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New spy photos of the Mini Cooper plug-in hybrid Countryman show the prototype testing on snow-packed roads. The mule is well camouflaged with yellow swirl stickers covering the exterior, but a “Hybrid Test Vehicle” sticker on the door undermines the car’s concealment. An interior shot gives a glimpse of updates inside, including changes to the […]

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The latest to join a list of manufacturers who have been ordered to revise their federal mpg labels is BMW with its 2014 MINI Cooper models. Yesterday the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a press release outlining a trimming back of 3-door models’ window sticker mpg label values. This came after an audit on the […]

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Mini confirmed its new Mini Cooper will see its U.S. version fully unveiled next month at the 2014 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. The latest generation of the Mini is said by the British premium brand to be once again a pioneer of individual style, premium quality and high-end technology. Mini added […]

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U.S. auto journalists got their first “ride and drive” of the Mini Cooper Clubman at a press launch in Monterey, California today. The Clubman, a stretched-out, three-door variant of the iconic hipster-mobile, the Mini Cooper, features a unique “club door” configuration. Actually, this Mini has five doors if you count the two rear swing-out barn […]

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According to a German auto magazine, BMW and Toyota may be set to join forces again – this time, to add a new member to the BMW Mini family with potentially an electric version following. If the reported collaboration goes ahead, the conventionally powered entry-level car – called the Mini Minor – will probably be […]

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A new Mini Hardtop is coming and BMW has released information and pictures of this new car set to launch March 2014. BMW said this new Mini is characterized by a new generation of engines increasing driving fun and efficiency, and a wider selection of innovative driver assistance systems as well as Mini Connected infotainment […]

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MINI is working to finish a two-seat concept small car that it will debut at the Geneva Motor Show next March. The car will be an update of an existing concept that first appeared in Geneva in 1997 as the MINI Spiritual. The vehicle’s styling is expected to be the first showing of a revitalized […]

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As we reported last month, BMW has encountered several problems with its program to evaluate the all-electric Mini E. The program continues to stumble as a growing number of volunteers—who are leasing the Mini E for $850 a month for a year—are going public with their issues. The

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The plan to lease the Mini E—an all-electric version of the Mini Cooper—has hit a snag. The market test of about 500 Mini E cars in New York, New Jersey and California was to include a special 220-volt charging unit so leasees could recharge their cars in 3.5 hours. But the installation of the charging […]

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BMW officially jumped on the electric car bandwagon with the announcement of the limited edition Mini E car for production. The electric car, based on the Mini Cooper platform, will get power from a 150-kilowatt electric motor tied to a newly developed high-power lithium ion battery. Dr. Klaus Draeger, BMW chief of development, told Hybridcars.com, […]

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