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Caving Under Pressure: The Detroit Auto Show May, In Fact, Move to October

Caving Under Pressure: The Detroit Auto Show May, In Fact, Move to October

Because weather, CES, and automaker influence

The Detroit Auto Show is on the cusp of a long-overdue decision that will effectively move the show out of the winter doldrums of January into a later month with a far more inviting climate. Nothing is official yet, but there’s growing momentum that America’s most esteemed auto show will be moved from January to October beginning in 2020. A decision is expected to be made in the coming weeks as the Detroit Auto Dealers Association is scheduled to vote on uprooting the show from its winter roots and moving it to the fall.

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2015 Mini John Cooper Works Hardtop

2015 Mini John Cooper Works Hardtop

John Cooper’s cooperation with Mini began back in the days when the British automaker produced the original Mark I car. Developed as an homologation car for rally racing, the original Cooper and Cooper S models were built until 1967. The modern-day John Cooper Works was founded in 2000 by Michael Cooper, son of John Cooper. The first Mini JCW was released in 2008. The company is now a wholly owned subsidiary of BMW and is the in-house tuning arm for all Mini vehicles, much like the M division is to Bimmer. Seven years since the inception of the first modern-day Mini JCW, John Cooper Works has released a brand-new iteration of the beefed-up hatch.

Based on the recently redesigned Cooper Hardtop, the new JCW is the most powerful Mini ever developed as of 2015 with 228 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque at its disposal. The 2015 John Cooper Works Mini is set to bow at the 2015 Detroit Motor Show and go on sale in the United States a few months after its debut.

Updated 1/12/2015: Mini has officially revealed the Cooper Hardtop John Cooper Works at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. Not that we didn’t already know nearly everything about it already. The only new information available is its starting price of $30,600 plus $850 delivery fee, its release date of spring 2015, and that Mini will be running the Cooper Hardtop JCW in the Street Tuner (ST) class of the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge in 2015.

Updated 01/23/2015: We’ve added a series of new images from the car’s official debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. Check the new images in the "Pictures" tab.

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

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Spy Shots: 2015 Mini John Cooper Works Caught Testing in Munich

Spy Shots: 2015 Mini John Cooper Works Caught Testing in Munich

The 2015 Mini John Cooper Works is expected to make its debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. Seeing as there’s still some time left before the JCW heads to the Motor City, our spy photographers captured the car almost completely undisguised, except for the swirly-camouflage beard, undergoing testing in Munich.

Unlike the spy shots from May 2014 that had the JCW doing test runs using a Cooper S body, this model appears to be as close to the final production model. That’s hardly surprising since Mini has pretty much spent the entirety of 2014 developing the new John Cooper Works in time for its debut at the Detroit Auto Show in January 2015.

The 2015 John Cooper Works is expected to receive a four-cylinder turbo engine that produces close to 231 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque. Should that be the final number, that’s going to represent a modest bump from the 218 ponies powering the outgoing model. It should also be enough to clear 60 mph in about six seconds.

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

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2014 Mini John Cooper Works Concept

2014 Mini John Cooper Works Concept

When Mini launched the next-generation Cooper last month (in two simultaneous auto shows, no less), it was only a matter of time before a John Cooper Works version would show its face.

But even our expectations were thrown for a loop after finding out that Mini wasn’t wasting any time with debut of the John Cooper Works Concept, which is now penciled to arrive at the 2014 North American International Auto Show.

Thinking about it now, it does make perfect sense because Mini always earmarks its major debuts for major auto shows, and the next one on the docket is Detroit this coming January.

More importantly, the buzz generated by the debut of the next-generation Cooper is still circulating to this day, and nobody likes to play around with ’buzz’ more than Mini.

So yeah, it makes perfect sense, if you really consider the circumstances.

Oh, and the Mini John Cooper Works Concept is all sorts of awesome. That, alone, should be worth an extra jolt of anticipation in time for its debut in Detroit in a month’s time.

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2011 Detroit Auto Show Recap

2011 Detroit Auto Show Recap

As the first major international auto show of the 2011 calendar year, the North America International Auto Show sees no shortage of manufacturers all looking to break in the new year with a bang.

Some make a tremendous impression on all of us, whereas others just fade into obscurity as soon as the show ends. The challenge for these automakers is to make sure that they bring out products, whether its of production material or it’s a concept that will stand out from the rest.

All the happenings of the Detroit Auto Show took at the Cobb Center in Detroit a few weeks ago so we felt it was an opportune time to provide a heads-up of what vehicles served notice at the event.

This recap will cover all the cars that were officially unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show. Check out the list and let us know which of these new toys on the block you’d want to be taking home to with you.

Check out the list after the jump.

