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Car News Daily podcast: Your daily download

Plenty has happened in the world of car news over the last 24 hours. If you haven't had time to read all the news on CarAdvice.com, catch up on your way home with Car News Daily, as Mandy Turner reads each news story word-for-word...

2020 Mini Countryman pricing and specs

Mini Australia has detailed full pricing and specifications for the 2020 Countryman line-up, which sees mechanical and equipment upgrades depending on model. The hierarchy remains as it was before, meaning the range begins with the Cooper and Cooper D, then climbs to the Cooper S and Cooper SD, and tops out with the plug-in hybrid Cooper SE 'Hybrid' and John Cooper Works...

Automotive Industry Insights podcast: MINI Australia boss, Brett Waudby

' On the podcast this week are Mandy Turner, Paul Maric, and Kez Casey. Scott Collie discusses new car sales figures for September, and Curt Dupriez reviews the 2020 Hyundai Tucson ActiveX. We chat with General Manager of MINI Australia, Brett Waudby, to see how the brand has been celebrating its 60th anniversary, and we look to the future as we ask if there are more affordable models coming, and if there's scope to expand the SUV range...

Car News Daily: Your daily download

Plenty has happened in the world of car news over the last 24 hours. If you haven't had time to read all the news on CarAdvice.com, catch up on your way home with Car News Daily, as Mandy Turner reads each news story word-for-word. Today's download: Volkswagen ID.4: Pure-electric SUV to hit Australia before ID...

2020 Mini Clubman JCW pricing and specs

Mini's fastest-ever production car, the new Clubman JCW, will touch down in Australia before the end of 2019, priced from $57,900 before on-road costs. Powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, the Clubman JCW now makes 225kW and 450Nm, an increase of 55kW over the outgoing model. The engine is shared with the BMW X2 M35i, as is the eight-speed automatic transmission...

Up next: Mini's electric hot hatch range

Less than a month after the first mass-produced Mini Electric rolled off the assembly line, the iconic British brand is already working on the next model – and will likely include the option of an electrified hot hatch across the Cooper S and John Cooper Works ranges. “It’s not a contradiction when it comes to performance and electro-mobility...

2020 Mini Cooper SE confirmed for Australia

British carmaker Mini will introduce an electric version of its iconic Cooper hatchback in Australian showrooms in the middle of next year. Price is yet to be confirmed however, based on the European cost of about €32,000, the Mini Electric will likely arrive at about $55,000 plus on-roads...

Mini Cooper SE: 45,000 expressions of interest for new EV

The 2020 Mini Cooper SE has had a promising response from the buying public, with the BMW subsidiary reporting more than 45,000 expressions of interest for its first series production electric vehicle. Speaking with German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, project manager for the electric Mini, Elena Eder, said the company's decision to allow prospective buyers to secure a build slot with a small down payment "works", drawing upon the model implemented by Tesla...

Jaguar Land Rover to use BMW front-drive platform for small crossovers - report

  Jaguar Land Rover is reportedly continuing partnership discussions with BMW, which could see the British automaker sourcing engine and platform technology from the German company. According to a report from Autocar, the BMW FAAR/UKL2 architecture underpinning the Mini Countryman, BMW 1 Series hatch, X1 and X2, could be used on a new set of smaller crossover vehicles...

Mini builds 10 millionth vehicle

Mini has produced its 10 millionth vehicle at its plant in Oxford, England. The milestone vehicle was a three-door 60 Years Edition model, and during a ceremony at the factory it was put face to face with a Mini made in the first year of production, 1959. The original Mini was sold by a number of brands owned by the British Motor Corporation, and later British Leyland and the Rover Group...

2020 Mini Countryman spied

The 2020 Mini Countryman has been spied on the streets of Munich, previewing the car's mid-life refresh. As with the revised 'LCI' Mini Hatch range, the Countryman appears to be wearing a fresh grille and front bumper. The headlight internals also look different, although the design team's yellow-and-black camouflage makes it hard to nail down exactly what's changed...