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Parallel Parking World Record in a F56

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Hatch, In the Press Nov 23rd, 2014 No Comments

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I always see myself as good parallel parker but every time I watch one of Han Yue’s parking job, I am put to shame, as must be the rest of the world. Why is that? Because this week, Yue achieved the tightest parallel park world record with a 3.15 inch gap between cars. That’s insane! I mean this gap is smaller than the very first iPhone. Obviously, we will note that a spanking new MINI F56 was used to do the trick. I guess the not so fun part is trying to get out that spot. continued →

The History of the MINI JCW

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Hatch, JCW Nov 21st, 2014 5 Comments

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I don’t know about you all but I crave for anything related to MINI’s history. I stopped counting the number of hours I spent searching Amazon and YouTube for any piece of memorabilia related to the brand we all love. continued →

Spotify Comes to MINI Connected

MotoringFile Sections: F55 Five Door Hatch, F56 Hatch, MINI Connected, Official News, Technology Nov 19th, 2014 7 Comments

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After a long wait the largest streaming service in the world is finally coming to MINI Connected. Joining Pandora, Tunein and Stitcher, Amazon Cloud Player, Deezer, Napster and Audible, Spotify is part of the MINI connected family of integrated apps that gives drivers a safe autmootive grade interface to control apps from their iOS and Android devices.

Official release: We all know that the new MINI rocks, but now there’s even more for music-loving MINI fans to be jazzed about with the introduction of Spotify to the brand’s roster of third-party App integration.

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The F56 JCW Tuning Kit in Detail (W/VIDEO)

MotoringFile Sections: F55 Five Door Hatch, F56 Hatch, JCW, Video Nov 17th, 2014 1 Comment

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This past weekend MINI officially unveiled a range of MINI and JCW accessories including the highly anticipated JCW Tuning Kit. However it’s the latter that were most interested in.

Launching in Europe this month, the new kit is designed more holistically than before and is comprised of a full ECU remap, stainless steel exhaust and some surprises. For details and to hear the kit in full song, click through. continued →


MINI Sales Slump Finally Hits the Press

MotoringFile Sections: F54 Clubman, F55 Five Door Hatch, F56 Hatch, F57 Convertible, F58 Spacebox, F61 Paceman, F6X Countryman, Sales Nov 12th, 2014 15 Comments

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We’ve been reporting on it all year. But now it would seem the automotive press has picked up on the figures. Here’s Automotive News on the recent slump:

After a flat 2013, Mini’s U.S. sales are down 20 percent through October. The slump has left some pundits wondering whether Mini could suffer the problems of other once-trendy retro nameplates.

Mini management says sales are down mainly because of the model changeover for its core vehicle, the two-door Cooper hardtop. The redesigned hardtop, which is larger and shed some of its quirky features, arrived on dealership lots in April. Then dealers suffered a six-week delay of the 2015 Cooper, which arrived in mid-September.

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The 2015 MINI JCW Set to Debut in December

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Hatch, JCW, NAIAS Nov 10th, 2014 13 Comments

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For several years MINI has been working on how to properly position the JCW sub-brand now that they have full access to BMW technology. The first glimpse into these efforts will be the internet debut of the 2015 MINI F56 JCW in December followed by the public debut in Detroit this January. The first JCW of MINI’s new era will pack the B48B20O0 2.0L four cylinder that will have an output of around 230 hp and torque over 255 ft lbs. With weight around 2,800 lbs this would give the 2015 JCW the best power to weight ratio of any MINI ever – by healthy margin. continued →


The MINI Motoring Challenge

MotoringFile Sections: Events, F56 Hatch, Marketing, Video Nov 8th, 2014 No Comments

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Coinciding with the release of the F56, 2014 has been in a busy year for MINI USA in terms of live events. The last in the series, after the Final Test Test Drive and MINI Takes The States, is the Motoring Challenge. But what is it exactly? Read on to find out. continued →

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