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Mini News and Reviews

Mini News and Reviews

Mini previews, buyer’s guides, reviews, news and more.

  Mini Classic Electric Car Turns Heads at New York Auto Show
Mini, BMW’s sporty British brand, showcased a classic red Mini Electric small rally car that was a herald to '60s pop culture in England at the 2018 New York International Auto Show this week.
  2019 Mini Hardtop, Convertible Add Appearance, Tech Updates
Mini, BMW AG’s sporty British brand, has updated looks and added technology to its 2019 Mini Cooper 2- and 4-door hardtops and Convertible. The refreshed Mini Cooper, redone in 2014, will reach showrooms this spring.
  New for 2018: Mini
After several years of new model rollouts, Mini takes a break in 2018. All models receive additional standard equipment and minor changes, while Apple CarPlay appears in the Clubman and Countryman.
  Mini Dances the Electric Cooperloo in Frankfurt with Reveal of Mini...
In advance of the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, Mini has confirmed that it is planning to launch an electric car in 2019, for the 2020 model year.
  New for 2017: Mini
For 2017, Mini redesigns the Countryman compact crossover SUV, making it the largest model the company has ever sold. Mini also applies the JCW performance treatment to the recently revamped Clubman model.
  Mini Previews New John Cooper Works Countryman Peppy Small SUV
Mini, BMW’s sporty British car brand, provided a glimpse of its second-generation John Cooper Works Countryman small SUV that bears elements from the brand’s sports car racing heritage.
  2017 Mini Cooper Countryman Preview
Behold the redesigned 2017 Mini Cooper Countryman, which is longer, wider, and roomier inside than the model it replaces, and which the automaker now claims is its largest vehicle.
  2017 Mini John Cooper Works Clubman Offers Race-Inspired Performance
Mini unveiled the 2017 John Cooper Works Clubman compact car with a “motorsports” inspired twin-turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and its newest All4 all-wheel-drive (AWD) system.
  2017 Mini Seven Special Edition Offers Retro and Modern Touches
Mini introduced a 2017 Mini Seven special-edition trim level for the third-generation Mini Cooper Hardtop that features heritage cues from the original “Austin Seven” car that debuted in 1959.
  Mini Premieres Two Distinctive Cars at 2016 New York Auto Show
Mini will preview two new variants at the 2016 New York International Auto Show this week to entice the British car’s enthusiasts in the United States.
  New for 2016: Mini
Mini, owned by BMW Group since 1994, is turning into a more upscale brand with two redesigned models for 2016 that replace the discontinued 2-seat Coupe and Roadster.
  2016 Mini Cooper Convertible Preview
Mini wants to move its brand upscale and into a premium position and is not coy about playing up its membership in the BMW Group.
  2016 Mini Clubman Preview
Meet the 2016 Mini Clubman, the largest model Mini has built to date.
  Recall Roundup: BMW Recalls 91K Mini Coopers to Fix Front Passenger...
During the past week, several automakers, including BMW, Chrysler, Mercedes-Benz, and Volkswagen, issued recalls that affect a total of approximately 119,000 passenger vehicles.
  New for 2015: Mini
The highlights of the 2015 Mini lineup are two new Mini Cooper Hardtop designs. Both the 2-door and the 4-door Mini Cooper Hardtop models have grown in length and interior space for 2015, and the 4-door hardtop now seats 5. Find out what's new for all of the 2015 Minis...
  2015 Mini John Cooper Works Hardtop Preview
At the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, Mini introduced the latest John Cooper Works Hardtop, which is said to deliver remarkable performance in a compact package.
  Mini to Offer Cooper 4-Door Hardtop
Mini has expanded its model offerings with the addition of a 4-door version of the Mini Cooper Hardtop.
  Call the 2015 Kia Sedona Anything You Want, but Don't Call It a...
Kia introduced the redesigned 2015 Sedona at the 2014 New York International Auto Show, calling it a "midsize multi-purpose vehicle" with "CUV-like styling and proportions."
  Mini Clubman Concept Set to Debut at Geneva Motor Show
At the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, the Mini Clubman Concept debuts, foreshadowing a distinct departure from the current Cooper Clubman model and signaling greater separation from the Cooper lineup in terms of size and styling.
