I'm not going to bury the lead here. After nearly nine years of enthusiastic ownership, the time has come to sell my 2006 MINI Cooper S. The journey that brought me here, and what it means going forward is something I wanted to share with MotoringFile readers, as I'm sure other MINI enthusiasts have wrestled with this difficult decision as well.
MINI and the Monster Energy X-raid Team face their next challenge in the FIA World Cup for Cross Country Rallies: For the seventh race of the season it's off to Pápa (HU), where from 14 to 16 August the Baja Hungary will be held. After finishing in the first four places at the Baja Aragón recently, MINI and X-raid want to be successful in Hungary too.
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.
Supply of the new MINI Hatch, the F56, seems to have finally caught up with pent-up worldwide demand. BMW Group is reporting July 2014 as the best July in MINI sales history. Overall sales are up +3.2% and sales of the MINI Hatch itself are up 22.3% over July of last year, which side note, was the best July previously on record.
Designer Tamás Jakus has combined two future BMW Group icons into one interesting conceptual design study. Dubbed the MINI Superlaggera Motorcycle, this design study in two motor forms combines the platform of the BMW R NineT with the aesthetics of the MINI Superlaggera concept MotoringFile readers should remember from a few weeks ago.
With the new generation MINI, the F56, fully out in the market, more and more publications are getting their hands on the car and weighing in on how they think it compares to the models that came before it. UK car mag <em>Auto Express</em> has named the F56 it's 2014 New Car of the Year.