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MINI USA Announces F56 Seat Related Recall

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Hatch, Official News, Recalls/Campaigns Dec 19th, 2014 No Comments

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Hot off the presses the NHTSA & MINIUSA has issued a recall for certain F56 MINIs. Details after the break. continued →

Woofcast #533: Thank you Japan

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Hatch, JCW, Podcast Dec 16th, 2014 3 Comments

F56_JCW_45_highResFull crew tonight, including Nathaniel from ScooterFile and Gabe from MotoringFile talking about MINIs and other car related things for you this week. Ok, we spend most of the night talking about JCW stuff. And beards, but you need to click back to the live version for that, and all of the other pre-show things we do.

Be sure to join us next week as we will be talking to the only Jalop guy that doesn’t hate MINIs; Patrick George. Should be a great show. Also, programming update, as we finish out the year, next weeks show will also be our last for 2014 except we are tying to organize a Google Hangout for Christmas day, if you are looking for a way to get away from Christmas for a bit. Stay tuned for deets!

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MINI’s 3 Cylinder Wins Wards Engine of the Year Award

MotoringFile Sections: Awards, F56 Hatch Dec 13th, 2014 2 Comments

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Official Release: Penton’s Wards 10 Best Engines of 2015 have been announced. A 707-hp fire-breathing V-8 and a hydrogen-powered fuel cell emitting nothing but water vapor were among all-new or improved powertrains evaluated by the editors of WardsAuto to produce its annual Ward’s 10 Best Engines list.

To be eligible for the Ward’s 10 Best Engines competition, an engine or propulsion system must be all-new or significantly re-engineered and available in the U.S. market with a base price not exceeding $60,000. This year’s pool of 37 nominees includes last year’s 10 winners and 27 new entries. Eight WardsAuto editors drove the vehicles in October and November in their routine daily commutes around metro Detroit. Editors scored each engine based on power, torque, technology, observed fuel economy, relative competitiveness and noise, vibration and harshness characteristics. continued →

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.

Click through and check it out. continued →


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 →

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 First F56 MINI Crash Test Results Are In

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Hatch, Safety Dec 7th, 2014 16 Comments

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The European safety organization NCAP released the first F56 crash tests last week. While the overall score of four out of five is down from the five the R56 scored, the test has changed quite a bit over the past seven years. Many of the changes, instituted in 2013, make it much more difficult for cars to achieve the sought after five stars. However that said, MINI’s corporate cousin the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer managed to pull off the full five stars.

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R50: One & MC Hatch
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