Showing posts in the category of MINI

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.

Mini Details Facelifted Paceman Crossover [164 Photos]


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The Mini Paceman received its first facelift in spring this year and now the UK-based automaker is gearing up for the model's July 2014 launch with a huge photo gallery of the crossover, which gets design, equipment and technical upgrades.

MINI Worried About Being Perceived as a Girlie Brand in China, as 80% of Owners are Women


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Almost 80 percent of Mini owners in China are women, the highest level among any car brand, according to estimates from J.D. Power & Associates. BMW is reportedly worried about this and is trying to lure more male buyers, with recent actions including an all-Mini road trip to Tibet and the addition of a pool table in Mini’s Shanghai showroom.

Mini Starts Building Five-Door Hatch at Oxford Plant


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The first Mini Five-Door Hatch has rolled off the assembly line at plant Oxford today, marking another phase in the roll-out of a £750 million (€938 million) investment program across BMW Group UK’s production facilities from 2011 to 2015.

Mini One First with 74HP 3-Cylinder Petrol Engine Joins Hatch Lineup


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Besides the Mini Hatch Cooper SD, Mini also announced a new entry-level petrol engine for its core model marketed under the name One First.

MINI is Proud that Cooper SD is its Torquiest Model Ever


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So, the BMW Group decided to completely rid their interpretation of the MINI of any connection to its spiritual successor, by making it bigger, posher and giving it larger displacement engines for the latest generation.

WhatCar Points Out Five Key Things About the New Mini Five-Door


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I have to admit that I was slightly puzzled by Mini’s five-door Hatch, as the brand has the Countryman and the upcoming Clubman to appeal to its more practical-minded customers. The Mini Five Door is a reality though, so we’d better get used to it.