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2015 Mini Countryman Park Lane

2015 Mini Countryman Park Lane

After introducing the bonkers Clubman Vision Gran Turismo, Mini didn’t see fit to come empty-handed to the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, and therefore brought a special edition of its Countryman crossover. Called the Countryman Park Lane, the special model was named after a London street in the upscale Mayfair district, while hardcore Mini aficionados may remember that this is not the first ever Park Lane model featured in the carmaker’s lineup. A more luxurious version of the classic Mini featured the Park Lane moniker in 1987, as did a posh modern Mini back in 2005.

At first glance, the special-edition Countryman isn’t overly charismatic-looking, but, as with plenty of other British models, the devil is in the details. Particularly high-end fittings are to be found as standard on the Countryman Park Lane, with the special edition being offered in up to eight different versions, depending on the market.

Continue reading to learn more about the Mini Countryman Park Lane.

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2014 Mini Clubman Concept

2014 Mini Clubman Concept

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.

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2013 MINI Clubman Bond Street Edition

2013 MINI Clubman Bond Street Edition

German automaker, MINI has another special-edition model on the horizon and, just like the MINI Hyde Park, the MINI Green Park, the Cooper Bayswater, and the Cooper Baker Street, they’re naming this one after another London street/landmark.

Called the Clubman Bond Street Edition, the specially dressed Clubman is a new take on an old formula for MINI. Special-edition models have always been one of their calling cards and the Bond Street Edition is the latest in a long line of them.

It’s been graced with a lot of exterior and interior refinements, which in this case, work for the vehicle. MINI didn’t go for the splashy route like they’re accustomed to doing; instead, they went for a scheme that’s a little more high class and refined.

Make no mistake, MINI will always be known for its quirkiness; that won’t change. But this time, they left that out of the door in favor of something that actually looks like a classy stand out.

UPDATE 02/20/13: The MINI Clubman Bond Street Edition is headed to the Geneva Motor Show. Watch out for it at the MINI stand, fellas!

Find out more about the MINI Clubman Bond Street Edition after the jump

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2013 Mini Countryman JCW

2013 Mini Countryman JCW

Mini has just confirmed their line-up for the 2012 Geneva Motor Show and as expected, the John Cooper Works Countryman is on that list. The car was caught testing for the first time last winter in Austria, but we have to admit it looks better than expected.

The new John Cooper Works Countryman is based on the current, most powerful version of the vehicle - the Countryman S - that uses a 177 HP turbocharged 1.6-liter engine. However, for the JCW version, the engine’s output has been increased to 218 HP. The car will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 7 seconds and will be capable of hitting a top speed of 140 mph (manual version).

The new Countryman JCW will be distinguished by the usual JCW aerodynamic kit, an exclusive selection of paint finishes, 18" light-alloy wheels, a sports exhaust system, and a sporty interior.

UPDATE 09/26/2012: Mini has announced that the new Countryman John Cooper Works will go on sale on the US market at a starting price of $35,550.

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2012 MINI Clubvan Concept

2012 MINI Clubvan Concept

German automaker MINI doesn’t waste a good opportunity to show off some of their newest concept vehicles, especially when you have one of the biggest auto events in the calendar scheduled to open its doors in a few weeks.

On that note, the 2012 Geneva Motor Show is right around the corner and MINI is set to introduce a new concept vehicle called the Clubvan, adding yet another vehicle into their ever-expanding line-up of cars.

Despite still being in its concept guise, the Clubvan Concept is far from some of the previous MINI concepts we’ve seen lately - the Rocketman comes to mind - in that it doesn’t look a whole lot like a prototype but an actual production model.

The design of the concept won’t blow you away, although there are some elements of it that bears attention, including the addition of a partition grille that separates the front passengers from the enormous cargo area.

The car is scheduled to make its world debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show next month, at which point we’ll have more details to share regarding this rather peculiar looking MINI concept.

It remains to be seen if the British company will introduce a production version of the Clubvan.

UPDATE 04/22/12: You can take off that "it remains to be seen" phrase concerning the possibility of production for the Clubvan Concept. According to Inside Line, public reaction to the Clubvan Concept at the Geneva Motor Show was positive enough that MINI has decided to give the green light for production.

