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MINI USA Receives Two 2015 ALG Residual Value Awards

MotoringFile Sections: Awards, MF Feature, Official News Nov 28th, 2014 No Comments

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Owners love their MINIs for many reasons, but the practical reasons among those include MINI’s low depreciation and high resale value.  However you do not have to take our word for it as MINI USA just received two Residual Value Awards from ALG.   The MINI Hardtop won top honors in the Premium Compact Class while the MINI Countryman is projected to hold it’s value better over three years than any other Subcompact Utility Vehicle.  ALG has been projecting residual values for nearly nearly 50 years and has been awarding honors for the top performers for the past 15 years of which MINI USA has been no stranger, winning many times. continued →

The New MINI is Voted “Best-looking Car of 2014″ in its Class

MotoringFile Sections: Awards, F56 Hatch, Official News Sep 18th, 2014 15 Comments

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Official Release: On the market since spring 2014, the new MINI makes an instant impression – with its classic proportions, the typical three-way structure of its body, all-round greenhouse and roof, and a modern interpretation of hallmark brand design features. The new model, extended in length by some ten centimetres, has now been voted by readers of the automobile magazine “auto, motor und sport” as one of the best-looking new models on the German automotive market. With its powerfully expressive and distinctive design, the new MINI has not only impressed expert juries in important competitions, it has also left its mark on public perception. continued →

Auto Express Names the F56 MINI 2014 Car of the Year

MotoringFile Sections: Awards Jul 22nd, 2014 12 Comments

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With the new generation MINI, the F56, fully out in the market, more and more publications are getting their hands on the car and weighing in on how they think it compares to the models that came before it. Well UK car mag Auto Express seems to really like the new MINI. In fact, they’ve named the F56 their 2014 New Car of the Year:

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BMW and MINI Engines Earn Engine of the Year Awards

MotoringFile Sections: Awards, Official News, R55 (Clubman), R56 (Hatch), R57 (Conv.), R58 (Coupe), R59 (Roadster), R60 (Countryman), R61 (Paceman) Jun 25th, 2014 14 Comments

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Official Release: Two class wins in this year’s competition have boosted the BMW Group’s cache of titles acquired in the prestigious International Engine of the Year Award. The two latest accolades go to two power units that manage to combine sporty performance with exemplary efficiency in unique fashion. The 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology – as featured in numerous current BMW models – ranks among the prize-winners for the fourth time. Meanwhile, the 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo engine that drives the MINI Cooper S Countryman and the MINI Cooper S Paceman, among other models, has secured its eighth consecutive class win. continued →


Official: Countryman Wins Highest Value Retention

MotoringFile Sections: Awards, Official News, R60 (Countryman) Feb 7th, 2014 6 Comments

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A new winner in a familiar story: for the tenth time in a row, the title of ‘Value Champion’ goes to the British premium brand MINI. For the first time, it is the MINI Countryman that has been voted as the car with the highest value retention level its class on the German car market. The MINI Cooper S Countryman gained the top position in the small car category of the ranking list published in the ‘Auto Bild’ motoring magazine, making it the ‘Value Champion 2014′. It follows in the footsteps of the MINI and MINI Cabrio, which ever since 2005 had been alternately winning the top position for outstanding value retention.

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MOTOR Magazine Names JCW GP its 2013 Best “Bang for Your Bucks”

MotoringFile Sections: Awards, Best of the Web, In the Press, JCW GP May 14th, 2013 16 Comments

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Australian motoring site and friends of MotoringFile, Ausmotive.com, are reporting this morning that MOTOR Magazine has named the second generation JCW GP as the latest winner of their “Bang for your bucks” award. One judge called the GP the “best MINI I’ve ever driven, especially on a track.” We couldn’t agree more.

Head over to Ausmotive.com for their full take and some down under GP photos. You can also catch the full MINI Australia press release after the jump.

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MINI Wins its Segment in “The Best Cars” Reader Survey

MotoringFile Sections: Awards, Official News Jan 27th, 2013 3 Comments

Official news from MINI: The category is “Mini Cars” and the winner is – once again – MINI. This year’s edition of the readers’ survey “The Best Cars” conducted by German motoring magazine Auto, Motor Und Sport saw the one-off British small car wrap up its latest class title. The MINI finished head and shoulders above its rivals in the import rankings of the “Mini Cars” segment. And, for the first time, it was joined on the winners’ podium by reinforcements from within the family. The MINI Coupé took third place, providing impressive confirmation of the strong popularity enjoyed by the Oxford-built premium small car range. And the brand wasn’t finished yet; a third MINI was also mixing it at the business end of proceedings. In its first nomination in the “Small Cars” category, the MINI Paceman took second place in the import rankings and third overall in the class.

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