Jan 25th, 2015
Earlier this week we broke that MINI had issues a sales stop of all Cooper models built from December 2013 to December 2014. We’ve now heard from several sources that the issue was nothing more than mis-labeled cargo weight capacity stickers. continued →
Jan 22nd, 2015
This weekend MINI USA sent dealers a delivery stop notice on the 2014 and 2015 model year Cooper model (not the Cooper S). We reached out to MINI and they confirmed the situation and issued an official statement for MotoringFile readers. continued →
Jan 21st, 2015
Official Release: Jochen Goller will move to China where he will take over an extended role with overall responsibility for Sales and Marketing at the BMW Brilliance Joint Venture in China. Mr Goller (48), who has headed up the MINI brand since 2013, already has experience when it comes to the Chinese market. During his 15-year career with the BMW Group, he was previously Head of Marketing at BMW China before returning to Europe, where he first took over responsibility for the MINI brand in Great Britain and Ireland ahead of moving to his current job. continued →
Jan 20th, 2015
The news is light but certainly looks serious. According to multiple sources at dealers, MINIUSA has issued a delivery stop on all F56 MINI Cooper produced from Dec 2013 to Dec 2014. continued →
Jan 15th, 2015
The 2015 MINI JCW is here and it’s exactly what we at MF have hoped for since the brand’s inception. From the early years as a bolt-on kit to the never fully realized R56 JCW, the brand has had plenty of promise but never quite a cohesive statement (outside of the limited edition GP). Until now. The F56 JCW marks the brand’s first car that might just fulfill the promise that the brand has had for years. The only question left in our mind is if it goes far enough? That’s a question we won’t have an answer to until we get behind the wheel.
Nevertheless, after spending two days with the car and MINI executives behind it, there’s lots to dissect and discuss. Lets dive into the details. continued →
Jan 12th, 2015
Priced just hundreds of dollars more than its R56 predecessor (albeit with 23 more horsepower), the F56 JCW was officially introduced today at NAIAS. Does this give the new JCW a price versus performance equation that we’ve been looking for? The numbers look good but we’ll find out for sure later this year when we get behind the wheel.
Official release: The new 2015 MINI John Cooper Works Hardtop will make its World Premiere today at the North American International Auto Show, featuring the most powerful engine ever installed in a MINI production model. The latest high performance addition to the MINI line up will be priced at $30,600 plus $850 Destination & Handling in the U.S. and will go on sale in the spring. continued →
Jan 6th, 2015
We just learned that MINI USA is moving forward with a recall campaign for 3,679 2014 2-door Hardtops over side impact performance requirements for the rear passenger seat. continued →