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JCW Walkthrough with MINI USA Head of Product (Video)

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Two-Door Hardtop, In the Press, JCW, Reviews Aug 2nd, 2015 No Comments

F56_JCW_0109_web During last week’s press event, we had the chance to meet with The Fast Lane Car Chief, Roman Mica. Roman is a really nice guy and obviously a huge car enthusiast, and his Youtube videos are always fun to watch. A few hours ago, The Fast Lane Car published their review of the F56 John Cooper Works. Their key takeaways are similar to MotoringFile’s, but the most interesting bit is the detailed JCW walkthrough with Patrick McKenna, Head of Product at MINI USA. continued →

Former Top Gear Hosts Heading to Amazon Prime

MotoringFile Sections: In the Press Jul 30th, 2015 23 Comments

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After much negotiations and a bidding war between streaming services and broadcasters, Amazon managed to ink a 3-year deal with former Top Gear co-hosts. Clarkson, Hammond, and May along with Producer Andy Wilman will debut their new “unscripted” show next year on Amazon Prime Video. The agreement covers global rights for this upcoming series, with availability in the US, UK, Austria, and Germany first. Amazon will also be able to license the rights to the show to other parties in countries across the globe where their streaming service not yet available. We’ve never been fans of Prime Video, so this big news might prompt us to give the service a shot. On the other hand, that’s a big and unfortunate loss for Netflix. continued →

MINI JCW vs. Audi S1, A Proper Comparison

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Two-Door Hardtop, In the Press, JCW Jul 13th, 2015 4 Comments

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Wonder how the new JCW fares against the all-wheel drive Audi S1? Autocar has some answers.

The resulting cohesion with the running gear’s native tautness is impressive: from spring to mount to body to dashboard to steering wheel to palm, there’s no longer any chink for your admiration to slip through. Instead, with big mirrors outside and excellent iDrive-derived sat-nav inside (courtesy of a £1400 Media Pack), you merrily bound from crawl to dawdle to sprint and back again in almost total small-car contentment. continued →

As Manual Transmissions Die at BMW, What Does it Mean for MINI?

MotoringFile Sections: In the Press, Opinion Jul 8th, 2015 18 Comments

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The head of BMW M recently came out with a hint (you pay attention to those when they’re from auto execs) that manual transmissions might not make it into all M cars in the future. He told Autocar “from a technical standpoint, the future doesn’t look bright for manual gearboxes. The DCT and auto ’boxes are faster and they have better fuel consumption.”

Naturally if M cars (BMWs that cater to the enthusiast) drop the beloved manual then we certainly can’t expect normal BMWs to carry the torch much longer. But what if anything does that mean for MINIs? continued →


2015 JCW at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Two-Door Hardtop, In the Press, JCW Jun 28th, 2015 20 Comments

goodwood-mms-111_0Because most of you are enthusiasts, you probably know that the legendary Goodwood Festival of Speed is ongoing this week. And it wouldn’t be a proper Festival of Speed without a MINI taking the hillclimb route. Luckily for us, Darren Moss of Autocar got to drive the new F56 John Cooper Works on this route. Here is what he has to say about his experience. continued →

2016 MINI Clubman Teased, Sort Of (Video)

MotoringFile Sections: Design, F54 Clubman, In the Press, Marketing, Official News, Video Jun 17th, 2015 11 Comments

The 2016 Clubman is only a few weeks away from making its public debut, but MINI’s PR effort is already in full force. To support the launch of the F54 and unveil the creative process behind the new car, MINI is running a series of video shorts called The Cultural. The first one showcases director Andre Saraiva and tattoo artist Scott Campbell. Make sure to watch the clip until the end to see a new interpretation of the legendary MINI logo. continued →


With iOS 9, MINI Has All It Needs to Bring CarPlay

MotoringFile Sections: CarPlay, In the Press, MINI Connected, Technology Jun 13th, 2015 42 Comments

For the past 26 years, Apple has held WWDC. This year was no exception and among the number of announcements that were made earlier this week, an update to CarPlay was one of them. As a reminder, CarPlay is a standard developed by Apple to allow devices running iOS to function with built-in display units of automobile dashboards. As of now, CarPlay can only be found in a handful of cars, but iOS 9 might change the deal for the automotive space in general, and MINI in particular. continued →

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