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EPA Forces MINI To Lower Fuel Economy Ratings On New Hatch


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It turns out the third-generation Mini hatchback isn't as fuel efficient as BMW originally promised, and the EPA is forcing a ratings downgrade.

Review Says MINI’s Gained a lot Growing in Size


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Aside from the lower rear headroom, there’s not a single bad point to be made about the new MINI. It may also be slightly harder to park, given its extra length and width, but with all manner of sensors and cameras, this is quickly forgotten.

It’s also noticeably more refined than before, though I did get to drive the new Cooper myself and thought the three-cylinder turbo was a bit gruff – it lags behind a Ford Fiesta 1.0-liter EcoBoost for refinement. There’s less road and wind noise inside than before, and there’s shoulder room to (almost) stretch out too, though.

KBB tried it out at its US launch event and they too were plenty pleased with how it presented itself. Their only complaints were the confusing array of buttons and the awkward placement of the infotainment control knob.

Check it out their full review after the virtual jump!

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290HP Mini Sets 'Ring Record for FWD Street-Legal Cars Matching Pagani Zonda's Time!


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Just because the Renault Mégane RS 275 Trophy-R holds the Nürburgring lap record for front-wheel drive production cars, it doesn’t mean it’s actually the fastest FWD car round the Green Hell.

Review of New Five-Door MINI Yields Unsurprising Conclusions


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The new more grown up MINI has not only increased in size over its predecessor, but it’s also gained two extra doors, should you want them. You’re no longer forced to opt for the tall Countryman if you want five doors, but it’s really nothing special.

Mini 5-Door Given the "Mini Yours" Personalization Treatment


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As the latest addition to Mini’s lineup, the new 5-Door has received attention from Mini Yours, the automaker’s personalization program.

Mini's 5-Door Hatch Priced for UK – It’s £600 More Expensive than 3-Door


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The new and quite big MINI five-door hatchback is expected to be a big seller. It costs £600 more than the equivalent three-door, but offers notably more space and practicality – the wheelbase is lengthened by 72 mm, while the boot gains 67 more liters of cargo volume.

Mini to Debut 5-Door Hatch and Superleggera Concept in Paris


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The Mini 5 Door is not quite new anymore, as it was revealed in early June, nevertheless its world debut takes place at the Paris Auto Show next month.

New MINI Clubman to Show All Six Doors in Production form at Frankfurt 2015


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MINI execs were undoubtedly aware that the asymmetrical door layout of the previous-gen Clubman was not hugely practical and not necessarily to everybody’s taste. That’s why when they made a new Clubman, based on the all-new and bigger MINI hatch, they gave it two proper rear doors.

The Joys of Owning and Living With a Classic Mini


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The classic Mini is still a relevant vehicle today. It may have rubber suspension and not be as good as a modern car in a crash, but it makes up for those with petite size, fun drive and undeniable character – it’s actually a practical car for two city dwellers with a hint of hipster.

Mini Says New Five-Door Will Make Up a Third of Total Hatch Sales


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Mini has admitted that its all-new five-door model will not outsell the three-door hatch, going against the tide of the supermini segment, where the five-door body style is predominant.

MINI Reportedly Only Months Away from Approving Superleggera Roadster


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Mini’s stunning Superleggera Vision Concept unveiled this spring at the Villa d’Este Concorso d’Eleganza is reportedly at least six month away from being approved by BMW bosses.

Mini Celebrates 3 Millionth Vehicle Built in Oxford, 2 Million Exports


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Mini celebrated the 3 millionth vehicle built at its Oxford plant in the UK, as well as 2 million exports since the brand’s re-launch in 2001.

Next Mini Countryman Crossover Mule Scooped


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If we were to pick a mainstream equivalent to Porsche's evolutionary approach in design, it would be Mini, but before you get all negative, learn that this prototype is a test mule for the next Countryman.

IIHS Crashes Small Cars with Greatly Varying Results


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It goes without saying that, one of today’s cars’ selling points is safety. However, since it’s no longer just about the passive stuff (crumple zones, seatbelts), and the active (sensor-assisted, self-braking, self-steering) end of the spectrum is where it’s at, the concept itself has become far more nuanced.

U Spy New Mini Convertible and BMW – Can You Tell Which One it is?


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BMW Group engineers are out and about these days taking advantage of the warm weather in Europe to test their upcoming vehicles.

What Mercedes' Smart Brand Can Learn from BMW's Mini


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For a long time, there has been something –ahem- dumb about Smart; even if one thought that their cars were right, the strategy was wrong. The company offered one basic vehicle in different trims, and let it languish on the market. Last week, the Daimler subsidiary unveiled two new models – the appropriately named Fortwo and Forfour. The debuts come not a moment too soon for the microcar brand, whose novelty has long subsided since its 1998 market introduction.

New Mini JCW Tipped to Arrive with 231HP from Tuned 2.0-Liter Turbo


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Everyone knows that the MINI John Cooper Works Concept revealed earlier this year at the Detroit Auto Show previews very accurately how the production car will look like. However, MINI didn’t offer any details about the car’s mechanical part and its performance specs.

Battle of the Posh Diesel Superminis: Audi A1 vs Mini Cooper


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Not so long ago, the choice was simple: if you wanted a new MINI, you went out and bought one. Now though, things are different and still changing, and you have alternatives like the sufficiently talented Audi A1 or the nice looking Citroen DS3, though the latter is still a car playing catchup on quality.

BMW Group Reaches 1 Million Sales Milestone in the First Half of 2014


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The BMW Group broke an important sales record, delivering more than a million vehicles in the first half of this year for the first time ever. The German automaker handed over a total of 1,020,211 vehicles to customers worldwide, an increase of 6.9 percent over the same period last year (954,501).

MINI Releases Mega Gallery with the 2015 Countryman with 243 Photos


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As it did with the 2015 Paceman, Mini released a huge photo gallery of its mildly facelifted Countryman, which gets a revised grille, new alloy wheels and new colors, as well as a power increase for the Cooper S Countryman and optimized fuel consumption.