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MINI USA Recalls some 2014 Cooper Hardtops Over Spare Wheel Nut

MotoringFile Sections: MF Feature, Recalls/Campaigns, Safety Nov 29th, 2014 1 Comment

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MINI USA has had a minimal number of recalls since their entry into the US market (especially when compared to the other manufacturers recently) but we do have one new recall to bring to our reader’s attention.  MINI USA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (US) has announced a recall of 5,805 2014 MINI Cooper (non-S) Hardtop models manufactured between January 7, 2014, to July 21, 2014 as the spare wheel may have been attached with a nut that is not self-locking. The consequence is that vibrations could cause the nut to loosen allowing the spare wheel to become dislodged from under the car. continued →

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 →

Happy Thanksgiving from MotoringFile

MotoringFile Sections: MF Feature, Site News Nov 27th, 2014 2 Comments

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It is Thanksgiving here in the United States and although many of our readers reside in other countries, it still feels appropriate to express our feelings of gratitude to all of our readers, MINI, MINI USA and our sponsors who make sharing our love of all things MINI possible.  Happy Thanksgiving from the MotoringFile family to yours!  Motor On and Motor safely this weekend.

A MINI Helps A BMW Break A Guinness World Record

MotoringFile Sections: MF Feature, Video Nov 26th, 2014 No Comments

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In the do-not-try-this-at-home news category, Han Yue (China) and Zhang Shengjun (Taiwan) just broke the Guinness World Record for number of donuts (spins) around a car driving on two wheels in one minute. The car on two wheels which the Austin Yellow BMW M4 happened to be spinning round was a British Racing Green II F56 MINI hardtop.  MINIs are often described as handling like they are riding on rails, but this takes that to a new level!  If the name of the driver sounds familiar, Han Yue recently broke another Guinness World Record in a different F56 MINI Cooper as reported here on MotoringFile.   continued →


MINI USA Holiday Owner Gift Swap Returns

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

 

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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 →

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