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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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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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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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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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Since it was launched December 2010, the Chevrolet Volt has garnered top crash test marks by the U.S. government and Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, but a recently mangled Volt offered graphic evidence of its safety potential. The compact “extended-range” electric vehicle has extra heft from its battery that – combined with sound structural engineering […]

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BMW-owned Mini is considering diesel variants for the U.S. along with definite plans for a plug-in hybrid gas version as it also contemplates feasibility for battery electric models. This news came out of a one-on-one interview with Automotive News Europe and Peter Schwarzenbauer, BMW’s board member in charge of Mini. Presently European consumers opt for […]

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General Motors released early buyer data for the Chevrolet Spark. Interestingly, the data shows that 29 percent of buyers are under age 35, more than half are coming from non-General Motors’ brands, and both fuel consumption and price are important considerations. GM revealed early Spark owners indicate their most important reasons for purchasing a Spark […]

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While not exactly on schedule, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) said yesterday it is moving forward with the rule making process requiring an alert sound for pedestrians to be emitted by all hybrids and electric vehicles (EVs). The Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act (PSEA) that was signed into law January of last year gave […]

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