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2020 Mini Cooper S 'E' spied undisguised

The electric Mini Hatch has been spied pretty much devoid of camouflage this week in the US, ahead of its official debut later this year. Unofficially dubbed the 'Mini Cooper S E' – a similar naming structure to the plug-in hybrid Countryman – the first series production all-electric Mini looks very much like the regular 3 Door Hatch with tacked on bits from the 2017 Mini Electric concept...

2019 Mini Clubman JCW, Countryman JCW revealed

Mini has detailed the updated John Cooper Works versions of its Clubman wagon and Countryman crossover, which both get beefier performance amongst other upgrades. Headlining the changes is what lies under the bonnet – a 225kW/450Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine borrowed from the related BMW X2 M35i, the most powerful engine fitted to a production Mini...

Mini 60 Years Edition pricing and specs

Mini Australia has detailed the new 60 Years Edition, which is available to order now. Several variations are on offer: 3 Door and 5 Door hatchbacks, along with Cooper and Cooper S trim levels. Depending on specification, the 60 Years Edition offers around $8500 of extra value for an additional $4000 outlay, according to the local division, with a range of exterior, interior and equipment upgrades compared to standard models...

2020 Mini Clubman revealed: Australian launch due fourth quarter

Mini has unveiled a mid-life facelift for its compact Clubman wagon. Changes over the outgoing model are subtle and mainly lie in the aesthetics department. Up front there’s a revised grille with longer horizontal slats, flanked by optional matrix LED headlights and all-new LED fog lights...

2019 Mini Countryman Plug-In Hybrid pricing and specs

Mini Australia has announced pricing and specifications for its first electrified model Down Under, the Countryman Plug-In Hybrid, also known as the Cooper S E All4. Priced from $57,200 before on-road costs, the plug-in hybrid version of Mini's crossover is $3300 dearer than the Cooper SD All4 diesel, and $2700 less than the flagship John Cooper Works performance variant...

2020 Mini JCW GP spied

Mini's upcoming performance flagship has been outed during testing at the Nurburgring Nordschleife, wearing essentially no camouflage over its wild new aerodynamics package. The new JCW GP will be built in very limited numbers – just 3000 will be offered – and is designed to represent the pinnacle of performance for the current-generation Mini three-door hatch...

EU charges BMW, Daimler, Volkswagen for colluding on emissions cleaning technology

According to an investigation by the EU's anti-trust regulator, BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen worked together between 2006 and 2014 to stymie competition in developing emissions cleaning technology. The so-called "circle of five", which included engineers from Audi and Porsche, are said to have "coordinated their AdBlue dosing strategies, AdBlue tank size and refill ranges...

Mini, PSA pause UK plants due to Brexit uncertainty

Both BMW Group and PSA Group have put operations on hold at their UK manufacturing plants, as they prepare for disruptions from Brexit. According to the Oxford Mail, the Mini factory in Cowley will be put on hold for four weeks. It was initially meant to kick off when Brexit took place on March 29, but Britain is still a part of the European Union as of April 6...

2019 Mini pricing and specs: AEB now standard

Mini Australia has announced a 2019 model-year upgrade for its Hatch and Convertible model lines, meaning every vehicle in its range now comes as standard with autonomous emergency braking (AEB). The German-owned British marque has confirmed the Driver Assistance Package is now included as standard across all 3 Door Hatch, 5 Door Hatch and Convertible models...

Five fun, niche cars under $30k

For most people a car is a tool, an appliance intended for a logical purpose. Sure, they want cool tech, luxury features and a nice mix of ride comfort and zip, but it’s usually the more sensible elements like running costs, resale value, warranty, fuel economy, infotainment, space and safety that get them over the line...

2020 Mini JCW GP spied

Photographers have snapped the Mini JCW GP on the back of a car carrier in Europe, giving us a closer look at what the German-owned British marque has in store for its new performance flagship. Despite the swirly yellow wrap covering its entire body, we can see some of the design changes coming to the 3 Door Hatch's body, including racier bumpers, widened guards and a massive rear wing...