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Mini celebrates 1.5 million milestone

Just weeks after its official 50th birthday celebrations Mini has claimed yet another milestone in the production of its 1.5 millionth vehicle. Since production began in 2001 the production line has run almost non-stop at Mini's Oxford plant with the milestone model, a Chili Red Clubman, rolling off the line in the  presence of Business Minister Ian Lucas and BMW Group board member Ian Robertson...

Mini Cooper D welcomes new Toyota Prius

Update: Mini Cooper D Review Recently Mini was quick to run a large advertising campaign across the country to showcase the Cooper D as Australia's most fuel efficient car. We can imagine Toyota's marketing department wasn't awfully happy with that, knowing the new Prius was only weeks away. In it's first full month on sale, close to a quarter of new Mini buyers chose the Cooper D...

Rolls-Royce trimmed Mini on the way

Rolls-Royce and Mini, polar opposites of the BMW Group, could be collaborating on a new special "luxury" edition Mini. The move has said to have come about due to Rolls-Royce's slowing recession sales and the parent company's desire to distribute some of the luxury marque's class across the rest of its line-up...

Mini Cooper D Review

Mini Cooper Diesel Review To take a marketing stance that claims position as ‘Australia’s most fun and fuel efficient car’, well, you’re just crying out for attention. And you’re bound to get it - the good, the bad and the ugly. In the case of the 2009 Mini Cooper D, the first diesel powered Mini Cooper to enter the Australian market, the claims don’t stop there...

Mini turns 50 today

Fifty years ago today, the first Mini rolled off the production line at Cowley, now called Plant Oxford. For the first time in half a century that very car is returning to its birthplace for a celebration of 50 years of production. The Mini Minor, finished in Old English White and carrying the registration number 621 AOK, is at Plant Oxford for the day to mark its birthday in style...

Mini introduces the 'Speedster'

Mini, in conjunction with the UK's AutoExpress, have today released images of its new 'Speedster' model. The eye-catching two seater convertible is said to combine dramatic looks with sizzling performance in what Mini believe will put it in place to challenge Mazda's long time favourite, the MX-5 and Honda's upcoming CRZ...

Citroen DS 3 GT set to challenge mighty Mini

It's a bold claim, but Citroen have indeed announced that its new rally-inspired hatch, likely to be named the DS 3 GT, is set to challenge Mini's popular Cooper S as the new must-have hot hatch. Featuring white alloys, a big rear wing, flared wheel arches and body kit with muscular bonnet vent, the GT has several hallmarks to distinguish it above its slower siblings...

PSA postpones Chinese minicar production

Due to the current economic difficulties faced both in and outside of China, PSA/Peugeot Citroen has postponed development and production of a new minicar based on the Citroen C1 and Peugeot 107. Sources at Tier 1 global suppliers said they had previously received requests for quotations and requests for information for producing a new minicar to be called the A5...

2009 MINI Cooper D

Update: Mini Cooper D Review. “With specifications like 260Nm, 104g/km and a range of 1,025 kilometres from 40 litres of diesel, the new MINI Cooper D is the ‘green’ version of a Supercar” It seems too good to be true, but from just $33,750 the MINI Copper D, which goes on sale in Australia from May this year, will offer buyers a viable and more affordable alternative to the high priced Hybrids...

2009 MINI Cabrio First Steer Review

“Make mine a MINI Cooper S Cabrio in British Racing Green with a Hot Chocolate Soft top, Carbon Black Lounge Leather and brushed alloy interior highlights with Chilli to go” Remember the original 1969 box office hit “The Italian Job” with British actor Michael Caine, who had to settle for a supporting role alongside a beautiful Lamborghini Miura, two Jaguar E Types and an Aston Martin DB4...

Mini to scrap 850 jobs

BMW has announced it will scrap 850 jobs at its Mini plant in Oxford, England. The brand, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in August, has made the decision following falling sales in the wake of the global economic downturn. Initially weekend shift workers will go when the cuts begin on March 2. BMW will then operate the plant five days a week instead of the current seven...