MINI

After 41 years, the original and classic-in-its-own-lifetime Mini was replaced with a brand new car, Designed and engineered in the UK, after BMW insisted Rover went in the new-age Cooper direction, rather than the ‘Spiritual’ direction the British really wanted. A few post-launch wobbles, but now in its second generation, and a huge global success that has re-affirmed MINI as the builder of desirable small cars.

Buying guide : MINI 2001-2007

Buying guide : MINI 2001-2007

Replacing the classic Mini should have been a tall order, but BMW managed the job in style in 2001 – and as Keith Adams explains, they make a great second hand purchase today. Following BMW’s takeover of Rover in 1994, the Mini’s passage into the 21st century was guaranteed. The German company’s boss was a […]

By January 19, 2014 46 Comments Read More →
Blog : MINI – Car of the Decade, 2000-2010, four years on

Blog : MINI – Car of the Decade, 2000-2010, four years on

It’s interesting to revisit this decision almost four years on - especially as the F56-generation MINI has just been launched. Will we be saying the same thing in 2020? Okay, so MG Rover petered out in 2005, but it didn’t mean we couldn’t select the first BMW-built MINI as AROnline’s Car of the Decade for the ‘Noughties’. In fact, we still reckon that […]

By December 4, 2013 34 Comments Read More →
News : MINI marks the end of the R56′s production

News : MINI marks the end of the R56′s production

The last R56 MINI has driven off the production line at Cowley. No less than 1,041,412 of the outgoing MINI have been produced at the high-tech facility, which has built more than 2.4 million MINIs since 2001. 14% of all cars built in the UK last year were MINIs, accounting for 14% of all UK […]

By November 29, 2013 19 Comments Read More →
News : MINI adopts the outdoor life

News : MINI adopts the outdoor life

Keith Adams The Clubvan Camper and Cowley have been shown alongside the Austrian-made Countryman ALL4 Camp and these tongue-in-cheek one offs, nicely timed for the beginning of the summer holidays, prove that the Engineers in Munich really do have a sense of humour. The three packages have clearly been inspired by the thousands of Mini […]

Tested : MINI John Cooper Works GP 1 and 2

Tested : MINI John Cooper Works GP 1 and 2

Martyn Collins compares the latest MINI Cooper Works GP with a 2006 original – his own car. Which would end up living in his garage, money no object? Words and photography: Martyn Collins A tale of two GPs I love my MINI Cooper S with John Cooper Works GP Kit - it was a dream purchase […]

News : MINI sells its 500,000th car in the USA

News : MINI sells its 500,000th car in the USA

It’s official: MINI has sold its 500,000th vehicle in the USA. A few days after the 11-year anniversary of its launch in the USA, and the introduction of the all-new MINI Paceman (the seventh model in the lineup), MINI USA welcomes its 500,000th new car owner. ‘This milestone is an incredible achievement for MINI, and […]

First Drive : MINI Clubvan Cooper D

First Drive : MINI Clubvan Cooper D

Keith Adams takes a trip to Reims in France to see if the Clubvan makes a convincing case for itself as the ultimate lifestyle light commercial vehicle. And, of course, whether it’s suited to Champagne deliveries… Club Express As assignments go, this is not a bad one. We’re to pick up a new MINI Clubvan […]

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First Drive : MINI John Cooper Works GP

First Drive : MINI John Cooper Works GP

Considering the MINI is due for replacement in 2014, the number of new variants rolling out of Cowley in its final few months shows that the brand is keen to maintain buyers’ attention. For its latest version, MINI is reviving the limited edition two-seat 2006 Works GP, creating the fastest production version of them all. […]

By January 31, 2013 66 Comments Read More →
News : MINI squeezes in 28 (good friends)

News : MINI squeezes in 28 (good friends)

Anyone who says you can’t squeeze many people into a MINI -prepare to eat your words. A team of gym members from East Sussex has broken two Guinness World Records for the number of people inside both a classic Mini and a 2012 MINI. An amazing tally of 28 ladies crammed their way into the […]

By November 15, 2012 8 Comments Read More →
News : MINI Paceman leaked before Paris unveil

