Mar 16th, 2013
Via our friends at Bridge to Gantry the most famous race track in the world is now for sale. This could be bad or good news depending on who ultimately buys the track out of all the potential suitors. However one thing is for certain. The ‘Ring is changing. And for manufacturers like BMW and MINI who use the ‘Ring to develop cars that has to be somewhat unsettling.
Jan 28th, 2013
We don’t often plug things on MF but then again good friends don’t often start exceptional magazines about great cars. Bryan Joslin, formerly of Kilometer Magazine, VW Vortex and occasionally a guest author on this site, has been an automotive journalists for years. However, he’s always had the itch to create something of his own that’s a bit more lasting than the fast-paced stories that are here today and forgotten tonight. So what though, right? Another cool print and tablet magazine. What should I do about it? A lot, as it turns out. Building out an entirely new publication like this can be pricey. Therefore, he’s turned to Kickstarter and potential subscribers to help back the project.
At this point I’ll turn it over to him…
Between blogs, news sites, discussion forums, and videos, motoring enthusiasts have an almost limitless supply of outlets from which to get their information. But once in a while, it’s nice to jump off the fast track, unplug and relax a little with a great magazine. Not just any magazine, but a truly great magazine. And for those of us who love European cars and motorcycles the most, the choices are few. That’s why we’re creating GranTurismo magazine. continued →
Dec 18th, 2012
Scooter stuff from Scooterfile starts us off to keep us in practice for the day that MINI/BMW decides to release that fancy electric scooter we saw last year. Follow that with some updates about the Paceman and new information about the R60 AWD system. We finish things up with some timely safety tips during Ask Chad. This weeks pro-tip: DO NOT TURN YOUR HEADREST AROUND BACKWARD. You need to read your manual or ask a buddy to help you adjust your seat. You’ll hear all about it in the show.
We were supposed to be live last week, but db got sidetracked at his company holiday party where they made him ride indoor karts. So, to make up for it, we are, for sure, going to be recording Woofcast 450 LIVE. For sure! Watch the Facebook and Twitter for details and links around 9p CST (0300GMT) this coming Thursday, December 20th, 2012. We can’t wait and hope you can’t either.
Download | WRR @ iTunes | 29.7MB |1:02:56| Show Notes
Dec 6th, 2012
A few months back we announced a series of limited edition MINIs created with our help by MINI of Chicago. Yet the first of those special editions, a White Silver JCW, should have been in a owner’s hands by now. What gives? As bad luck would have it, our MF Spec, 2013 JCW was included in a production delay that pushed all new JCWs back to November start dates. On the bright side, the delay has given us some time to gear up for the car’s debut, and MINI of Chicago has responded by including a MF-exclusive bonus of $1,000 in free JCW accessories to the buyer.
Jul 31st, 2012
We’ve received a couple of noteworthy questions in the MotoringFile inbox of late, and we’d like to share the answers with the whole community. First comes this question from Dusty regarding diesel availability for the Paceman in the US:
Jun 13th, 2012
Official Release: Unbeaten titleholders and triumphant newcomers have secured the BMW Group’s renewed pre-eminence at the 2012 International Engine of the Year Awards. Powerplants guaranteeing efficient power delivery in current BMW and MINI models topped no fewer than four out of eight displacement categories. The quartet of trophy-winners comprised two four-cylinder engines, a straight-six and an eight-cylinder. Scooping up best-in-class wins were the 1.6-litre turbo unit of the MINI John Cooper S, the four-cylinder engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology that drives the new BMW 328i, among others, the straight-six with M TwinPower Turbo of the BMW 1 Series M Coupe, and the V8 under the bonnet of the BMW M3. This year’s winners were selected by an international panel of judges made up of 76 motoring journalists from 36 countries. The Engine of the Year Awards were presented against the backdrop of the Engine Expo trade fair in Stuttgart. continued →
May 8th, 2012
As with the MINI USA sales numbers, fewer business days in April led to flat year-over-year sales in the wide world, yet overall sales for the year are up nearly 9% over 2011. Here’s the official breakdown:
[Official Release] With 23,789 vehicles delivered in April, worldwide sales for MINI remained at last year’s level (prev. yr. 23,839/ -0.2%). In the month under review, MINI achieved strong growth in several European countries such as France (1,569/ +22.2%) and Italy (1,652/ +13.9%), however there was lower demand in southern European countries such as Spain and Portugal. The brand also experienced dynamic growth in Asia, such as in Japan (1,353/ +32.4%), China (1,905/ +36.1%) and Korea (450/ +50.0%). The new MINI Roadster has had an excellent start with nearly 2000 units (1,976) already delivered to customers since its launch at the end of February. Year-to-date, MINI sales are up +8.6% with 92,000 units compared to 84,699 in the first four months of 2011.
[Source: BMW Group]