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(UPDATED WITH OFFICIAL STATEMENT) MINI USA Delaying all Cooper Deliveries Due to Defect

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Hatch | Faults & Fixes | MF Feature Apr 2nd, 2014 44 Comments

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MINI USA has responded to our report with an official statement regarding the situation.

MINI USA STATEMENT

“At MINI, our owner safety and confidence is our first priority. Earlier this week, as part of our ongoing quality analysis, our team discovered that certain new MINI Hardtop vehicles could experience some engine coolant leakage from the oil filter housing. This can result in a power reduction and subsequently cause the yellow/red “engine overheating” warning light to light up. We immediately brought this issue to the attention of all of our dealers and issued an immediate stop delivery on all affected vehicles. For the small number of Motorers who have already taken delivery of their new MINI Hardtop, we are working to quickly and effectively replace the needed part at no charge.”

MINIUSA is holding all Cooper deliveries ahead of the 4/15 launch date due to a oil filter housing problem. We reported the news, courtesy of several sources, via Instagram, Twitter and Facebook yesterday but held-off reporting it on MF in order to confirm the details.

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MINI USA Sales Down 40% for March While Waiting for F56

MotoringFile Sections: Official News | Sales Apr 1st, 2014 8 Comments

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It was a dry month and MINI dealers with the F56 still a few weeks from its official on sale date. As expected sales were down big time with a decrease of 39.8 percent from the 6,071 automobiles sold in the same month a year ago. Year to date, MINI USA reported a total of 8,657 automobiles, a decrease of 38.4 percent from the 14,055 automobiles sold in the first three months of 2013. Full details after the break.

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MINI Shoots and Scores: The MINI Paceman GoalCooper

MotoringFile Sections: Official News | R61 (Paceman) Apr 1st, 2014 12 Comments

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Official 4/1 Release: The countdown is on in Brazil and soccer fans are gearing up for the biggest global sporting event of the year. Jerseys and flags are in huge demand but one question remains: what will be the car of choice for celebrating fans from mid June? MINI is sure to strike from outside the box with its homage to the beautiful game: the MINI Paceman GoalCooper. continued →

Fancy a Cooper T?

MotoringFile Sections: Official News Apr 1st, 2014 5 Comments

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Official Release April 1st 2014: Enhancing the company’s sustainability credentials, MINI’s scientists, engineers and product designers have unveiled the new MINI Cooper T – the world’s first vehicle to be powered by a tea-leaf biofuel composite. continued →


Get Ready for Back-up Cameras

MotoringFile Sections: Official News Mar 31st, 2014 26 Comments

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Because US drivers apparently can’t back up, the Federal government is mandating all cars sold by 2018 have back-up cameras standard. Good, bad, stupid? Let us know in the comments.

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today issued a final rule requiring rear visibility technology in all new vehicles under 10,000 pounds by May 2018. This new rule enhances the safety of these vehicles by significantly reducing the risk of fatalities and serious injuries caused by backover accidents.

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MINI UK Quietly Recalls the F56 Cooper D

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Hatch | Recalls/Campaigns Mar 29th, 2014 8 Comments

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We don’t have much information on this one yet but here what we do know. Several MF readers have been asked to return their newly bought Cooper D to the dealer due to an “acoustic audio” problem. continued →


F56 MINI Hits US Dealers This Weekend

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Hatch Mar 28th, 2014 65 Comments

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It’s time for the launch parties and test drives. In fact dealers on the east side of North America have had several F56 delivered and we’ve heard more than a few readers have already gotten behind the wheel. continued →

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