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BMW News: MINI Crossover Delayed, Isetta Based On Toyota iQ?
BMW News: MINI Crossover Delayed, Isetta Based On Toyota iQ?

There's been a lot of chatter about the MINI Roadster (also known as the MINI Speedster) which is set to debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show in just a couple of weeks. That's not surprising: everyone likes a roadster, and the sporty renderings popping up on the web have sparked the interest of...Read More»

Leaked Mini Roadster Concept Sketch
Early Reveal: Mini Roadster Concept

This week saw Mini celebrate the 50th anniversary of the unveiling of the brand's first car with the unveiling of an all-new Coupe concept. Today, the Roadster half of the new-car pair made its debut a bit early thanks to a leaked sketch. Based around the same two-seat setup as the Mini Coupe, the...Read More»

2009 Mini Coupe Concept
Mini Celebrates 50th Anniversary With New Coupe Concept

Today marks fifty years to the day since the first, classic incarnation of the Mini was first shown and to celebrate the event the company is set to unveil a brand new concept car that will eventually star at next month’s Frankfurt Auto Show. Dubbed the 2009 Mini Coupe Concept, the latest concept...Read More»

2010 Toyota Prius
Toyota Losing Ground In The EV Race?

An interesting article in the New York Times suggests that Toyota -- the same Toyota that's often considered to be at the forefront of the green car movement, thanks to its popular Prius hybrid and all those eye-popping, folksy TV ads you've been seeing -- is slipping in the race to bring fully...Read More»

mini mayfair camden 50th special editions 010
Frankfurt: BMW Brings Hybrids, Special MINIs, Rolls-Royce Ghost

Naturally, the Frankfurt Auto Show is a huge event for Munich-based BMW, and this year's event will be no exception. The company is preparing to show off new BMW hybrids, special-edition MINIs, and deluxe Rolls-Royce models (if that's not redundant). Moreover, all three marques will be presented...Read More»

2010 Toyota Prius
U Haul Car-Sharing Adds Toyota Prius, Ford Escape Hybrid

U Haul has just reduced prices for its U Car Share car-sharing service, and added more fuel-efficient EPA SmartWay vehicles, the company reports. Vehicles being added to U Car Share's fleet include the Toyota Prius, Ford Focus, Toyota Yaris, MINI Cooper, and Ford Escape Hybrid. Up until now, the...Read More»

2009 MINI E
Rare BMW Screwup: Mini E Electric Vehicle Is Unpleasant To Drive

Like their owners and pretty much every auto journalist, we love BMWs. And we especially love driving them. It's a cliche now, but especially their sedans are perfectly balanced, instantly responsive, and raring for the open road. They are, to overuse the decades-old tagline, pretty close to the...Read More»

Corvette ZX-1 by Karvajal Designs
Link Love From The Car Connection: Custom MINIs, RV Options, And Why Is This Model Sad?

Model FAIL -- Check the photo to the left and please tell us why that woman is sad. She's young and attractive, poised at the start of what is surely a promising career--and, oh, by the way,  SHE IS LEANING AGAINST A RED PILE OF AWESOMENESS. (Specifically: a Corvette ZX-1 by Karvajal Designs.) So...Read More»

2009 BMW Z4 sDrive30i
BMW Opens the Bidding at $24 Billion?

Everything has its price--cars, politicians. And while a small pile of cash could make you the owner of car brands like Rover ($15, sold by BMW to Ford) or Chrysler (we think Fiat took them out for a steak dinner), BMW has a much higher sense of its own self-worth. So if you're considering a hot...Read More»

1965 VW Beetle with suicide door
Link Love From The Car Connection: MINI Es Arrive, Beetle Up For Bid, And Making Your Car Look Like A Golf Ball Won't Help (Much)

