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2020 Mini Countryman Stafford Edition price and specs

Mini has introduced a limited edition of its Countryman city SUV as the company aims to reverse last year's sales slide. The Mini Cooper Countryman Stafford Edition – powered by a 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder (100kW/220Nm) – starts from $47,500 drive-away, while the perkier Mini Cooper S Countryman Stafford Edition – powered by a 2...

COVID-19 forces Mini to change the name of one of its designs

Mini has been forced to change the name of a wheel option offered on its first all-electric car, the Mini Cooper SE, due to an unfortunate coincidence related to the coronavirus crisis. The distinctive 17-inch light alloy wheels – offered as an optional trim on the electric model and pictured above and below – are called the 'Corona Spoke', a name chosen long before the global pandemic took hold...

BMW tech reveals how Big Brother can message drivers in an emergency

When BMW issued health warnings to 46,000 cars across Australia last week – via phone SIM cards embedded in the vehicles – the message came as a shock to many owners who didn’t know the technology existed...

Around the tracks: Learjet limousines, multicoloured Bentley Bacalars and classic Range Rovers in the wild

When we’re not creating it ourselves, the CarAdvice team spends a lot of time finding and consuming motoring content from all over the world. Here’s a handful of the photos, articles, videos or social media posts that most caught our eye last week. Some of them are brand new, others have been online for a while. Enjoy them – just not too much, okay? 1...

Got a MINI? There’s an app for that.

The line between personal technology and our cars is becoming increasingly blurred, thanks to a new generation of connected vehicles and user technology. This is a series of pieces where we look at the mobile applications available for your car. First cab off the rank, is MINI. Apple iPhone and iPad MINI Driver’s Guide: Digital owner’s manual for your car, linked to the VIN...

2020 Mini Countryman S Sterling Edition pricing and specs

MINI has released a special Sterling Edition of its 2020 Countryman Cooper S, specially produced for Australian and New Zealand markets. Limited to only 50 cars, MINI Australia receives 40 of the Countryman Sterling Edition models. Each vehicle comes with an edition badge immortalising the build number...

Next-generation Mini range delayed due to Brexit uncertainty

The third-generation Mini went into production in late 2013 and will outlive the first two generations, which stayed in production for six to seven years each. Maximilian Schöberl, BMW's head of corporate and governmental affairs, told Reuters, "The lifespan of this platform has been extended for cost reasons and because of Brexit"...

Automotive Industry Insights podcast: John Bowe pays tribute to Rod Barrett

On this week's podcast are Mandy Turner, Mike Costello, and Scott Collie. In car news, the Alpine A110 Sportsx concept has been revealed, an Australian launch for Kia Stonic has been confirmed for late 2020, there's Australian interest in the Volkswagen Arteon 'Shooting Brake', and research shows school pick-up as 'the most dangerous time' to be on Australian roads...

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...

Next Mini Clubman could become a crossover

The next-generation Mini Clubman could grow up, literally, to become the brand's second crossover model. Oliver Heilmer, Mini's head of design, hinted as much in an interview with Autocar. The move to a range with two crossover models is being driven by the US market, where the current Countryman's slow sales are being blamed on its small size...

Automotive Industry Insights podcast: Farewell to the Commodore

On this week's podcast are Mandy Turner, Paul Maric, and Scott Collie. We share our memories of the Holden Commodore, and listen to a commercial compilation of each Commodore model over its 41-year life. According to a study, Australian interest in electric vehicles is well below the global average, and we speak to Natasha Santha, principal at L...