  Volkswagen BlueMotion Powertrain Maximizes MPG without Minimizing...
At the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Volkswagen shows family sedan buyers how to maximize fuel economy without minimizing practicality.
  2014 Mini Cooper Preview
The 2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop is completely redesigned, retaining its iconic appearance while improving in terms of performance, fuel economy, safety, technology, and comfort, according to Mini.
  New 2014 Mini Cooper Shrinks Fuel Consumption, Expands Size
A redesigned 2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop debuted at the Oxford, England, assembly plant where it is built, in advance of its first North American appearance at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.
  Mini Crossover Concept Preview
Critical Knowledge:Six inches wider and taller than the MINI ClubmanNew sliding side door and rear hatchStandard all-wheel driveInnovative globe-like navigation systemExpected to see production for 2010IntroductionLaunched in 2001, BMW's MINI brand reinvented the classic "Mini-Minor" style of the late 1950s with updated chassis technology and modern safety advances while retaining the popular small-car formula. Now in its second generation, the original 3-door hatchback was followed by a convertible version in 2005 and a 5-door "Clubman" in 2008. The stretched Clubman platform added interior room and improved versatility to the compact front-wheel-drive MINI lineup. Following on the popularity of the Clubman, BMW will preview the all-new MINI Crossover Concept at the 2008 Paris Motor Show.
  2011 Mini Cooper Coupe Preview
Critical Knowledge:Based on the Mini Cooper platformTwo-seat cabinFitted with the most powerful available engineTurbocharged 1.6-liter engine, rated at 211 horsepowerDesigned for performance and driving pleasureProduction announced for 2011IntroductionThe world was introduced to the Morris Mini-Minor, affectionatelycalled the "Mini," in 1959. Designed to be small and economical, thefirst Minimaximized passenger and luggage space in a package just 10 feet long.While it was undersized and rather slow (engine output was rated atjust 34 hp), a light chassis with 10-inch wheels pushed to the furthestcorners of the vehicle did offer one benefit-go kart-like handling.
  2009 MINI Cooper Convertible Preview
Critical Knowledge:Redesigned convertible built on the "Mk II" platformIntegrated sliding roof functions like a sunroofRoof can fold in 15 seconds at speeds up to 20 mphNew hidden protective rollover barNext-generation 4-cylinder engines"Openometer" records time spent with roof downUp to 24 cubic feet of cargo spaceAvailable in April of 2009IntroductionFifty years after the small, economical, and go-kart like Morris Mini-Minor was launched, BMW reinvented the brand and launched its own version of the MINI (all capital letters signify BMW's MINI brand). Mixing updated chassis technology, modern safety advances, and the original Mini's small-car formula, a brand-new MINI "Mk I" was launched in 2001 (2002 model year) as a 3-door hatchback. Four years later, in 2005, the MINI Convertible was launched on the same "Mk I" chassis. The innovative drop-top featured a large convertible cloth roof that folded onto the rear of the chassis (staying true to the original) and a heated glass rear window. Top down, two prominent fixed roll hoops extended from behind the rear seats to protect passengers in the event the vehicle overturned. While an obvious safety benefit, they significantly blocked rear visibility.
  2008 MINI Cooper Clubman Preview
Critical Knowledge:Five-door version of the popular MINI CooperExtended length and wheelbase increase cargo capacityRear seat passengers gain legroom Standard and "S" models offeredLong list of standard safety equipmentUnique "Clubdoor" access on the passenger's side of the vehicleAvailable turbocharged version with 175 hpIntroductionIn 1959, nearly one-half century ago, the first "Mini" took to the road. Designed to be small and economical, the first Morris Mini-Minor maximized passenger and luggage space in a package just 120 inches long, and with an engine output of just 34 hp. While the first Mini was small and slow, the ultra light platform riding on 10-inch wheels pushed to the furthest corners of the chassis offered a side benefit to enthusiast drivers-go-kart-like handling.
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