Find out more about the MINI Clubvan Concept after the jump

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2012 Mini Roadster

2012 Mini Roadster

Months after the official unveiling of the new Mini Coupe, the company has decided it was time to "uncover" the Roadster version as well. Of course, everyone already knew what the new Roadster would look like with both the Coupe version and the Roadster Concept unveiled in 2009 making it on the scene before the Roadster.

To be honest, the Coupe and Roadster models are almost identical, except for the soft top, steeply raked windscreen, stainless steel roll bars, and the active rear spoiler that deploys at 50 mph. The new Roadster will be immediately recognized as a Mini thanks to features like the hexagonal contours of its radiator grille, the black border around the lower part of the body, chrome trim strips and surrounds, large circular headlights, vertically stacked rear lights positioned on the outer extremes of the rear end, and the eye-catching surrounds of the side indicators on the front side panels.

Like with the Coupe, the Roadster is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine ranging from the base Coupe with 122 HP up to the John Cooper Works Coupe with 208 HP. The SD version gets a 141 HP turbocharged 2.0-liter diesel engine.

UPDATE 01/30/2012: Mini has announced the official prices for their new Roadster. The model will be offered in three different versions with prices starting from $24,350 for the Cooper Roadster, $27,350 for the Cooper S Roadster, and $34,500 for the JCW Roadster.

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2011 MINI Cooper John Cooper Works S2000

2011 MINI Cooper John Cooper Works S2000

Mini and BMW have been up to a lot lately and much of it is coming out this week in Geneva. With an onslaught of new models in recent years, Mini is now a larger brand than ever. They feel it is the perfect time to enter the racing world and the World Rally Car Championship is where they are going to take their chance.

At the show, Mini unveiled the John Cooper Works S2000 which is the predecessor to the WRC car that will come out soon. The main difference between the two cars is that the S2000 will be for private teams to purchase and race while the WRC car will be for the Mini Team. 2011 FIA racing regulations have instated a rule change thus allowing private teams to race head-to-head with the factory teams, hoping to derive more excitement from the sport.

The two cars will have several differences, but the S2000 debut shows the collaboration between Mini and BMW Motorsports. Dr. Wolfgang Armbrecht, Senior Vice President Brand Management MINI said, “When you add the turbocharged MINI engine and the BLW Group’s expertise in the world of motor sport to the mix, you can see we have an exceptional blend of attributes that will take us quickly to the next stage.” Let’s hope it’s extremely quick, because races start at Rally Italy on May 8, 2011.

Hit the jump for more details on the Mini John Cooper Works S2000.

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2011 Geneva Motor Show Preview

2011 Geneva Motor Show Preview

The biggest international auto show of the 2011 calendar year is getting closer and closer to opening its doors when the event kicks off on March 1st, 2011. Unlike recently concluded auto shows we’ve had since the calendar turned to 2011, the Geneva Motor Show is always the one that gets our juices flowing. Not that those other events weren’t any good, but Geneva brings out all the goods. All the big boys come out to play at this event, so much so that making this preview took more days than we expected because everyday, a new model was being announced as attending the event.

Now that the Geneva Motor Show is less than two weeks away, we feel like it’s time to give you a sneak peek on what cars to expect at the event. A lot of brands that routinely skip other auto shows will all be in attendance at the Geneva Motor Show, proving that without a shadow of a doubt, this Swiss spectacle is one of the most important - if not the most important - events in the automotive calendar.

Hit the jump to check out just who will be in attendance when the show opens its doors on March 1st, 2011.

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2011 MINI Rocketman Concept

2011 MINI Rocketman Concept

Straight from the minds of the masters of cutting-edge quirkiness comes another concept that’s headed for the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. With so many concepts already scheduled to be unveiled at the event, MINI’s not the type to miss out on all the action. So they decided to join in on the fun with the Rocketman Concept.

The vehicle, which is being positioned as a “3+1”-seater, is in its concept and design stages, so we’re going to hold our breaths to see if the reception in Geneva is good enough to warrant a production version.

