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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...

Citroen C3 Minispace spy photos

As a direct competitor to Skoda Roomster, Opel Meriva, Nissan Note and Renault Modus, the car photographed here in the mountains of Spain is the all-new Citroen C3 Minispace.     A concept of this new vehicle, the C3 StreetLounge, was seen in 2006, so this is further proof that Citroen will launch the car by 2009...

Mitusbishi's mini car scheduled for 2010

Mitsubishi Motors is planning a mini low-cost world car for 2010, based on the company's mini car platform. The new car will initially be geared toward Europe, China or Southeast Asia. The company plans to simply export its Japanese-spec mini car, albeit with a bigger engine and more equipment...

Mini Crossman spy photos

Mini enthusiasts have a whole new reason to get excited, now that the name of the company's upcoming crossover has been released - the Mini Crossman, previously referred to internally as the "Colorado," will bring the brand firmly into new territory. Called the R58 within BMW from here on out, the Crossman is expected to ride higher than current Mini models and have All Wheel Drive, making it a potential choice for off-roaders...

2008 MINI Cooper Clubman pricing announced

The controversial new Mini Clubman will make its way into Australian showrooms from March 6, with prices starting at $34,400. The new Clubman, which has been paraded around the streets of Melbourne in an attempt to build hype, has apparently drawn a "not insubstantial interest from fellow road users"...

John Cooper Works Mini Clubman

There have been some mixed reactions to the Mini Clubman. BMW (Mini's owners) has said it wants to  build everything from convertibles to wagons on the new Mini platform.  It was a plan for world domination - in the nicest possible way - but nobody  said it was going to be pretty. Thankfully, John Cooper Works has had its way with the new Clubman...