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Mini appoints Matt Schmidt to General Manager in Australia and New Zealand

BMW subsidiary Mini has appointed Matt Schmidt to the role of General Manager of the brand's operations in Australia and New Zealand, effective immediately. Mr Schmidt – who has worked for the wider BMW Group since 2004 – previously acted as the brand's National Sales Manager for Operations & Planning...

British manufacturers not committing to lower prices in Australia, despite free trade agreement

Manufacturers that build cars in Britain are yet to commit to lower Australian prices, despite the announcement of a new Free Trade Agreement "immediately eliminating" an existing 5 per cent automotive import tariff. Affected British-built cars include Nissan's Juke, Leaf, and Qashqai small SUVs, and the majority of vehicles built by Jaguar, Land Rover, Mini, Aston Martin, McLaren, Bentley and Rolls-Royce...

Electric encyclopaedia: Every car brand's electric vehicle plans – Part Three: Mazda to Porsche

It's safe to say the automotive industry is currently undergoing the greatest shift since its very inception, with electrification and autonomy widely agreed to form the basis of the future of the new-car market. It can seem almost daily that a major car maker unveils a new electric vehicle, or announces plans to go all-electric in the coming years and decades – so often so that it can be a challenge to keep track of and stay on top of every brand's plans...

2021 Mini Hatch and Convertible price and specs

2021 Mini Hatch and Convertible pricing and specification 26 variants across three body styles, here by October Increased standard equipment and new styling across range Prices start from $37,500 before on-road costs. Australian pricing and specifications for the facelifted Mini Hatch and Convertible ranges have been announced, ahead of their local launches in the third quarter of 2021...

Vote for the Drive 2021 BP Ultimate Driver’s Car of the Year

Barely a day passes in the automotive world we don’t hear news about 'autonomous this' and 'assistance that', and you could be forgiven for thinking that the role of the driver is becoming less relevant than it once was. While technology is working on making routine driving easier and safer, we can see manufacturers also using technology to make driving more fun...

2021 Mini John Cooper Works hatch revealed, Australian launch by October

UPDATE, 22 April 2021: Local pricing and specifications for the 2021 Mini JCW hatch have been announced – click here to read the full story. 14 April 2021: The 2021 Mini John Cooper Works hatch has been revealed, ahead of its Australian launch in the third quarter of 2021 (July to September inclusive)...

Q&A: What are the small cars with high hip points?

Hi CarAdvice! I'm in the market for a new car but don't have the garage space for a full-blown SUV. My only issue is, I find a lot of hatchbacks, sedans and wagons a little too low to the ground and I struggle to get in and out because of a back issue...

Mini begins to outlay electric plans, could reintroduce Minor nameplate – report

Mini’s future plans are already coming to fruition, as its parent company BMW is set to spearhead the British brand’s electric transformation with a new super-compact electric light hatch, a larger Countryman crossover SUV and a new long-range people mover. British publication Autocar reports the current Mini three-door hatch and its five-door counterpart will be replaced, as well as the Convertible and Clubman models...

Gallery: 2022 Mini John Cooper Works Convertible tours a German coastline

When Mini took the wraps off the second facelift for its staple 3-Door Hatch, 5-Door Hatch and Convertible models in January, fans of the brand likely noticed one odd omission from the brand's media materials: the hero John Cooper Works variant...

Mini to drop petrol and diesel by 2030s to become all-electric brand – UPDATE

UPDATE, 18 March 2021: Mini will become an all-electric car brand by the end of the decade, the company confirmed overnight. The announcement was made at the annual conference held by Mini's parent company, BMW, with chairman Oliver Zipse outlining future plans for the brand. "Mini will be the first BMW Group brand to go fully electric...

2021 Mini Paddy Hopkirk Edition price and specs: Classic rally-inspired edition available in Cooper S, JCW bodies

2021 Mini Paddy Hopkirk Edition price and specs detailed Rally-inspired special limited to 65 units Red paint, white roof and rally decals pay tribute to 1964 Monte Carlo Rally Available to order now in three model variants, priced from $60,800 drive-away...