant Oxford

MotoringFile Sections: Official News | Production Oct 10th, 2014 No Comments

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Official Press Release:

Lord Baker, the mastermind behind University Technical Colleges, has visited the MINI Plant in a bid to encourage more local businesses to get behind the scheme.

Oxfordshire UTC, based in Didcot, is set to open in September 2015 specialising in life sciences, physical sciences and engineering. The college is being backed by industrial supporters, including MINI Plant Oxford, as well as Reading and Royal Holloway Universities. continued →

MINI to Debut Three New Models Over the Next Year

MotoringFile Sections: F54 Clubman | F54 Clubman Hybrid | F55 Five Door Hatch | F56 Hatch | F58 Spacebox | F59 Roadster/Coupe | F61 Paceman | F6X Countryman Oct 10th, 2014 8 Comments

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With the F56 and F55 four door launched, MINI is turning its attention to rounding out its aging line-up. This includes the convertible, JCW and of course the highly anticipated Clubman. Read on the for the details.

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Quadruple Win for MINI at Rally Morocco

MotoringFile Sections: Motorsports | Official News | R60 (Countryman) Oct 10th, 2014 No Comments

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Official Press Release:

Nasser Al-Attiyah/Mathieu Baumel (QT/FR) in their MINI ALL4 Racing car have won the prestigious Rally Morocco, the ninth round of the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies. The X-raid drivers have shown a dominant performance over six legs, on which the participants covered a total of 1991 kilometres. 1441 of them in special stages. Al-Attiyah/Baumel won three stages and crossed the finish line in the capital of Marrakesh ahead of Monster Energy X-raid driver Orlando Terranova/Rolando Graue (AR/AR).

“It’s a great feeling to win here in Morocco,” Al-Attiyah said at the finish in the capital of Marrakesh. “It was a tough challenge, a lot of difficult sandy parts in the desert, where you could get stuck easily. Some sections were a lot trickier than I expected. But my co-driver Mathieu did a great job as always, he’s a great navigator, who always finds the best route. The MINI ALL4 Racing was again very reliable and nice to drive. I love it and I’m now looking forward to the next big challenge, the 2015 Dakar Rally.” continued →

Worldwide MINI Sales up for October

MotoringFile Sections: Sales Oct 10th, 2014 2 Comments

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September saw MINI brand sales increase compared to the same month last year with a total of 31,871 vehicles delivered to customers (prev. yr. 31,314 / +1.8%). continued →


White Roof Radio #526

MotoringFile Sections: Ask MotoringFile | Podcast | Technology Oct 8th, 2014 2 Comments

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At long last our interview with Glympse’s Partner Product Manager, James Stanton is available! James was kind enough to give us some of his precious time to discuss a number of topics, including: the various ways people use the app, the process of working with MINI on the MINI Connected integration, and upcoming features (i.e. a Glympse keyboard! How rad is that?!).

As a reminder, the app is free and you can find it on the App Store, on Google Play and on the Windows Phone Store. Again, we are fan of the app so don’t hesitate to give it a try. You’ll like it too.

Also note that this week’s show has been edited. We were going to talk about the “surprising” EPA ratings of the F56, but we are holding off on that, for now, waiting for some more information and clarifications from MINI USA and the EPA. Stay tuned!

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R50: One & MC Hatch
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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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