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Not to toot our own horn, but we did call this , didn’t we? Mini has officially announced the winner of the "MINI Originals” design contest and like we predicted, that Tron-looking Cooper, dubbed "DeLux" by creator Alex Coyle, was announced as the winner of the competition.

The blacklight-influenced Mini Cooper beat out some worthy challengers, but in the end, none were as popular to the Mini community as Coyle’s design, whose name he explained came from the word "lux," the "root meaning of the word ’light’".

As the winner of the contest, the young sophomore student studying creative advertising and photography at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA will now have the distinction of seeing his creation come to life in the form of a limited run of Coopers carrying the ’DeLux" package.

Anybody interested in it can now place orders on MINIUSA.com and through MINI dealerships across the country. Be warned, though, Mini has indicated that there will only be up to 56 models of Coyle’s DeLux package so if you’re pining for one, better place an order before the units run out.

In the meantime, the DeLux Cooper will be in attendance at the New York Auto Show next week so that’s also a good a time as any to have an up-close look at this very unique Cooper.

Click past the jump to read more about Mini Cooper.

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Previewed by a concept car that was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show last month, the next-generation Mini Clubman will break cover sometime next year, after the company’s engineers and test drivers are finished putting it through its paces. It was January when our skilled spy photographers previously caught the Clubman out in the open. The prototype was being tested in blistery Sweden, with very little to offer as far as its styling goes, due to its heavy camouflage.

More than two months have passed, and our lensmen met with the Clubman once again, this time in a less icy environment. Actually, they’ve encountered it in a place that’s not exactly suited for a fancy grocery-getter — the Nurburgring. Yes, I know, each and every manufacturer needs to hoon their vehicles on the "Green Hell" for approval, but it’s overrated if you ask me.

Anyway, this specific Clubman is slightly different than the one spotted in Sweden earlier this year. Firstly, the front bumper intakes and the wheels are different. Secondly, a quick peak around the back reveals a twin exhaust. These details suggest we might be looking at a Clubman S version, which would make more sense considering the location it was spotted in.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mini Clubman.

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Mini owners, pack your bags, get your car serviced and then get your butt to San Francisco; the Mini Takes the States road rally is back! This biennial event is the largest official Mini road rally covering 18 states, 15 cities and more than 5,000 miles. The trip will begin on Saturday July 26 in San Francisco California and will end two full weeks later on Sunday August 10 in Boston.

Along the way, you will get the chance to see much of our great country as the journey winds West into Colorado, then cuts south into Texas. From there you head towards Memphis, Tennessee and up to Chicago finishing with a northern detour to Buffalo, NY and finally arriving Boston. There are several more stops scattered through the middle as well.

While the cost for the trip will be what you make of it, Mini has thankfully made the entry and registration fees decidedly affordable at $45 per person with kids under 12 and all pets being freebies. If you decide that a 14-day cross-country vacation is not quite your cup of tea, Mini happily invites you to join for any portion of the festivities you prefer.

Whether you own a Cooper Hardtop , Clubman , Countryman or any other member of the Mini brand, join in and have fun.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mini Takes The States Event.

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With a little more than two months left until the 2014 FIFA World Cup kicks off in Brazil, the folks over at Mini are gearing up for the big sporting event — or should we say April Fools’ Day? — with the Paceman GoalCooper special edition.

Based on the John Cooper Works Paceman, the GoalCooper pays tribute to Brazil’s national soccer team by wearing a body wrap that combines the green, blue and yellow colors adorning the aforementioned country’s flag.

Inside, the football (err, soccer)-related theme continues with Astro Turf floor mats in a color the company calls Brasileiro Green, a similar mat to cover the entire cargo space when the rear seats are folded and a miniature table football set mounted on the center rail.

Additionally, a "floodlight" LED interior lighting package, a net attached behind the front seats and universal holder for smartphones give the GoalCooper "a stadium like feel" that fervent soccer fans are likely to enjoy.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mini Paceman GoalCooper.

Always leave it to Mini to offer some pretty zany add-ons as part of its new Original Accessorites line. In line with the arrival of the third-generation Cooper , Mini is taking its personalization to a whole new level with new design concepts for the exterior and the interior of the vehicle. Sure, the usual roof graphics, mirror caps, and floor mats are still there, but those now fall under the new Mini Design Lines, called Vivid Green, Speedwell Blue, John Cooper Works Pro and Essential Black.

If emphasizing the distinctive character of the new Mini is the objective of these new Original Accessories, then by goodness, the company succeed in doing that. If its not enough that these accessories reflect the youthful spirit of Mini, the add-ons are precisely matched in design and color.

