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MF / WRR Interview: Glympse

MotoringFile Sections: Ask MotoringFile, Podcast, Technology Sep 24th, 2014 3 Comments

glympse_720 Long-time follower of White Roof Radio should remember that we used to invite contributors to the MINI Community on a regular basis. We also record exclusive conversations with MINI Executives during official events such as auto shows, press junkets or MINI Takes The States.

Next week we will kick-off our 2014-2015 interview season with James Stanton, Partner Product Manager at Glympse. continued →

Ask MINI USA Product Manager Pat McKenna Anything

MotoringFile Sections: Ask MotoringFile Jul 28th, 2014 69 Comments

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Later this week at MINI Takes the States we’ll be sitting down with with MINI USA Product Manager Pat McKenna and getting up to speed on all things MINI’s for the US market. So we’re opening it up to you. Have questions about the F56? Love the MINI Superlegera concept and want to it? How about suggestions for the current range? Diesels? Hybrids? Lets hear them all in the questions you want answered below. continued →

The Official MotoringFile JCW GP Q&A

MotoringFile Sections: Ask MotoringFile, JCW GP Nov 16th, 2012 54 Comments

Today is GP day here in the US as the car is officially on-sale via a phone reservation system. However for most the remains a bit of a mystery. It’s toured the US (in faux GP form mind you) and the final car was only just driven by journalists (including us) last week. Unfortunately that means much of the knowledge of the car is locked up in our review and frankly in my head as I’m one of the few people on the planet that has had a chance to drive the car. So here’s your chance to ask any questions that didn’t get answered in previously published review on MF (which you can find here).

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Ask MF: Used R53 GP or a Used R56 JCW?

MotoringFile Sections: Ask MotoringFile, JCW GP, R53 (Coupe), R56 (Hatch) Nov 16th, 2012 16 Comments

As aptly pointed out by a reader both the first GP and early R56 JCWs are priced similarly in the mid-20s these days. So which one to get? The first question we’d have to ask – is this a daily driver? If so the more modern R56 (presumably with some options and nice to haves) would be the easy logical choice. However things get much more interesting when this isn’t about solving the problem of finding a daily driver. continued →


Ask MF: Sell Loaded JCW to Buy the GP?

MotoringFile Sections: Ask MotoringFile, JCW GP Nov 15th, 2012 47 Comments

With the GP going on pre-sale today for current or previous GP owners, more than a few of you are considering make a change. And with that in mind we bring you think week’s “Ask MF” from long time reader Karl:

My 5th and current MINI is a 2009 factory JCW – loaded with every package. You’ve written glowing reviews of the new GP. I’m on the fence and was wondering if you had a 2009 loaded JCW with 18K miles, would you hesitate to sell it and get the new GP? Is the new GP that much better?

Naturally the answer is a personal one. Let’s start with what you really value in a MINI. continued →

Ask MF: Is Running MotoringFile a Full-Time Job?

MotoringFile Sections: Ask MotoringFile Aug 3rd, 2012 8 Comments

Today’s question comes from Shawn:

If you don’t mind my asking, is Motoring File a full-time or primary job for you guys? I have been reading your articles and listening to your podcasts for a couple years now, but I don’t recall the subject ever being discussed. I couldn’t help but wonder if MTTS was the worlds most awesome job assignment or if it was primarily for pleasure with a side of journalism.

As awesome as it would be to write about cars full time, all of us involved in MotoringFile and White Roof Radio have day jobs. We do this because we love doing it and because we have enthusiasm for the brand. Gabe started MF in the fall of 2002 out of an excitement and interest in the brand. The same could be said for Whiteroofradio and Todd and DB in 2004. Through those years of hard work lots of tireless coverage we’ve created the site you see today – the most influential MINI site in the world. And we’ve done this all while having “real lives”. continued →


Ask MF: Obsessed With MINIs, But Can’t Buy Yet

MotoringFile Sections: Ask MotoringFile May 10th, 2012 23 Comments

This question comes to us from MotoringFile reader Shawn Brandt.

What do you recommend for someone who is hopelessly obsessed with MINI’s but one is currently out of financial reach — even a decent used one?

Like many Americans of my generation, my first exposure to MINI was the remake of the film “The Italian Job”. From that point on I was hooked. The more I learned, the more I desired. Not every car can appeal to, and sync up with, a personality in a way that MINIs do. continued →

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R60: MINI Crossover
R61: MINI Crossover Coupe
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F55: Five Door Hatch
F56: Hatch
F57: Convertible
F60: MINI Crossover
F58: Traveller

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