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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

Driving the JCW GP in the Wild

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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Roadster Named “Best Open-Top” by What Car? Awards

MotoringFile Sections: Awards Jan 22nd, 2013 4 Comments

Apparently this is the year of the Roadster when it comes to design awards. Yet another annual design award group has named the Roadster a best of. In this case, it’s What Car?, and they’ve named the Roadster the best soft top to be had.

Official News from MINI: The MINI Cooper S Roadster has scooped the title of best open-top at the prestigious What Car? Car of the Year Awards 2013. Chas Hallett, editor of What Car? said: “MINIs are all about fun and the Roadster delivers it in spades – in fact we think it’s the most fun MINI yet. Drop the roof and the MINI Roadster feels like a modern-day version of classic British sports cars such as the MGB and Lotus Elan – only better.”

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MINI Roadster Wins 2012 GOOD DESIGN Award

MotoringFile Sections: Awards, In the Press, Official News, R59 (Roadster) Jan 17th, 2013 14 Comments

It’s been said both here and on White Roof Radio that the MINI Roadster is our pick for the best looking “new” MINI to date. We think it’s a triumph of reinterpreting the MINI design language into something that is both unique in the MINI lineup and uniquely “MINI.” Turns out we’re not alone in that assessment. The MINI Roadster, along with five other BMW Group vehicles, won a 2012 GOOD DESIGN Award. A huge congrats to MINI and BMW Group for being recognized in their dedication to letting design lead their product development efforts. Details after the jump.

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BSSP Takes Home Addy Awards for MINI Work

MotoringFile Sections: Awards, Marketing Mar 16th, 2012 4 Comments

For those outside the industry, the Addy Awards are a local, regional and national awards program that honors creative work around the country. Recently, MINI USA’s agency, Butler Shine Stern & Partners (BSSP) took home top awards in five categories — including television, and out-of-home — at the San Francisco Addy awards. Taking home 11 awards total, honors were concentrated around two campaigns: MINI Rocks the Rivals, and the Coupé launch — including the space shuttle-inspired installation in NYC. These are not the first advertising awards for BSSP and certainly not the first for the MINI brand, so congrats all around. See the full list of award wins here.

MINI Tops J.D. Power Repair Service Customer Satisfaction List

MotoringFile Sections: Awards, In the Press Mar 14th, 2012 6 Comments

For the second year in a row, MINI has been named the top service experience by J.D. Power. When it comes to getting your car worked on, MINI takes the best care of you, according to JDP. The experience customers had with their service advisor at MINI dealerships was apparently just that little bit better. continued →


Autosport Names MINI WRC Rally Car of the Year

MotoringFile Sections: Awards, Countryman WRC Dec 9th, 2011 5 Comments

Without a doubt, MINI has made a huge splash its first year back racing in rally racing. Team MINI was in the chase for several podiums and found themselves standing on more than one. A great car, great drivers and a great support team has made year one a season for the history books. Well the readers of Autosport agree, naming the Countryman WRC Rally Car of the Year. David Richards of Prodrive had this to say: continued →

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