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Electric car sales in China recently exceeded sales in the U.S. for the first time, and along with China’s newfound interest in electric cars, comes a new fad: mini electric cars. Small and affordable, mini electric cars are becoming a popular option in China for recent college graduates, young couples, and those purchasing a second […]

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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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As part of a special one year lease program from BMW Group, New York City will be receiving ten MINI E electric cars to join its Street Condition Observation Unit, also known as SCOUT. SCOUT’s purpose is to search out and report potholes, graffiti and other street-level damages throughout the city’s five burroughs. The ten […]

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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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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’s Oxford, UK plant saw a first on July 1st as the new MINI 5-door Hatch comes off the production line. The 5-door marks another phase in the roll-out of a $1.28 billion (£750 million) investment program across BMW Group UK’s production facilities from 2011 to 2015. Coming after the redesign of the MINI Hatch, […]

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Purists who can’t accept changes to the original form of the Mini will cry foul. The Mini is evolving with a five-door model which at this point we’re unclear if it will be coming to the U.S. This is the second body style of the new third-generation MINI. MINI stated consistent expansion of the model […]

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MINI is showing up at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2014 with a very special EV concept: the MINI Superleggera Vision. This open-top two-seater EV was created by MINI and Touring Superleggera, the tradition-steeped design and coach building house based in Milan. MINI stated the Superleggera Vision is on the one hand a classic roadster, […]

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Yesterday Chrysler announced it would introduce a plug-in hybrid version of its redesigned Town and Country minivan in 2016. Projected efficiency is in the neighborhood of 75 MPGe, and it’s been suggested but not confirmed that a nine-speed transmission would be used instead of a continuously variable transmission (CVT) – which is more customary for […]

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MINI will present its MINI Clubman Concept at the 2014 Geneva Auto Show. The company said this concept is showcasing a new brand philosophy for a higher class of automobile. The concept is 10.25 inches (26 centimeters) longer and just under 6.7 inches (17 centimeters) wider than the current MINI Clubman and is based on […]

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