The Truth About Cars » MINI http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sat, 30 Apr 2016 15:15:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Mini Boss Doesn’t Want to Sully the Brand With an Icky Sedan http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/mini-boss-doesnt-want-to-sully-the-brand-with-an-icky-sedan/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/mini-boss-doesnt-want-to-sully-the-brand-with-an-icky-sedan/#comments Sat, 30 Apr 2016 14:00:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1334386 Mini needs a fifth core model that stays true to the brand’s heritage while drawing in more customers, but the man in charge of the brand doesn’t like sedans. Unless a previously unknown model crawls out of Mini’s history, one side of the dilemma will have to give up ground. Ralph Mahler, Mini’s vice-president of […]

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Mini needs a fifth core model that stays true to the brand’s heritage while drawing in more customers, but the man in charge of the brand doesn’t like sedans. Unless a previously unknown model crawls out of Mini’s history, one side of the dilemma will have to give up ground. Ralph Mahler, Mini’s vice-president of […]

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BMW Really Wants Mini Owners to Rent Out Their Cars http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/bmw-really-wants-mini-owners-to-rent-out-their-cars/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/bmw-really-wants-mini-owners-to-rent-out-their-cars/#comments Tue, 26 Apr 2016 16:00:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1331666 “Clean up the place when you’re done with it, and don’t even think of offering ‘hourly rates’ while you have it. This is a respectable car.” Adds like this could start popping up from new Mini owners if the quirky automaker has its way, Automotive News Europe reports. Mini plans to offer devices on its […]

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“Clean up the place when you’re done with it, and don’t even think of offering ‘hourly rates’ while you have it. This is a respectable car.” Adds like this could start popping up from new Mini owners if the quirky automaker has its way, Automotive News Europe reports. Mini plans to offer devices on its […]

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Get Ready, a Mini Sedan Could be on the Way http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/get-ready-mini-sedan-way/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/get-ready-mini-sedan-way/#comments Wed, 13 Apr 2016 14:00:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1323274 Executives at Mini are busy mulling what to introduce next, and it’s increasingly looking like that model will have a trunk. Unlike a car modeled after a young man wearing a backward ballcap, a sedan is a logical addition to the brand’s future lineup, and comments made to Autocar by Ralph Mahler, vice-president of product development, make […]

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Executives at Mini are busy mulling what to introduce next, and it’s increasingly looking like that model will have a trunk. Unlike a car modeled after a young man wearing a backward ballcap, a sedan is a logical addition to the brand’s future lineup, and comments made to Autocar by Ralph Mahler, vice-president of product development, make […]

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Crapwagon Outtake: 1994 Rover Mini http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/crapwagon-outtake-1994-rover-mini/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/crapwagon-outtake-1994-rover-mini/#comments Mon, 07 Mar 2016 14:00:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1298394 I’ve not yet had the pleasure of driving a classic Mini. Residing in Ohio, this isn’t altogether surprising, as the climate has not been kind to many older cars. Also, there’s the problem of not being able to actually fit. Someday, though, I need to give it a try. With a production run spanning six […]

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I’ve not yet had the pleasure of driving a classic Mini. Residing in Ohio, this isn’t altogether surprising, as the climate has not been kind to many older cars. Also, there’s the problem of not being able to actually fit. Someday, though, I need to give it a try. With a production run spanning six […]

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Super Bowl 50 Commercial Round-up http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/super-bowl-50-commercial-round/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/super-bowl-50-commercial-round/#comments Sat, 06 Feb 2016 17:30:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1281170 Like those who only read certain magazines for the articles, the Super Bowl brings millions of people together in front of TV screens to, ostensibly, watch a football game. Many will watch the event strictly for the commercials, which have become a cultural phenomenon in their own right. Others will watch for the halftime show, hoping for […]

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Like those who only read certain magazines for the articles, the Super Bowl brings millions of people together in front of TV screens to, ostensibly, watch a football game. Many will watch the event strictly for the commercials, which have become a cultural phenomenon in their own right. Others will watch for the halftime show, hoping for […]

