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Video: Watch Tony Hawk Kick Off MTTS 2014

MotoringFile Sections: Official News | Video Aug 13th, 2014 2 Comments

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For those who missed MTTS 2014, the kick-off to this year’s epic cross-country journey was legendary skate board master (and MINI owner) Tony Hawk performing a half pipe jump stunt over MINIs. In this video, we get a flavor of the kick off event and some behind-the-scenes interviews with Tony and MINI USA team members:

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Worldwide MINI Sales See Best July Ever in 2014

MotoringFile Sections: Sales Aug 12th, 2014 2 Comments

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Supply of the new MINI Hatch, the F56, seems to have finally caught up with pent-up worldwide demand. BMW Group is reporting July 2014 as the best July in MINI sales history. Overall sales are up +3.2% and sales of the MINI Hatch itself are up 22.3% over July of last year, which side note, was the best July previously on record. Here’s MINI’s official statement:

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MINIs of Munich: Touring the City and MINI Showroom

MotoringFile Sections: MF Feature Aug 11th, 2014 3 Comments

MarienplatzMunich is a breathtaking city. Munich’s beauty and charm are matched only by its rich history. The fact that BMW is headquartered here lends greatly to the number of vehicles on the streets from the storied car maker. I recently took a trip to the BMW World museum and while I was in Munich I discovered that MINIs were everywhere so I took a few snapshots. continued →

MTTS 2014: The Final Day (w/Gallery)

MotoringFile Sections: MF Feature | MTTS Aug 9th, 2014 8 Comments

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For those that have been on the two week trek the finish line is both welcome and a little bittersweet. For those of us (me) who have just joined, it feels like a party. Either way there have been thousands of interesting MINIs and MINI owners to see and meet along the way.

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MF Exclusive: Early Look at the F56 JCW Engine Kit & Exhaust (w/Video)

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Hatch | JCW | Video Aug 8th, 2014 29 Comments

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The JCW Engine Tuning Kit and Exhaust are here and it’s a serious piece of kit. MINIs JCW Arm has clearly gotten serious with its approach for the F56 Cooper S. The new kit is designed more holistically than before and is comprised of a full ECU remap, stainless steel exhaust and some surprised.

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MotorTrend’s Top 16 Hottest New Coupes: MINI Cooper S Coupe

MotoringFile Sections: F59 Roadster/Coupe | In the Press | MF Feature | R58 (Coupe) Aug 8th, 2014 4 Comments

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The longterm MotoringFile JCW Roadster won the hearts of all who drove it until it recently left the MotoringFile Garage to make way for its new big brother, the 2014 Cooper S hardtop. As much adoration as has been heaped onto the niche Roadster/Coupe pair, sales have waned slightly in 2014 with the pair being down 52.9%/54.4% YTD compared to 2013. But yet even in the shadow of the F56 launch, there is still much to love about of the Roadster and Coupe to the point that MotorTrend just named the Coupe one of the “Top 16 Hottest New Coupes on the Market”. continued →


Official: Mid-Season Recap for International MINI Racing

MotoringFile Sections: MINI Challenge | Motorsports | Official News Aug 8th, 2014 No Comments

International MINI Racing 2014

Official Release: Wheel-to-wheel battles on renowned race tracks, thrilling championship battles and plenty of driving fun: Race cars of the MINI brand are enjoying worldwide popularity once again in 2014. Among drivers and fans alike. The various series are already in the second half of the season, so practically on the finishing straight. Time for a brief recap.

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