MINI Cooper News

  • MINI E electric cars used in vehicle-to-grid test. Photo by University of Delaware/Evan Krape

    The first Mini E, cobbled together by putting a battery pack where the rear seat used to be, was BMW's very first attempt at building a modern electric car. Only a few hundred were built, back in 2009, but the quick project gave the German company real-world experience on how electric-car drivers used their cars, recharged them, and otherwise treated them. Last fall, BMW's CEO confirmed that an all-electric Mini would return to the British maker's lineup; now, it's rumored to debut in concept form next month at the Frankfurt auto show. DON'T MISS: Electric Mini officially confirmed by BMW...

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    BMW ReachNow car-sharing service offers i3 electric cars in Seattle

    BMW re-launches its car-sharing service in the U.S. with a new name and other changes.

  • 2016 Volkswagen Beetle TDI Convertible
    Five Convertibles With High Gas Mileage: Enjoying Summer Efficiently

    Here are five fuel-efficient convertibles.

  • 2015 MINI Cooper Hardtop 4 Door
    MINI Hardtop 4-Door Appears At Los Angeles Auto Show

    The five-door MINI Cooper makes its North American debut at the 2014 LA Auto Show.

  • 2014 MINI Cooper hardtop, Northeastern road test, Aug 2014
    2014 MINI Cooper: Gas Mileage Review With 3-Cyl Engine + Manual

    The 2014 MINI Cooper hardtop is the first entire, top-to-bottom redesign of the iconic British minicar. In its base form, with a new 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine and a six-speed manual gearbox, it runs a bit more than $20,000 and is rated at 34 mpg combined. But it's longer, wider...

  • 2015 MINI Cooper five-door ad screencap
    New 2015 MINI Cooper With Five Doors Confuses...Well, Everyone (Video)

    The 2015 MINI Cooper five-door breaks new ground for the brand, as demonstrated by this ad.

  • 2015 MINI Cooper 5 Door

    MINIs aren't really Mini any more, but modern safety, comfort and equipment standards mean we'll never have a car quite as small as the original Mini ever again. That, and relentless niche-filling from parent company BMW means the car must be hugely profitable--something the classic car never really was. Latest to join the fray is the car you see here--and yes, it does have two extra doors. The five-door MINI Cooper sits upon the platform of the latest car, and offers all its benefits, but offers your passengers a couple of extra points of entry. Rather than crammed into a car of the same...

  • 2014 MINI Cooper automatic, Bear Mountain, NY, May 2014
    2014 MINI Cooper Automatic: Quick Drive

    The all-new, third-generation 2014 MINI Cooper three-door hatchback--now called "Hardtop" by MINI--sports a longer nose, a new 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine, and an interior that at last cleans up some of the disastrous ergonomics of the previous cars. Specifically, the round display in the...

  • MINI Superleggera Vision concept
    A MINI Two-Seater Sports Car? Superleggera Vision Teases Us

    MINI has been a huge success story for its parent company BMW. Customers all over the world have fallen for the car's retro looks and wide range of models. But recently, it's fair to say MINIs products have been a bit... well, ugly. While retro works on a small hatchback, it's not necessarily best...

  • 2014 MINI Cooper S
    2014 MINI Cooper: Bigger, Faster, More Fuel-Efficient--And Start-Stop Too

    The Mini is one of the most iconic vehicles on the roads, but the car has changed--and grown--rather a lot since its introduction in 1959. Most of that change has happened since BMW took the reins and launched its MINI brand in 2001, and we're now on the third generation of the BMW-developed...

  • MINI Clubman Concept, 2014 Geneva Motor Show
    MINI Clubman Concept: Four-Door MINI To Make Geneva Debut

    If you like the MINI but want something a little more practical, then this could be the car for you. It's the MINI Clubman Concept and it's set to debut at the Geneva Motor Show next week. Though even a brief glance tells you there's little concept-like about the new car. In contrast to the...

  • 2014 MINI Cooper S
    BMW Plans Slimmed-Down Range For Next-Gen MINI Models

    The third-generation MINI has only just been launched, but that hasn't stopped parent company BMW commenting on what the next generation might hold. Details of the models themselves are unlikely to arrive for many years--the current car has a whole lifecycle, including a mid-life refresh ahead of...

