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Mini Countryman

Mini Countryman

Posted on by Bryan 7

There is no doubt in our minds that the Mini Countryman will split opinions more than U.S politics. For some, this machine will be a savior. It will be for people who found the Mini Cooper a tad too small and a bit impractical. For others, it’s a pointless new development from a company who continues to try and force different variations of a legendary car down our throats.

The newMini , made by the German automaker BMW , has always had some issues. We all know it’s a small car, but some have managed to package room and space in a small frame. Mini must have forgotten how, as the interior of the Cooper is a tiny place.

Mini gave us the Clubman in order to solve our size needs. Sadly, this was an abomination of the great Mini name. It accomplished the goal of size and practicality, but at a terrible price. It’s like bulking up on Big Macs and fried foods. Sure, it will accomplish the goal, but you’re not going to attract anything with eyes and you probably won’t live long. So, how does Mini bring a larger vehicle to the market without losing the normal characteristics?

Hit the jump to read just how they did it.

The new Mini Countryman is set go on sale at the end of the year, so it’s not surprising that Mini has created a few commercials to begin stirring up even more interest in their little crossover. And what better way to drum up business than to provide the market with a few laughs? Nothing, which is why that is exactly what Mini did in the form of four rib-tickling commercials provided here. The first one (shown above) is titled "Flight Attendant."

As a reminder, theCountryman will be available with all-wheel drive for those who will want it and will be powered by 1.6-liter four-cylinder engines, with the S model getting a turbocharged. The turbo will take the power from 122 horsepower to 184. Buyers will be able to choose from a six-speed manual or an automatic transmission. Opt for the base model with the auto box and it will take around 11 seconds to hit 60 miles per hour. The S model can do that time in around eight seconds. The highest version will top out at 190 km/h

We hope you enjoy the Mini Countryman commercial, and remember to check out the other three after the jump.

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Mini is an interesting little car brand. The car is fantastic, but the following the vehicle has is far more impressive than the vehicle itself. Owners of Minis practically have their own club even traveling the length of the U.S. together for charity. Mini owners are proud of their bitesize vehicles and now they can add another tally to the Mini side.

The 2011 World Rally Championship will receive another participant this year and for many years to come as the Mini Countryman WRC takes its place among the other racers. Mini will not participate in all of the races in 2011, but come 2012, they will take in every race offered by the WRC.

Having been worked on since early 2009 by ProDrive, the Countryman WRC complies with the FIA’s Super2000 regulations and will feature a 1.6L four cylinder turbo charged engine from BMW Motorsport. Its first test will occur in Fall 2010.

Press release after the jump.

The British magazine AutoExpress got behind the wheel of the newMini Countryman and pushed it to its limits. The Countryman is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with a turbocharged engine for the S model. The turbo will take the power from 122hp to 184hp. If you are lucky enough to live in Europe, you can get a few diesel options. A standard model will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in around 11 seconds, while the S version will hit it in around 8 seconds.

The Countryman will not come standard with all-wheel drive. You will have to bump it up to the S level in order to get that on your Mini . Despite the cars rugged looks, it has MacPherson struts in the front and multilink in the rear, so no off-roading. Sales will begin in 2011.


So what if Porsche beat them in their own competition; MINI’s not exactly the type of brand that just lays down to anybody. Now, they’re looking at embarking on their next challenge, and this one’s an absolute doozy.

According to a report by Autosport, MINI, together with Prodrive, will be announcing a World Rally Championship program. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to translate that: MINI is headed to the WRC!

Details are limited and still pending an announcement, which is expected to be done this week, but word from Autosport has it that MINI’s first WRC offering will be based on the new Countryman and has already been in the pipeline for quite some time now at Prodrive’s Banbury headquarters. The MINI WRC Countryman will also undergo its first testing pretty soon and, according to David Lapworth, Prodrive’s technical director, “When we start testing on our rally car development program, it will be intensive. We still have a good timescale to work towards for testing and we’re happy with where we’re at.”

MINI ’s WRC debut will most likely happen at the middle of the 2011 season where it is expected to miss the fist four races and will be launched sometime in May, possibly ahead of the Rally Italy.

Source: Autosport

The 2010 Life Ball was the scene of a peculiar auction where MINI came out and provided the gathered audience with a chance to bid for one of its three special edition Life Ball MINI Countrymans .

All three models, designed by notable fashion designers Francisco Costa, Kenneth Cole, and Diane von Furstenberg, were all unveiled at Vienna’s City Hall Square for the annual AIDS charity event that benefits the Foundation for AIDS Research, the largest European HIV/AIDS fundraiser.

