Unleash your inner artist on a custom MINI

MotoringFile Sections: MF Feature Sep 30th, 2014 No Comments

gmb5YyfaFGThe folks over at MINI Space are having a contest and you’re invited to participate. Get out the crayons, submit your design and it could end up on display at BMW Welt (BMW World) in Munich. continued →

Next Generation Paceman to Go Four Doors

MotoringFile Sections: F61 Paceman | Rumor Sep 27th, 2014 28 Comments


Over the past 12 months the Paceman has moved from dead in the water to firmly part of MINI’s future plans. However MINI intends to make a key change to the car in help ensure more success – four doors. The F61 Paceman will be based on an extended UKL platform that will be shared with the Countryman, BMW X1 and (crucially) the BMW X2. What’s the X2? For lack of a better term it’s BMW’s version of a crossover coupe and key reason that the Paceman will continue into its second generation. continued →

Autocar: Mini Cooper D five-door UK first drive review

MotoringFile Sections: MF Feature Sep 26th, 2014 5 Comments

F55 Five Door Cooper D

The floodgate of F55 Five Door reviews are pouring in and Autocar has reviewed something of forbidden fruit for those of us on the other side of the pond, the diesel five-door MINI Cooper D. Autocar not only appreciates the practicality of the five-door for families and those who need more space, but dynamically believes the ride improves on the three-door F56 (similar to the ride transition from R56 hatch to R55 Clubman). continued →

How to Listen to White Roof Radio

MotoringFile Sections: Podcast | Technology Sep 26th, 2014 No Comments


Right after the end for MTTS 2014, db and Todd ask me if I’d like to hang out with them on White Roof Radio, and for someone who’s listened to every single episode since the end of 2007, I was really honored and humbled to have received such an invitation. I obviously could not turn it down.

White Roof Radio entered its tenth year of existence last August and we hope that many more will follow. During that time, we’ve seen the podcast evolve in content and size from a three-guest show (i.e. db, Todd, Gabe), to a four-guest show (i.e addition of Mike B.), to a larger team of co-hosts (i.e. addition of Chad, Nathaniel and myself) trading places on a weekly basis.

But through all these years one thing remained consistent and that is our dedicated audience. This audience consistently propels us to the top five/ten most listened automotive podcasts on iTunes – which is mind boggling – and it continues to grow at a rapid pace. continued →

MF / WRR Interview: Glympse

MotoringFile Sections: Ask MotoringFile | Podcast | Technology Sep 24th, 2014 4 Comments

glympse_720 Long-time follower of White Roof Radio should remember that we used to invite contributors to the MINI Community on a regular basis. We also record exclusive conversations with MINI Executives during official events such as auto shows, press junkets or MINI Takes The States.

Next week we will kick-off our 2014-2015 interview season with James Stanton, Partner Product Manager at Glympse. continued →

White Roof Radio #524

MotoringFile Sections: Podcast Sep 23rd, 2014 No Comments


A proper automotive podcast for you guys this week, like we like to do. News from MotoringFile.com as always, including this cool video of MINIs being built, a really great #mtts2014 video and a few notes I wrote up about #mtts 2014 in case you missed it.

After news, we go right into a great session of Ask Chad! The good reverend answers your questions, relatively free of charge. All you have to do is email those in to askchad@whiteroofradio.com to get yours answered too. Oh, and follow Detroit Tuned on Instagram while you are at it.

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What to Expect from MINI at the Mondial de l’ Automobile Paris 2014

MotoringFile Sections: Auto Shows | F55 Five Door Hatch | F59 Roadster/Coupe | Official News Sep 23rd, 2014 4 Comments


Official Release: The MINI model family once again presents distinctive personalities in its latest generation. The most recent example of an attractive addition to the model range of the British premium brand will be on show at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. The international motor show in the French capital is the setting for the world premiere of the new MINI 5 door. The second body variant of the new MINI offers two additional doors as well as expanded space for occupants and luggage, thereby providing new ways of experiencing the brand’s hallmark driving fun and individual style in a premium model of the small car segment. This means that for the first time in the brand’s 55-year history, MINI is now represented in this vehicle category with a 5-door model.

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