WHEN THE MINI Country man was launched in 2010, it challenged the assumption that a Mini was, by definition, small. While this made it a controversial addition to the range, it didn’t hinder sales; more than half a million have been shifted in the past six years. Therefore, unlike the short-lived Mini Roadster and Mini … [Read more…]
THE letters JCW have long been synonymous with MINI’S most extreme models – sharpening Cooper S variants with various mechanical and aesthetic upgrades. Over the past decade we’ve seen John Cooper Works versions of everything from the three-door hatch to the jacked-up Countryman. But now MINI has injected its Volkswagen Golf-rivalling Clubman with some JCW … [Read more…]
Strange specs here? Mini Clubman: The Mini comes as a Cooper S, which means a petrol engine. But this one also has All4, the first non-Countryman Mini to get the 4WD option. That makes it a rival for an A3 quattro. We’ve gone for the manual. Infiniti Q30: The Infiniti is also AWD, also 2.0-litre … [Read more…]
The fifth and final model in Mini’s all-newline-up will be an electric version of an existing model when it launches in 2019. Mini boss Peter Schwarzenbauer has previously revealed his desire to trim the Mini range to five models, which he describes as “superheroes”. The three and five-door hatches are considered one, the Convertible, Clubman … [Read more…]
You’re looking at the biggest Mini production model ever. Cue groans from traditionalists and a few extra rpm on the Issigonis headstone tacho: the new, second-gen Countryman is a full 20cm longer than its predecessor, as it graduates to full SUV status. That means more interior space (you’d hope so), and a much bigger 450-litre … [Read more…]
Mini has confirmed that its second-generation Countryman will be offered in hybrid form alongside three and four-cylinder petrolsa nd diesels when it arrives next year. The petrol-electric SUV will be Mini’s first hybrid car ahead of other alternatively powered models, including a fully electric version of the Cooper hatchback due in 2019. The Countryman hybrid … [Read more…]
California’s battle with pollution-induced smog and increasing paranoia about the destructive consequences of global warming have made the West Coast state a hotbed of alternative automotive technology, with Hollywood stars (well able to afford a public conscience) invariably seen parading along the Strip aboard the latest eco-wheels.
In 1959 the Austin/Morris Mini changed the face of motoring. Just 3 m (10 ft) long, it was the most efficient and effective use of road space ever seen. The apparent miracle of Sir Alec Issigonis’s design was to create a front-wheel drive, two-door, four-seat economy saloon that sacrificed nothing to exact steering, superb handling, … [Read more…]