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Mini Clubman signs up with NSW police

The next police car you see in your rear-view mirror in Sydney might be the new-generation Mini Clubman. You won't need to worry, though. Like most unorthodox Police-liveried cars, this one is purely for promotional duty. Based at the Newtown Police Station, the car has been fully wrapped in police graphics and was officially handed over at MINI Garage Sydney in Alexandria, last week...

Mini Countryman PHEV on Australian radar

Mini Australia is yet to make up its mind on local potential for the Countryman PHEV, citing an iffy business case as the cause of its indecision. The new Countryman is the first Mini to offer a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) drivetrain, in a variant called the Cooper S E All4. It couples the familiar 100kW 1...

2017 Mini Clubman JCW pricing and specs

The hot Mini Clubman John Cooper Works All4 is now available to order, priced at $53,900 plus on-road costs — an $11,000 jump over the 141kW Cooper S. The Mini Clubman JCW spin-off has an all-wheel drive configuration, that sends torque to the rear axle on demand electro-hydraulically, giving better traction than FWD versions...

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 Countryman pricing to nudge $40,000

Mini Australia is keen to look at the business case for the hybrid version of the redesigned 2017 Mini Countryman, but for now is only willing to confirm a four model grade line-up - and a pricier one at that. There are six variants of the current Countryman on sale in Australia, but Mini will simplify that with the release of the new model...

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...