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TTAC News Round-up: Volkswagen Has A Better Slogan and Attitude, BMW Has Less Money, And Honda’s Bringing All The Turbos http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/ttac-news-round-volkswagen-better-slogan-attitude-bmw-less-money-hondas-bringing-turbos/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/ttac-news-round-volkswagen-better-slogan-attitude-bmw-less-money-hondas-bringing-turbos/#comments Tue, 22 Dec 2015 17:00:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1248609 Volkswagen’s simple, effective and direct slogan “Das Auto” ist kaput after about a decade of ruining our logic and grammar. That, and BMW gets spanked by NHTSA, drive like it’s 2008 and more … after the break. “Das auto” getting the boot As part of that company’s plan to remake its image, Volkswagen will be […]

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Volkswagen’s simple, effective and direct slogan “Das Auto” ist kaput after about a decade of ruining our logic and grammar. That, and BMW gets spanked by NHTSA, drive like it’s 2008 and more … after the break. “Das auto” getting the boot As part of that company’s plan to remake its image, Volkswagen will be […]

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Mini Clubman Shows Just How Maxi Brand Has Become http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/mini-clubman-shows-just-maxi-brand-become/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/mini-clubman-shows-just-maxi-brand-become/#comments Wed, 16 Sep 2015 16:00:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1173890 Mini unveiled its newest Clubman this week and the car, which is one foot longer and nearly 5 inches wider than the outgoing model, is now longer than a Jeep Wrangler. The 14-foot-long four door will be four-inches shorter than a Mazda CX-3 and will sport the Hardtop’s duo of engines for Clubman and Clubman S […]

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Mini unveiled its newest Clubman this week and the car, which is one foot longer and nearly 5 inches wider than the outgoing model, is now longer than a Jeep Wrangler. The 14-foot-long four door will be four-inches shorter than a Mazda CX-3 and will sport the Hardtop’s duo of engines for Clubman and Clubman S […]

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Geneva 2015: MINI Countryman Park Lane Unveiled http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/geneva-2015-mini-countryman-park-lane-unveiled/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/geneva-2015-mini-countryman-park-lane-unveiled/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 09:10:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1011826 Looking for a more distinguished MINI? The MINI Countryman Park Lane might be just what you need. Named after one of the most prestigious streets in London, as well as the third MINI to be named as such, the Park Lane can be had on the Countryman, Cooper S Countryman and Cooper S Countryman ALL4. […]

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Looking for a more distinguished MINI? The MINI Countryman Park Lane might be just what you need. Named after one of the most prestigious streets in London, as well as the third MINI to be named as such, the Park Lane can be had on the Countryman, Cooper S Countryman and Cooper S Countryman ALL4. […]

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Land Rovers, Jaguars Et Al Leave Höegh Osaka After Month At Sea http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/land-rovers-jaguars-et-al-leave-hoegh-osaka-month-sea/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/land-rovers-jaguars-et-al-leave-hoegh-osaka-month-sea/#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 11:00:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=991122 Having spent most of January on its side, the Höegh Osaka returned to Southampton, England Tuesday to unload 1,400 premium vehicles bound for Germany. According to The Daily Mail, the car carrier was intentionally run aground in the Solent off the Isle of Wight January 3 when it began to list at 52 degrees shortly […]

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Having spent most of January on its side, the Höegh Osaka returned to Southampton, England Tuesday to unload 1,400 premium vehicles bound for Germany. According to The Daily Mail, the car carrier was intentionally run aground in the Solent off the Isle of Wight January 3 when it began to list at 52 degrees shortly […]

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Toyota, BMW Working On Entry-Level MINI Minor Model http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/toyota-bmw-working-entry-level-mini-minor-model/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/toyota-bmw-working-entry-level-mini-minor-model/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:00:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=988994 Been waiting for a MINI that actually lives up to its name? Toyota and BMW are working on such a thing, called the Minor. Automobile Magazine reports the Minor is in the earliest phases of development, and would likely pull its looks from the 2012 Rocketman concept and the current Paceman crossover. Pricing would range […]

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Been waiting for a MINI that actually lives up to its name? Toyota and BMW are working on such a thing, called the Minor. Automobile Magazine reports the Minor is in the earliest phases of development, and would likely pull its looks from the 2012 Rocketman concept and the current Paceman crossover. Pricing would range […]