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2011 MINI Paceman Concept

2011 MINI Paceman Concept

After years of sticking to a tried-and-tested formula, MINI has spent the better part of these past few years expanding its product portfolio, all in the name of diversifying its offerings to a growing number of market segments.

From the hatchback Cooper, MINI has already gone and released the Clubman, the Countryman, as well as a variety of special edition Coopers. Then there are the concept vehicles, which MINI has a boatload as well.

One of these concepts – the Paceman – debuted at the Detroit Auto Show. Don’t put too much on the ‘concept’ tag, though, because there’s a very big chance that this slimmed down Countryman could find its way onto production blocks soon.

MINI claims that the Paceman will be the first of its kind in the small premium segment. We’re pretty sure that it’s just MINI’s way of drawing attention to itself, which, for better or worse, it does better than anybody else in the industry.

UPDATE 01/12/2011: Well that didn’t take long. Just a couple of days after Mini debuted the Paceman Concept, Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, has announced that the Paceman will go to production.

“I’m thrilled to tell you now, for the very first time, that there will be a seventh member of the MINI family – and we will base it on this concept”, he said during MINI’s press conference at the Detroit motorshow.

Like it or not, it’s on.

UPDATE 03/14/12: MINI has officially announced that the Paceman Concept is set to take a new production life of its own as the Countryman Coupe, with the model expected to make its debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. Took them long enough, right?

Details after the jump

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2011 Detroit Auto Show Preview

2011 Detroit Auto Show Preview

We kind of get the feeling that 2011 is going to be a big year for automakers. We don’t have a tangible explanation for it, but there’s something about the air this year that feels like the next 12 months will be filled with more ups than downs and, hopefully, a lot less recalls than 2010.

We’re barely a few days into the new year and we’re already getting excited over the first major event for 2011, the North American International Motor Show. All the happenings will take place at the Cobb Center in Detroit on January 10, 2011 so we felt it was an opportune time to provide a heads-up of what to expect when the floor opens.

The list of vehicles we’ve included on the list are cars that have officially - and unofficially - punched in their tickets for Detroit. Some cars that will appear are still being withheld for suspense purposes, but what’s the fun in having a preview if we can’t dig up the cars that want their presence to be a surprise?

Either way, we’ve included all of these models so head on over past the jump to see which cars to expect when the NAIAS opens its doors next week.

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2011 MINI Minor Concept

2011 MINI Minor Concept

Back in the day, the MINI Cooper was the epitome of a small car, so much so that it became Mr. Bean’s official car. The hilarity of that is that the lovable British comedian is a pretty tall and lanky fellow so fitting him inside one of those old Coopers proved to be as difficult a task as trying to sleep inside a Little Tykes playhouse.

Since then, the MINI Cooper has become a lot bigger and with models including the Clubman and the Countryman already falling into the crossover categories, it would seem that the BMW-owned company is slowly leaving behind its small and quirky phase.

Wolfgang Armbrecht, however, begs to differ. According to MINI’s brand chief, the company is already developing a back-to-its-roots mini MINI car that will be smaller in size than the latest model of the Cooper.

Word around the watercooler says that the future car already has a name – the MINI Minor Concept – and that it will be a small three-door model with a small engine and a front wheel drive system. Specific details behind the MINI Minor are still unknown, but Armbrecht made it clear that a new car is already in the oven.

’’We have always been motivated by the idea to build a small spacious car,’’ he told the Financial Times Deutschland newspaper.

He also adds: “There will be a taste of ’’the next spectacular idea from the Mini brand’ at the Detroit Auto Show. Keep a close eye on the coming months.”

You don’t need to remind us about that last part, Mr. Armbrecht. We’re definitely going to keep some tabs on MINI’s potential return back to its Mr. Bean-driving days.

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2010 Mini Beachcomber Concept

2010 Mini Beachcomber Concept

Even if its winter in most of the countries, Mini revealed today the first images of a concept car that is perfect for the summer days. The Beachcomber Concept will have its official debut at the Detroit Auto Show in January 2010, and as you expected it will never go into production. But it features the same ALL4 all-wheel drive system and the engine that will be used in the next Crossover. The production model was announced for autumn 2010.

The MINI Beachcomber Concept naturally comes with design elements typical of the brand: hexagon radiator grille, large, three-dimensional headlight units integrated in the engine compartment lid, large air intake at the bottom and foglamps moved far to the outside, rear light clusters fitting like islands into the side panels, while the rear end is dominated by horizontal lines interacting with the muscular wheel arches to emphasize the sheer width of the car and its powerful stance on the road.

Mini gave no details on the Beachcomber’s technical specification, but we expect to have them soon.

Press release after the jump.