As far as aesthetics are concerned, MINI gave the Rocketman quite a doozy of unique features, including doors that open by having the entire sill come out together with the door. There’s also the obligatory full LED headlights and tail lights, doses of carbon fiber on the front and rear, a waistline line strip, a wraparound greenhouse, a cool glass roof configuration that features the Union Jack, and a set of 18” alloy wheels that have aerodynamically active surfaces. And that’s not to mention the fact that the whole concept is built with a carbon spaceframe, giving it a light and stiff underpinning.

UPDATE 12/27/11: Is the MINI Rocketman headed to the production line? MINI’s Head of Design, Anders Warming, has made it known that the car is on his "Christmas wish list" and the reception towards the concept from customers has been nothing short of positive. With that said, we’re not going to jump excitedly until a confirmation is made. But it is pretty exciting to know that discussions are already in place to have the Rocketman Concept green-lighted for production.

More details on the MINI Rocketman Concept after the jump.

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2011 MINI Cooper SD

2011 MINI Cooper SD

There are so many different variations and tuning packages for the Mini Cooper, sometimes it’s difficult to keep track of which Cooper is which. It has a style and shape that plays well with new additions, updates, trim levels, and packages so the most obvious thing to do is add another for greedy consumption. Mini’s latest toy is a new SD version which just so happens to be their most powerful diesel Cooper ever, and yet another reason the Mini Cooper is so darn popular.

The Mini Cooper SD is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel engine that delivers an impressive 143 hp at 4,000 rpm and a peak torque of 225 lb-ft available between 1,750 and 2,700 rpm. This leaves the other diesel variants in the Cooper line in the dust since the Cooper D only produces 112hp and the Cooper One D only delivers 114hp. U.S. customers need not start jumping for joy just yet; Mini has yet to decide whether the diesel SD will be taking a trip across the ocean to see us.

Whether we get a piece of this action or not, Mini will be bringing the SD trim level to different Mini models, including the Cooper, Cooper Convertible, Clubman, and Countryman versions. The Mini Cooper SD will be making its world debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show with sales beginning shortly thereafter.

Hit the jump to read more about the Mini Cooper SD.

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Video: MINIWOOD invades Geneva!

Video: MINIWOOD invades Geneva!

It’s been a while since we last saw MINI pull off something like this but it seems that they’ve finally gone back to their guerilla advertising ways by taking over the Geneva Motor Show, ‘MINIWOOD’ style.

To celebrate the world debut of the MINI Countryman – or as MINI has come to describe as their ‘new star’ – the BMW-owned brand launched a guerilla campaign that involved multi-dimensional projection of “MINIWOOD” onto a nearby mountain that just so happens to face the city of Geneva.

It, of course, is a direct reference to Hollywood – or the City of Stars – and MINI was able to accomplish it by cutting off the words ‘MINI’ and ‘WOOD’ on two circular pieces of wood and, by using the spruced up headlights of the Countryman, they were able to cast a lighted projection of MINIWOOD similar to the way Commissioner Gordon did with the Bat Signal.

It’s pretty ingenious, even by the lofty standards of MINI.

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2011 Mini Countryman

2011 Mini Countryman

The small car builder Mini made a name for itself on the Alpine stages of classic rally championships, and it rumored to be making a comeback in the much depleted WRC for 2011 and should be unveiled in March at the Geneva Motor Show. Similar to the Beachcomber Concept, the new Mini Countryman is a slightly larger Cooper wearing the same headlights and fog lamps, however the front end is specific to the future model especially with its unique grill and Pepper White paint scheme topped off with a black roof.

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.

Sales will begin at the end of 2010 with prices starting at $22,350. A Mini Countryman with some good options on it will run you around $30,000, that’s more than the Nissan Juke, Nissan Rogue and the Volkswagen Tiguan.

UPDATE 07/14/2010: Mini has just released specs on the 2011 Countryman. This article has been updated with that information.

UPDATE 09/01/2010: Check out our review of the Mini Countryman byclicking here!

UPDATE 10/07/2010: This article has been updated with pricing for the Countryman.

