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Section: F56 Hatch

MF Garage: The F56 Sport Suspension Has Made Believers Out of Us

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Hatch, MotoringFile Garage Jan 29th, 2015 16 Comments

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When speccing our Cooper S we had originally planned to have the Sport Suspension optioned, hoping to properly compare the most hardcore factory Cooper S to all the sporting MINIs that came before it. Then last second we decided we’d be better off going with the variable dampers since that’s what many of you would likely be more curious about. However as luck would have it, an ordering snafu produced a Sport Suspension shod Cooper S just as we had originally intended. And after two weeks and 1500 miles we’re pretty pleased with the happy accident.  continued →

MINI Challenge F56 Profiled by XCARFilms

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Hatch, JCW, MINI Challenge, Motorsports Jan 29th, 2015 4 Comments

XCAR1MotoringFile was one of the first sites to show footage of the F56 MINI Challenge race car from the perspective of current racers. However now we have high quality footage and an in-depth review as provided by XCARFilms. continued →

MINI USA Updates Hardtop Configurator: JCW Exterior Pkg & Chili Red

MotoringFile Sections: F55 Five Door Hatch, F56 Hatch, JCW, MF Feature Jan 28th, 2015 5 Comments

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MINI USA is often tweaking the online configurator to make small improvements, but we recently spotted a few surprise additions including the JCW Exterior Package, Chili Red paint and additional wheel options for the two and four door Hardtop models. continued →

MF Garage: Our Long-Term F56 Cooper S is Here – Most of It

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Hatch, MotoringFile Garage Jan 26th, 2015 20 Comments

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After an excruciatingly long wait our long term Cooper S test car is here. Well most of it. The process of ordering a press or corporate car at MINI typically takes longer and is less of a science than ordering from your dealer. Therefore when production issues at Oxford slowed output, our car and other similar press cars were bumped back in order to get customer cars out. At the time we thought that seemed more than fair. However, the result was our car missed its late June build slot, which meant it officially became a 2015 model. That in turn meant it fell victim to the EPA issue that saw all 2015 model year cars held at the port until October 1st.

October 1st came and went and our MINI was once again bumped back so that the company could focus on customer cars. Rightly so we thought, but boy was this getting old. Finally in late December we were told our car was shipping out. After another excruciating delay due to weather we got the call. Anticipation was hardly the word. continued →


MINI’s Delivery Stop for the Cooper Model Due to Incorrect Stickers?

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Hatch, Faults & Fixes Jan 25th, 2015 3 Comments

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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 →

Exclusive: MINI Issues Statement on 2014/2015 MINI Cooper Hardtop Delivery Stop

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Hatch, Faults & Fixes, Official News Jan 22nd, 2015 1 Comment

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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 →


MINI Names New Global Head of Brand

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Hatch, Official News Jan 21st, 2015 4 Comments

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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 →

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