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Mini design ‘needs to progress’, no larger models planned

Mini says that it has stepped out of the ‘retro’ design philosophy and is embarking on a new era of design that will see the brand progress with a new distinct flavour that still maintains the core DNA of the brand’s iconic styling...

Mini committed to diesel 'long term'

Mini says that it looks forward to selling many diesel-powered vehicles in the year to come, defending the engine type against its current political and environmental issues following 'Dieselgate' and committing to the technology for the long term...

Mini envisions autonomous driving for race tracks

Mini admits that autonomous driving technology in its traditional sense does not make a whole lot of sense for the young and sporty brand, however, it foresees a future where the artificial intelligence in its cars can be used to showcase the full sporty potential of its vehicles...

Mini and electric propulsion fit like 'a hand in glove'

Mini says its existing urban and younger demographic appeal make its transition to electric propulsion a much easier task than for some other brands. Speaking to the Australian media at last week's 2017 Frankfurt motor show, Mini senior vice president Sebastian Mackensen confirmed his brand’s intentions for electrification but also admitted that it will take time, with the transitioning period particularly important to avoid disfranchising existing owners...

2017 Mini Countryman pricing and specs

The second-generation Mini Countryman crossover will be priced from $39,900 plus on-road costs when it arrives in Australia at the end of March, an increase offset by significant specification increases. Mini’s new small SUV is a significant step forward on its predecessor in every area, and will fight in a more congested segment, principally against the imminent Audi Q2 (from $41,100), as well as the Mercedes-Benz GLA (priced from $43,600)...

2017 Mini JCW Countryman revealed: Most powerful Mini ever, here in second quarter

The 2017 Mini John Cooper Works (JCW) Countryman has been revealed this week, with the hot SUV the most powerful model ever produced by the German-owned British brand. Under the bonnet is a 170kW/350Nm (the latter available between 1450 and 4500rpm) turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine driving all-four wheels, propelling the biggest Mini from 0-100km/h in 6...

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...

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...

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

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. Launching in its home market of Europe in February 2017, the Countryman is touted as Mini’s “biggest and most versatile model” in its 57-year history...

2016 Mini Ray launches in Australia from $29,000

The Mini Ray has returned to the Australian market, replacing the Mini One in the local line-up. Reviving the badge worn by the 2011 car of the same name, the 2016 Mini Ray takes the place of the Mini One as the price-leader in the hatch range. Starting at $29,000 drive-away, the new Mini Ray is available in both three- and five-door body styles and offers various personalisation options...