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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...

Toyota recall: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration blames driver error

The NHTSA has been investigating the recent Toyota recall issues that provoked unintended acceleration issues. It found that 35-58 percent of the cases were not down to electronic faults but down to the driver simply not applying the brakes. Toyota first suggested the unintended acceleration issue was not down to an electrical fault, and out of the 6200 complaints, the NHTSA says 2000 of them were due to floor mat interference and driver errors...

MINI Countryman to join World Rally Championship in 2011

MINI has announced it will compete in selected rounds of the 2011 FIA World Rally Championship before stepping into the series full-time in 2012. MINI, in collaboration with Prodrive, has been developing a Super2000 MINI Countryman WRC for around 18 months, and the first vehicles will be available for test drives by customer teams towards the end of 2010...

14,000Nm Cummins Mini at Goodwood Festival of Speed

This week’s 2010 Goodwood Festival of Speed in West Sussex, England, will play host to countless vehicles with big engines and wacky designs, but the Cummins Mini may just be the biggest and the wackiest. Cummins is the world’s largest independent manufacturer of diesel engines...

2011 MINI family unveiled in Europe

UPDATED 29 June 2010 with expanded photo gallery. MINI has unveiled its upgraded 2011 range in Europe with new diesel engines, styling tweaks and enhanced technology among the highlights. Two tunes of an all-new 1.6-litre four-cylinder diesel engine will be added to the line-up, both of which consume just 3.8 litres/100km combined and emit 99g/km CO2...

Porsche beats MINI in video challenge race

It probably comes no little surprise that we bring you this news today, but yes, Porsche has beaten MINI in the much-hyped race at the in-field of Road Atlanta today. The battle between “The Mighty” MINI Cooper and the “Fancy Pants” Porsche 911 was the result of a video challenge laid down by the head of MINI USA, Jim McDowell, around two weeks ago...

Hyundai offers to race Mini after Porsche declines

There's been an automotive stoush brewing over the last few days. The American head of Mini, a Mr Jim McDowell, who was a former Porsche executive, had issued a challenge to motoring and racing giant Porsche. It was, well, let's let the video below explain it: Porsche replied, saying, "While your challenge seems like a fun and lighthearted campaign, we'll stick to racing the way we have over the decades...

MINI facelift and Countryman set for Australia, Coupe and Roadster possible

As the MINI range expands to be anything but that overseas, MINI Australia has confirmed local customers will not be left behind. MINI Australia’s Piers Scott today confirmed a facelift of the current range, including the hatch, convertible and Clubman, will take place most likely in the last quarter of 2010...

BMW three-cylinder engine set to feature in next-gen MINI

Following reports late last year that BMW are constructing a new ultra-efficient three-cylidner engine, comes news today that the German manufacturer could feature the frugal powerplant in its next-generation MINI models...