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As Manual Transmissions Die at BMW, What Does it Mean for MINI?

MotoringFile Sections: In the Press, Opinion Jul 8th, 2015 18 Comments


The head of BMW M recently came out with a hint (you pay attention to those when they’re from auto execs) that manual transmissions might not make it into all M cars in the future. He told Autocar “from a technical standpoint, the future doesn’t look bright for manual gearboxes. The DCT and auto ’boxes are faster and they have better fuel consumption.”

Naturally if M cars (BMWs that cater to the enthusiast) drop the beloved manual then we certainly can’t expect normal BMWs to carry the torch much longer. But what if anything does that mean for MINIs? continued →

MF Petition: Let’s Bring Back The Rear Fog Lights!

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Two-Door Hardtop, Opinion, Production, Safety Jun 19th, 2015 36 Comments

JCW_F56_5485-highResSince we published the list of equipment changes for the 2016 Model Year, there’s been an on-going debate about rear fog lights. For those of you new to this, MINI USA has decided to remove the rear fog lights as an option starting with 2016 MINIs. We believe, like many of you, that this might not be the best decision. continued →

What Do You Think of the F56 John Cooper Works?

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Two-Door Hardtop, JCW, Opinion Jun 6th, 2015 52 Comments

F56_JCW_2093More than a month ago we had the chance to drive one of the first 2015 John Cooper Works Hardtop in the US. Since then, friends of MotoringFile have had a chance to spend some quality time with the car. We also heard here and there that a number of people have taken delivery of the new JCW. And most recently, European automative journalists released their reviews following a MINI Europe Press Event dedicated to the most powerful MINI of the FXX generation. What we don’t know is what MotoringFile readers that have tested or bought the car think of it. So please chime in. We want to know it all, the good, the bad and the ugly! continued →

Opinion: Test-Driving Is Broken

MotoringFile Sections: Opinion, Sales May 27th, 2015 16 Comments

MINI Dealerships are #1 in customer satisfactionAvid MotoringFile readers and White Roof Radio listeners know that we are due for a new car by the end of this year. Being on the market for a new vehicle is always exciting. You first come up with a few choices, then you refine said choices through research and test-drives. We’ve taken quite a few cars for test-drives over the past few months and it has been surprisingly frustrating. continued →

Cross-Shopping the F56 JCW with the MkVII Golf R

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Two-Door Hardtop, JCW, MINI Competitors, MotoringFile Garage, Opinion Apr 15th, 2015 28 Comments

2015_golf_r_4411As discussed in the last episode of White Roof Radio, Todd spent most of last week driving a 2015 4-door Golf GTI. His impression was rather positive, so positive in fact, that we dedicated almost half of the show talking about his experience and how it compares to the F56. While Gabe has also praised the GTI in the past, this weekend was our turn to test-drive Volkswagen’s Hot Hatch. continued →

The Future Of The Auto Industry In One Chart

MotoringFile Sections: In the Press, Opinion, Technology Apr 13th, 2015 6 Comments


As evangelized in Back to the Future Part II, 2015 is supposed to be the year of hoverboards and flying cars (Note: If you don’t know what we’re talking about, stop reading this post and go watch the entire BTTF series now). Sadly, 2015 will probably not be the year of flying DeLoreans, or more appropriately, flying MINIs. With that in mind, we asked our readers last month in what ways could MINI innovate. Coming with up with a tangible answer on such an open-ended question is difficult, but Morgan Stanley Analyst Adam Jonas has provided a context that could help us think further about this matter. continued →

MINI UK Set New Sales Record In Q1 2015

MotoringFile Sections: Opinion, Sales Apr 8th, 2015 1 Comment

F55_4DoorHardtop (104)We rarely write about individual country sales figures, but given the outstanding performance of MINI UK, this is worth a mention. The brand managed to break yet another sales record for the first quarter of the year with 14,961 cars sold. It’s the strongest quarter one sales figures since the brand relaunch in 2001. Unsurprisingly, the main driver behind this outstanding number is the Hardtop lineup with a staggering 265% sales increase since 2014. continued →

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