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MINI Releases the First MINI JCW Video Featuring Tony Hawk

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Hatch | JCW | Video Dec 11th, 2014 9 Comments

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While the covers have just been thrown off the new 2015 MINI JCW and MINI’s marketing blitz has already begun. In the JCW’s first video we find Tony Hawk and French rally driver Guerlain Chicherit (yes the car who attempted to break the long jump record in a MINI) racing around the streets of LA. Why is it important to watch? For one this is the first we’ve heard of the new car. And from what we get from the video, it would seem MINI has taken the exhaust tuning very seriously. Secondly this is the first time we’ve seen the new car in motion and driven in anger.

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World Premier: The MINI JCW Hatch (w/Technical Specifications)

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Hatch | JCW | Official News Dec 11th, 2014 33 Comments

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The MINI press office has quickly churned out a press release announcing the arrival of the F56 JCW. In it MINI verifies specs and details we didn’t know before (like a JCW specific HUD for instance). While the release doesn’t come with new photos, we expect more soon. And even better we’ll be hands-on with the new JCW at this year’s NAIAS in early January. Click through for the full official release. continued →


BMW Group Appoints New CEO

MotoringFile Sections: Official News Dec 11th, 2014 1 Comment

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Official Release: At its meeting today, the Supervisory Board of BMW AG took the first steps to initiate a generational change at the head of the company’s Board of Management and Supervisory Board. Harald Krüger will become Chairman of the Board of Management effective the end of the Annual General Meeting on 13 May 2015. The current Chairman of the Board of Management, Dr. Norbert Reithofer, will be put forward for election to the Supervisory Board at the 2015 Annual General Meeting. Moreover, the Supervisory Board expressed its support for the proposal that Dr. Reithofer – subject to his election to the Supervisory Board – be elected to the position of Chairman of the Supervisory Board after the 2015 Annual General Meeting. continued →

Euro NCAP Advanced Award Goes to the MINI Driving Assistant

MotoringFile Sections: Awards | Official News | Safety Dec 11th, 2014 4 Comments

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Official Release: The new MINI in the premium small car segment is the leader not just when it comes to driving fun but also in the field of active safety. This status has now been confirmed by the independent safety testing institute Euro NCAP (New Car Assessment Programme), in particular due to the new driver assistance systems. MINI has received the Euro NCAP Advanced award 2014 for its pedestrian warning system with city braking function. The system forms part of the Driving Assistant option for the new MINI 3 door and the new MINI 5 door and is rated by safety experts as a groundbreaking innovation in reducing the risk of accidents in urban traffic.

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Worldwide MINI Sales Reach Record High For November

MotoringFile Sections: Official News | Sales Dec 10th, 2014 3 Comments

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November saw the MINI brand reach a new high for the month. Global deliveries totalled 29,018, an increase of 16.7% compared to the same month last year (24,873). The all-new third-generation core MINI three-door model saw sales increase 26.3% compared to November last year (13,248 / prev. yr. 10,488) whilst the newly launched MINI five-door model achieved total sales of 4,033 in the month. continued →

Breaking: The 2015 MINI JCW Leaks (w/Gallery)

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Hatch | JCW Dec 9th, 2014 29 Comments

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In the Automotive press world there are such things as embargoes. They allow the press to properly cover a subject with the appropriate time to not just write a cohesive piece but add intelligent and/or critical thought. They work great. Until someone breaks them. That happened this evening when when Australia’s Carsales.com.au accidentally hit publish on a story due next week. We imagine the black 7 Series are pulling up now to Carsales HQ and retribution will be swift. However for us that means we can publish a sneak peek at the new MINI JCW without such retribution. Now onto the details we’ve all been waiting for. continued →


The MINI Collection Screendancer Turns iTunes into a Dance Floor

MotoringFile Sections: Official News Dec 9th, 2014 1 Comment

P90170698-highRes Official Release: MINI Collection is breaking new ground with the “MINI Collection Screendancer” – an innovative way to shop for fashion and accessories using iTunes. This pioneering idea allows iTunes users to watch music videos and shop for the dancers’ outfits at the same time. The Screendancer is a plug-in for iTunes Visualizer, a programme that displays visual effects synchronised to the song playing. Once the MINI Collection Screendancer is installed on a computer, the plug-in can recognise the rhythm and real dancers move to the beat. As an extra innovative feature, the dancers’ outfits can be bought directly from the MINI online shop. The new MINI Collection 2014/16 presents the top items from the dancers’ ever-changing outfits – from caps, beanies, T-shirts, hoodies and jackets to trainers and watches. Simply click on the product for more details. continued →

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