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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

MINI Tanks In 2016 JD Power Initial Quality Survey

The Daily Toggle discusses the results and notes:
. . . MINI’s IQS score of 127 problems per 100 vehicles put it fifth from last place. MINI’s score in 2015 was 5 points higher at 122. . . .

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Autocar Drives The 2016 MINI JCW Convertible In The UK

Autocar writer Hemal Mistry takes the JCW Convertible for a spin on UK roads and decides:
. . . The Mini John Cooper Works Convertible is a very likeable car and provides a more affecting roof-down character than the hatch. However, the JCW hatchback's superior handling dynamism should still draw those most interested in buying a pure driving machine.

Compared to its nearest rivals, the Abarth 595C and the DS 3 Performance Cabriolet, the JCW may be far more expensive but remains a better car to drive and is a proper convertible. . . .

Monday, June 27, 2016

Review Of The 1966 Morris Mini Cooper

MINIs On Top 2016 Recap

MotoringFile summarizes this year's Massachusetts Mt. Washington gathering and reminds readers:
. . . For those who have never attended MINIs On Top, it is important to note that a large part of the event is fundraising for a charity and this year’s charity was The Fisher House, helping military families. Visit the MINIs On Top website for more details about this annual event. . . .

A First Drive Review Of The 2016 MINI Cooper Convertible

autoblog writer Brandon Turkus gives his first drive review of the 2016 Convertible and decides:
. . . It's bizarre for me to recommend a Cooper over a Cooper S, but I am.We already liked the base Mini's budget-conscious formula for attacking twisty roads, and after more time behind the wheel the "momentum car" aspect of the Cooper proves more fun than barreling through turns in the Cooper S. Mini rolled the Cooper's low output, loads of low-end torque, and excellent chassis and suspension setup into an affordable, open-roof package that bests its big brother for the first time, well, ever. The Cooper is more rewarding and more affordable, so ignore conventional wisdom. You won't be disappointed.

Couple Of MINI ALL4 Racing Team Teams Take on Italian Baja

The Daily Toggle reports on the race that ends June 26 in which:
. . . Two MINI ALL4 Racing are lined up against a large entry of competitors. Under the banner of X-raid Team, the two MINI ALL4 Racing entries will be crewed by Yazeed Al Rajhi (KSA) and co-pilot Timo Gottschalk (GER) in car #202, with Bryce Menzies (USA) and Tom Colsoul (BEL) in MINI ALL4 Racing #214. . . .
And the results are in:
. . . CARS– World Cup. 1) Al Attiya-Baumel (Toyota Hilux Overdrive) with a time of 3.37’13’’; 2) Vasilyev-Zhiltsov (Bmw X3) after a gap of 2’09’’; 3) Gadasin-Kuzmich (G-Force Proto) with a gap of 5’42’’; 4) Dabrowski-Czachor (Hilux) with a gap of 5’55’’; 5) Menzies-Colsoul (Mini All4 Racing) after a gap of 6’42’’; 6) Al-Rajhi-Gottschalk (Mini) just after a gap of 12’02’’.