Whether its Vivid Green (youthful and fresh look), Speedwell Blue (sporty flair and tradition), John Cooper Works Pro (passion for racing), or Essential Black (understated and elegant design), each of the four new Design Lines are about as unique to each other as they can get.

So when you want to dress up your new Mini, pay careful attention to what these new accessories, as they all will surely spice up your Mini with new door sill cover strips, exterior and interior mirror caps, roof and side graphics, side indicator surrounds, key lanyards, protective covers, among other things.

You can check out all of the insane options that the Mini Cooper has to offer in the Mini Configurator. It’s also a great way to waste a few hours of time!

Click past the jump to read more about the Mini Cooper Original Accessories.

World-record attempts always a pose a risk, especially when speed is added into the equation. By way of his job, French daredevil Guerlain Chicherit knew the dangers involved, but that still didn’t stop him from attempting to break the world record for the longest car jump. Unfortunately for Chicherit, not only did he not break the record, he ended up on the wrong end of a spectacular crash.

Using a heavily modified Mini Cooper , Chicherit was trying to beat the record of 101.91 meters set by Tanner Foust back in 2011.

The record attempt, which was held in Tignes, France , actually got off to a good start and he even got some good air underneath it. But from watching the video, it looked like it got a little too much air, causing the nose to dip around the time the car was about to land.

The Mini proceeded to slam nose first before barrel-rolling a number of times, much to the horror of those in attendance — and everyone of us who have seen the video.

The good news is that Chicherit is doing well, suffering only minor injuries from what was a major crash. Here’s to hoping he gets well soon!


After much teasing and prodding, Mini has finally dropped the covers off of the Mini Clubman Concept just in time for the Geneva Motor Show .

Mini says that a production version is set to follow, but the way we see it, why doesn’t the company just consider this ready for production?

It’s got all the elements of a fancy Clubman, complete with all the trims and typical Mini styling that has been a hallmark of the company’s identity. There are two powertrain options, which is more than what others can offer, yet it feels like the Clubman deserves more than a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine.

Maybe that’s where the Clubman S comes into the picture? We’re not going to jump the gun on anything, but judging by the Clubman Concept , it’s easy to get a little excited about what Mini has in store for this model.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mini Clubman Concept.

What you’re looking at above is one of ten examples of a specially-designed Mini Cooper created by fans of the German marque.

So why are these designs relevant? Well, one of them will be built by Mini as a special-edition model.

All ten of these Mini Coopers, each with custom graphics and special accessories, are going to be part of a special promotion by Mini wherein fans will be given a chance to vote for their favorite design on a dedicated website. Best hurry, though, because the deadline for votes ends today.

Whichever design gets the most votes will be announced at the New York Auto Show on April 16th before Mini goes back to its design lab and builds 56 models of the winning design.

Now that we’ve gotten the specifics out of the way, here’s our three finalists: the Tron-inspired design, the white Cooper with an intricate blue dragon graphic, and the orange Cooper with the tiger on the roof. The last one may be a little tacky for some, but hey, it’s going to definitely stand out, right?

As for our favorite, the Tron Cooper gets our vote.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Mini Cooper.

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Mini Cooper 5-Door

With the new-generation Mini Cooper Hardtop the boys and girls at Mini are finally creating the one body style everybody asked for and never got; a five-door hatch. We have spy shots of this new, more practical Mini undergoing some cold-weather testing. To get the extra doors on the Cooper, the car has been stretched slightly and the traditional flat rear gate now has a slope to it.

It is important to note that this is not a replacement for the Clubman . This is an entirely new model based on the standard Cooper Hardtop. The Clubman will be getting a true replacement in the coming year.

Powertrain options for the five-door should be identical to the standard three-door. The same goes for transmission choices. That means a pair of turbocharged gasoline engines, and customers across the pond will also get a diesel engine.

To find out the rest of the details on the new five-door Cooper, hit the jump.

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With a new Mini comes a new John Cooper Works. Mini showed off a concept version of the new JCW at Detroit , but now we have the first photos of the new machine out doing some winter testing in Sweden.

The car seen here is missing some of the Works body kit, namely the rear bumper, side skirts and wheels, but the massive brakes with their bright red calipers give this car away. If you needed more proof, the large center mounted exhaust has been a hallmark of the JCW line for years now.

When the car finally goes on sale, we expect it to look nearly identical to the concept version that was shown in Detroit .

Based on the all-new third-generation Cooper Hardtop , the latest John Cooper Works model is expected to be powered by an uprated version of the current four-cylinder turbo with around 230 horsepower. That will make the latest JCW the most powerful mini ever to hit mass production.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Mini John Cooper Works.


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