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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...

2009 MINI John Cooper Works Cabriolet

MINI is set to unveil the world's fastest small premium cabriolet - that's quite a niche - with the debut of its new John Cooper Works Convertible at the Geneva motor show. Featuring the same high-performance modifications as its hatch sibling, the JCW Cabriolet is also powered by a 1.6-litre twin scroll-turbocharged petrol engine...

2009 Renault Scenic mini-MPV spied

Following our latest scoop of the Mégane sedan, these latest spy shots reveal Renault is also in the final development stages of its new generation 2009 Scenic MPV. The new mini-MPV from Renault is due to arrive in showrooms later this year a few months after the Mégane hatch, with current speculation suggesting it will share similar design traits to the Mégane...

Italian Ministry approves scrapping incentive

The Italian Ministry Council today approved an economic stimulus package today that includes an auto scrapping incentive of up to 3,000 euros. The offer, similar to those already offered in Germany and France, is set to try and revive dormant car sales and will run until the end of the year...

Kia mini MPV concept

Believe it or not, there are people out there who still won’t consider a Kia or Hyundai branded vehicle, despite the fact that half their street probably drives one of these cars. That’s too bad for them, as these two Korean sibling brands offer superb value for money, and give little if anything away to their Japanese competitors, when it comes to quality and reliability...

2010 MINI Crossman spied

Now that its name has been officially unveiled, the new MINI Crossman is nearing its production debut with a creatively camouflaged example spied undergoing the final stages of winter testing. With some decent ground clearance and an all-wheel-drive system, the Crossman is aimed at adding a more 'masculine' alternative to the soft-roader market...

MINI Cooper D confirmed for Oz

Update: Mini Cooper D Review MINI have confirmed today the Cooper D Hardtop will be available for sale in Australia sometime toward the middle of this year. The new MINI Cooper D demonstrates the great potential of modern diesel engines more impressively than ever before producing fewer CO2 emissions than hybrid cars on sale in Australia, yet still provides sporty performance from its 1...

NAIAS - 2010 Mini Convertible

Calling it “the latest edition of an absolute icon,” Mini has released its 2010 convertible at the North American International Auto Show today.   The Mini Cooper Convertible follows the launch last year of the second-generation Mini hardtop and Clubman models, and hopes to beat the 164,000 strong sales figure set by the original Mini Cooper Convertible...

MINI set to celebrate 50 years

The legendary Silverstone (UK) racetrack will next year host the largest MINI fan event ever to celebrate the brand's 50th birthday. Following previous events Misano in Italy and Zandvoort in the Netherlands, MINI will return to the land of its birth to celebrate the third MINI United Festival from 22-24 May 2009...