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NAIAS 2015: 2015 MINI John Cooper Works Hardtop Revealed http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/naias-2015-2015-mini-john-cooper-works-hardtop-revealed/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/naias-2015-2015-mini-john-cooper-works-hardtop-revealed/#comments Mon, 12 Jan 2015 22:30:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=979721 Looking for a high-performance MINI? Meet the 2015 John Cooper Works Hardtop. The latest addition to the MINI family has a 2-liter turbo-four that makes 228 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque. Zero to 60 comes in under 6 seconds, but the brand adds that it can jump from 50 to 75 in 5.6 seconds. […]

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Looking for a high-performance MINI? Meet the 2015 John Cooper Works Hardtop. The latest addition to the MINI family has a 2-liter turbo-four that makes 228 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque. Zero to 60 comes in under 6 seconds, but the brand adds that it can jump from 50 to 75 in 5.6 seconds. […]

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McKenna: MINI Coupe, Roadster Dead By 2015 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/11/mckenna-mini-coupe-roadster-dead-2015/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/11/mckenna-mini-coupe-roadster-dead-2015/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 13:00:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=950897 The backwards-cap-wearing MINI Coupe and its Roadster brother are being taken out behind the shed, both going out of production next year. AutoGuide reports MINI USA product chief Patrick McKenna made the announcement during last week’s LA Auto Show, proclaiming both had “run their life cycle.” The duo also were redundant compared with the hardtop […]

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The backwards-cap-wearing MINI Coupe and its Roadster brother are being taken out behind the shed, both going out of production next year. AutoGuide reports MINI USA product chief Patrick McKenna made the announcement during last week’s LA Auto Show, proclaiming both had “run their life cycle.” The duo also were redundant compared with the hardtop […]

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Mercedes-Benz Tops In J.D. Power Satisfaction Survey http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/11/mercedes-benz-tops-j-d-power-satisfaction-survey/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/11/mercedes-benz-tops-j-d-power-satisfaction-survey/#comments Fri, 14 Nov 2014 15:00:51 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=945105 Another day, another customer survey. This time, it’s J.D. Power with its annual Sales Satisfaction Index Study, with those surveyed placing Mercedes-Benz at the top of the podium. AutoGuide reports the German premium brand scored 726 out of 1,000 points as far as how pleasurable the car-buying experience turned out. Taking the gold among the […]

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Another day, another customer survey. This time, it’s J.D. Power with its annual Sales Satisfaction Index Study, with those surveyed placing Mercedes-Benz at the top of the podium. AutoGuide reports the German premium brand scored 726 out of 1,000 points as far as how pleasurable the car-buying experience turned out. Taking the gold among the […]

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Paris 2014: 2015 MINI Hardtop 5-Door Arrives http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/10/paris-2014-2015-mini-hardtop-5-door-arrives/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/10/paris-2014-2015-mini-hardtop-5-door-arrives/#comments Thu, 02 Oct 2014 17:30:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=923881 For those who wanted a MINI, but only if it had two extra doors — and wasn’t a Countryman — then this MINI Hardtop 5-Door’s for you. With its overall length increase of 6.3 inches and boosted wheelbase of 2.9 inches, the five-door hatch is not exactly “mini”; it’s also longer than the Toyota Yaris […]

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For those who wanted a MINI, but only if it had two extra doors — and wasn’t a Countryman — then this MINI Hardtop 5-Door’s for you. With its overall length increase of 6.3 inches and boosted wheelbase of 2.9 inches, the five-door hatch is not exactly “mini”; it’s also longer than the Toyota Yaris […]

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Sixt-BMW DriveNow Partnership Exceeds Membership Expectations http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/sixt-bmw-drivenow-partnership-exceeds-membership-expectations/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/sixt-bmw-drivenow-partnership-exceeds-membership-expectations/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:00:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=897258 Germany-based rental car company Sixt SE announced its DriveNow car-sharing venture with BMW has exceeded expectations, with profits to match. Autoblog reports DriveNow’s success is linked to cities where the service has been in operation for at least a year, with new subscriptions coming online in a manner that completely caught CEO Erich Sixt off-guard: […]

