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MINI’s March Production Changes

MotoringFile Sections: R56 (Hatch), R57 (Conv.), R58 (Coupe), R59 (Roadster), R60 (Countryman) Feb 14th, 2012 13 Comments

As is customary, MINI will be rolling out a handful of key changes for production starting this March. As is typical they call into three categories: color and trim, new and/or updated options and restrictions. Let’s take a look at all of them after the break. continued →

(Updated) MINI USA Announces Water Pump Recall Affecting 89,000

MotoringFile Sections: R55 (Clubman), R56 (Hatch), R57 (Conv.), R60 (Countryman), Recalls/Campaigns Jan 15th, 2012 53 Comments

(Updated with detailed information) In perhaps the largest recall ever announced, MINI USA is recalling every Cooper S and JCW model sold from 2007 to 2011. The recall effects almost all 2007 – 2011 R55, R56, R57 and R60 models with the turbocharged Cooper S engine. For a full list of the cars affected and the specifics behind the problem, read on… continued →

MF Interview: MINI USA Product Manager Vinnie Kung

MotoringFile Sections: Podcast, R56 (Hatch), R57 (Conv.), R58 (Coupe), R59 (Roadster), R60 (Countryman), R61 (Paceman) Nov 21st, 2011 8 Comments

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Last week Todd and I sat down virtually with Vinnie Kung, MINI USA Product Manager on the occasion of the LA Autoshow. As usual when we sit down with Vinnie, we talked about everything MINI. From the new Roadster to the B Spec race car to clutch feel in the Countryman. And even why some Americans want MINI’s largest vehicle even bigger. As usual Vinnie was candid and eager to answer almost everything we threw at him. You can see a quick list of what we discussed after the break. continued →

MINI Phasing Out Multiple Options & Colors

MotoringFile Sections: R55 (Clubman), R56 (Hatch), R57 (Conv.), R58 (Coupe), R59 (Roadster) Nov 14th, 2011 28 Comments

With MINI adding the Recaro seating option along with the Roadster to the production line at Oxford, we’ll be seeing availability of some options ending with March production. Specifically Laguna Green (just introduced in September) and Laser Blue will be ending production. In addition Hot Chocolate will become unavailable on the convertible. But colors are just the start. continued →


MF Poll: What Current MINI Interests you the Most?

MotoringFile Sections: MF Poll, R55 (Clubman), R56 (Hatch), R57 (Conv.), R58 (Coupe), R59 (Roadster), R60 (Countryman) Nov 9th, 2011 24 Comments

With the release of the Coupe and the introduction of the Roadster, it’s a great time to step back and look at the MINI family. And with that, we can’t help but wonder which we’d have if given the chance. While we love the Countryman All4 in our driveway, a Coupe or even a roadster would look great in the MF garage. Then there’s the incredible utility of the Clubman or even the classic hatch. But enough about what we think. What’s your favorite MINI of the moment?

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How to Spot and Buy a (R56) JCW

MotoringFile Sections: JCW, R55 (Clubman), R56 (Hatch), R57 (Conv.) Nov 5th, 2011 38 Comments

When MINI released the R56 JCW we all groaned at the lack of visual differentiation. And while MINI has eventually fixed that issue with the 2012 models, there are still three years of JCW out there that, for all intents and purposes, don’t look any different than a Cooper S. This is particularly an issue when trying to find one used. I recently had a senior editor of a very large automotive website ask me for help in the JCW quest and I was blown away at how hard the process had become. I told him not to give up because the JCW was definitely the one you’ll want. But it takes patience and just the right amount of arcane MINI knowledge to find a real JCW.

As enthusiasts know, it’s not always easy to look for used cars on the web due to misleading descriptions. Often I leave it up to the photos to tell me the real story about the car. When it comes to the JCW, even that can be tricky. So what’s the secret? continued →


The Full MINI Line-up: A Family Photo

MotoringFile Sections: R55 (Clubman), R56 (Hatch), R57 (Conv.), R58 (Coupe), R59 (Roadster), R60 (Countryman) Nov 3rd, 2011 15 Comments

First it was the hatch. Then the convertible. Fast-forward ten years and we have what you see above; an entire family of MINI options. With the launch of the last R56 variant MINI thought it was appropriate to get them all together for one big family photo. We can’t blame them. But we also thought it was time to celebrate just a bit. So we’re offering you an ultra hi-res version of the photo above as the ultimate MINI desktop wallpaper. Now the real question: which is your favorite MINI?

Check it out (along with more photos) after the break continued →

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MINI Model Cheat Sheet

1st Gen MINI
R50: One & MC Hatch
R52: All 1st Gen MINI Convt.
R53: MCS Hatch
2nd Gen MINI
R55: Clubman
R56: Hatch
R57: Convertible
R58: Coupe
R59: Roadster
R60: MINI Crossover
R61: MINI Crossover Coupe
3rd Gen MINI
F54: Clubman
F55: Five Door Hatch
F56: Hatch
F57: Convertible
F60: MINI Crossover
F58: Traveller

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