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MINI USA Holiday Owner Gift Swap Returns

MotoringFile Sections: Events, MF Feature Nov 13th, 2014 2 Comments

 

MINIUSA Holiday Gift Swap

For the second year in a row, MINIUSA is facilitating a group holiday gift swap exclusively for MINI owners. The community event is setup similarly to a “secret santa” which gives MINI Owners the opportunity to secretly send and receive a creative holiday gift with a fellow MINI Motorer.  All you have to do is submit your contact information on the website provided below to allow MINIUSA to give this to a secret gift giver on Match Day. continued →

How is the New MINI in Wet Driving?

MotoringFile Sections: MF Feature Oct 23rd, 2014 7 Comments

Screen Shot 2014-10-22 at 5.09.40 PMWith fall in full swing storms can bring lots of rainy days. Autocar recently put seven cars to task in wet conditions and MINI was in the mix. continued →

Unleash your inner artist on a custom MINI

MotoringFile Sections: MF Feature Sep 30th, 2014 No Comments

gmb5YyfaFGThe folks over at MINI Space are having a contest and you’re invited to participate. Get out the crayons, submit your design and it could end up on display at BMW Welt (BMW World) in Munich. continued →

Autocar: Mini Cooper D five-door UK first drive review

MotoringFile Sections: MF Feature Sep 26th, 2014 6 Comments

F55 Five Door Cooper D

The floodgate of F55 Five Door reviews are pouring in and Autocar has reviewed something of forbidden fruit for those of us on the other side of the pond, the diesel five-door MINI Cooper D. Autocar not only appreciates the practicality of the five-door for families and those who need more space, but dynamically believes the ride improves on the three-door F56 (similar to the ride transition from R56 hatch to R55 Clubman). continued →


MINI Debadging – Creating Stealth and Subtlety

MotoringFile Sections: MF Feature Sep 5th, 2014 8 Comments

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In 2001 when the MINI One and Cooper were introduced to the world it was clear that BMW had done it right. No we’re not talking about the cars (although clearly they nailed that too). We’re talking about the brand identity and typography associated with it. Modern with a hint of tradition about it, the MINI brand and the Cooper mark on the cars was spot-on in our opinion. Then we started seeing R53 test mules with the same “Cooper” type design with a (gasp) gaudy and played-out “S” tacked on to it. Our first thought – we hoped we’d see revisions before production. Alas that was not to be the case and we’ve been trying to remove that italicized and stretched red “S” ever since. continued →

5,142 Miles Aboard The 2014 F56 S

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Hatch, MF Feature, MTTS, Opinion, Reviews Aug 25th, 2014 35 Comments

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Photo Credit: Eileen Dugan

Preston Thomas Tucker. Most people know him as the car manufacturer Jeff Bridges portrayed in the critically acclaimed film Tucker: The Man and His Dream. Others know him as one of those formidable entrepreneurs that only the United State seems to have the recipe for. Following the end of World War II, Tucker strongly believed the US car market was ripe for disruption and that unprecedented car designs would bring people back into the dealerships. With that in mind, he started the Tucker Corporation with the ambition of building the car of tomorrow. Even though it would never fully reached production status it would be revolutionary in its form and function by boasting a fuel-injected engine, disc brakes, side impact protections and adaptive headlights. While one can argue about the relative success of Mr. Tucker’s venture, he was, by any measure, a visionary; he saw the future and acted to change the world regardless of the obstacles he faced. Though we must remain objective in evaluating what the Tucker Corporation achieved and what MINI is doing today, our favorite car brand had to overcome serious challenges to remain the undisputed contender in the premium small-car category. After a 5,142 miles MTTS rally, not only has our F56 surpassed these challenges, but moreover MINI might have a serious sales hit on their hands, especially with the soon-to-be-released F55.  continued →


MINI Reveals Future of Travel at London Design Festival

MotoringFile Sections: Design, Events, MF Feature, MINI Concept Cars, Official News, Technology Aug 21st, 2014 1 Comment

MINI London Design Festival

MINI concept cars have traditionally served one of two purposes: a design exercise showcasing future brand-direction but not bound for production or a thinly veiled version of a near production vehicle. The stunning MINI Superleggera Vision unveiled at the 2014 Concours d’Elegance at Italy’s Villa d’Este and the Rocketman Concept at the 2011 Geneva auto show fall into the former category. The latter would contain the 2010 Paceman Concept and the 2009 Roadster Concept and Coupé Concept. But in a society fascinated by both transportation and dreams of the distant future, what is MINI imagining beyond the edge of the automative horizon?

The answer is the MINI Design collaboration with online magazine Dezeen “Frontiers – The Future of Mobility” which will have an exhibit at the 2014 London Design Festival. continued →

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MINI Model Cheat Sheet

1st Gen MINI
R50: One & MC Hatch
R52: All 1st Gen MINI Convt.
R53: MCS Hatch
2nd Gen MINI
R55: Clubman
R56: Hatch
R57: Convertible
R58: Coupe
R59: Roadster
R60: MINI Crossover
R61: MINI Crossover Coupe
3rd Gen MINI
F54: Clubman
F55: Five Door Hatch
F56: Hatch
F57: Convertible
F60: MINI Crossover
F58: Traveller

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