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Mini confirms death of Coupe and Roadster

Mini has officially confirmed production of its Coupe and Roadster models is about to come to an end. The BMW-owned British car maker says production of the two-seat twins will end as planned to create more space on the Mini Plant Oxford production line in the UK for models based on the new platform that currently underpins the three-door and five-door Cooper hatch models...

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More Minis, including an even larger crossover, entirely possible
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More Minis, including an even larger crossover, entirely possible

Don’t be surprised to see the Mini family expand in other directions down the track, since the company sees potential models such as a medium SUV entirely possible so long as they adhere to the fun-to-drive ethos of the regular hatch...


Mini Coupe, Roadster, Paceman face the axe - report
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Mini Coupe, Roadster, Paceman face the axe - report

The Mini Coupe, Roadster and Paceman all reportedly face the axe as the BMW-owned British brand looks to strengthen its “pillar” models in its new, third-generation line-up. Asked if the company was planning new versions of the hatch-based two-seat Coupe and Roadster models, Mini product management chief Oliver Friedmann told industry journal Automotive News Europe: “It’s not decided but most probably this is not a priority...


Mini Coupe and Roadster: new entry-level two-seaters priced from $34,900
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Mini Coupe and Roadster: new entry-level two-seaters priced from $34,900

Mini Australia will launch entry-level variants of its Mini Coupe and Mini Roadster models in November, slashing the starting price of its new two-seater range by around $8000. The Mini Cooper Coupe will be priced from $34,900 before on-road costs, undercutting the current Cooper S Coupe base model by $8090, while the Mini Cooper Roadster will start at $37,500, also $8000 below the Cooper S Roadster...


Mini John Cooper Works Countryman: SUV first all-paw JCW
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Mini John Cooper Works Countryman: SUV first all-paw JCW

A swathe of official images of the new Mini John Cooper Works Countryman has been released showing off the brand's most powerful car and JCW's first all-wheel drive vehicle. The turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine in the Mini John Cooper Works Countryman has been tuned to produce 160kW of power and a peak torque figure of 300Nm (280Nm before overboost) making it the most powerful drive unit in Mini’s range – including the limited edition Mini John Cooper Works GP...


Mini Coupe JCW GP spy shots
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Mini Coupe JCW GP spy shots

Our spy photographers have captured the Mini Coupe John Cooper Works GP undergoing testing in Europe. The images confirm the iconic British sports car manufacturer is developing a high-powered, lightweight two-seater to be sold alongside the second-generation Mini JCW GP hatch that was spotted at the Nurburgring in Germany late last month...


Mini Paceman coming here in 2013
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Mini Paceman coming here in 2013

The new boss of Mini Australia says the British brand will add a seventh model to its local line-up in 2013 and promises there are plenty more to come in the future. Mini Australia general manager Kai Bruesewitz confirmed the production version of the Mini Paceman concept will be the next all-new model line to be added to the range...


Mini Coupe & Roadster: Review
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Mini Coupe & Roadster: Review

It's easy to fall in love with the cute styling and the enthusiastic engines, but is the asking price for Mini’s new wayward twins too steep?


2012 Mini Coupe & Roadster launched
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2012 Mini Coupe & Roadster launched

The Mini Coupe and Roadster are now on sale in Australia, giving sports cars enthusiasts two new reasons to embrace the rapidly expanding small-car brand. The new two-seat models take the number of unique body styles in the Mini line-up from four to six, joining the Cooper hatch, Cabrio, Clubman and Countryman SUV...


2012 MINI Coupe, Roadster pricing confirmed
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2012 MINI Coupe, Roadster pricing confirmed

MINI Australia has confirmed the pricing of the MINI Coupe and Roadster models ahead of their local showroom debut late in February. The MINI Cooper S Coupe opens the new line-up at $42,990 before on-road costs, while the cloth-topped Cooper S Roadster demands a $2510 premium at $45,500...


2012 MINI Cooper S Coupe priced from $42,990
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2012 MINI Cooper S Coupe priced from $42,990

The MINI Coupe will be cheaper than anticipated when it goes on sale in Australia in February, with the Cooper S variant to kick off the two-model range at $42,990 (before on-roads). The price tag makes the chopped Coupe just $2290 more expensive than the mechanically similar Cooper S hatch, which starts from $40,700 in six-speed manual form...


2012 MINI Coupe on sale in Australia Q4 2011
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2012 MINI Coupe on sale in Australia Q4 2011

MINI has released a host of images and the full engine details of the upcoming 2012 MINI Coupe, which will become the newest addition to the funky neo-retro range in Australia later this year. MINI Australia’s Lucy McLellan confirmed the MINI Coupe is likely to arrive in Australia in either October or November 2011, with pricing and specification details to be announced closer to the launch...


Mini Coupe Spy Photos
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Mini Coupe Spy Photos

Update 18/03/2011 - More photos added (check gallery). Back in late 2009 we brought you photos of a Mini Coupe Concept at the Frankfurt Motorshow, nearly 1.5 years later and the Mini Coupe is now in its final stages of development. Our European photographers spotted this development mule driving around Europe. The concept version was powered by the same 1...


MINI facelift and Countryman set for Australia, Coupe and Roadster possible
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MINI facelift and Countryman set for Australia, Coupe and Roadster possible

As the MINI range expands to be anything but that overseas, MINI Australia has confirmed local customers will not be left behind. MINI Australia’s Piers Scott today confirmed a facelift of the current range, including the hatch, convertible and Clubman, will take place most likely in the last quarter of 2010...