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2016 Mini Cooper review

Is driving a slow car fast more fun than driving a fast car slow? James jumps in the 2016 Mini Cooper to see if it can support this age-old mantra.

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Car colour trends for 2016/17: Brown blooming, red hot, navy the new black

Car colour trends for 2016/17: Brown blooming, red hot, navy the new black

2016 has wrapped up and it's time to look back on the kaleidoscope of cars that have rolled through the CarAdvice garage. MY17 models have been flooding in already, offering up fun new colours and finishes. Let's take a look. We've seen myriad hues, from bright and bold, through to more shades of brown and grey than we ever thought possible...


Fun Car Mega Test: CarAdvice readers join us at MotorWorld to test 17 'hot' cars under $60k
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Fun Car Mega Test: CarAdvice readers join us at MotorWorld to test 17 'hot' cars under $60k

We assembled 17 of fittest 'fun cars' under $60k at Sydney Motorsport Park at the recent MotorWorld event and there you, our readers, into the test seats. And we gave the mega test field a spin ourselves. Together, we decide what's hot, what's fun and what is exception value for money...


Mini celebrates three million cars at Oxford plant
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Mini celebrates three million cars at Oxford plant

Mini's manufacturing facility in Oxford, UK, has celebrated its three millionth car this week - a Mini Clubman John Cooper Works. The milestone comes in the Oxford facility's 15th year of production and parent company BMW's centenary year. In 2001 the plant was producing around 300 cars a day, and now builds at a rate of around 1000 vehicles per day - meaning the 4500-strong team in Oxford produces one new Mini almost every minute...


Mini John Cooper Works Rally features BMW straight-six
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Mini John Cooper Works Rally features BMW straight-six

The Mini John Cooper Works Rally race car was unveiled overnight, and will make its competitive debut at the 2017 Dakar Rally. Built in conjunction with X-raid, the JCW Rally's body is designed to look like the just unveiled second-generation Countryman SUV, although the panels and underlying structure are made from carbon-fibre and Kevlar...


CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for November 11, 2016
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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for November 11, 2016

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


2016 Mini Ray three-door review
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2016 Mini Ray three-door review

The Mini Ray is the new entry point into the range, how does it stack up?


2017 Mini Countryman could spawn new Paceman, with a twist - report
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2017 Mini Countryman could spawn new Paceman, with a twist - report

The Mini Paceman could make a return using the recently-revealed Countryman as a base, according to a new report out of the UK. According to Auto Express, the BMW Group’s design boss, Adrian van Hooydonk, said the company is considering a five-door coupe-styled SUV companion for the new Mini Countryman - differing from the three-door layout of the previous Paceman...


CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for October 28, 2016
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for October 28, 2016

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


2017 Mini Cooper S E Countryman All4: Brand's first PHEV detailed, on the cards for Australia
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2017 Mini Cooper S E Countryman All4: Brand's first PHEV detailed, on the cards for Australia

The 2017 Mini Cooper S E Countryman All4 has been revealed, becoming the first model from the brand to offer a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) drivetrain. Joining the all-new 2017 Mini Countryman range next year, the PHEV variant promises to maintain the dynamic ability that the brand's cars are known for despite its more environmentally-friendly powertrain...


2017 Mini Countryman revealed: More space, more tech and PHEV drivetrain for all-new SUV - UPDATE
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2017 Mini Countryman revealed: More space, more tech and PHEV drivetrain for all-new SUV - UPDATE

UPDATE: BMW Australia has indicated a 'late Q1 2017' launch for the new Mini Countryman. See article for details. The second-generation 2017 Mini Countryman SUV has been revealed ahead of its global debut at the Los Angeles motor show next month, bringing more space, more tech, and plug-in hybrid technology...


2017 Mini Countryman E previewed with brand-first PHEV tech
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2017 Mini Countryman E previewed with brand-first PHEV tech

The next-generation 2017 Mini Countryman has been previewed this week with new plug-in hybrid (PHEV) technology, marking a first for the BMW-owned British brand. According to Mini, its new PHEV system will maintain the company’s reputation for go-kart-like driving fun, while also significantly reducing tailpipe emissions...


BMW EV range to include electric 3 Series, X3, X4, Mini models - reports
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BMW EV range to include electric 3 Series, X3, X4, Mini models - reports

The BMW X3, X4, 3 Series, and Mini hatch, will be among the company's mainstream vehicles to gain pure-electric drivetrains from 2019. Harald Krueger, BMW's CEO, has told Bloomberg the company will begin offering EV variants in its mainstream vehicle lines beginning in 2019 with an electric Mini hatchback...


CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for September 30, 2016
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for September 30, 2016

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


2017 Mini JCW Convertible Review
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2017 Mini JCW Convertible Review

The 2017 Mini JCW Convertible is an impressive combination of alfresco fun and dynamic driving ability.


Mini spices up Cooper S range with John Cooper Works options packages
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Mini spices up Cooper S range with John Cooper Works options packages

Want a dash of the John Cooper Works style without going the whole way? Mini Australia is now offering John Cooper Works option packages across the Cooper S range. The new packages were announced at launch of the 2017 Mini JCW Convertible this week, where the British carmaker also revealed the  2017 Mini JCW Clubman would make its debut at the Paris motor show and would be made available to the Australian market in the first half of 2017...


Mini JCW Clubman set for Australia, will debut at Paris motor show
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Mini JCW Clubman set for Australia, will debut at Paris motor show

Mini is expanding its John Cooper Works performance stable with the 2017 John Cooper Works Clubman set to make its world premiere at the 2016 Paris motor show later this month. The Mini JCW Clubman has been confirmed for Australia and will feature Mini's most powerful engine yet, as well as All4 all-wheel drive. Producing 170kW and 350Nm, the JCW Clubman has a 2...


CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for September 16, 2016
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for September 16, 2016

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


2017 Mini Countryman spied with less camouflage
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2017 Mini Countryman spied with less camouflage

The second-generation Mini Countryman has been spied in Germany ahead of its debut, most likely at the Paris motor show at the end of the month. These latest photos show a prototype wearing a little less camouflage than the development vehicle spotted in the snow in January, and the John Cooper Works model spied in April...


What is Australia's favourite hot hatch?
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What is Australia's favourite hot hatch?

Australians love hotted-up versions of everyday small hatches and sedans, but which are the sales leaders? Beyond a shadow of a doubt, it’s Volkswagen that sits at the top of the sales tree, given the fact it leads across three key price/power market breakdowns. But Subaru, Renault, Ford and even premium players Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz give stiff competition...