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Top 5 MINI Ads: Maximum MINI Branding
Top 5 MINI Ads: Maximum MINI Branding

As I was inhaling a massive and bloody 14-ounce, artery-clogging, life-span-shortening, rain-forest-decimating, hormone-laced rib steak, I was reveling not just in the taste and texture of said beef, I was also enjoying this maximum experience. “Maximum” in the sense that I couldn't get...Read More»

2010 Nissan Versa 4-door Sedan I4 Auto 1.8 S Angular Front Exterior View
The TCC List: 5 Strippers That Actually Save You Money

We've already told you how we feel about strippers--those base cars that come with only the essential equipment, and still outperform today's super-sized expectations. What you need now is a shorthand shopping list of five cars that look, feel and drive just as good without any options, as those...Read More»

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Friday Video: MINI Countryman Zips Through Multiple Universes (Which All Look A Lot Like Italy)

The weekend's coming, and we know many of you are planning last-minute getaways and Labor Day cookouts. Sadly, like some of our East Coast pals, we're stuck poking around the interweb and trying not to resent our meteorologically advantaged colleagues. For us, there's only one vacation we can...Read More»

2011 MINI Cooper Countryman
Today in Car News: Car Sales, GM Fours, and Ghostbusters

By all accounts, this year's car sales are as nostalgic and flat as a three-week-old A&W root beer left in your cupholder inn summer. [Consumerist] And in what was supposed to be the year of the small car, it's --not shocking--that the two best-selling vehicles are big ole pickup trucks...Read More»

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Video: Fiat Launching This Year With 165 Dealerships In 119 U.S. Markets

A week ago, we told you that Chrysler's Sergio Marchionne was planning to meet potential Fiat dealers and explain his vision of the American Fiat network. Yesterday, the CEO did just that, and he seems to have generated lots of enthusiasm among attendees -- even though other dealers are clearly...Read More»

Fiat 500 Abarth
Fiat, Alfa Romeo Rollout Gives Some Chrysler Dealers Agita

Next Monday, August 30, Chrysler will bring 600 dealers to the Detroit Institute of Arts, where CEO Sergio Marchionne will share his vision for the U.S. rollout of the Fiat brand, and subsequently, Alfa Romeo. He will have a lot of 'splainin' to do. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal...Read More»

2011 MINI Cooper Countryman
2011 MINI Countryman: The Golf For Really, Really Cool People

MINI--the brand, the car, the lifestyle--took the automotive world by storm with the first generation, which included a great product and stellar advertising that was and still is part of an integrated, complete effort that has drawn hundreds of thousands of devotees (notice I didn’t call them...Read More»

2011 MINI Cooper Countryman
Today at High Gear Media: Fastest Cars Ever, MINI and Corvette Hype

Maybe you missed it -- we're not quite sure how -- but this week at High Gear Media, we're wedging ourselves into the newest MINI before a big trip out to the Wet Coast (minus the "S," yes) for the Pebble Beach Concours classic. Today's news from around the empire of 106 HGM sites runs the gamut...Read More»

Screencap from Porsche's YouTube channel
Battle Of The Brands: Which European Automakers Bare All On YouTube?

Yesterday, we launched a little friendly competition: a comparison of automakers' YouTube channels. We were curious to see which qualify as must-see web TV and which ought to be canceled ASAP. Monday was devoted to U.S. brands, and today, we're moving across the pond for a look at their "European"...Read More»

2011 MINI Cooper Countryman
2011 MINI Countryman Takes The States Coverage

The 2011 MINI Cooper Countryman is rolling across America, and today, High Gear Media has the newest luxury crossover covered. This weekend, MINI joined up with fans from coast to coast on the MINI Takes the States rally. Owners and enthusiasts convened in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los...Read More»

2011 MINI Cooper Countryman
Today at High Gear Media: MINI Countryman Takes the States

It was a a rollercoaster weekend at High Gear Media--a rollercoaster ride in the 2011 MINI Cooper Countryman around the infamous Tail of the Dragon. Today at High Gear Media, we're brewing up our first drive of the Countryman for later today, while we also show you the dozens of official Countryman...Read More»

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VIDEO: Stalk Your MINI Buddies--Or Just Meet--Via the iPhone

We've often wondered when the next layer of social media would hit the car world. We're as concerned about creepers tracking our every movement in our cars as the next guy, but the advent of technology like the iPhone and built-in GPS just begs a whole new world of insurance paid by the mile, of...Read More»

2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe
Video: Hyundai Wants To Take Porsche's Place In Today's MINI Challenge

In the global auto family, MINI is a teenager. Yes, the brand's been around for decades, but it still carries itself with the rebellious swagger of a faux-hawked glittered-up high schooler en route to a Lady Gaga show. In keeping with that persona, MINI went to Facebook a couple of weeks ago to do...Read More»

2010 Jaguar XK
TCC's Top 7 Convertibles for the Long, Hot Summer Ahead

Ugh. It's 90 degrees already today. Where did spring go? Probably the same place as our 401(k) plans, if you're anything like us. The return of swelter season means our attention turns to one thing here at TheCarConnection: lining up convertibles for test drives. Lucky us, right? We think you...Read More»

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Frugal Shopper: Energy-Saving Tires Could Save You $100 Per Year

The next time you need a new set of tires, consider this: Energy-saving low-rolling-resistance tires now cost about the same as other tires, and they could save you a lot in fuel expenses over the long run. That, and in many cases, they don't compromise performance. It wasn't always this way. In...Read More»

2010 MINI Cooper Hardtop 2-door Coupe S Engine
Why 'Cheap' Oil Changes Aren't So Cheap

This Friday a customer brought me a car with the oil pressure light on. He had recently had an oil change done on the car by a local chain quick-lube shop. The car, a late model MINI Cooper, uses a cartridge filter that fits over a sleeve inside the oil filter housing cap. The quick-lube shop had...Read More»

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Frugal Shopper: Tire Prices Will Rise Again This Summer

It's spring, and if you've made it through the winter with a set of all-season radials, it's the right time to get them inspected and measure that tread. If they're getting close to needing replacement, you might save a chunk of money by doing it now versus in a few months. Why? Now it appears that...Read More»

2010 BMW 1-Series
Is Rear-Wheel Drive Always Better? BMW Might Not Think So

Does rear-wheel drive matter to shoppers considering a premium or luxury vehicle? BMW apparently doesn’t think so, as last week the automaker revealed that it is developing a new front-wheel-drive small car line. Though BMW will stick with rear-wheel drive for its larger and high-performance cars...Read More»

2010 Toyota Prius
Frugal Shopper: For Happiness, Don't Sweat The Numbers

Consumer Reports, as part of this week's torrent of announcements from its Annual Auto Issue, named the 2010 Honda Fit and 2010 Toyota Prius the best new-car values of the year. While it so happens we like both of those models very much (and appreciate the Prius' 51-mpg rating), they definitely...Read More»

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