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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...

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

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...

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...

2016 Mini Carbon Edition: JCW-inspired special on sale in Australia - UPDATE

Update - A spokesperson for Mini confirmed that not all 40 Mini Carbon Editions have been sold yet, see bottom of article for other details. The limited-run Mini Carbon Edition has been revealed, giving the five-door Mini Cooper S Hatch a look inspired by the John Cooper Works (JCW) variant, along with a small power bump...

Mini Clubman ALL4 Scrambler concept revealed

British car maker Mini has this week unveiled a motorcycle-inspired concept of its Clubman wagon. Dubbed the Clubman ALL4 Scrambler, the one-off concept features a number of interior and exterior design elements drawing heavily from BMW’s R Motorrad nineT Scrambler motorcycle...

2016 Mini Cooper and Cooper S hatch pricing and specifications

Australian pricing and details for the 2016 Mini Cooper and Cooper S hatch range have been revealed today, bringing a revised equipment spread for the new model year. Both variants of the Cooper and Cooper S remain unchanged in terms of performance, but have gained a number of upgrades to both standard and optional features lists...

2016 Mini JCW Convertible pricing and specifications

Mini Australia has announced the pricing and specifications of the new go-faster 2016 Mini John Cooper Works (JCW) Convertible, the third variant in the Mini Convertible range. Only months after being confirmed for the Australian market in February, the hottest drop-top Mini joins the standard Cooper and hotter Cooper S variants...

Mini Seven special edition revealed, Australian debut under consideration

Mini has revealed a special-edition variant of its Cooper and Cooper S hatches, dubbed ‘Mini Seven’. The new special pays homage to the original Austin Seven, which, along with the Morris Mini, ushered in production of the iconic small car over 50 years ago - well before BMW took over the Mini marque...

2016 Mini Convertible pricing and specifications

The new Mini Convertible will cost a highly competitive $37,900 plus on-road costs at entry level when it launches in Australia in the second quarter of 2016. Mini Australia announced pricing on its new front-wheel drive convertible today. The $37,900 price applies to the Cooper with a standard six-speed automatic. The Cooper S version will cost $45,400...