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MF Poll: What Current MINI Interests you the Most?

MotoringFile Sections: MF Poll, R55 (Clubman), R56 (Hatch), R57 (Conv.), R58 (Coupe), R59 (Roadster), R60 (Countryman) Nov 9th, 2011 24 Comments

With the release of the Coupe and the introduction of the Roadster, it’s a great time to step back and look at the MINI family. And with that, we can’t help but wonder which we’d have if given the chance. While we love the Countryman All4 in our driveway, a Coupe or even a roadster would look great in the MF garage. Then there’s the incredible utility of the Clubman or even the classic hatch. But enough about what we think. What’s your favorite MINI of the moment?

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Gallery after the break. continued →

MF Poll: MINI Roadster vs the Coupe

MotoringFile Sections: MF Poll, R58 (Coupe), R59 (Roadster) Nov 1st, 2011 13 Comments

Two years ago we asked you a simple question. Roadster or Coupe? At the time they were just concepts. But that didn’t stop opinion from being incredibly divided. And when we say divided we mean not only were there strong opinions but it was split down the middle exactly 50/50. In fact well after over 1,000 of you voted there was only 10 votes separating the two.

So now that both cars have been shown in full production form, we wanted to revisit the question and see if opinions have changed.

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More photos after the break. continued →

MF Poll: MINI Roadster vs Convertible

MotoringFile Sections: MF Poll, R60 (Countryman) Oct 31st, 2011 34 Comments

Which would you have? All things (price) being equal, which would you prefer to have in your driveway? Find out more about the differences after the break.

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Car Sharing: What if MINI Offered it?

MotoringFile Sections: MF Poll Jul 21st, 2011 7 Comments

There’s some research out today that paints an interesting picture for the future of car use in major urban areas. Zip car’s own study found the following:

  • 18% of respondents have sold their vehicles since joining Zipcar while 46% said they have avoided buying a car.
  • 72% said they it was now less likely that they would buy or lease a car in the future.
  • Only 12% of Zipsters reported taking five or more car trips in a month, down from 38%, while those now driving less than 500 miles per month increased by more than 17%.
  • 14% bike more; 21% walk more, and 11% use public transportation more often. More than 1/3 said they use public transport to get to a Zipcar.

Source: Clean Technica

We know that BMW has already bought into the idea of car sharing in Europe. In fact they’ve recently partnered with Sixt for a premium car sharing program called DriveNow . The program features BMW 1 Series and MINIs decked out with a few premium options not normally found from car sharing companies like Zip Car. And if rumors are to be believed, BMW may go lease and car share only for the upcoming all electric BMW i3.

So that begs the question;

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After the break you can read all about BMW’s joint venture with Sixt. It gives a great overview of what a MINI car sharing program might look like. continued →


Help Choose MotoringFile’s Countryman (Part 2)

MotoringFile Sections: MF Poll, R60 (Countryman) Feb 21st, 2011 54 Comments

In part two of series we’re getting into the details. Now that we have your initial feedback on our Countryman order we’re ready to choose a spec. With your help we’ve created four Countryman(s?) for MF readers to vote on. The one with the highest votes will help us make our final specification – it’s that simple.

To give a little background for those who may have missed it, what we’re doing here is choosing the model and specification on our long-term test car. We’ll be getting the car later this spring and will be testing it in every kind of environment and situation we can think of. In short you won’t find a better long term test of MINI’s new four door family car anywhere else.

Now some background on our choices. We tried to take the input we gathered from our previous post and create four cars that reflected those ideas. We threw in a Cooper and even an automatic Cooper S All4. Three of four on the pricey side due to the fact that we want to test living with as many options as possible. There is joy in not having them but in this case we’d rather have the experience so we can pass that along to you the reader. Colors? Sure we went a little classic and/or conservative but then again if there’s one thing MINI fans can’t agree on, it’s colors.

So with that said, let’s get started… continued →

Poll: What Future MINI Are You Most Interested In?

MotoringFile Sections: MF Poll Dec 15th, 2010 24 Comments

With all the conversation about upcoming MINI products we thought it a good time to re-run a poll from earlier this year.

MINI has a lot of interesting things in development right now. Some of them, like “the twins” we’ve seen. Some, like the City Car, we’ve only got bits and pieces of information for. That had us wondering. What do you, the illustrious readers of MotoringFile, get excited for?

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Poll: What Future MINI Are You Most Interested In?

MotoringFile Sections: MF Poll Oct 29th, 2010 37 Comments

MINI has a lot of interesting things in development right now. Some of them, like “the twins” we’ve seen. Some, like the City Car, we’ve only got bits and pieces of information for. That had us wondering. What do you, the illustrious readers of MotoringFile, get excited for?

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