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Video: MINI E Race takes on the Nurburgring

Taking on the gruelling Nürburgring-Nordschleife circuit at race speed has become a right of passage for many new performance cars, and the latest all-electric flagship from MINI is no exception. The MINI E Race - a modified version of the standard MINI E - completed a lap of the legendary "Green Hell" in a time of 9:51...

MINI JCW World Championship 50 to appear at F1 Grand Prix

MINI will display its John Cooper Works World Championship 50 model (build #273) at this week's Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne. As one of just ten cars slated for Australian delivery, and one of only 500 in the world, this exclusive 155kW race-bred MINI has already seen strong interest at a dealer level with a few customers already having made a deposit...

Video: MINI Countryman in motion

MINI has released its first video of the soon to be released MINI Countryman compact SUV. Abiding by its slogan 'Life is out there.', the MINI Countryman becomes the fourth model variant in the MINI line-up alongside the Hardtop, Cabrio and Clubman.

Opel Minicar Electric - iPod on wheels

Although the days of the European sourced Holden Barina and Astra are well and truly over, Open/Vauxhall is working on a new minicar which may have great potential for the Australian market. Opel Trixx Minicar concept Currently unnamed, the Opel Minicar will sit below the Corsa and go head to head with cars such as the Nissan Micra and Toyota iQ...

Mini Countryman finally revealed - Geneva 2010

After months of anticipation and countless spy photos, Mini has taken the wraps off its latest creation - the Countryman. Using Mini's first all-wheel-drive system, ALL4 combines with the Countryman's 4m length to provide a vehicle capable of multiple terrain changes. The four-door, four-seater Mini will be available with a variety of three petrol and two diesel engines...

2010 MINI John Cooper Works World Championship 50 coming to Australia

A very special limited edition MINI is about to land in Australia – the 500th and final MINI John Cooper Works World Championship 50. Yes it’s a mouthful, but with just 10 of 500 destined for Australia the John Cooper Works WC50 will become one of the most exclusive MINIs in history...

MINI John Cooper Works Challenge Edition released

MINI has unveiled the newest race-inspired MINI John Cooper Works Challenge Edition - bringing the MINI JCW even closer to the MINI CHALLENGE race car, both in its appearance and performance. Exclusive to the Australian market, the MINI JCW Challenge Edition is powered by the same twin-scroll turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine used in its racing counterpart...

Mini Countryman

A new Mini has been added to the range, a fourth model in the family. The Mini Countryman is a genuine Crossover and bridges the gap between classic Mini and a modern SUV. The Countryman offers the typical Mini driving experience to a new target group who require more space and flexibility. This is the first Mini to offer four doors and a wide opening rear lid...

Ford phasing out four- & five-speed automatic transmissions, impact on local supplier minimal

Ford Australia is running out the four-speed and five-speed automatic transmissions fitted to its locally made Falcon and Territory and replacing them with an internally sourced six-speed unit. The new six-speed – different to the German-manufactured ZF currently used by Ford – is expected to appear in the diesel Territory and four-cylinder EcoBoost Falcon from next year...

Mini E drivers report reduced range in low temperatures

It's a well known fact that batteries of any kind don't perform as well in cold conditions, a fact some Mini E drivers in the US are now experiencing first hand. In the cold north-west winter Mini E's claimed range of 160 kilometres has been reduced by between 20 and 50 per cent, with one driver reporting a return of just 88 kilometres - which included a two-hour top up charge between commutes...

MINI Beachcomber Concept teases new SUV model

The idea of a MINI SUV has been around for quite some time now, with prototypes spied testing countless times around the world in various stages of development. Now the brand has unveiled a new concept version dubbed the MINI Beachcomber which invokes the infamous Mini Moke with its radical open body four seater design...