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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...

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Mini to tackle Dakar in rear-drive JCW Buggy
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Mini to tackle Dakar in rear-drive JCW Buggy

Mini has unveiled the cars it will be taking to the 2018 Dakar Rally, showcasing two very different approaches to desert-destroying performance. Along with the all-wheel drive John Cooper Works Rally, the company will be lining up with the rear-driven John Cooper Works Buggy...


Mini John Cooper Works GP Concept revealed ahead of Frankfurt debut
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Mini John Cooper Works GP Concept revealed ahead of Frankfurt debut

Mini is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its Monte Carlo Rally success with the unveiling of the Mini John Cooper Works GP Concept at next week’s Frankfurt motor show. The company is calling the concept, without a hint of irony, “the maximum Mini”. Rauno Aaltonen and Henry Liddon won the gruelling event in a Mini Cooper S, the last of three wins for the tiny rocket at Monte Carlo...


2017 Mini JCW Countryman pricing and specs
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2017 Mini JCW Countryman pricing and specs

Australian pricing and details for the new 2017 Mini John Cooper Works (JCW) Countryman have been revealed today, ahead of its June launch. The new model enters the local market from $56,900 before on-road costs, matched as standard to an eight-speed automatic transmission and offering a six-speed manual shifter as a no-cost option...


Mini John Cooper Works Rally features BMW straight-six
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Mini John Cooper Works Rally features BMW straight-six

The Mini John Cooper Works Rally race car was unveiled overnight, and will make its competitive debut at the 2017 Dakar Rally. Built in conjunction with X-raid, the JCW Rally's body is designed to look like the just unveiled second-generation Countryman SUV, although the panels and underlying structure are made from carbon-fibre and Kevlar...


2017 Mini JCW Convertible Review
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2017 Mini JCW Convertible Review

The 2017 Mini JCW Convertible is an impressive combination of alfresco fun and dynamic driving ability.


2017 Mini Countryman John Cooper Works spied testing
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2017 Mini Countryman John Cooper Works spied testing

Our spy photographers have snapped the next-generation Mini Countryman John Cooper Works testing on the Nurburgring Nordschleife. The new Mini Countryman SUV is based on BMW's front- and all-wheel drive UKL architecture that not only underpins the latest generation of Mini models, but also the BMW X1 and 2 Series Active Tourer...


Peugeot Australia "extremely happy" with sub-$45-$50k 308 GTi pricing
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Peugeot Australia "extremely happy" with sub-$45-$50k 308 GTi pricing

Despite pricing for the new Peugeot 308 GTi raising eyebrows when announced less than four weeks ago, the French brand's local distributor says the final figures are better than originally expected. Speaking to CarAdvice at this week’s Peugeot 308 GTi ‘preview’ drive in Sydney, the public relations and communications manager for Sime Darby Motors Group – Peugeot’s Australian distributor - Tyson Bowen, said the group is pleased with the two-model range's $44,990 to $49,990 pricing...


2015 Mini John Cooper Works: Week with Review
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2015 Mini John Cooper Works: Week with Review

Dave and the CarAdvice Melbourne office share a week with the 2015 Mini John Cooper Works - the most powerful series production Mini yet...


2015 Mini John Cooper Works Review
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2015 Mini John Cooper Works Review

It’s easy to wonder what the late John Cooper, British motorsport legend and fast Mini originator, might make of the latest 2015 Mini John Cooper Works model to bear his namesake. For one thing, at 170kW, the third-generation JCW of ‘BMW’s Mini’ has as much horsepower as Cooper’s finest race machinery back in the day...


2016 Mini John Cooper Works unveiled in Australia at Mini Garage Sydney launch
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2016 Mini John Cooper Works unveiled in Australia at Mini Garage Sydney launch

The next-generation Mini John Cooper Works has been unveiled for the first time in Australia, ahead of its official launch in July. The sneak peek was the highlight of a soiree held to celebrate the grand opening of the Mini Garage Sydney in Alexandria. The state-of-the-art facility provides Mini with a new home base, previously located alongside the BMW Sydney dealership in Rushcutters Bay...


