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MINI EV, 7 Series Hybrid, Diesels Coming to L.A. Show
MINI EV, 7 Series Hybrid, Diesels Coming to L.A. Show

BMW confirms it will be showing off a new all-electric MINI Cooper at the L.A. Auto Show in November. At the worldwide launch of the 2009 BMW 7 Series, company officials said that the new version of the hip, hot hatch will show up at the Los Angeles Show in advance of a plan to ship 500 to 550...Read More»

2011 MINI Crossman Concept (2008 Paris auto show)
2011 MINI Crossman: The Paris Concept Is Here

It was bound to happen sooner or later. The darling of different, the MINI, is ever so slowly creeping toward Maxi. "Continuing its overwhelming story of success," says parent BMW, the MINI brand releases its Crossover Concept today at the Paris auto show, alongside BMW's X1 crossover concept. The...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt
2008 Paris Auto Show Preview

The 2008 Paris Auto Show is upon us--or, rather, TheCarConnection.com is upon it, since we're just a few Metro stops away and we already have cameras, laptops, and phones charging up for tomorrow's full-on press day. The Paris Auto Show has a unique place in our hearts; it's where we got the...Read More»

2008 Honda Civic Hybrid
TheCarConnection.com's Six Best Cars for Great Fuel Economy

If you're like most of America, gas prices have made a huge impact on how you drive, how you live, and what you expect from your next new car. Prices are heading higher, gas is less available in some areas (here in metro Atlanta, it's hit or miss finding a fully supplied station, much less premium...Read More»

MINI Rickshaw
MINI Hits the Olympics with Half-Clubman Rickshaw

While President Bush jets home from the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, some of the folks sticking around for tennis, gymnastics and the pervasive sense of being watched are being ferried around town in a special form of transport--a MINI-themed rickshaw. MINI says the rear end of the Cooper...Read More»

2008 MINI Cooper Hardtop
MINI Knows Your "Carfun" Footprint

While Gores and bores worry about their 100-foot houseboat's carbon footprint, MINI's almost too clever ad agency has come up with the "Carfun Footprint"--a measure of how much enjoyment your car brings for its size. The new campaign, from MINI agency Butler Shine Stern & Partners (BSSP) says...Read More»

2008 MINI Cooper
Buy a Condo, Get a MINI

Real estate is hurting across the country, and you've heard the incentives out there--free flat-screen TVs, association fees paid for a year. One of the best incentives I've heard of is right down the street, at an Atlanta condo development called Aqua and another called Duo. The Atlanta...Read More»

2011 MINI Crossman: New Spy Pics!

Back in January, we showed you our first spy pics of the new MINI off-roader, to be dubbed the Crossman. Now we've got better pics of the mini-ute -- far in advance of its on-sale date. The Crossman was previously referred to internally as the "Colorado" and will bring the MINI brand firmly into...Read More»

MINI Sets Pricing on John Cooper Works

With the imminent introduction of its new 2009 Mini John Cooper Works, the British maker will be taking racing to the streets. Named for the man who turned the original Mini into a rally racing threat, back in the 1960s, the John Cooper Works is a street-legal version of the current Mini Challenge...Read More»

BMW X1 Spied - The MINI Ute Gets a Sibling

Our Scandinavian lensman just snagged some new photos of the BMW X1 in the midst of some cold-weather tests. Our latest look at BMW's sub-X3 SUV comes along with some new information on the X1's promising technical specs. Reports from Britain's Car Magazine tell us that a ZF-supplied eight-speed...Read More»

MINI Brings John Cooper Works Closer

With the AMGs and the Ms and the SSs littered around the automotive landscape, it’s easy to assume the MINI brand’s John Cooper Works tuner spin-off is a part of the BMW empire. It’s not, but now MINI says a new agreement with the tuner firm is bringing the two closer than ever...Read More»

2008 Jeep Renegade Concept
2008 Jeep Renegade Concept

2008 Jeep Renegade Concept - more photos Chrysler rolled out three concepts at the 2008 Detroit auto show, each pairing exciting design and glimpse-of-the-future features with environmental friendliness. All three deliver power through an electric motor system and advanced, yet-to-be-developed...Read More»

2011 MINI Crossman Spy Shots
2011 MINI Crossman Spy Shots

MINI enthusiasts have a whole new reason to get excited, now that the name of the company's upcoming crossover has been released: Crossman. The Crossman was previously referred to internally as the "Colorado” and will bring the MINI brand firmly into new territory. The Crossman is expected to...Read More»

2007 Volkswagen UP! Concept, Frankfurt Auto Show
Small is Beautiful in Frankfurt

When it comes to this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, UP! is down. Downsized that is, in the form of Volkswagen’s pint-sized prototype car. Dubbed the UP!, it makes the automaker’s original Beetle look positively huge. For the moment, the UP! is little more than a concept vehicle, but you likely...Read More»

MINI Sets Guinness Record

On the evening of Wednesday, 28 March, 269 MINIs illuminated Blackpool and set a new Guinness World Record for the longest MINI convoy in the world. Owners traveled from as far as Croydon and Cardiff to be part of the historic two-mile route and help raise cash for Comic Relief. The record was...Read More»

RAC Mini Sold for $197K

Mini’s heritage is bringing big bank to some collectors. Take, for example, this Mini run in the 1965 RAC Rally, piloted by Rauno Aaltonen. The only Mini ever to win the British race, it’s been sold at auction for what’s thought to be a record $197,000. With only 4825 miles on the...Read More»

Audi U.S. Plant: So Is It 2012, Then?

With today’s news that Audi plans to take over a Volkswagen plant in Brussels, we can now officially begin speculating that Audi will build a plant in the U.S. Why’s that? Last week in Geneva, Audi CEO Rupert Stadler told TheCarConnection that a U.S. plant wasn’t needed now...Read More»

MINI Clubman: The Name Sounds Familiar

For almost two years, reports out of Oxford said the long-wheelbase MINI was going to be called the Traveller. Concepts came and went—and we waited, and waited, and the blogs came up with Clubman as the putative name of the stretched MINI. This week in Geneva, no less than Dr. Michael Ganal...Read More»

2007 MINI One and D
MINI One, Diesel Motor to Geneva

MINI’s lineup is maxing out inGeneva with the addition of two new models, the MINI One and the high-mileage Mini Diesel. Last year was a significant one for the MINI marque, a subsidiary of the German automaker, BMW. To keep up with strong, worldwide demand, production capacity was expanded 20...Read More»

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