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MINI at NAIAS – JCW Debut and the Superleggera Makes an Appearance

MotoringFile Sections: Auto Shows, NAIAS Dec 19th, 2014 No Comments

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Remember that MF will be at NAIAS in full force talking with MINI executives and detailing the new JCW. If there’s anything you want to know from MINI and about the new JCW, let us know here.

Official Release: One year after the US premiere of the new MINI, the British premium manufacturer presents another spectacular addition to the model range at the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. The new MINI John Cooper Works is raring to go and now sees its world premiere at the Mecca of the US automotive industry. This model takes hallmark MINI driving fun – already intensified in the latest generation – to a level of irresistible racing passion. A particularly powerful turbo engine, suspension technology precisely attuned to the race track and an aerodynamically optimised body design give the new MINI John Cooper Works outstanding performance properties. continued →

Ask MINI USA Execs Anything You Want

MotoringFile Sections: Ask MotoringFile, NAIAS Dec 18th, 2014 15 Comments

naias2This is that time of the year again! In less than a month, MotoringFile and White Roof Radio will rendez-vous at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. This will give us a chance to sit down with MINI USA Executives (David Duncan – Vice President, Chris Potgieter – Product Manager, Lee Nadler – Marketing Communication Manager) and getting up to speed on all things MINI for the US market, but more specifically on anything related to the F56 John Cooper Works. So we’re opening it up to you. Have questions about the new JCW? Want to know the status of the upcoming Clubman and Convertible? How about suggestions for the current range? Diesels? Hybrids? Superleggera? Rocketman? Let’s hear all the questions you want us to ask in the comments below.

The 2015 MINI JCW Set to Debut in December

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Hatch, JCW, NAIAS Nov 10th, 2014 13 Comments

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For several years MINI has been working on how to properly position the JCW sub-brand now that they have full access to BMW technology. The first glimpse into these efforts will be the internet debut of the 2015 MINI F56 JCW in December followed by the public debut in Detroit this January. The first JCW of MINI’s new era will pack the B48B20O0 2.0L four cylinder that will have an output of around 230 hp and torque over 255 ft lbs. With weight around 2,800 lbs this would give the 2015 JCW the best power to weight ratio of any MINI ever – by healthy margin. continued →

MF/WRR Q&A with Pat McKenna, Product Manager at MINI USA

MotoringFile Sections: Auto Shows, F56 Hatch, JCW, NAIAS, Podcast Jan 21st, 2014 17 Comments

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Todd and I go in depth with Pat & Chris on just about everything. First off we grill the guys on JCW – what we’ll see and when we’ll see it. And about the F56 – we dive into some of those specific product questions many of you have been waiting for. How does the 3 Cylinder Cooper sound? What’s the must-have option on the F56? If you’re considering a new MINI, this interview is a must hear. continued →


MotoringFile’s Best of the Detroit Auto Show

MotoringFile Sections: Auto Shows, NAIAS Jan 19th, 2014 12 Comments

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Best Concept

The universally praised Toyota FT1 gets the nod here. And as much as the aero-focused design is striking, the how the low the car is that really buckled my knees when I first saw it. Like the Toyota F86 the FT1 looks built from the ground up to be minimal and enthusiast oriented. Just imagine if this platform was the one that BMW and Toyota were sharing for new sports car development.



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Best Small Hatch Concept: MINI JCW Concept

The JCW concept looks like the JCW we’ve always wanted. If whispers are to be believed, this will be a 2,800 lbs car with 220 hp, bespoke suspension and enough fast bits to make this to quickest MINI of all time.

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NAIAS 2014 Full Gallery

MotoringFile Sections: Auto Shows, F56 Hatch, JCW, NAIAS Jan 14th, 2014 24 Comments

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NAIAS for MINI was all about the new JCW concept. And up close it was more impressive than we expected. And yes, it is nothing but a thinly veiled (and stickered) version of the 2015 JCW we’ll see in about a year’s time.

Stepping out of the MINI booth there was plenty to take in. The new BMW M3 and M4 looked impressive as did the M235i – something that many of you might cross-shop with MINIs. The new Mercedes C Class features some interesting detail inside and the AMG CLA45 and GLA45 will give BMW & MINI product planners fits for years to come. Then there was Porsche with the new 911 Targa on display as well as the 918 (which was briefly open for business). But enough talk, you can check out all of the 200 photos after the break.

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MotoringFile Live From NAIAS 2014 (Gallery)

MotoringFile Sections: Auto Shows, F56 Hatch, JCW, NAIAS Jan 13th, 2014 28 Comments

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Today is the day that MINI takes the wraps off of the MINI JCW concept – a car that gives us a sneak peak a the 2015 JCW. Additionally we’ll be getting a better look at the new F56 with more variants on display than we’ve seen before.

Throughout the day we’ll be bringing you updates from the floor and plenty of photos. Be sure to follow the site and check out BF on Twitter and Instagram.

Check out the gallery (as it’s updated) throughout the day.

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