MINI News

  • 2012 MINI Cooper Coupe official spy shots

    The MINI family is set to expand with two new editions set to debut over the next six to twelve months; the production versions of the MINI Coupe and Roadster concepts first unveiled back in 2009. The first of these will be the new 2012 MINI Cooper Coupe, which has been previewed today in these official ‘spy’ shots ahead of the car’s world debut at this September’s 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show. MINI fans in the U.S. can look forward to three different versions of the MINI Cooper Coupe when the ultra-cute compact sports car goes on sale towards the end of the year. All are...

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    One-Off MINI Cooper For Life Ball Charity Wets Taste For Off-Road Variant

    The MINI is a car that has captured audiences for decades from the original MINI Cooper to today’s modern edition. In a country where people didn’t believe that a small car would do well, err except for the Miata, the MINI proved that this small car had style, speed (in the S) and a...

  • MINI Inspired By Goodwood
    MINI Goes High-End With Goodwood Sub-Brand

    The MINI brand has quite the following and a range of products that can support those looking for something small and fun to high-performance to all-wheel drive. You might be familiar with the John Coopers Works model that designates the highest of high performance MINI models and the history that...

  • Volkswagen E Scooter
    Volkswagen E-Scooter: Electric Bike To Rival Smart And MINI

    The motoring world is gripped with Beetlemania at the moment, and it's got nothing to do with four plucky young musicians from England. Instead, Volkswagen's latest incarnation of the popular Beetle has been wowing the crowds at New York, Berlin and Shanghai, and virtually anyone with access to a...

  • Renault Kangoo Express Z.E. electric van
    First Electric Renault Kangoo Van Z.E. Sold In U.K.

    Expected to be the first of many, French carmaker Renault has become the latest company to take an order for one of their upcoming electric vehicles, the Kangoo Van Z.E. The only commercial vehicle in Renault's upcoming range of electric vehicles that includes the Fluence sedan, the Zoe subcompact...

  • Mini and BMW 1-Series offered through BMW's DriveNow car-sharing service
    BMW: The Newest 'Ultimate Car-Sharing Machine'? Maybe Soon

    Oh, those wacky Germans and their car-sharing schemes. BMW said yesterday that it would launch a pilot car-sharing program, first in Munich and then in Berlin, starting next month. The cooperative venture with Sixt AG will be called DriveNow. BMW says DriveNow will be the "first-ever car-sharing...

  • MINI Rocketman Concept

    94 miles per gallon sounds pretty good doesn’t it? What about a glass roof etched with the Union Jacket and an overall length of 11 feet 3 inches? If that sounds interesting to you, then the MINI Rocketman is going to be right up your alley. It even has a feature that they call “complex hinge technology” that allows for a 3+1 configuration. All of these features come together to make a car that is almost the same size as the original MINI with fuel economy that leaps and bounds above the original. The fuel efficiency seems like the story here, but truly the 3+1 set-up is the...

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    MINI Launches the MINI Motorsports Fan Page on Facebook

    Earlier this week MINI announced via their Facebook fan page their newest addition to the social media community—MINI Motorsports. The point of the fan page is to promote the brand’s participation in motorsports around the world and not just from corporate sponsored...

  • 2009 MINI Coupe and Roadster Concepts
    Mini MINIs Spotted Looking Ready For Production

    MINI is always up for something new, especially when it comes to adding more people to the MINI community. Back in 2009 at the Frankfurt Auto Show we saw a coupe and roaster version of the popular MINI Cooper unveiled. At the time there was no confirmation as to whether this shortened Coopers would...

  • David Peilow Drives Tesla Roadster on Long-Distance Challenge
    Tesla Fan Drives Epic Electric Car Trip To Prove BBC Wrong

    The British Broadcasting Corporation, considered to be the center-pin of television and radio in the U.K., has always had a cautious view of the benefits of electric vehicles, often choosing to illustrate the limited range of electric cars in articles rather than the positive benefits. In typical...

  • MINI E at MTTS 2010 in Denver, Colo.
    Counting Down To 2011: Top ASC Article for August 2010

    As people on the other side of the globe ring in their New Year, we continue to roll towards our own celebrations here in the States. In just under seven hours the eastern seaboard will ring in the New Year, so we better get a move on for the second half of our count down to 2011—the best of...

  • Simplified diagram of the Cyclone steam engine
    Could Waste Oil Power Your Range-Extended Electric Car One Day?

