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The MINI Story at the BMW Museum

MotoringFile Sections: Official News Nov 21st, 2014 No Comments

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The BMW Museum finally gives us the exhibition we deserve. Starting next week and until January 31st 2016, a showing of over 30 vehicles along with accessories, photos, films and sketches will tell the MINI Story. I don’t know about you but I definitely want to check this out. I could have actually done it, if this did not happen. Anyways, if any of you happen to see the MINI Story don’t hesitate to share your pictures with us. continued →

World Premier: MINI Citysurfer Concept

MotoringFile Sections: Auto Shows, Los Angeles, MINI Concept Cars, Official News, Scooter Concept Nov 19th, 2014 17 Comments

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MINI is a transportation company. They solve transportation problems in smart and stylish ways that hold true to the MINI brand. And in this case that doesn’t necessarily mean an automotive solution. Today MINI takes the wraps off of the MINI Citysurfer, a product designed to solve transportation needs of urban dwellers in the most space and fuel efficient way possible while holding true to the kind of fun we expect with MINI products.

What we have here is a 40 lbs electric scooter with a 10-15 mile range that neatly folks to fit in the back of a MINI. Oh, and it looks incredible. Before you get your credit card out, keep in mind that this is a concept and MINI has not yet announced any concrete plans to build it let, alone a time-table. However, unlike MINI’s previous electric scooter concept, this looks entirely plausible from a production standpoint — especially if MINI partners with an existing manufacturer in the space.

The MINI Citysurfer will debut at the LA Auto Show this weekend alongside the Superleggera concept and the entire MINI range. If you’re in the area, check it out and let us know what you think. If not, hit up the comments below and let MINI know if they should build it. Either way, click through and check out the full gallery and official release.

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Spotify Comes to MINI Connected

MotoringFile Sections: F55 Five Door Hatch, F56 Hatch, MINI Connected, Official News, Technology Nov 19th, 2014 7 Comments

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After a long wait the largest streaming service in the world is finally coming to MINI Connected. Joining Pandora, Tunein and Stitcher, Amazon Cloud Player, Deezer, Napster and Audible, Spotify is part of the MINI connected family of integrated apps that gives drivers a safe autmootive grade interface to control apps from their iOS and Android devices.

Official release: We all know that the new MINI rocks, but now there’s even more for music-loving MINI fans to be jazzed about with the introduction of Spotify to the brand’s roster of third-party App integration.

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MINI USA Names Tom Noble As Head Of Marketing

MotoringFile Sections: Official News Nov 17th, 2014 2 Comments

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As you probably remember Tom Salkowsky left MINI USA for a role at the global MINI organization in Munich. This week, MINI USA announced that another Tom will fill the role of Department Head, MINI Brand Communications.

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World Debut: F56 JCW Tuning Kit & Accessories

MotoringFile Sections: JCW, Official News Nov 13th, 2014 15 Comments

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thw following is an official news release from MINI about a number accessories launching in Europe this month. We’ll have more on them and the JCW Tuning kit in the US soon.

Official Release: The latest generation of MINI provides the experience of hallmark driving fun in a whole new dimension with even greater diversity. For racing fans who want to further enhance and highlight the agile handling typical of both the new MINI 3 door and the new MINI 5 door, there are now John Cooper Works Tuning product and accessory options from the John Cooper Works Pro design line that have been specially created for these two models. The new individually tailored retrofit components in the areas of drivetrain, aerodynamics and interior will see their world premiere at the 2014 Essen Motor Show. At the international tuning exhibition from November 29th to December 7th 2014 at the Grugapark trade fair centre, MINI also presents the design line Vivid Green, which adds a vibrant dash of colour to allow selective customisation of the new original in the small car premium segment.

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Worldwide MINI Sales Up 13% for October

MotoringFile Sections: Official News, Sales Nov 11th, 2014 16 Comments

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While MINI sales in the US are still rebounding from production and EPA delays, worldwide figures continue to rise. MINI achieved its best October sales ever. A total of 28,834 vehicles were delivered to customers worldwide, an increase of 13.4% compared to the same month last year (25,420).

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MINI Replaces Castrol with Shell as Official Motor Oil

MotoringFile Sections: Official News Nov 11th, 2014 9 Comments

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After many years of MINI & BMW using Castrol (more often a specific and hard to find Castrol Synthetic) as their official oil, a change is being made. Internal memos went out last month to MINI & BMW service centers announcing the change but until now there hasn’t been any confirmation from either party. Our first thought – what about all those lovingly cared for MINIs that have been diligently using Castrol Synthetic. For years we’ve heard from experts it’s best to maintain consistent oil type and brand as cars rack up miles. Is MINI going to educate us that this isn’t an issue? Or will we have to go elsewhere in search of consistency? Hopefully we’ll know soon. continued →

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