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MINI Takes The States 2014

MotoringFile Sections: MF Feature, MTTS Jul 31st, 2014 No Comments

MTTS 2014 ROUTE

We’re almost a third of the way into the 2014 MINI Takes The States and all of us at MotoringFile wish all the participants a memorable, exciting and safe trip.  If you haven’t signed up yet, there is still a limited amount of time to join the party, so head on over to www.minitakesthestates.com  In the mean time we hope you enjoy the coverage from our comrades at White Roof Radio that will be posted on MotoringFile periodically throughout the event in addition to the resources below.

If you see any of the MotoringFile or White Roof Radio sponsors along the way, be sure to wave and say hello.  In particular, be sure to thank MINI USA for organizing such a fantastic event.  Motor On. continued →

MINIs On Top Returns

MotoringFile Sections: MF Feature Jul 16th, 2014 4 Comments

MOT-banner_mf3You may have heard the interview from MINIs On Top last year on White Roof Radio, when the event organizers were stepping down and the event’s future was uncertain. Fortunately, a new group of volunteers stepped forward and continued the tradition this year. ‘Tis the season for MINI gatherings so, we bring you this rundown of last month’s MINIs On Top, New England’s premiere MINI event.

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(Last Day!) Contest: Wanna Join the MotoringFile Team? Be the First #MotoringTern

MotoringFile Sections: MF Feature Jun 13th, 2014 6 Comments

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Update – Thanks to all you who’ve entered our MotoringTern contest thus far. Given that creativity on Instagram goes up during the weekend, we’re extending the contest through Sunday night.

MotoringFile + Intern = MotoringTern. Yup – it’s exactly what you think it is. After ten years we at MF have decided to grow the family by offering one intern spot to the most knowledgable, articulate and responsible (yes it had to be said) MINI fanatic out there.

So if you love MINIs, can write well, navigate technology and social media with your eyes closed than this gig is for you.

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Is MINI Giving Apple’s CarPlay the Cold Shoulder?

MotoringFile Sections: MF Feature, MINI Connected, Technology May 6th, 2014 44 Comments

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Apple’s long awaited CarPlay is finally here and everyone’s favorite small car seems to be oblivious to it. Is that by design or was MINI caught flat-footed?

Given our conversations with MINI and BMW engineers over the past few years it’s clear to us that MINI and BMW are taking a wait and see approach with the technology integration. But it’s not due to BMW being caught off-gaurd. While it’s true that Apple has often been very very late to notify its partners about car related technology (Siri integration being a good example), our sources are telling us that Apple worked directly with automotive partners ahead of the CarPlay debut in Geneva earlier this spring . We also believe that BMW (and MINI given that they use the same iDrive system) has been testing its own integration of the system. However that’s not the only thing that BMW is testing deep within the labs of it’s Munich headquarters. continued →


(UPDATED WITH OFFICIAL STATEMENT) MINI USA Delaying all Cooper Deliveries Due to Defect

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Hatch, Faults & Fixes, MF Feature Apr 2nd, 2014 44 Comments

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MINI USA has responded to our report with an official statement regarding the situation.

MINI USA STATEMENT

“At MINI, our owner safety and confidence is our first priority. Earlier this week, as part of our ongoing quality analysis, our team discovered that certain new MINI Hardtop vehicles could experience some engine coolant leakage from the oil filter housing. This can result in a power reduction and subsequently cause the yellow/red “engine overheating” warning light to light up. We immediately brought this issue to the attention of all of our dealers and issued an immediate stop delivery on all affected vehicles. For the small number of Motorers who have already taken delivery of their new MINI Hardtop, we are working to quickly and effectively replace the needed part at no charge.”

MINIUSA is holding all Cooper deliveries ahead of the 4/15 launch date due to a oil filter housing problem. We reported the news, courtesy of several sources, via Instagram, Twitter and Facebook yesterday but held-off reporting it on MF in order to confirm the details.

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Spied: 2015 MINI JCW

MotoringFile Sections: MF Feature Jan 14th, 2014 4 Comments

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Less than 24 hours after the introduction of the JCW Concept, we now have our first glimpse of a JCW test mule. Nothing too surprising here and there isn’t too much to see. This looks like MINI has the JCW Aero Kit front in order to test cooling on the new JCW 2.0L engine. Also seen here are the exact same front brakes that we saw on the new JCW Concept.

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Happy New Year & Thank You From the MotoringFile Team

MotoringFile Sections: MF Feature Dec 31st, 2013 7 Comments

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Happy 2014 from the MF team to you. And thank you for making 2013 such an amazing year for the site and for each of us.

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