    We're suckers for new kinds of combustion engines. Ever since we first saw and wrote about the Cyclone external-combustion engine, we've been intrigued by it. Now we have an automotive angle: Suppose you could power a Chevy Volt-like range-extended electric car on nothing more than used motor oil...

  • 2011 MINI Paceman concept

    This summer all the talk in the MINI camp was about the 2011 MINI Countryman—especially at MINI TAKES THE STATES 2010. Now as the holiday season comes into full swing we turn our eyes towards 2011 and the Detroit Auto Show on January 10th. MINI, not to be caught without something interesting for the auto enthusiasts, has released information on a new concept car called the Paceman. Of course there is the standard question of when and where the Paceman might come into play for the MINI brand. Likewise, the answer is that the project hasn’t been green-lighted for production, but if...

  • 2011 MINI Cooper
    Small Cars That Take Home the Top Resale Value For 2011

    When buying a new car some people pay a lot of attention to the resale value, others pay little attention to it, but either way it can be an important piece of financial information for the future. How do you find out what the resale value of a particular car is? Well, luck would have it that...

  • 2011 MINI Cooper Countryman
    MINI and BMW Make Some Marketing Changes

    You may remember the MINI Takes the States Tour 2010 that AllSmallCars.com reported on over the summer. Basically, it is a part of the core that is MINI lifestyle marketing and consisted of a road rally that started in many of the major U.S. markets and terminated in Denver, Colo. The event was...

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    MINI Takes Ownership Poll On Facebook

    Are you on Facebook? If you aren’t, then you might be missing out. MINI has their own official Facebook Fan Page for people around the world to “like” MINI and currently it shows that 441,716 people have signed up. Pretty impressive considering Facebook is really something that...

  • 2010 Smart Electric Scooter and Bike Concepts
    2010 Paris Auto Show: Electric Scooters from MINI, Smart

    The 2010 Paris Auto Show proved there's serious energy going into electric cars, but even EVs with two wheels were well represented at the show--and by major auto brands, at that. The Smart Escooter Electric Bike seem like a logical extension for the teensy ForTwo, which looks like a beast in...

  • 2011 MINI WRC racer
    2010 Paris Motor Show: MINI Shows Off World Rally Championship Car

    Who says MINIs are to small to be big contenders? Certainly not it parent group BMW or the people behind the scenes at MINI that develop the little car for all different types of segments. During the summer we reported on the MINI Takes the States event, which had the cool and clean MINI E, as well...

  • 2005 MINI Cooper Hardtop

    Maybe it is just me, but it seems that the internet has really changed the way we report motor vehicle defects and safety issues. I think the most obvious case of this is with Toyota and their floor mats that turned into “unintended acceleration” investigations by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Don’t get us wrong, we aren’t saying this is a bad thing—in fact, we are saying that the change serves to get information out to the public faster. The unfortunate thing is that we don’t always hear the resolution to the problem as fast...

  • 2010 MINI Scooter E Concept
    2010 Paris Auto Show Preview: MINI Scooter E Concept

    In less than a week MINI is set to unveil a new concept vehicle at the 2010 Paris Auto Show but unlike previous designs from the iconic British brand, this one only has two wheels. The concept is the new 2010 MINI Scooter E, the latest line in electric vehicles from MINI and the first with two...

  • Mini E Gathering
    2010 Mini E Driven Like Any Other Car, U.K. Trial Shows

    Ask a non EV owner what life is like with an electric car and you’re likely to hear tales of range anxiety, slow motoring and constant recharging. But as the results of BMW’s Mini E trial in the U.K. show, drivers of BMW’s two-seat, all-electric mini have, horror of horrors, been...

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    Mitsubishi Redesigns 2011 U.S. Spec i-Miev, Brit Models Fail

    It’s not always best to be first. When Mitsubishi was the first major manufacturer to announce an all-electric version of it’s sub-compact i City Car back in 2006 the company had a major head-start on the competition. But with the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, 2011 Nissan Leaf and 2011 Coda...

  • BMW Megacity Vehicle official teaser
    2013 BMW Megacity EV: Autocar Reveals More Details

    It's easy to forget that BMW have already produced two EVs - the 2009 MINI-E, which is undergoing trials in the U.S. and elsewhere in the hands of individuals, and the 2009 ActiveE concept based on their 1-Series Coupe. BMW are busy working away on another EV though, one that will wear the famous...

  • MINI E at MTTS 2010 in Denver, Colo.
    DRIVEN: MINI E On An Autocross Course At MTTS2010 (Video)

    MINI May Have Cornered the Market On Affordable and Fun EVs