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Mini designer: Our models don't have to be 'mini'

While many criticise modern Minis for not being as 'mini' as the original, the company's lead for exterior design argues the requirements of modern cars and emerging powertrain technology don't mean the brand's cars need to be 'mini' anymore...

Mini Countryman S E PHEV confirmed for Oz – UPDATE

UPDATE, 13/7/18: Mini's local division has confirmed the plug-in Countryman will be available from Q2 2019, along with supplying some local images. See article for details. BMW Group Australia has confirmed the Mini Countryman S E All4 PHEV (deep breath) is coming to Australia, due to land in the second quarter of next year...

2019 Mini Electric teased

Mini has released a pair of sketches showing components that will feature on the upcoming all-electric version of the Hatch, scheduled for launch in 2019. The first image (above) shows the new model's front grille, while the second (below) shows the futuristic alloy wheel design – both largely unchanged from the Mini Electric concept (bottom) shown last year...

Mini first to market with standard wireless CarPlay

Mini Australia has become the first manufacturer to offer wireless Apple CarPlay as standard in Australia, with the launch of the updated 2018 'LCI' Hatch and Convertible ranges. Fitted from the base Cooper grade, the Mini Connected Services package includes various wireless and connected functions for the vehicle's infotainment system, including integration for wireless Apple CarPlay – which debuted over at parent company BMW, though it remains a cost option on all cars equipped with iDrive 6...

BMW and Great Wall sign agreement to produce Mini EV in China

The BMW Group and Great Wall Motor have signed a joint venture agreement to produce electric vehicles for Mini in China, under the company name Spotlight Automotive Limited. Along with the upcoming electric Mini models, the joint venture will also produce EVs for Great Wall, with the facility to be located in the Chinese province of Jiangsu, north of Shanghai...

2018 Mini Hatch, Convertible pricing and specs

UPDATE, 11/7/18: Mini Australia has confirmed that wireless Apple CarPlay is fitted as standard across the updated Mini Hatch and Convertible range has part of the three-year Mini Connected Services subscription. Pricing for renewal is still to be confirmed...

Configurator Challenge: Mini Clubman

Customisation is in vogue at the moment, but choice can be seriously confusing. In our configurator challenge, we let the CarAdvice team loose on a manufacturer’s website to create their ideal spec of a certain model. For this edition of the Configurator Challenge, we’re designing our perfect Mini Clubman...

BMW iX3 to commence Chinese production in 2020

The upcoming BMW iX3 electric SUV has been confirmed for production in China from 2020, alongside the combustion-powered version. During the company's annual general meeting this week, CEO Harald Krüger confirmed BMW will extend its partnership with regional partner Brilliance Auto...

Mini Royal Wedding: One-off special edition revealed

Welcome to CarAdvice, home for all your Royal Wedding coverage... Not really, but here's one part of the occasion we will write about. Mini has created a special one-off Cooper S to celebrate Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's impending nuptials, set to be auctioned for The Children's HIV Association (CHIVA) after the hotly-anticipated wedding...

CarAdvice podcast 101: Ford Ranger v Mercedes-Benz X-Class!

This week's show has Mandy Turner, Paul Maric, and Kez Casey. In car news, pricing and specs for the 2018 Mini hatch and convertible, and BMW 2 series Active Tourer have been announced. The Jeep Wrangler Golden Eagle and Freedom Editions are coming to Australia, the 2019 Toyota Corolla Australian details are out, and the Skoda Karoq is now arriving in June...

Mini Hatch: Through the generations

The updated 2018 Mini Hatch is nearly upon us, but how far has it come since the original reborn, 'new' Mini Cooper? Good question! To find out, let's have a look back in time to see how the German-owned British hatch has evolved after nearly two decades on sale...