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Parallel Parking World Record in a F56

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Hatch, In the Press Nov 23rd, 2014 4 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 →

MINI USA to Improve Service, Marketing and Dealer Profits

MotoringFile Sections: In the Press Nov 13th, 2014 14 Comments

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While the US is MINI’s largest market, I often wonder if the Woodcliff Lake outpost has much weight in MINI’s strategic decision process. Based on a recent post from Automotive News, this however doesn’t prevent MINI USA’s VP David Duncan from wanting to revamp key operational areas in the near future. Read on to learn more about MINI USA’s plans. continued →

Navdy, I Want One. Now.

MotoringFile Sections: Accessories, F56 Hatch, In the Press, Technology Nov 6th, 2014 14 Comments

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During a short afternoon break today, I nerded out with a couple of friends about online back-up. The conversation turned into a Who’s the Biggest Nerd contest and for once, I lost. The winner came up with Navdy. If you don’t know what it is, I’m sure you’ll want once after reading this post. continued →

MINI Among America’s Most Ticketed Cars

MotoringFile Sections: In the Press, R60 (Countryman) Oct 1st, 2014 2 Comments

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Well, not really but kind of. According to a study released by insurance.com the MINI Countryman S ranks #16 among the most ticketed cars in the US, with 27.5% of R60 S drivers recently receiving a traffic citation. Insurance.com says results are based on insurance quote requests from 550,000 drivers a month. continued →


Change Lane: The Uber of Oil Change

MotoringFile Sections: In the Press, Technology Sep 21st, 2014 4 Comments

Photo Credit: www.pandodaily.com

Photo Credit: www.pandodaily.com

Because of my job, I always need to have a pulse on what’s happening in the enterprise and consumer technology spaces. To that extent, I spend a good amount of time reading news and analyses or listening to dedicated podcasts. Actually, the real reason I do all that is because I’m a full-on nerd but that’s a topic for a different conversation.

This week, my tech news-reading obsession led me to discover Change Lane. continued →

F55 Public Debut at the 2014 Paris Auto Show

MotoringFile Sections: Auto Shows, F55 Five Door Hatch, In the Press Sep 20th, 2014 11 Comments

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According to Automotive News, the public unveiling of the F55 will happen at the 2014 Paris Auto Show starting on October 4th. The auto news outlet also reiterates the fact that MINI has great expectations for the five-door Hatch: continued →


Auto Express Loves MINI

MotoringFile Sections: F55 Five Door Hatch, GXX MINI City Car, In the Press Sep 16th, 2014 8 Comments

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And that is not an understatement. Following the official launch of the F55 and its subsequent review by a number of outlets, Auto Express editor-in-chief Steve Fowler shares his thoughts on the status of the MINI brand:

Think of it this way: if the original Mini was built by a company that had the wherewithal and finances to continually develop it, 911-style, as it should’ve been, I suspect it would be a very similar car – and model range – to what it is today. Whether you like BMW owning MINI or not, the German company has done brilliant things with the brand, and will continue to do so.

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