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MINI USA Launches the 2015 MINI JCW with $30,600 MSRP

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Hatch, JCW, Official News Jan 12th, 2015 44 Comments


Priced just hundreds of dollars more than its R56 predecessor (albeit with 23 more horsepower), the F56 JCW was officially introduced today at NAIAS. Does this give the new JCW a price versus performance equation that we’ve been looking for? The numbers look good but we’ll find out for sure later this year when we get behind the wheel.

Official release: The new 2015 MINI John Cooper Works Hardtop will make its World Premiere today at the North American International Auto Show, featuring the most powerful engine ever installed in a MINI production model. The latest high performance addition to the MINI line up will be priced at $30,600 plus $850 Destination & Handling in the U.S. and will go on sale in the spring. continued →

2014 is a Record Year for the BMW Group

MotoringFile Sections: Official News, Sales Jan 11th, 2015 2 Comments

F55_4DoorHardtop (1)The title speaks for itself. With more than two million vehicles sold worldwide across its portfolio of brands, the BMW Group sets a new record in 2014. BMW’s achievement is reinforced by the fact that Mercedes-Benz, Audi and Porsche have all hit sales records last year. While 2014 was a bumpy year for MINI, the brand only saw a 1% decrease in sales compare to last year (302,183 vs. 305,030), but it appears to be on course to set a new sales record for 2015. Here is a summary of BMW’s press release:

  • Record worldwide sales: up 7.9% with a total of 2,117,965 deliveries
  • Best ever year for BMW, BMW Motorrad and Rolls-Royce
  • MINI sales up 20.7% in December – a new record for the month
  • BMW i sales around 17,800

Full details after the break. continued →

MINI USA Sales Up 0.3% for December 2014

MotoringFile Sections: Official News, Sales Jan 5th, 2015 12 Comments


To many of you this probably reads like MINI sales in the US are stable, but this is actually big news. While 6,615 vehicles sold in December 2014 only represents a 0.3% increase compare to the same month last year (i.e. 6,592), the brand sets a new record. It is not only MINI USA’s best December ever but also their best month since the British icon came back to US shores. Looking back at the end of the summer, this seemed like an impossible task to achieve, but we at MotoringFile predicted early on that our favorite brand was doing just fine. We actually reminded our readers of that most recently.

Unsurprisingly, the Hardtop (4,176 units) and the Countryman (1,941 units) are driving most of the volume while the Coupe and the Roadster are bidding their farewell. As for the Paceman, it continues to disappoint with 129 units, its fourth lowest month since it’s introduction in March 2013.

With the F55 four-door Hardtop picking up steam and the F54 Clubman about to join the ranks, we’re refining our initial forecast for 2015 with 12-month sales between 68,500 and 71,000 vehicles. What are your predictions for 2015? continued →

MINI USA Announces F56 Seat Related Recall

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Hatch, Official News, Recalls/Campaigns Dec 19th, 2014 No Comments


Hot off the presses the NHTSA & MINIUSA have issued a recall for certain F56 MINIs. Details after the break. continued →

BMW Introduces 360-degree Collision Avoidance & Fully-Automated Parking

MotoringFile Sections: Official News, Technology Dec 17th, 2014 6 Comments


File this under technology to watch. With more and more technology now shared between MINI and its parent company BMW, we fully expect to see these technologies not just reach mass production in BMWs but MINIs as well.

Official Release: BMW was already demonstrating at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2014 how perfect control technology can provide highly automated mastery of all drive statuses right through to very tight margins. Innovative sensors will allow BMW to demonstrate a number of features at the CES 2015 (6 to 9 January, Las Vegas) including the possibility of entirely collision-free driving. This success plots another benchmark defined by the specialists at the BMW Group on the road route to individual mobility free of accidents with a driver and also in fully-automated mode with no driver at all. continued →

BMW Group’s DriveNow Launches in London

MotoringFile Sections: BMW i, Mobility Services, Official News, R60 (Countryman) Dec 14th, 2014 No Comments

DriveNow is a carsharing joint venture by BMW Group and Sixt SE

DriveNow is a car-sharing joint venture from the BMW Group and the car rental company Sixt. Through this partnership BMW contributes the vehicles and automotive technology, while Sixt provides the services, the car rental know-how, the IT systems, and an extensive network of stations for customer registration. The program is now available in Munich, Berlin, Dusseldorf, Cologne, Hamburg, Vienna, and San Francisco with already has 360,000 registered customers.

Last week however, BMW annouced the availabilty of the service across three Londong boroughs: Islington, Hackney & Haringey. 210 1 Series and MINI Countryman will be available at launch, but the fleet will add 30 all-electric i3 cars in spring 2015, expanding it to a total of 300 vehicles during the course of next year.

This initiative is part of the BMW Group’s strategy to remain relevant in space imapcted by growth in urban living and shared owership. Unfortunately we haven’t had a chance to try it, but we’d love to hear you feedback if you have.

Thanks to an iOS and Android app the service seems fairly easy to use, but read on to learn all the details. continued →

MINI Extends Dakar Rally Commitment until 2017

MotoringFile Sections: Countryman Dakar, Motorsports, Official News Dec 12th, 2014 No Comments


Official Release: MINI will continue to play an important role in the Dakar Rally. Just 26 days ahead of the start of the 2015 Dakar Rally (4-17 January), Jochen Goller, Senior Vice President MINI, has announced the two-year extension of the brand’s Dakar Rally programme until the year 2017. continued →

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