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Exclusive: MINI USA Pulls Out of the NYC Auto Show

MotoringFile Sections: Auto Shows | NYIAS | Official News Mar 19th, 2015 26 Comments

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In what can only be described as a shocking turn of events MINI USA has decided to pull out of the NYC Auto Show just weeks before the doors open. It was rumored that MINI had intended to use the show to unveil the new F57 convertible. It’s unclear if a change of plans with that car led to the pull-out or something more MINI USA specific or even if it’s a part of a broader auto show strategy. Read on for the full official statement. continued →

MF Poll: Help Our Man Todd Choose The Right Car

MotoringFile Sections: MF Poll | MotoringFile Garage | Podcast Mar 18th, 2015 15 Comments

F55_ClubmanConcept (26) Friend of MotoringFile and White Roof Radio co-host Todd Pearson is possibly on the hunt for a new MINI. It took some time to get him there as he was originally seduced by the dark side, and the idea of owning a Range Rover Evoque. While he is coming to his senses, there’s still great hesitation in him in regards to the car or MINI he should buy next. Bear in mind that he owns a GP1 – a car he will most likely keep whatever happens – and that his better-half drives a 2014 F56 Cooper. To help our friend make up his mind, we’ve decided to crowdsource to the MotoringFile audience his choice of vehicle and options (e.g. Todd wonders if H/K is a must). Not that he will strictly follow the final results of this poll, but we believe it is still a fun exercise to go through. With that in mind, let’s get him into the right car! continued →


Official: Neither Superleggera or MINI Minor Confirmed

MotoringFile Sections: F54 Clubman | F59 Roadster/Coupe | GXX MINI City Car | GXX MINI Hatch (4th Gen) | Rumor Mar 18th, 2015 8 Comments

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Yesterday the typically reliable Car magazine indicated that MINI’s Superleggera Roadster concept had been approved for a 2018 production date. Today the typically reliable Automotive News says not so fast. According to the industry publication:

BMW has not approved a roadster based on the Superleggera concept for its Mini brand and has not decided whether to add a “mini Mini” that would be built with Toyota, Mini’s top executive, Peter Schwarzenbauer, said. continued →

Opinion: How Could MINI Innovate?

MotoringFile Sections: Design | Opinion | Sales | Technology Mar 17th, 2015 8 Comments

MINI-Core-Design-Concept-6In short, we have no idea. There are many things that we would like to see MINI do better, but none of those things are truly innovative and should be the standard for any premium brand anyway. You are probably wondering where we think MINI should do better, so here is a quick list: sales experience, service experience, product quality, and marketing. Because of the types of products MINI sells (i.e. combustion engines) and because of the way BMW North America, and by extension MINI USA, is currently set-up (i.e. dealer network), it is actually difficult to truly innovate in most of the areas mentioned above. So what else is there? continued →


Report: MINI Superleggera Approved for Production

MotoringFile Sections: F59 Roadster/Coupe | Rumor Mar 17th, 2015 23 Comments

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Car Magazine is reporting that the MINI Superleggera concept car has been approved for production. If the news is true, that gorgeous concept car that has been making the rounds at auto shows over the past year will hit dealers around 2018. However with some key changes. continued →

Woofcast #544: There’s Not Enough Hubcaps

MotoringFile Sections: Podcast Mar 16th, 2015 No Comments

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Guests are back! This week, Shawn Myers and Charlie Volgelheim from the Motor Trend Podcast join us to talk about MINIs. If you haven’t subscribed to their show, you really should, especially for their award-winning episode from MTTS (Episode #016).

Beside going through the gazillion of cars that Shawn and Charlie have driven, we talk about news from MotoringFile including: Gabe’s summer tire adventures during winter-time, MINI worldwide sales, the upcoming debut of the F57 Convertible, and buying a MINI online. And of course, this wouldn’t be a true Woofcast without some tire and GP talk.

As always, thanks to Outomotoring.com, Cravespeed.com, and Motoringstripes.com for sponsoring the show. We are also very close to reaching our $100 goal on Patreon, so don’t hesitate to pitch-in!

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Chris Harris’s Neo-Manualism

MotoringFile Sections: In the Press | Opinion | Video Mar 14th, 2015 23 Comments

wallpaper-2Unlike the U.S., most automobiles in Europe sport a manual gearbox. Historically I’m not sure why this is the case, but it may have something to do with the price of gas and the fact that auto trannies used to be less fuel efficient than manuals. Or perhaps, it’s an item on the option list that European consumers always overlooked because they mostly get bottom-level cars with minimal features. If anyone knows, please enlighten me. continued →

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