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5 Thoughts After 500 Miles: Driving the 691 hp Tesla Model S P85D

MotoringFile Sections: MINI Competitors | Reviews Apr 7th, 2015 21 Comments

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We’ve just spent 500 miles behind the wheel of the new all electric 691 hp Tesla P85D and we have a ton to say. And while our full review is coming soon, we couldn’t wait to give you a peek into our time with the electric rocketship.

Here are five quick thoughts after five hundred miles. continued →

MINI At Auto Shanghai 2015

MotoringFile Sections: Official News | Shanghai Apr 6th, 2015 2 Comments

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Official Release: The new edition of the top athlete combines the further refined qualities of the latest MINI generation with the most powerful engine ever installed in one of the brand’s serial production models. continued →


Rolls-Royce On Semi-Autonomous Driving

MotoringFile Sections: In the Press | NYIAS | Technology Apr 6th, 2015 2 Comments

P90178545-highResFollowing the press days at the New York Internal Auto Show, the New York Times provides a summary of semi-autonomous driving features announced during the event. Audi, Cadillac, and Volvo, among others, showcased a number of assisted driving features that allow drivers to partially “disengage” themselves from actively piloting their vehicles. Such features are particularly interesting during highway or traffic driving situations. What is more interesting, is a certain BMW Group Company’s take on the matter continued →

Why BMW is Moving MINI Further Upscale (And Why We’re Not Worried)

MotoringFile Sections: F54 Clubman | F55 Four-Door Hardtop | F56 Two-Door Hardtop | F57 Convertible | F60 Countryman | Opinion Apr 3rd, 2015 23 Comments

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Premium does not equal high cost. Nor does a move further upscale mean MINI will turn its back on the style and performance that has made the brand such a success over the years. Now with that out let’s get to the why, how and when. continued →


Auto Express Review: MINI Cooper S Four-Door vs. VW Polo GTI (Video)

MotoringFile Sections: F55 Four-Door Hardtop | In the Press | MINI Competitors Apr 3rd, 2015 11 Comments

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In their latest comparison video, Auto Express pits the MINI Cooper S four-door against the Volkswagen Polo GTI.  Click through to watch the video and see which car they pick as the winner of this comparison. continued →

MINI USA Sales Up 59% in March 2015

MotoringFile Sections: Official News | Sales Apr 2nd, 2015 17 Comments

F56_3DoorHardtopDesign (12)MINI USA sales just came out for March and they are up 59.5% compare to the same month last year. These results are primarily driven by the Hardtop 2-door, 4-door, and the Convertible while the rest of the lineup is significantly down. But let’s take a closer look at this month’s numbers. continued →


MF Interview: Greasy’s Garage

MotoringFile Sections: MF Interview Apr 1st, 2015 1 Comment

For most of you, Greasy’s Garage is a new name. If you are a MINI owner in New England, chances are good you’ve not only heard of them, you’ve had work done there. Let’s take a closer look at what makes this shop so popular among northeastern MINI motorers. continued →

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R55: Clubman
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R59: Roadster
R60: MINI Crossover
R61: MINI Crossover Coupe
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F54: Clubman
F55: Five Door Hatch
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F57: Convertible
F60: MINI Crossover
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