Updated 11/24/2010: Mini USA has put online the configurator for the new Countryman. So get there and start customizing the model of your dream. There are lots of options and accessories to choose from. Have fun!

Press release after the jump.

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Mini delays Crossover launch until 2010

Mini delays Crossover launch until 2010

At last year’s Paris Motor Show, the English automaker Mini showed the world the Mini Crossover concept that took the cute Cooper and beefed it up with some off road attitude, and everyone expected to see the production version this September at the Frankfurt Motor Show. however Mini has announced that the crossover’s official launch has been delayed until 2010 at the earliest.

That doesn’t mean that the Mini booth will be empty in Frankfurt, the automobile manufacturer will be unveiling the Mini Coupe concept and the Mini Roadster concept at the German auto show, a fitting move considering that their parent company BMW is from the region.

The crossover model, reportedly called Crossman, is almost certain to make an appearance at the Geneva motor show next spring. According to a BMW Mini spokesman, "The Crossover launch has been pushed back as we wish to first explore differentiation within future Mini smaller models and get feedback." Hopefully we don’t face any more financial crisis before then.

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2009 Mini John Cooper Works Cabrio

2009 Mini John Cooper Works Cabrio

Mini wants to put even more wind in your hair. The hottest version of the Cooper, John Cooper Works (JCW), is now available for the new cabrio. The JCW comes with 208 hp for the U.S. (211 hp on European models) and a function Mini calls “Overboost”, which takes the engines 197 lb-ft of torque and raises it to 207 lb-ft by increasing charge pressure between 2,000 and 5,300 rpm.

The JCW cabrio’s 1.6-liter twin scroll-turbocharged engine is the same displacement as the other Cooper models, but its 208 hp is a 33 hp increase over the Cooper S model. The transmission’s gearing is strengthened to handle the extra available power, but fuel economy is still frugal at an estimated 39.8 mpg.

Just like the other Mini convertible models, this one comes with the large 16- inch sunroof that can be created when the top is stopped half-way through the convertible process. There is also the odd/fun “Openometer” that counts the minutes the top has been down on the car.

Sales should begin in April starting at $34,950.

Full details and more pics in the press release after the jump.

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Cooper S Convertible JCW to debut in Geneva

Cooper S Convertible JCW to debut in Geneva

At the end of last year we got to see the Mini Cooper and Cooper S Cabrio break cover, but Mini was still saving the hottest version for a cold day in Geneva. The John Cooper Works (JCW) version is on the way, and it will get its first showing in March at the Geneva Motor Show.

The most-powerful drop top Mini will be powered by the same 1.6 liter engine as the rest of the Mini Cooper family. For JCW purposed, a twin-scroll turbocharger is added to yield 211 hp (up from 172hp in the Cooper S) and a peak torque of 192 lb-ft. (up from 177 lb-ft.). The topless JCW will come with upgraded brakes and suspension. Outside the car will get John Cooper Works branding on the front grille and tailgate, a small body kit and a set of 17-inch alloy wheels (18’s optional).

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2009 Mini One and One Clubman

2009 Mini One and One Clubman

Mini announced the Mini One and One Clubman will be revealed in March at the Geneva Motor Show. Both models will go on sale shortly after, at a price of 15.200 euro for the Mini One and 18200 for the Mini One Clubman.

Mini One is powered by a 4-cylinder petrol engine that delivers 75 hp at 4 000 rpm. The maximum torque of 120 Newton meters is available at 2 500 rpm. Its technical features also include fully variable valve control, a volume-flow-controlled oil pump and a coolant pump which operates according to needs.

Mini One Clubman is powered by a 95 bhp 4-cylinder petrol engine, with a fuel consumption of 5.4 liters per 100 kilometers and CO2 emission of 130 grams per kilometer.

Both models are being offered with Earl Grey Package that includes a metallic paint finish in Dark Silver, sporty decor stripes at the body sides, specially designed wheel trim panels and white direction indicators. It is offered at a particularly attractive price not just for the MINI One with 55 kW, but also for the MINI One, the MINI Cooper and the MINI Cooper D as well as for the MINI One Clubman, the MINI Cooper Clubman and the MINI Cooper D Clubman.

