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Euro NCAP Advanced Award Goes to the MINI Driving Assistant

MotoringFile Sections: Awards, Official News, Safety Dec 11th, 2014 4 Comments

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Official Release: The new MINI in the premium small car segment is the leader not just when it comes to driving fun but also in the field of active safety. This status has now been confirmed by the independent safety testing institute Euro NCAP (New Car Assessment Programme), in particular due to the new driver assistance systems. MINI has received the Euro NCAP Advanced award 2014 for its pedestrian warning system with city braking function. The system forms part of the Driving Assistant option for the new MINI 3 door and the new MINI 5 door and is rated by safety experts as a groundbreaking innovation in reducing the risk of accidents in urban traffic.

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The First F56 MINI Crash Test Results Are In

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Hatch, Safety Dec 7th, 2014 15 Comments

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The European safety organization NCAP released the first F56 crash tests last week. While the overall score of four out of five is down from the five the R56 scored, the test has changed quite a bit over the past seven years. Many of the changes, instituted in 2013, make it much more difficult for cars to achieve the sought after five stars. However that said, MINI’s corporate cousin the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer managed to pull off the full five stars.

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Watch This Chinese MINI Clone Spectacularly Fail a Crash Test

MotoringFile Sections: Safety Dec 7th, 2014 No Comments

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Curious to know some of the small differences between the MINI and it’s Chinese clone the Lifan 320? Look no further than the recent crash test of the Chinese import which garnered a fat 0 stars out of five. Click through for the full video. continued →

MINI USA Recalls some 2014 Cooper Hardtops Over Spare Wheel Nut

MotoringFile Sections: MF Feature, Recalls/Campaigns, Safety Nov 29th, 2014 1 Comment

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MINI USA has had a minimal number of recalls since their entry into the US market (especially when compared to the other manufacturers recently) but we do have one new recall to bring to our reader’s attention.  MINI USA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (US) has announced a recall of 5,805 2014 MINI Cooper (non-S) Hardtop models manufactured between January 7, 2014, to July 21, 2014 as the spare wheel may have been attached with a nut that is not self-locking. The consequence is that vibrations could cause the nut to loosen allowing the spare wheel to become dislodged from under the car. continued →


YoungDrive! Program Lets UK Kids Learn to Drive MINIs

MotoringFile Sections: Official News, Safety, Sponsor Events Aug 14th, 2014 4 Comments

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Official Release: Youth may be wasted on the young, but the charms of the new MINI Hatch won’t be. MINI has further strengthened its relationship with MotorSport Vision by supplying 11 new MINI Cooper D Hatch models for its YoungDrive! programme.

The YoungDrive! scheme offers children as young as 11 years old (and a minimum of 4 feet 8 inches tall) the chance to have their first taste of motoring. It’s intended to allow eager pre-teens the opportunity to experience driving in a safe and controlled environment.

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MINI Countryman the Only Small Car to Earn Good Grade from the IIHS

MotoringFile Sections: R60 (Countryman), Safety Aug 1st, 2014 11 Comments

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The Countryman is now the only car to achieve a good grade among the latest group of 12 cars subjected to the IIHS small overlap front crash test.

The test is more difficult than either the head-on crashes conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the IIHS moderate overlap test. In the small overlap test, the main structures of the vehicle’s front-end crush zone are bypassed, making it hard for the vehicle to manage crash energy. The occupant compartment can collapse as a result.

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Video: MINI Safety Campaign Literally Explodes in Women’s Faces

MotoringFile Sections: Marketing, Safety, Video Jun 10th, 2013 No Comments

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Distracted driving is one of the most significant safety issues facing modern drivers today. From taking phone calls, to texting, to browsing the web, doing other things while we drive is a constant hazard to those around us. Yet forgetting about the morality of being a safe driver, think of all the damage you’d do to your favorite MINI if you’re not paying attention.

Apparently, there’s a significant issue in Mexico of women applying makeup while they drive and getting into accidents. So the clever kids over at MINI Mexico decided to put together an environmental campaign targeting that particular group. No one wants an airbag going off in their face while they put on makeup, now do they?

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