Jul 3rd, 2014
Car buying has evolved significantly in the past decade, even since the MINI as we know it came into being. Yet one thing remains the same, the cars still have to be sold. MINI holds training sessions for its dealers to this day, but the chaps at Jalopnik found this highly entertaining training video talking all about the fine points of what made a Mini the car to buy in 1978.
Jun 29th, 2014
MINI owner and self-described MINI enthusiast, Brandon Turkus, has penned a comprehensive review of the 2014 MINI Cooper S for Autoblog. Brandon’s is an interesting perspective, since he’s both part of the automotive press, and also a MINI fan. As such, he’s asking a lot of the same questions I’ve had on my mind:
Before the third-generation of the reborn Mini Cooper S landed in my driveway, I couldn’t help but wonder whether the model would continue its slide towards mass appeal, or if it would re-embrace the enthusiast realm with a stronger driver-focused mission. As I found out during my week with the car, it was a bit of both.
Mar 3rd, 2014
While comedian Jay Leno is famous for a great many things in his professional life, such as The Tonight Show, it’s his passion projects that have our attention. In particular, his web series Jay Leno’s Garage is a semi-weekly look into Jay’s automotive and motorcycle interests. The show is mostly a vehicle-by-vehicle tour of the enormous warehouse facility Jay refers to as his garage — his own private automotive museum. However, Jay also brings in guests from time to time who have something he thinks his viewers might be interested in. MF readers may remember a couple months back when Jay featured the TWINI — a twin-engined JCW R53 racing car — on the show.
In this week’s episode, Jay leaves the comforts of his garage for the heat of the desert to meet up with Nani Roma, this year’s winner of the Dakar Rally, and to get a better look at his Team MINI racing car.
Jan 14th, 2014
With the F56 all the way out of the box, it’s no surprise that we’re seeing more and more F56-based MINI variants out and about for prototype testing. The latest is these shots of a next generation Clubman, the F54, out doing some cold weather muling. As previously reported here on MotoringFile, the next Clubman will be a larger car than today, sharing its footprint with the next generation Countryman and Paceman. As the Countryman gets more “soft road” focused, the Clubman will be that slightly larger MINI super wagon that so many MINI fans have been hoping for.
Dec 11th, 2013
No matter your late night viewing loyalties, there’s no denying that Jay Leno is the gear head to end all gear heads. His collection includes motorcycles, antique fire engines, tractors and more cars than one could count. While he calls it his garage, what Jay’s got is a private motor museum of his own making. That facility isn’t open to the public for tours (yet), but Jay shares his passion for all things that turn energy into noise and speed on his long-running web series, Jay Leno’s Garage.
Dec 10th, 2013
MINI USA is embarking on a gigantic “secret santa” initiative between MINI owners this holiday season. All you have to do is head over to MINIUSA.com and sign up to be part of the gift swap. At random, MINI owners will be paired up and MINI USA will send each of you the mailing address of your gifting partner. You send your holiday gift (MINI is suggesting something worth about $10) by December 31 and hopefully your partner somewhere across the country does the same.
When your gift shows up, share a photo of it on the social media outlet of your choice and tag it with #MINIGiftSwap.
Want to participate? Sign up by Thursday, December 12, 2013. That’s just a couple days away, so get crackin’. “>Sign up here.
Dec 3rd, 2013
Want an early look at MINI development? This prototype shell found on eBay gives us an interesting window into that time period where Rover still had some control over engineering and BMW was guiding the ship from afar.