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2008 MINI John Cooper Works Cooper and Clubman

2008 MINI John Cooper Works Cooper and Clubman

Mini will unveil at the Geneva Motor Show the John Cooper Works Cooper and Clubman. The MINI John Cooper Works will be available in Germany at a price of 27,700 Euros, the price of the MINI John Cooper Works Clubman will be 29,500 Euros.

The heart beating under the bonnet of each of the two new extreme sports cars is that of a racer. The 1.6 litre 4-cylinder engine with Twin Scroll turbocharger and petrol direct injection delivers 155 kW/211 bhp (207 hp US) and develops its maximum torque of 260 Newton-metres (192 lb-ft US) between 1,850 and 5,600 rpm – by means of overboost the torque can actually be increased to 280 Nm. (207 lb-ft US). The power unit is based on the engine of the John Cooper Works CHALLENGE, which will see its premiere at the MINI CHALLENGE 2008. It accelerates the MINI John Cooper Works in 6.5 seconds from 0–100 km/h, the MINI John Cooper Works Clubman manages the spurt in just 0.3 seconds more.

The maximum torque of 260 Nm ( 192 lb-ft US) is available even at an engine speed of 1,850 rpm and up to a level of 5,600 rpm. During acceleration, torque is raised to 280 Nm (207 lb-ft US) by means of a brief increase in boost pressure between 2,000 and 5,300 rpm. This overboost function gives the MINI John Cooper Works and the MINI John Cooper Works Clubman an even more powerful response. The engine reaches its maximum output of 155 kW/211 bhp (207 hp US) at 6,000 rpm. The spontaneous response is also reflected in the car’s acceleration figures. The MINI John Cooper Works takes 6.5 seconds to accelerate from 0–100 km/h, the time required by the MINI John Cooper Works Clubman is 6.8 seconds. Both have a maximum speed of 238 km/h.

Press release after the jump.

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MINI Clubman confirmed

MINI Clubman confirmed

At the International Automobile Salon in Geneva, MINI has announced that the next derivative in its model range will be called MINI Clubman. Based on a concept first shown in Frankfurt in 2005, a ‘Shooting Brake’ body-styled car will be on sale in the UK before the end of 2007.
The new car promises to be distinctive, yet authentically embody the MINI character. Offering more versatility without compromising the revered chassis of current Hatch models, the production version of the car is (...)

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John Cooper Works tuning kit for the new Mini Cooper S

John Cooper Works tuning kit for the new Mini Cooper S

At the international automobile salon in Geneva (8-18 March 2007), John Cooper Works will debut the tuning kit for the MINI Cooper S. John Cooper updated the power of the 1.6 liter twin turbo engine to an impressive 192 hp. The maximum torque is increased to 250 Nm at 1750-5000 rpm.
The tuning kit features: sport seats, sport steering wheel as well as selected equipment components from carbon. It also features 18" alloy (...)

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Mini at 2007 Geneva Motor Show

Mini at 2007 Geneva Motor Show

Small car, large variety: With the world premiere for two additional model variants, Mini will be presents at the 77th International Motor Show in Geneva. For the first time the public can see between 8th to the 18 March 2007 the new Mini One and the new Mini Cooper D on the Geneva.
Few months after the successful debut of the new Mini Cooper S and the new Mini Cooper four versions of the compact hatch will be available for buyers.
As a base variant, the new Mini One will be offered (...)

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2007 MINI One and MINI Cooper D

2007 MINI One and MINI Cooper D

The new MINI hatch line-up will soon be complete, when the new MINI One and MINI Cooper D models are unveiled to the public at the International Geneva Motor Show on 8 March 2007. The entry-level One features a perky 95hp 1.4-litre petrol engine, while the Cooper D boasts performance and fuel efficiency from an all-new 1.6-litre 110hp turbodiesel powerplant.

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2007 Mini Cooper S GP

2007 Mini Cooper S GP

BMW’s Mini Cooper S with John Cooper Works (JCW) GP Kit will make its first public viewing at the Geneva Motor Show. The fastest, most powerful production Mini ever will reach 62mph in under 6.5 seconds and achieve a top speed of 146mph.

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