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2011 MINI Cooper Matt Edition launched in France

MINI is offering 250 special edition MINI Cooper Matt Edition vehicles exclusively in France. The highlight of the limited edition model is the special matt black paint job, which is actually made up of a series of a film sheets that can be removed to reveal the vehicle’s actual body colour...

MINI Cooper SD high-power diesel coming to Australia

The MINI Cooper SD will be unveiled at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show in March ahead of its Australian launch around the middle of the year. According to reports, the MINI Cooper SD will be powered by a new turbo diesel engine (displacement either 1.6- or 2.0-litres) with and estimated 107kW of power and 305Nm of torque...

2011 MINI Countryman pricing, on sale in February

The MINI Countryman will go on sale in Australia from next month, with the versatile new range to offer petrol, diesel and all-wheel drive variants. The MINI Cooper Countryman range will launch in Australia in late-February with a 1.6-litre petrol engine, which will be followed in March by the diesel variant when production of that model commences...

Mini Paceman Concept unveiled at Detroit Auto Show

Mini has unveiled its new premium compact crossover, the Mini Paceman Concept coupe, at the 2011 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The model is just a concept but plans for a production version are in the pipeline. Mini plans to expand the range and build upon the success of the new Mini, evident by the number of new Mini models that have hit the showrooms in the past few years...

2012 Toyota Prius V minivan unveiled at Detroit Auto Show

Toyota has unveiled the Toyota Prius V minivan at the 2011 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. It's the car that Toyota has been teasing us with over the past few months, and, as earlier reports suggested, it is a minivan version of the current Toyota Prius hatch...

Suzuki minicar 0.66-litre engine to use just 3.7L/100km

Suzuki is apparently working on producing a new engine, specifically, an extremely fuel efficient one for the minicar market segment in Japan. The engine will be just 0.66-litres in capacity and boast hybrid-like fuel economy figures. According to a recent report by Nikkei Business in Japan, the new engine will offer a potential fuel consumption of 27km per one litre of fuel...

MINI Paceman Concept car

BMW is no stranger to creating niches for its vehicles, and what you see here is no exception. The MINI brand will debut its Paceman Concept at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit next month, and with it the announcement that this is the first Sports Activity Coupe in the premium segment...

Video: MINI 'arch enemy of boredom' ad featuring Russ Swift

MINI has brought out a new advertising campaign called 'the arch enemy of boredom'. It features loads of stunts designed to combat the symptoms of monotony. MINI probably doesn't condone this type of driving, even so, the little MINI Cooper handles the precision driving very well. The ad features one of the most famous stunt drivers in the industry too, Russ Swift...

MINI compact car to debut at Detroit Auto Show

MINI could be unveiling its new MINI compact at the upcoming North American International Auto Show in Detroit next month, as development for the model comes closer to production. Rumour has it will be called the new MINI Minor. The new variant will be a strict two seater and is said to be smaller than the current MINI Cooper in every way...

BMW's Anders Warming to head MINI Design studio

Following news earlier today that Australian Max Wolff has been appointed director of design at Lincoln, MINI has also announced that it will have a new head of design from 2011. Gert Volker Hildebrand has been at the helm of the MINI Design studio for 10 years, and over that time has been responsible for the complete design development of the born-again brand since January 2001...

MINI Challenge race series discontinued for 2011

BMW Group Australia has confirmed this weekend’s round of the MINI Challenge race series will be the last ever, with the championship to be discontinued in 2011. MINI national manager, David Woollcott, admitted the competition – which spanned three years – had been extremely costly...