News : MINI Paceman leaked before Paris unveil

A great spot by the MINI-oriented Motoring File website means that we’ve been ‘treated’ to a pre-Paris reveal of its the marque’s next model. The story, which was published here, shows the MINI Paceman in its natural environment, south east London. The new car, which is a more lifestyle-focused version of the Maxi, sorry, Countryman, […]

By September 8, 2012 47 Comments Read More →
News : MINI JCW GP full details revealed

News : MINI JCW GP full details revealed

Keith Adams As before, back in 2006, the ultimate production MINI is being rolled out within months of its replacement’s appearance. The MINI John Cooper Works GP packs 215bhp for a 0-60mph time of 6.1 seconds and a top speed of 150mph. But it’s the car’s coilover suspension and uprated brakes which push the car […]

By September 6, 2012 27 Comments Read More →
News : Scale MINI is an unlikely Olympics star

News : Scale MINI is an unlikely Olympics star

Keith Adams More observant readers will have seen the MINI-me remote control cars scurrying around the infield of the Olympic stadium in London. They’ve been developed especially to ferry javelins, discuses, hammers and shots back from the field to the throwing area, saving valuable time during competition. They’ve also been spotted ‘unofficially’ racing after hours… […]

News : MINI makes £250m investment in the UK

News : MINI makes £250m investment in the UK

MINI has announced a further £250m investment in its UK manufacturing operations by the end of 2015 at its Cowley factory, steel body pressings operation at Swindon and engine plant at Hams Hall near Birmingham. This is to support the company’s international growth strategy for the MINI brand with increasing volumes and up to 10 […]

News : MINI Clubvan rolls-up for business

News : MINI Clubvan rolls-up for business

Possibly the most sensible MINI variant to date is launched, following its warm reception at the Geneva. The Clubvan’s arrival leaves just the pick-up to come… Making its global premiere at the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Clubvan is an interesting – and some would say overdue – addition to the MINI range. It’s […]

Concepts : MINI  Rocketman revisited

Concepts : MINI Rocketman revisited

The MINI Rocketman Concept caused quite a stir at the Geneva Motor Show 2011. The 3+1-seater, with its three doors and an exterior length of just over three metres, offers a very contemporary take on the ‘creative use of space’ principle that’s considered a Mini core value from days gone by. The MINI Rocketman Concept’s […]

Video : MINI Unveils ‘The Britalian Job’

Video : MINI Unveils ‘The Britalian Job’

MINI has released a short London 2012-themed film, paying homage to the 1969 classic, the Italian Job. The film, created to celebrate MINI’s partnership with Team GB and ParalympicsGB, features a host of stars, including sporting legends Daley Thompson, James Cracknell, Jonathan Edwards and Matthew Pinsent, as they attempt to track down the perpetrator of […]

News : MINI Cooper Works GP II unveiled

News : MINI Cooper Works GP II unveiled

Keith Adams Just like in 2006, when the Cooper John Cooper Works  GP was rolled out as the ultimate MINI towards the end of the R50′s life, history seems to be repeating itself with the unveiling of the  Works GP II close to the end of the R56′s lifespan. Although the power and performance figures […]

News : Not for Brits, the latest MINI edition

News : Not for Brits, the latest MINI edition

Keith Adams Just so you know, the latest special edition MINI Cooper, the Rauno Aaltonen Edition has broken cover. But the new car, named after the winner of the prestigious 1967 Monte Carlo Rally, is only available in selected European markets. The car comes dressed with a Chili Red paint finish with a white air […]

News : MINI Clubvan unveiled ahead of Geneva

News : MINI Clubvan unveiled ahead of Geneva

The MINI Clubvan Concept will be officially unveiled at Geneva – and is the last spin-off  from the existing car, which has been in production since 2007. It promises to be a great-driving city van with an added dash of style. The MINI Clubman-based concept car has an increased load-carrying capability, and opens the (club)door […]

By February 19, 2012 85 Comments Read More →
News : MINI Highgate unveiled

News : MINI Highgate unveiled

Keith Adams Another MINI London-district themed hits the road with the arrival of the Highgate convertible. Following hard on the heels of the Baywater and Baker Street editions, the new MINI adopts a name from the ciy that’s hosting the Olympics in 2012. The car comes in flip Ice Chocolate metallic paint with matching hood, […]

By February 6, 2012 20 Comments Read More →