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2011 Mini Countryman: An IIHS Top Safety Pick
2011 Mini Countryman: An IIHS Top Safety Pick

The 2011 MINI Countryman has earned an excellent set of crash-test ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). In fact, the Countryman is rated better than the MINI Cooper and has earned the Institute's Top Safety Pick accolade. The 2011Countryman, a somewhat bigger, taller...Read More»

2011 MINI Cooper Countryman
MINI Wants To See Your High-Energy Movement In Locomotion! Contest

MINI has always run unique advertising, contests, and promotional campaigns. The latest contest out of the small automaker is set to continue that trend. MINI is looking for the best interpretation of movement in its Locomotion! contest. The contest's premise is MINI owners and fans always being on...Read More»

2011 MINI Cooper
To Win A Brand-New Mini Cooper, He Got Tattooed WHERE?

The facts are simple. A German radio station ran a contest giving away a brand-new Mini to whichever listener pulled off the craziest stunt to win. A 39-year-old man, Andreas Muller, was declared the winner after promising to have the brand "MINI" tattooed on his penis. But he didn't get the car...Read More»

2011 Ford F-150 XLT
Polk: Ford Is Number One In 2010 Owner Loyalty, Kia Most Improved

Ford has won yet another accolade: This past year, its buyers are more loyal than those of any other automaker. Overall, 61.8 percent of Ford owners in the market for a new vehicle traded their vehicle for another vehicle from Ford Motor Company. The Ford brand itself was nearly as high, at 60.1...Read More»

Tires
Rubber Prices Driving Up Cost Of Tires…And Rubbers

If it's nearly time to get a new set of tires, you might want to head out to the tire shop sooner rather than later. Due to a perfect storm of rubber supply issues, storms in Asia further hampering supply, and spiking demand in China and other developing countries, tires are rapidly becoming less...Read More»

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CR: Plenty Of Good High-Performance Tire Choices On A Budget

Many affordable new models today, like the MazdaSpeed3, Mini Cooper S, or Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart, offer handling and roadholding that's remarkably close to that of much more expensive sports cars. The catch is that they accomplish this with high-performance 'summer' tires that wear faster...Read More»

2011 Dodge Durango
Today at High Gear Media: Volt, Camaro, Verano, Eos, SRX...Whew!

The 2011 Chevrolet Volt could join the Feds' fleet of vehicles. Now, where to plug it in? Lincoln Bedroom? Perfect. [AllCarsElectric] This afternoon, we'll know for sure if GM will build the 2012 Buick Verano in Michigan, or if it has plans to do something else with the space. Our idea: Burning Man...Read More»

Fireball Run - Dynamic Auto Restoration K.I.T.T.
Fireball Run Video: K.I.T.T. You Have To Roll With The Punches

I met some super cool people during the Fireball Run. This is the short story on one of them. Quite a few teams ran into issues (both mechanical or with Johnny Law) during the rally. Luckily for us we had no such issues. One team was not so lucky, having a rather large mishap before the rally even...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»

Screencap from MINI Countryman ad
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»

Abarth Fiat 500C
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
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»

MINI Link app
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»

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