While all three MINIs were presented to the gathered crowd, only one of them was auctioned off with Calvin Klein designer Francisco Costa seeing his precious pride and joy auctioned off for €40,000 ($61,000). As for the other two MINIs, they’re going to eventually see their day in the auction stand at later dates with the proceeds for both cars also going to the Foundation for AIDS research.

Dr Wolfgang Armbrecht, Senior Vice President MINI Brand Management, said: "We can now look back on a successful ten-year partnership with the Life Ball. The event is an excellent platform for the MINI brand, while our involvement allows us to contribute further to the fight against HIV/AIDS."

Press Release after the jump.

Source: MINI
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When the Mini Countryman crossover was first shown to the public by Mini , we had thought we would be getting a lot more than we did. Sure, we got a few pictures and some information, but we were never given specifications. Well, the wait is over and we now have a full list of specs on the newest Mini.

The Countryman will get 1.6-liter four-cylinder engines, with the S model getting a turbocharged. The turbo will take the power from 122 horsepower to 184. If you are lucky enough to live in Europe, you can get a few diesel options.

Buyers will be able to choose from a six-speed manual or an automatic transmission. Opt for the base model with the auto box and it will take around 11 seconds to hit 60 miles per hour. The S model can do that time in around eight seconds. The highest version will top out at 190…kmh that is.

The Countryman will not come standard with all-wheel drive. You will have to bump it up to the S level in order to get that on your Mini. Despite the cars rugged looks, it has MacPherson struts in the front and multilink in the rear, so no off-roading.

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As is the way with these things, nothing can be kept a secret. As we all know, Minis are always offered with an Aero Kit and thisCountryman is no different. The kit will help the Mini look more aggressive and it might even provide better aerodynamics, but that is debatable.

Since the Countryman is different than anything else in the Mini lineup, it was hard to imagine what an Aero Kit would look like. We didn’t have to wonder long.

Thanks to our good friends over at MotoringFile, the Aero Kit for the new Mini has been leaked. The large front fascia sees little chance and there is a larger air dam and new side mirrors and rear apron. In fact, the side mirrors look like something off of the John Cooper Works edition and in fact, they are. We believe that they will have some JCW markings on them when we see it in the flesh.

There are also big black fender flares that look pretty awful to be honest. They seem a bit too big for the wheels. Yet, these wheel arches may come in handy to the people that want to take this thing in the dirt.

Stay tuned for more information.

Source: MotoringFile

Let’s face it, football is the first word on every man’s lips these days, so it comes as no surprise that automakers will take advantage of this fact to attract buyers to their products. For example, Mini has revamped its Countryman model with the inspiration of the famous plastic-trumpet, the Makarapa - the top-football-item in South Africa.

And if you still prefer reading about cars instead watching football and have no idea what the heck a Makarapa is, then we will share our researched knowledge with you. A Makarapa, according to Wikipedia, is a hand-cut and hand painted hard hat worn by sports fans. Each hat is customized to represent the colors or emblems of the fan’s team or country. Its popularity is kind of like those drunken sports fans that have painted their faces with their team’s colors and while wearing their favorite jersey and rocking a big foam finger...except this is a little less ridiculous.

According to the press release, Makarapa literally translated means ‘Migrant Worker’ and gains its origin from the safety helmets worn by the migrant laborers working in the gold mines of Johannesburg. For Mini this can be translated into a unique and quirky extension of its owner’s individual personality. It is obvious that MINI would want to follow this style and create its own Makarapa-design in South Africa with their blue, green, and yellow hard hat sitting atop their Countryman (an ideal vehicle for this type of proud display).

Press release after the jump.


Mini is famous for its Cooper vehicles - a four-door, four-wheel-drive, family-sized vehicle. So, cars like the new Countryman somehow don’t fit into the general picture. Now Mini seems to be going a step further into the realm of not-so-Mini type cars and coming out with a seven-seater SUV sometime in the future.

This new seven seater will be called the Countryman Plus and, according to Dr Wolfgang Armbrecht, global head of MINI brand management, it will be the most practical Mini ever and could be made even bigger: "We could take the wheelbase from 2.60m to around 2.70m."

The Countryman Plus is set to attract buyers would not typically be satisfied with the smaller vehicles that Mini has had to offer. Buyers currently looking at vehicles such as the Nissan Rogue , Volkswagen Touran , and Honda CR-V will be among the targets for the new Countryman Plus. This larger model may seem a little iffy for some consumers who already own one of Mini’s small cars. Mini drivers are very faithful and seeing a larger vehicle in the Mini lineup may not sit too well with some. Of course, customer reaction is anyone’s guess at this point, but this should definitely be a good thing for Mini to increase their profits.

We also have to remind you that the legendary Moke is also set for a comeback. Who said Mini is all about small cars?

Source: Auto Express

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