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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...

2010 Mini Crossman SUV spied

The Mini Crossman SUV is quickly approaching the final stages of its development, with our photographers snapping a rather interestingly camouflaged production version for the first time.   The paradox of a Mini SUV is aimed at launching the brand into new territory, with BMW hoping it will become a more "masculine" alternative in the hotly contested crossover market...

Introducing the green Mini E

The BMW Group will be the world’s first manufacturer of premium vehicles to deploy a fleet of some 500 all-electric vehicles for private use in daily traffic to act as a test bed for the new technology.   Mini E will be powered by a 150 kW electric motor fed by a high-performance rechargeable lithium-ion battery, transferring its power to the front wheels via a single-stage helical gearbox which is also both noise and emission free...

2008 MINI John Cooper Works range

Another two race bred MINI's have arrived in Australia for 2008 straight from the John Cooper Works production line at Plant Oxford in the UK.   Both the Cooper and Clubman models have been given the JCW overhaul, raising their performance in line with the 2008 MINI CHALLENGE race cars.   Under the bonnet, the 1...

MINI ends Cabrio production

With nearly 165,000 drivers around the world having a sweet spot for the MINI Cabrio, the BMW owned MINI brand has announced an end to production of the topless Mini. The three models: the high-performance MINI Cooper S and John Cooper Works Cabrios and (which unfortunately never found its way to Australia) as well as the the MINI One Cabrio became an instant topic of discussion upon their release in late 2004...

MINI John Cooper Works Hardtop & Clubman

BMW's supercool MINI brand might have been overshadowed by recent arrivals from the Italians, but just when you thougth MINI was getting a little old, BMW says the John Cooper Works brand is coming to Australia, permanently. There will be two new cars, the MINI John Cooper Works (Hardtop) and MINI John Cooper Works Clubman, both ready for delivery starting in August, but if you're really keen, you can place your order now...