Thursday, August 21, 2014

Car And Driver's Long-Term Review Of The 2014 MCS Hardtop

Car and Driver reviews the 2014 MINI Cooper S hardtop and concludes, after "long term" use:
So far we’ve noticed that the maxi Mini is less of a toy than its predecessors and more of a grown-up car. The steering is still hyper-reactive compared with most cars’, but the ride has mellowed out, at least over the milder bumps, and the Cooper’s road presence feels more substantial. We’re still learning the new ergonomics, but things such as conventionally placed window switches and the new giant super knob for the infotainment unit are helping. All the connectivity options and ease of use are already garnering praise from those who like to stream music from their phones.

What's In Your MINI?

MINI Space asks the question of MINI Motorers around the upworld and gets responses, including this tuba from Monika Hatlevoll of Norway.

New York Times Review Of 2014 MINI Cooper Hardtop

Laurence Ulrich reviews the 2014 MINI Cooper Hardtop for the New York Times. Ulrich concludes it may not be the best in its class, but, it is a "fair deal" for a "baby BMW."

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Top Ten Grid Girls Of 2014

And this "Monster Angel" is only Number 4 in Motorsport.com's Top 10 Grid Girls Of 2014 article.

Ford Fiesta Ecoboost Pitted Against MINI Cooper

Canadian website autofocus provides a thorough comparison and ultimately gives the nod to the MINI:
If good things come in threes, then this is surely the first of a series of podium finishes for the Cooper. Despite getting larger and cushier, it’s maintained some of its character thanks in no small part to its odd little engine. It’s a turbocharged triumph, and you have to love it.

The Fiesta is fun too, but more of an experiment, better to drive than the basic car, but at an added cost and no choice in transmissions. It’s a good effort, but doesn’t feel like Ford’s small-car plan is built around it yet.
 However, as three-cylinder turbos become more common on the roads, it’s cars like these that are leading the way. The Fiesta tries to make the three-banger pragmatic. The Mini succeeds in making it pretty darn fun

MINI Celebrates Its 55th Birthday

MINI celebrates its fifty five years of cars with this BMW Group PressClub USA press release.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

MINI Discloses Its 2015 And 2016 Releases

MotoringFile says you can expect the new Five Door Hatch, JCW Hatch, Clubman and Convertible in 2015 and 2016, and says when and what to expect from each vehicle.  It also speculates on potential additions and changes in 2017 and 2018.

Rob Smith Captures His First MINI Victory At Silverstone

Pirelli-backed driver Rob Smith claimed victory in the MINI Challenge Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit on Sunday, August 18, 2014, according to shropshirelive.com.

"A Passengers Guide To The MINI Countryman"



[Source: via AOTW]

Monday, August 18, 2014

MINI USA Offers Summer Safe Driving Tips

In a press release carried by Digital Journal MINI USA touts the Miles Ahead driving skills school held at Indianapolis Speedway and offers these summer safe driving tips:

  1. Obey the speed limit – Driving too fast significantly increases your chances of getting into an accident.
  2. Maintain a safe following distance – Always leave enough space to stop should the car in front of you suddenly brake.
  3. Anticipate by looking ahead – Looking ahead in traffic can help you be ready to respond to potential hazards. Always try to look 10 seconds ahead.
  4. Turn your cell phone off – There is no reason to be talking or texting while driving. Your attention should be 100 percent on the road.
  5. Drive a safe car – Make sure you are driving a safe car. Keep up on your maintenance, including checking your tire pressure.