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Video: Watch Tony Hawk Kick Off MTTS 2014

MotoringFile Sections: Official News, Video Aug 13th, 2014 2 Comments

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For those who missed MTTS 2014, the kick-off to this year’s epic cross-country journey was legendary skate board master (and MINI owner) Tony Hawk performing a half pipe jump stunt over MINIs. In this video, we get a flavor of the kick off event and some behind-the-scenes interviews with Tony and MINI USA team members:

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Official: Mid-Season Recap for International MINI Racing

MotoringFile Sections: MINI Challenge, Motorsports, Official News Aug 8th, 2014 No Comments

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Official Release: Wheel-to-wheel battles on renowned race tracks, thrilling championship battles and plenty of driving fun: Race cars of the MINI brand are enjoying worldwide popularity once again in 2014. Among drivers and fans alike. The various series are already in the second half of the season, so practically on the finishing straight. Time for a brief recap.

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MINI & JustPark Announce Collaboration for the UK Market

MotoringFile Sections: Official News Aug 7th, 2014 1 Comment

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Official Release: JustPark, the online service that lets you park wherever and whenever, has revealed that MINI will be the first car brand in the world to allow drivers to reserve parking directly from their dashboards.

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MINI USA July Sales: The F56 Picks up Steam

MotoringFile Sections: Official News, Sales Aug 1st, 2014 27 Comments

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The F56 is now officially killing it in terms of sales year over year in the all important US market. For months we’ve been waiting for a sales month that saw a full availability of the F56 at dealers. And while lots are still a little thinner than some would like, there’s clearly enough availability to sell more hardtops than last year. And that’s without the massive incentives that we saw throughout the R56′s model runout. However not all is well in the MINI range.

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MINI Begins Production in the Netherlands

MotoringFile Sections: Official News Jul 17th, 2014 11 Comments

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The following report is from long-time MotoringFile contributor Berthil van Beek

A lot of effort was done to make the opening a real party for all involved and especially the factory employees who worked very hard the last one and a half year to convert this plant from a Mitsubishi plant to a MINI plant with equal quality standards as Oxford. It was special to see our king drive so close to all the employees when he made a tour after the official opening.

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BMW Group Sees Record Sales for 2014 But MINI Sales Remain Down

MotoringFile Sections: Official News, Sales Jul 15th, 2014 23 Comments

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The BMW Group sold more than a million vehicles in the first half of 2014, more than ever before in the first six months of the year. A total of 1,020,211 vehicles were delivered to customers worldwide, an increase of 6.9% over the same period last year (954,501). Sales in June also reached an all-time high: deliveries increased 4.8% with a total of 193,342 vehicles sold last month (prev. yr. 184,489).

As expected the recent model change means overall MINI sales continue to be down year over year. continued →


The 2015 MINI Paceman: Official Specifications & Photos

MotoringFile Sections: Official News, R61 (Paceman) Jul 8th, 2014 13 Comments

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Fresh off of the light refresh of the Countryman MINI has turned its attention to the Paceman. But lets cut straight to what you want to know. Every part of the Countryman’s refresh is seen in the Paceman (detailed below). New trim, colors, grille design and sound deadening. The only exception is that the Paceman doesn’t get the Countryman’s silver trim seen on the All4 model of the Countryman. The refreshed Paceman should hit showrooms in July or August depending on where you are in the world.

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