Mini John Cooper Works nears - UPDATE
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Mini John Cooper Works nears - UPDATE

The new-generation Mini John Cooper Works three-door, just now hitting European roads and on track for an Australian arrival around July, is the company’s most powerful production car to date. Mini’s new range-topper now sports a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder with 170kW of power between 5200 and 6000rpm and 320Nm of torque between 1250 to 4800rpm...


2015 Mini JCW : 170kW pocket rocket revealed
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2015 Mini JCW : 170kW pocket rocket revealed

The all-new Mini JCW will become the most powerful model in the iconic British brand’s history when it debuts at next month’s 2015 Detroit auto show. The new-generation JCW’s 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine pumps out 170kW of power between 5200-6000rpm and 320Nm of torque across a broad 1250-4800rpm range – easily outgunning the 155kW and 260Nm of the old JCW’s 1...


Mini John Cooper Works : New $48K hot-hatch arriving mid-2015
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Mini John Cooper Works : New $48K hot-hatch arriving mid-2015

The new Mini Cooper JCW will undercut the $49,900 Audi S1 when it goes on sale in Australia around the middle of next year. Mini Australia national manager Kai Bruesewitz told CarAdvice the new John Cooper Works hot-hatch would be priced from “around $48,000” in three-door six-speed manual form, very deliberately slotting about $2000 beneath key rival Audi’s recently released pocket rocket...


Next Mini John Cooper Works models to get 172kW turbo engine - report
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Next Mini John Cooper Works models to get 172kW turbo engine - report

The next generation of Mini John Cooper Works models will feature a 172kW version of the brand's 2.0-litre turbocharged engine. According to Autocar, the John Cooper Works (JCW) variants of the new generation of Mini models will use an uprated iteration of the 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine currently powering the third generation Mini Cooper S...


Mini John Cooper Works concept previews new-generation hot-hatch
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Mini John Cooper Works concept previews new-generation hot-hatch

The Mini John Cooper Works concept will preview the next generation of the British brand's most spirited small car when it makes its world premiere at January's Detroit auto show. Based on the all-new third-generation Mini Cooper hatch revealed simultaneously at the Los Angeles and Tokyo motor shows, the Mini John Cooper Works concept is said to combine racetrack style and technology with genuine everyday usability and "hardcore driving fun"...


Mini JCW sales place Australia on top
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Mini JCW sales place Australia on top

When it comes to Mini's high-performance John Cooper Works (JCW) editions, Australia has the highest 'take rate' in the world – triple that of the US, and more surprisingly, the UK. Of the 2394 cars Mini sold across Australia in 2012, JCW models accounted for six per cent (144) of the total volume...


Mini John Cooper Works Countryman: SUV first all-paw JCW
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Mini John Cooper Works Countryman: SUV first all-paw JCW

A swathe of official images of the new Mini John Cooper Works Countryman has been released showing off the brand's most powerful car and JCW's first all-wheel drive vehicle. The turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine in the Mini John Cooper Works Countryman has been tuned to produce 160kW of power and a peak torque figure of 300Nm (280Nm before overboost) making it the most powerful drive unit in Mini’s range – including the limited edition Mini John Cooper Works GP...


Mini John Cooper Works GP priced at $56,900
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Mini John Cooper Works GP priced at $56,900

The Mini John Cooper Works GP, Mini's fastest ever production car, will set owners back $56,900 when the car arrives in Australia in early 2013. Just four days after confirming that the limited edition Mini John Cooper Works GP would come to our shores, Mini Australia has released official pricing for the 30 JCW GP models bound for the local market - out of the 2000-only specials being made worldwide...


Mini John Cooper Works GP here next year for circa $60,000
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Mini John Cooper Works GP here next year for circa $60,000

The fastest production Mini ever made, the Mini John Cooper Works GP, will reach Australian shores next year following its official debut at this month's 2012 Paris motor show. The limited edition road-going Mini John Cooper Works GP proved its racing wares in May lapping Germany's Nurburgring Nordschleife in 8min23sec – 18 seconds faster than the original 2006 John Cooper Works GP special...