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MF Petition: Let’s Bring Back The Rear Fog Lights!

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Two-Door Hardtop | Opinion | Production | Safety Jun 19th, 2015 35 Comments

JCW_F56_5485-highResSince we published the list of equipment changes for the 2016 Model Year, there’s been an on-going debate about rear fog lights. For those of you new to this, MINI USA has decided to remove the rear fog lights as an option starting with 2016 MINIs. We believe, like many of you, that this might not be the best decision. continued →

MINI USA Officially Unveils 2016 Model Year Pricing and Equipment Changes

MotoringFile Sections: F55 Four-Door Hardtop | F56 Two-Door Hardtop | R60 (Countryman) | R61 (Paceman) Jun 17th, 2015 18 Comments

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If you’re a frequent MotoringFile reader you would have seen much of the information that MINI USA released today for the 2016 model year changes. However if you missed our report earlier this spring (what!) MINI USA has kindly put together an official release that hits the high points. continued →


2016 MINI Clubman Teased, Sort Of (Video)

MotoringFile Sections: Design | F54 Clubman | In the Press | Marketing | Official News | Video Jun 17th, 2015 11 Comments

The 2016 Clubman is only a few weeks away from making its public debut, but MINI’s PR effort is already in full force. To support the launch of the F54 and unveil the creative process behind the new car, MINI is running a series of video shorts called The Cultural. The first one showcases director Andre Saraiva and tattoo artist Scott Campbell. Make sure to watch the clip until the end to see a new interpretation of the legendary MINI logo. continued →

The MINI Clubman is Coming – What Do You Want to Know?

MotoringFile Sections: F54 Clubman | F54 Clubman Hybrid Jun 17th, 2015 22 Comments

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This is the moment before the storm so to speak. We know that MINI will be debuting the Clubman in Berlin and at the Goodwood festival of speed soon. We also know that many of you are Clubman curious (as we call it) about the new four door MINI. While we’ve already told you everything we think you should know, we might have missed something. So the question to you is, what to you want to know? continued →


MINI Loves Pitti – High-end Fashion Accessories for Gents

MotoringFile Sections: Accessories | Official News Jun 16th, 2015 7 Comments

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Official Release: To drive a MINI is to make a statement. To wear MINI is now equally so. On the occasion of the 88th Pitti Uomo, MINI got together with six talented young Italians and the heads behind the Pitti Uomo gentleman’s fashion fair to design the first MINI Capsule Collection. The upshots are six premium accessories that combine Italian craftsmanship with creative and innovative details – inspired by the new MINI Clubman. continued →

With iOS 9, MINI Has All It Needs to Bring CarPlay

MotoringFile Sections: CarPlay | In the Press | MINI Connected | Technology Jun 13th, 2015 42 Comments

For the past 26 years, Apple has held WWDC. This year was no exception and among the number of announcements that were made earlier this week, an update to CarPlay was one of them. As a reminder, CarPlay is a standard developed by Apple to allow devices running iOS to function with built-in display units of automobile dashboards. As of now, CarPlay can only be found in a handful of cars, but iOS 9 might change the deal for the automotive space in general, and MINI in particular. continued →


MINI Making the Case for Superleggera Production

MotoringFile Sections: F54 Clubman | F54 Clubman Hybrid | F55 Four-Door Hardtop | F56 Two-Door Hardtop | F57 Convertible | F60 Countryman | In the Press | Rocketman | Superleggera Jun 12th, 2015 17 Comments

P90151083-MINI Superleggera Vision Roadster ConceptThis week, Autocar decided  there’s still hope that the Superleggera will enter production. While enthusiasts probably begin to grow frustrated by these rumors, Autocar’s take is based on an actual conversation with BMW Board member, Peter Schwarzenbauer. But reading the article, the more interesting tidbits do not concern the concept we all love, but rather the rest of the MINI lineup. continued →

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R50: One & MC Hatch
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R55: Clubman
R56: Hatch
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R58: Coupe
R59: Roadster
R60: MINI Crossover
R61: MINI Crossover Coupe
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F54: Clubman
F55: Five Door Hatch
F56: Hatch
F57: Convertible
F60: MINI Crossover
F58: Traveller

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