Video Tests – XCAR Gets Behind the Wheel of the New MINI JCW

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Two-Door Hardtop | JCW | Video May 8th, 2015 13 Comments

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The UK media got their first taste of the new JCW this week and the reviews are starting to trickle in. In this review we have XCAR (quickly becoming one of our favorite Youtube based automotive channels) has gotten behind the wheel of the new 2015 JCW and found a lot to like. continued →

GP 2 Driver Takes F56 JCW for a Spin

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Two-Door Hardtop | JCW | JCW GP May 7th, 2015 5 Comments

11204933_699401970205716_2804089782299323142_nEarlier this month, we had a chance to take the F56 John Cooper Works for a quick spin. Unfortunately, test-driving such a car in Boston traffic at 5pm is not the best setup to get a good feel of the most powerful MINI in the current lineup. However, friend of MotoringFile and GP2 owner, John, took the new John Cooper Works for an extended test-drive. Here are his impressions. continued →

MINI Connected Update Removes Facebook

MotoringFile Sections: MF Feature May 7th, 2015 8 Comments

Facebook removal_deadBug fixes and improved connectivity come with removal of the app’s most prominent social media feature. continued →

MINIUSA Confirms Delivery Stoppage – 2 Minute Fix Required

MotoringFile Sections: F55 Four-Door Hardtop | F56 Two-Door Hardtop May 6th, 2015 2 Comments


Earlier this week we began hearing rumors of a sales stop of all F55 and F56 MINIs in the U.S. So we went straight to the source and asked MINIUSA for any official info on the stop. So forget the rumors, here are the facts. continued →

Swapping the MINI All 4 Racing for the BMW M4 DTM

MotoringFile Sections: Countryman Dakar | Motorsports | Official News May 5th, 2015 1 Comment


MINI and BMW Motorsports now a have a solid lineup of champions. And what champions do during their free time? They do really fun driving-related things. Most recently, BMW DTM driver Martin Tomczyk and MINI ALL4 Racing ace Nasser Al-Attiyah had a chance to drive each other’s car. Aside from RedBull’s video, Martin Tomczyk on the matter is interesting. continued →

BMW Cancels Numerous Projects Potentially Including the Superleggera Roadster

MotoringFile Sections: F59 Roadster/Coupe | Rumor May 4th, 2015 26 Comments


According to our sister site BimmerFile, BMW and MINI have cancelled a number of projects champion by outgoing CEO Norbert Reithofer. The rumor goes that it’s the i8s, M8, 9 Series and (critically to MINI) the Z2 Roadster. continued →

MINI USA April Sales: Up 25% with the New Five Door Killing the Countryman

MotoringFile Sections: Official News | Sales May 1st, 2015 23 Comments


For April, MINI USA reports 5,476 automobiles sold, an increase of 24.7 percent from the 4,390 sold in the same month a year ago. Good news for the brand but the more interesting news are the detailed figures. The Countryman’s numbers are down by almost 40% (800 units) year over year at least marginally due to the new five door. That five door (the F55) is selling briskly with 1503 units sold in April. That’s only about 600 less than the F56 three door hatch.

Other interesting figures after the break. continued →

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