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Video Tests – XCAR Gets Behind the Wheel of the New MINI JCW

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Two-Door Hardtop, JCW, Video May 8th, 2015 13 Comments

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The UK media got their first taste of the new JCW this week and the reviews are starting to trickle in. In this review we have XCAR (quickly becoming one of our favorite Youtube based automotive channels) has gotten behind the wheel of the new 2015 JCW and found a lot to like. continued →

Chris Harris’s Neo-Manualism

MotoringFile Sections: In the Press, Opinion, Video Mar 14th, 2015 23 Comments

wallpaper-2Unlike the U.S., most automobiles in Europe sport a manual gearbox. Historically I’m not sure why this is the case, but it may have something to do with the price of gas and the fact that auto trannies used to be less fuel efficient than manuals. Or perhaps, it’s an item on the option list that European consumers always overlooked because they mostly get bottom-level cars with minimal features. If anyone knows, please enlighten me. continued →

A Video Tour of the MINI Exhibit at the BMW Museum

MotoringFile Sections: Classic Mini, Video Feb 22nd, 2015 2 Comments

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Recently BMW opened the doors of its museum in Munich to the MINI brand and over 50 years of history. The result was a tour of some of Mini and MINI’s finest moments through an amazing collection of cars and historical artifacts. While we recently featured a gallery and even short BMW produced video, nothing we’ve shared has given you full access to the exhibit until now. continued →

EVO Races the MINI GP against MINI Challenge Race Cars

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Two-Door Hardtop, JCW, JCW GP, MF Feature, MINI Challenge, Motorsports, R53 (Coupe), R56 (Hatch), Video Feb 20th, 2015 6 Comments

EVO Track BattleAs a tribute to Best Motoring International, EVO UK has produced a thrilling and rather hilarious race between a 2006 GP, 2013 GP, R56 Challenge and F56 Challenge track cars. Click through to watch these seasoned drivers wrestle the most capable factory MINIs and MINI race cars around the Bedford Autodrome. continued →

MINI Financial Services Roundup (Video)

MotoringFile Sections: Official News, Video Jan 18th, 2015 No Comments

2014-mini-cooper-s-hardtop-photo-654012-s-624x382As we mentioned here and here, everything appears to indicate that 2015 will be MINI USA’s best year yet. With a great number of MINIs sold comes great responsibilities in educating news comers to the brand. To that extent, MINI USA has released a series of introduction videos to its MINI Financial Services. We’ve compiled a playlist of these clips for your viewing pleasure. continued →

EVO Reviews the F55 Cooper S (Video)

MotoringFile Sections: F55 Four-Door Hardtop, In the Press, Video Dec 14th, 2014 9 Comments

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For your weeekend to be complete, MotoringFile recommends watching at least one MINI related video. Fortunately for you, we’ve got you covered. Our colleagues at EVO recently reviewed the F55 Cooper S and similar to the F56, the verdict is quite positive. continued →

US Customs Destroys a Gorgeous Classic Mini to Protect US Citizens

MotoringFile Sections: Classic Mini, Video Dec 13th, 2014 3 Comments


Few things are more disturbing than seeing a Government agency abusing its power and then flaunting it. Except seeing a perfectly good classic Mini get destroyed for no reason. And when those two things come together in one horrendous video. Well it makes for a pretty sad day.

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