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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...

CarAdvice podcast 30: New CX-5, LA motor show, Mini Ray review, Ford's driver training and how to save fuel!

While Paul is attending the Los Angeles Motor Show, Mandy and James Wong wreak havoc, as they bring you the big car news of the week. There have been many unveilings at LA, including the 2017 Mazda CX-5, the powerful Alfa Romeo Stelvio, the Jaguar I-Pace ‘concept’ and the 2018 Ford EcoSport gets a facelift...

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...

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...

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

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...

2016 Paris motor show: what to expect - UPDATE

It's the oldest motor show in the world, having first launched as a combined event for cycling, sports, and the exciting new world of automobiles. No surprise, then, that the biennial Paris motor show - "Mondial de l'Automobile" in the French - is also one of the biggest on the international calendar and a focus point for the most extravagant concepts and new-model unveilings...

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...