Love/hate -- Around the TCC offices, car lust is common. (As it should be.) But never has a vehicle inspired such mixed emotions as the VW Beetle you see to your left, which has been tricked out with a suicide door on the passenger side that's either awesome or atrocious, depending on your point of...Read More»

MINI Speedster
File Under 'We Want': The MINI Speedster

Yes, ladies and gentlemen: that's what the MINI would look like as a roadster. Strike that: will look like. It's called the MINI Speedster, and it's heading your way. Eventually. The Speedster will be based on the MINI Cooper convertible, but rather smartly ditches the back seat. It'll come...Read More»

Nissan GT-R with LSD vertical door kit
Link Love From The Car Connection: Hipsters Go Camping, Porsche Goes To The 94th Floor, And A Repro Delorean Time Machine For Parties & Bar-Mitzvahs

Project of the damned -- Got €2,000 burning a hole in your pocket? Got a spare Nissan GT-R lying around? Then you, friend, are a perfect candidate for the Lambo-esque vertical door kit from German outfit LSD. (Yes, we've heard all the "they'll get you high" jokes.) Imagine: you'll get to  spend...Read More»

2009 MINI Cooper Convertible
2009 MINI Cooper Convertible: Don't Try This At Home

We already told you about the 2009 MINI Cooper Convertible--how it delivers undiluted driving joy, how it pleases with power and careful attention to detail, how its convertible roof does a passable imitation of a sunroof, too. In all, it scores an 8.6 on our scale of 10--pretty good for a teensy...Read More»

2010 MINI Cooper Convertible
Driven: 2009 MINI Cooper S Convertible

The 2009 MINI Cooper S Convertible we had for a few joyous days in California was a grin-inducing machine. Everyone who saw it couldn't help but crack a smile, even the most tattooed and grizzled of Harley riders. But perhaps they're just responding in kind to the driver's cheshire cat impression;...Read More»

EV-o RR electric motorcycle by Evo Designs
Link Love From The Car Connection: Electric Bikes, Mulally's $5 Mill, And Arizona Is Kinkier Than We Thought

Non-St. Paddy's Day greenness-- BMW and Fiat are partnering on a new line of green city cars, due out in 2012. However, BMW brand MINI will beat both to the punch in 2011 with a snazzy new model series that boasts high-tech gas engines and a fully electric option. Innovation doesn't come cheap...Read More»

Photo of Detroit by Yves Marchand and Romaine Meffre
Link Love From The Car Connection: Detroit In Pictures, Self-Healing Paint Jobs, And Car Wraps, Japanese Style

Pretty city -- Despite the hits Detroit has endured in recent months, there are plenty of people willing to take those lemons and make lemonade--and by "lemonade", we mean sumptuous, four-color photographs of the city's former industrial glory. She may look a little rough around the edges, but...Read More»

Ms. Mazda from the 2009 Moscow Motor Show
Link Love From The Car Connection: A Playmate's Mini Cooper, Eric Bana's Beast, And The Women Of Moscow Need Help

The A Train is hopping again -- Remember when we told you that Americans were driving less and causing fewer traffic snarls? Well, that might have something to do with the fact that more folks are riding buses, subways, ferries, and other forms of public transportation than they have in 52 years...Read More»

Charlie Chaplin, The Gold Rush (1925)
9 Cars for Artfully Dodging the Recession

Mega-bonuses have dried up, McMansions are going empty, and three-car garages and credit cards can no longer be obtained on request. Jeez, this recession sure doesn't feel as much fun as Fox, CNN and the New York Times make it out to be. Like us, you may have always dreamed of owning a new BMW, or...Read More»

MINI Pop-Art Umbrella
MINI Pop-Art Umbrella: Ridiculous Release Of The Day

A steady rain is pouring down here on TCC's Atlanta satellite office, and e-mail inbox reservoirs are filling with a week's worth of press releases. Some are smart, some are snooty, some are silly...and some are just plain ridiculous. The MINI Umbrella release is soaked with saccharine, not to...Read More»

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