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Link Love From The Car Connection: Looping In A Toyota, Charging Up A Passat, And The Rumor Mill Turns For Lexus, MINI, Daimler, Tesla
Link Love From The Car Connection: Looping In A Toyota, Charging Up A Passat, And The Rumor Mill Turns For Lexus, MINI, Daimler, Tesla

Going 'round in circles -- Congrats to stuntman Steve Truglia for clearing the world's largest loop-the-loop in a Toyota. We hope to replicate this feat someday in TCC's vintage Ford Escort. Thank you, Steve, for giving us hope. [DailyMail via AutoMotto] Rumor mill #1 -- Rumor has it that Lexus is...Read More»

MINI inspired by George Harrison's 1966 Cooper S
Link Love From The Car Connection: George Harrison-Themed MINI, Recycle Your Bentley, And Does Glenn Beck Know How Effin' Funny He Is?

Mop-top MINI -- That special-edition MINI inspired by Katy Perry has some competition--from the late George Harrison. Never thought you'd see those two names in the same sentence, did ya? [Carscoop et al] Achtung -- A man in Germany has finally learned what everyone else knows from watching TV: if...Read More»

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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»

Katy Perry
Link Love From The Car Connection: A MINI For Katy Perry, BMW Gets Modest, And Jerry Brown's Camry Gets Jacked

Flavor of the month -- America's favorite Christian rocker-turned-pop starlet has inspired a MINI. Yes, Katy Perry--the girl who kissed a girl and apparently enjoyed it or something--has inspired two designers to crank out the "Kate [sic] Perry-style Life Ball MINI Convertible 2009", presumably to...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»

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»

Chris Bangle
Not So Eternal Flame: BMW's Chris Bangle Out

Always controversial, always opinionated and always ready with a sketch pen and a cocktail napkin, BMW design chief Chris Bangle is stepping down from the German automaker to take on a role outside the auto industry. Bangle's influence on BMW style has been a veritable fountain of Haterade since he...Read More»

Tim Gunn
Channeling Tim Gunn: How Stylin' is Your Ride?

When you think of car design, you may not think immediately of Tim Gunn, but no one understands style better than the Bespectacled One. With cars as with fashion, looks are important. No one wants to drive an ugly car, no matter how much we love its hybrid engine or horsepower, just as no one wants...Read More»

Matias Conti's Transformable Spin Vehicle
Link Love From The Car Connection: World Car Of The Year, Crazy Trikes, And Mini Cooper Vs. The Carwash

Tiny nuggets of informative humpday goodness: Best in show: The list of contenders for 2009's World Car of the Year Award have been announced. Not on the slate: the slick, black bug from VW's "Das Auto" commercials. His acceptance speech would be too long anyway. [WorldCarFans] Speaking of Germany...Read More»

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2009 Detroit Show: MINI Cooper Convertible

Just a few days ago, our all-knowing leader clued you in on some preliminary data regarding the 2009 MINI Cooper Convertible. It's an all-new design that following the advances in the revamped MINI Cooper hatchback that came to the U.S. in 2008. Just like on the hardtop, power is up; 118 horsepower...Read More»

2009 MINI Cooper Convertible
2009 MINI Cooper Convertible Preview

MINI's rolling into the 2009 Detroit auto show next week with a new version of its Cooper Convertible. Along with the electric version of the MINI we've shown you before, the new Convertible appears in Cobo with a completely new chassis and style, though at first glance it's hard to tell the new...Read More»

2010 MINI Cooper Convertible spy shots
Spy Shots: 2010 MINI Cooper Convertible

Yesterday, we showed you the first photos of the MINI E electric car coming to the Los Angeles auto show. Today, TheCarConnection.com's spies have nabbed the new MINI Cooper Convertible while testing. These photos show a Cooper S convertible in almost showroom trim, wearing only a small amount of...Read More»

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MINI E First Lithium-Ion Electric Vehicle to Market

On Saturday, BMW Group announced it will be the first auto manufacturer to market with the vaunted lithium-ion battery technology. We knew that BMW was announcing an all-electric MINI at the L.A. Auto Show this November, but were unaware it would be powered by lithium-ion technology. Currently...Read More»

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