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Germany-based rental car company Sixt SE announced its DriveNow car-sharing venture with BMW has exceeded expectations, with profits to match. Autoblog reports DriveNow’s success is linked to cities where the service has been in operation for at least a year, with new subscriptions coming online in a manner that completely caught CEO Erich Sixt off-guard: […]

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BMW Mexico Plant To Build 150,000 Annually http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/bmw-mexico-plant-to-build-150000-annually/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/bmw-mexico-plant-to-build-150000-annually/#comments Wed, 02 Jul 2014 13:00:06 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=857249 Though BMW may announce Thursday where in Mexico it will build its second North American plant, sources close to the matter said the plant will pump 150,000 units annually into auto trains bound for the United States. Automotive News Europe also reports a Mexican government official claimed the new plant would come with a €1 […]

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Though BMW may announce Thursday where in Mexico it will build its second North American plant, sources close to the matter said the plant will pump 150,000 units annually into auto trains bound for the United States. Automotive News Europe also reports a Mexican government official claimed the new plant would come with a €1 […]

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BMW May Bring MINI Production To Mexico http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/bmw-may-bring-mini-production-to-mexico/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/bmw-may-bring-mini-production-to-mexico/#comments Fri, 16 May 2014 12:00:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=821354 Already considering a new plant in Mexico for its 1 and 3 Series, BMW may also bring MINI production to the line when the factory doors open in the near future. Automotive News Europe reports the automaker’s execs prefer Mexico for the location of the small-car plant, proclaiming higher profits under a robust euro from […]

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Already considering a new plant in Mexico for its 1 and 3 Series, BMW may also bring MINI production to the line when the factory doors open in the near future. Automotive News Europe reports the automaker’s execs prefer Mexico for the location of the small-car plant, proclaiming higher profits under a robust euro from […]

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New York 2014: 2015 MINI Countryman Debuted http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/new-york-2014-2015-mini-countryman-debuted/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/new-york-2014-2015-mini-countryman-debuted/#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:53:47 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=800442 The biggest MINI of them all, the Countryman, debuted its refreshed looks for the guests at the 2014 New York Auto Show. The compact SUV still rides on its current platform, and still uses the 1.6-liter four-pot that pushes anywhere from 121 to 208 horsepower, depending upon whether the owner selects the Cooper, Cooper S […]

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The biggest MINI of them all, the Countryman, debuted its refreshed looks for the guests at the 2014 New York Auto Show. The compact SUV still rides on its current platform, and still uses the 1.6-liter four-pot that pushes anywhere from 121 to 208 horsepower, depending upon whether the owner selects the Cooper, Cooper S […]

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No Replacements For MINI Coupe, Paceman, Roadster http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/no-replacements-for-mini-coupe-paceman-roadster/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/no-replacements-for-mini-coupe-paceman-roadster/#comments Tue, 18 Mar 2014 12:38:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=774977 BMW’s MINI may not replace the Coupe, Paceman or Roadster when their day comes, opting to focus on three “pillar” models that allow the brand to be “more relevant to more people,” according to MINI head of product management Oliver Friedmann. Automotive News Europe reports Friedmann’s first priority for MINI “is to roll out a […]

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BMW’s MINI may not replace the Coupe, Paceman or Roadster when their day comes, opting to focus on three “pillar” models that allow the brand to be “more relevant to more people,” according to MINI head of product management Oliver Friedmann. Automotive News Europe reports Friedmann’s first priority for MINI “is to roll out a […]

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Vellum Venom: MINI Cooper Hardtop (2012) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/vellum-venom-mini-cooper-hardtop-2012/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/vellum-venom-mini-cooper-hardtop-2012/#comments Tue, 31 Dec 2013 12:00:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=689618 The end of the year, the end of an era for a famous British Marque.  Let’s get crackin’ before the ink on the vellum dries for the (all new) 2014 model. Everyone knows this face, it’s Brand Recognition 101.  Or maybe 202, as the original MINI (the 100% British one) was redesigned even less regularly/extensively […]

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The end of the year, the end of an era for a famous British Marque.  Let’s get crackin’ before the ink on the vellum dries for the (all new) 2014 model. Everyone knows this face, it’s Brand Recognition 101.  Or maybe 202, as the original MINI (the 100% British one) was redesigned even less regularly/extensively […]

