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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...

2011 MINI range launched in Australia

MINI Australia has today launched the 2011 MINI range, boasting increased power and reduced emissions, distinct styling enhancements, additional standard equipment and an almost endless list of customisation options. You need to be a bit of an enthusiast to visually pick the differences, but MINI insists the changes inside and out are many...

Volkswagen Mini-Gol designed for little people

Volkswagen Brazil has designed a little car for little people. The Volkswagen Mini-Gol is styled just like the Gol (VW’s smallest production vehicle), although it has been decreased in every dimension by around 30 percent. The idea is that the Mini-Gol will suit drivers who are shorter than 5-feet tall, and who find driving regular-sized vehicles difficult...

Transport Minister loses driving licence

In what must be a world first, the Czech Republic has taken the honour of being the only country in the developed world where the national transport minister doesn't have a driving licence. Minister Vit Barta lost his licence for six months after being caught driving his Maserati with a fake number plate. That raises all kinds of intriguing questions...

Mini Moke Beachcomber concept could go into production

Remember the Mini Moke from back in the days? Mini has since released a modern concept of the open-air platform and now the company is thinking of introducing the concept into the future production lineup. According to Autocar, Mini is looking into developing a Jeep Wrangler-style off-roader to add into the fast-growing range of Mini vehicles...

Porsche pauses plans on Cajun and mini Boxster

According to a report by Autocar, Porsche is putting a pause on plans to produce some of the future models previously proposed. Main concerns are the brand-new models, such as the Porsche Cajun small SUV and the new baby Porsche Boxster, which were expected to make their way into the Porsche showroom...

Video: Mini Countryman WRC prototype spied testing in Portugal

Mini announced a few weeks ago that it will be entering the World Rally Championship some time before 2012 with a car based on the Mini Countryman. Not until now though have we seen actual evidence of such a car in the flesh. Backed by Prodrive, the car's details and specifications have been kept under fairly tight wraps but there's hardly any question of a doubt that the vehicle in the video is indeed a very quick, Mini, rally car...

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigating Hyundai Sonata i45

The NHTSA in the US is investigating a steering-related problem with the Hyundai Sonata - our Hyundai i45. Although the investigation does only affect American models, the concern could become more widespread. Only after being on sale for a few months in America, the Sonata has received various awards and praises from journalists and automotive experts since...

1993-2004 Jeep Cherokee National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigation

According to a recent New York Times report, a large group of Jeep Cherokee owners has asked for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to investigate a common petrol tank problem.Yesterday, the NHTSA announced it has began the investigation. The issue is associated with Jeep Cherokee models ranging from 1993 to 2004...

Mini-Me MINI?

If the rumours are to be believed, we could see the addition of even a smaller MINI Cooper, which will see the marque revert back to the good old days, when MINI’s were no more than half the size they are now. And it won’t just be the stock MINI Cooper that will get the MINI-Me treatment, there’s talk of a tuned up John Cooper Works version too...

Kia Soul under investigation by National Highway Transport Safety Administration

Because of a bizarre and very unfortunate mishap involving a Kia Soul in America, the NHTSA have stepped in to investigate a possible recall issue that could affect further models. The incident in question involved a 2010 Kia Soul that suffered a steering column malfunction. The main steering component was said to have separated from the input shaft leaving the driver without any steering control...