  • 2014 MINI Cooper

    MINI USA has announced pricing for the third generation of its BMW-produced hatchback, which will be priced from $20,745 when it arrives in the spring. That figure includes MINI's mandatory $795 destination charge, which also applies to the $24,395 MINI Cooper S. The new car will be called the MINI Hardtop, a reference to its regular hatchback format and leaving the door open for several further variants of the MINI in the coming years. For the first time, the MINI range will feature a three-cylinder engine in its lineup. The 1.5-liter unit is a brand new engine from BMW, also set to feature...

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    2014 MINI Cooper: 3-Cylinder Subcompact Breaks Cover

    It's the world's best-known small car, and it's all new for 2014. It is of course the MINI Cooper, though you might have stumbled over the phrase "all new", since a quick glance won't really reveal what parent company BMW has changed--the quirky retro styling is as familiar as ever. BMW has changed...

  • Teaser for 2014 MINI Cooper
    2014 MINI Cooper Teased With New Video

    What's the 2014 MINI Cooper going to look like? The old one, probably--a perception that isn't tarnished by MINI's latest teaser video, which gives us a hint as to the new car's form. The new car is set to be unveiled in full on November 18, the 107th anniversary of the birth of Sir Alec Issigonis...

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    New MINI Cooper Teased, Win A Trip To The Unveiling: Video

    The classic Mini was one of the first true economy cars, both in terms of frugality and in offering purchase price that regular people could afford. Since BMW's resurrection of the badge its priorities have shifted a little to capitalize on the car's fashion status, but that doesn't mean the new...

  • MINI Vision concept car
    Future MINI Models: Engine And Technology Details Released

    Future MINI models will be powered by three- and four-cylinder engines the brand says will combine fuel economy and sportiness.

  • 2014 MINI Cooper’s reveal will coincide with 107th anniversary of Alec Issigonis’ birth
    2014 MINI Cooper To Be Unveiled November 18

    You might not be familiar with Sir Alec Issigonis, but his name has made as much impact on the motoring landscape, particularly in Britain, as anyone else in the history of the automobile. Issigonis was the man behind the Austin Seven and Morris Mini-Minor--the famous Mini. He died in 1988, but...

  • 2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI Convertible first drive

    Many things can signify summer--the weather finally being warm enough to ditch those outer layers of clothing; TV ads taking a distinctly more cheery tone; maybe simply hunting around for your sunshades for the first time in six months. It's now possible to have fun in the sun and get good gas mileage, with convertibles getting ever more frugal. We've listed the four converibles with best gas mileage below. And for those of you buying such cars, you'll be measuring summer by the number of times the roof can come down... 1 - 2013 Smart Fortwo Cabriolet The little Smart Cabriolet often tops...

  • 2013 MINI Cooper S Paceman
    MINI Burns Lots Of Gas In PR-Based Expedition To Nowhere

    The MINI brand re-established itself globally by building fuel-efficient cars that, coincidentally, were also surprisingly fun to drive. In fact, when it comes to cars powered by their front wheels, we can’t think of any that handle better than MINI’s products. The brand has innovated...

  • 2013 Chevrolet Spark minicar, New York City, Aug 2012
    Ultimate Guide To Gas-Sipping Minicars On Sale In The U.S.

    Which side are you on? Bigger is better? Or perhaps 'No replacement for displacement'? Or do you think more along the lines of 'small is beautiful' and 'good things come in small packages'? If it's the latter, then you may also be a fan of the smallest cars manufacturers have to offer. And if you...

  • The MINI Cooper SD diesel
    MINI Cooper Diesels May Be U.S. Bound: Report

    MINI head, Dr. Kay Segler, recently told Car and Driver that diesel models for U.S. customers are a "medium term" consideration for the automaker.

  • MINI Rocketman Concept
    How Mini Is Too Mini? Profit Tough For BMW On Tinier Minicar

    When BMW launched the new MINI back in 2001, the U.S. market wondered if anyone could actually sell a car that small. The proof has been in the pudding--the new MINI sold quite well--but the company hasn't stopped there, adding models left and right. Now, leave it to the folks over at MINI Central...

  • MINI Rocketman Concept
    An Even Minier MINI: Tiny 3-Cylinder Carbon-Fiber Car In 2014

    If you, like us, think the modern-day MINIs are simply getting too big to be called a mini, then never fear as the automaker is reportedly set to launch its smallest model yet. MINI showed off a new concept car the recent 2011 Geneva Motor Show called the Rocketman, which is probably the closest...