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2009 Mini Cooper Cabrio

2009 Mini Cooper Cabrio

The Mini convertible is now playing catchup to the hard top. The second generation has been available as a fixed roof and wagonish Culbman since 2007, and so now its time to complete the line. So the most noticeable elements on the 2009 Mini Cooper Cabrio when it appears at the Detroit auto show will be the updated bodylines and interior panels that match the rest of the family.

The updated convertible top can be lowered at speeds up to 20 mph, and the large rear roll bar that slithered across the back headrests has now been replaced with a pop-up unit. Like the soft-top on the previous model, there is still a large sunroof that can be created when the top is stopped half-way through the convertible process.

If you’ve driven the coupe, there’s nothing too special underneath the skin of the convertible. It features the same 1.6-liter units from the coupe, making 118 hp and 175 with a turbocharger.

Orders for the drop-top Mini are being taken now, and deliveries should begin by the end of March. Pricing for the 2009 Mini Cooper Cabrio should start at $24,550 for the regular version, and $27,450 for the turbocharged Cooper S model.

Press release after the jump.

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Mini Convertible spy shot

Mini Convertible spy shot

BMW will unveil the Mini Convertible in January 2009 at the Detroit Auto Show, with sales to begin later in the spring. The latest spy shots reveal that the differences between the old and new versions of the Convertible are minimal, and the new car retains the current model’s canvas folding roof.

What you see in the spy picture (judging by the paintwork mostly) is a Cooper S model, which will uses the 175bhp 1.6-liter turbocharged engine. This should be good for a top speed of 140 mph and make the 0-62mph sprint in 7.1 seconds.

In europe, the Convertible will be available with a diesel option coupled with BMW’s Efficient Dynamics technology for the first time, using the Cooper D’s 1.6-liter 110bhp engine – which should be able to return a combined fuel economy of over 70mpg.

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2009 MINI Cooper Convertible first official photos

2009 MINI Cooper Convertible first official photos

BMW will unveil the next-generation MINI Convertible next year at the Detroit Auto Show. These are the first officials images that were leaked earlier today. And here are the first official images of the car that will go on sale in the spring on 2009.

The new-generation Mini Convertible (R57) will get two new exclusive colors: Interchange Yellow and Horizon Blue (similar to Space Blue). Rumors says there will also be a “Denim” blue.

The convertible version will likely offer the same engines from the current line up. This means internationally the car will be offered with the 95 HP 1.4-liter, 120HP 1.6-liter and 175 HP turbocharged 1.6-liter gasoline engines and a 110 HP 1.6-liter turbo diesel engine (likely only versions of the 1.6-liter gas engine in the U.S.)

Instead of having to wait for the dealership to install the high performance John Cooper Works package, the R57 convertible will have the JCW package available from the factory as an option. It will also still be available with the dealer installed JCW engine kit.

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MINI Cooper Clubman pricing announced

MINI Cooper Clubman pricing announced

The 2008 MINI Clubman, an all-new addition to the MINI model line, is featured at the 2008 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, MI. With a little more room in the back and an innovative door configuration, the eagerly anticipated MINI Clubman defies convention in its concept and style. This all new addition to the MINI family will go on sale in the US February 16th, 2008 as both a Cooper and a Cooper S model. The MINI Cooper Clubman will be offered with a MSRP of $20,600, while the MINI Cooper S Clubman will come with a MSRP of $24,100. Both prices include a $650 Destination charge.

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MINI Cooper D Clubman coming to Detroit

MINI Cooper D Clubman coming to Detroit

It seems that for both Mini and BMW the Detroit Auto Show will be about bringing diesel cars to US. After BMW has announced they will bring a diesel version of the X5 and the 3-series, Mini also announced they will bring a diesel version of the Clubman in Detroit: the Cooper D Clubman.

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BMW at the 2007 Detroit Auto Show

BMW at the 2007 Detroit Auto Show

Detroit in January will not see too many drop-top drive-thru’s, but at next week’s North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), BMW Group will be offering a glimpse of sunnier days ahead with the global unveiling of the new MINI Convertible Sidewalk and the all-new BMW 3 Series Convertible. Both cars go on sale in the UK in spring and both are set to hit the number one sales slots in their respective segments.

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Mini Cooper and Cooper S coming to Detroit

Mini Cooper and Cooper S coming to Detroit

The all-new second generation MINI Cooper and Cooper S hardtops will make their North American debut at the North American International Auto Show in January. MINI will also present the MINI Convertible Sidewalk for its World debut. It will be offered in the U.S. as an option package and as a separate model for international markets.
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2007 MINI Sidewalk

2007 MINI Sidewalk

MINI will be unveiling a new addition to its Convertible range at the 2007 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), when it presents the Sidewalk model for the first time on January 6 in Detroit.

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