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BMW to Turn FWD Up to Eleven With UKL1 Chassis http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/bmw-to-turn-fwd-up-to-eleven-with-ukl1-chassis/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/bmw-to-turn-fwd-up-to-eleven-with-ukl1-chassis/#comments Fri, 06 Dec 2013 15:31:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=672834 If thought of a front-driven ultimate driving machine seems like either the best thing ever or a nightmare, then BMW Sales and Marketing board member Ian Robertson has some good/bad news for you: 11 BMWs and MINIs will soon arrive in the showroom, all underpinned by the UKL1 FWD/AWD chassis. Though the UKL1 already made […]

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If thought of a front-driven ultimate driving machine seems like either the best thing ever or a nightmare, then BMW Sales and Marketing board member Ian Robertson has some good/bad news for you: 11 BMWs and MINIs will soon arrive in the showroom, all underpinned by the UKL1 FWD/AWD chassis. Though the UKL1 already made […]

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MINI Seeks Partner For Smaller MINI http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/mini-seeks-partner-for-smaller-mini/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/mini-seeks-partner-for-smaller-mini/#comments Wed, 04 Dec 2013 15:47:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=670834 Though MINI’s lineup hasn’t (literally) lived up to its name since its reboot by parent BMW, product boss Pat McKenna would like to see the Rocketman — a MINI that truly is mini — appear in showrooms all over the world. For that scenario to play out, though, the Rocketman needs a flight partner. The […]

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Though MINI’s lineup hasn’t (literally) lived up to its name since its reboot by parent BMW, product boss Pat McKenna would like to see the Rocketman — a MINI that truly is mini — appear in showrooms all over the world. For that scenario to play out, though, the Rocketman needs a flight partner. The […]

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Los Angeles 2013: MINI Unveils 2014 Cooper, Cooper S http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/los-angeles-2013-mini-unveils-2014-cooper-cooper-s/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/los-angeles-2013-mini-unveils-2014-cooper-cooper-s/#comments Thu, 21 Nov 2013 05:12:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=658490 MINI’s new Cooper and Cooper S aren’t so mini anymore — which is wonderful for the backseat occupants in your life, for starters — but the BMW brand had done its best to maintain the spirit. Under the bonnets are either a three-pot pushing 134 horses out the front gate with 162 lb-ft of torque […]

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MINI’s new Cooper and Cooper S aren’t so mini anymore — which is wonderful for the backseat occupants in your life, for starters — but the BMW brand had done its best to maintain the spirit. Under the bonnets are either a three-pot pushing 134 horses out the front gate with 162 lb-ft of torque […]

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NAIAS 2013: MINI Paceman JCW http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/naias-2013-mini-paceman-jcw/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/naias-2013-mini-paceman-jcw/#comments Mon, 14 Jan 2013 14:15:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=473656 I thought the Mini Paceman was an extraordinarily stupid idea until I saw it on the show floor. The execution is much better than the bloated Countryman. This one has the John Cooper Works engine, which means you’ll get charged an exorbitant amount for 208 horsepower, giant wheels, awful ride quality and $2 worth of badges. […]

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I thought the Mini Paceman was an extraordinarily stupid idea until I saw it on the show floor. The execution is much better than the bloated Countryman. This one has the John Cooper Works engine, which means you’ll get charged an exorbitant amount for 208 horsepower, giant wheels, awful ride quality and $2 worth of badges. […]

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Updated Car Reliability Stats: Who’s Up, Who’s Down http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/updated-car-reliability-stats-whos-up-whos-down/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/updated-car-reliability-stats-whos-up-whos-down/#comments Fri, 30 Nov 2012 18:08:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=468614 TrueDelta has updated the stats from its Car Reliability Survey to cover through the end of September, 2012. Elsewhere you’ll read that, for the 2013 Mazda CX-5, “first year reliability has been well above average.” We can’t tell you how the CX-5 performed during its first year, since the first few cars only arrived at […]

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TrueDelta has updated the stats from its Car Reliability Survey to cover through the end of September, 2012. Elsewhere you’ll read that, for the 2013 Mazda CX-5, “first year reliability has been well above average.” We can’t tell you how the CX-5 performed during its first year, since the first few cars only arrived at […]

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