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Countryman Earns EURO 5-Star Crash Rating

MotoringFile Sections: R60 (Countryman), Safety Nov 24th, 2010 6 Comments

Interesting news today out of EURO ENCAP, a vehicle safety testing organization similar to the IIHS here in the states. They did some rather unpleasant things to a MINI Countryman to test its crash worthiness and the results were fantastic. The R60 received an overall score of five stars, with a front seat (adult) occupant score of 84%. More details and full results PDF after the break. continued →

MINI USA Officially Announces Roadside Assistance Smartphone Application

MotoringFile Sections: Marketing, Safety Aug 21st, 2009 13 Comments

iPhone App

We broke this story earlier in the week with an exclusive look at the application and the ideas behind it. Today it is being officially introduced to the public.

Official Release: MINI USA announced today the introduction of a free app to MINI owners that allows access to roadside assistance with the touch of an icon. The new MINI Road Assist mobile application was developed by Allstate Roadside Services and is available for iPhone and select BlackBerry users. The app connects users to roadside assistance while automatically supplying the service provider with all relevant information about the vehicle, most importantly, its exact location.

“MINI owners appreciate technological innovation and will welcome the additional peace of mind that comes from having fast, easy access to the free roadside services provided during their warranty period,” said Jim McDowell, Vice President MINI USA. continued →

MF Exclusive: MINI USA to Launch Roadside Assistance Smartphone App

MotoringFile Sections: Marketing, Safety Aug 18th, 2009 25 Comments

iPhone App

To help ease the complexity of dealing with roadside assistance MINI USA is releasing a smartphone application this Thursday. With the roadside assistance program being free (and a great selling point for the car) MINI USA is looking to leverage the application to help get word out and make life easier should make the process easier.

Here’s how it works:

  1. The App will allow you to set up a profile via registering your VIN on the Application. This profile will store your VIN, Model & Model Year. You can also upload a picture of your MINI, give it a nickname & select the color MINI that you have.

  2. You can select a service such as; jump start, tire change, fuel, lock out assistance, tow for mechanical reason, or accident.

  3. Once you’ve selected a service you can hit the call button and you will be connected with Roadside.

  4. The App will then push all of the above data to the roadside rep on the other end of the phone as well as (with your permission by selecting “allow current location”) the latitude and longitude of your current location. continued →

MINI Fares Poorly in Low Speed Crash Test

MotoringFile Sections: Safety Jun 11th, 2009 23 Comments

According to the IIHS you’ll want to be extra careful to avoid low speed accidents if your a MINI driver. A recent study gave the car a “poor” grade in low speed impacts due to the repair costs. Here’s an excerpt from their report:

Pricey styling decisions: The Mini Cooper is the only car the Institute has tested with a hood that buckled in the front corner test. This is a pricey styling design on the manufacturer’s part, Nolan points out. The minicar’s hood wraps around the front of the car like a fender, so instead of replacing just a fender, the car needed an $810 new hood. Repairs total $2,637 in this test.

Full press release after the jump. continued →


The IIHS Crash Tests the 2009 Cooper

MotoringFile Sections: R56 (Hatch), Safety May 5th, 2009 10 Comments

The IIHS recently finished its side-impact crash testing of the 2008-2009 MINI Cooper. Below is an extensive look at the testing with both exterior and interior mounted video cameras. Overall the car got an “A” or acceptable rating – not bad for a small car. However when you look closer at the ratings you’ll see the MINI got pretty much all “G” ratings (as high as it gets) except for two categories: rear passenger torso and driver leg categories.

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MINI Scores Well in Crash Testing

MotoringFile Sections: R56 (Hatch), Safety Dec 19th, 2008 20 Comments

The IIHS has been crashing cars again. We all know the MINI scores well front and rear, but so not hot for side impact.

Mini Cooper results: This minicar was redesigned for the 2007 model year, and it earned a good rating for frontal crash protection in a previous test. New side and rear tests were conducted to assess further design changes made for the most recent models. This minicar earns a good rating for rear protection and an acceptable rating for side protection. Measures recorded on the driver dummy indicate that a fractured pelvis would be possible in a side crash of the same severity, but there’s low risk that other significant injuries would occur to the driver. For the rear passenger, rib fractures and/or internal organ injuries would be possible. ESC is newly standard for the 2009 model year.

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MINI USA Tail Pipe Service Action

MotoringFile Sections: MF Mailbox, Recalls/Campaigns, Safety Oct 17th, 2008 15 Comments

Sent in by MF Reader James, it’s the actual letter he received regarding the service action MINI USA will perform to shorten the exhaust pipe on the R56.

MINI division’s quality monitoring has learned that some Cooper S owners have contacted the centrally-located tailpipe extension at the back of their vehicles, while hot, with their uncovered legs.

To address this issue, MINI has decided to conduct a service action on these vehicles and we have shortened the tailpipe extension to help reduce the chances of inadvertant contact with the leg

If you have an R56 Cooper S, keep an eye on your mailbox for the same letter or head to your dealer and have this tended too. Click the image for a full size scan.

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