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The man who helped create the Mini has died

Doug Adams, one of the last surviving members of the team which created the original Mini at Longbridge, has died aged 95. Doug, whose career at the world-famous Birmingham car factory lasted for nearly 50 years, worked alongside the inventor of Longbridge’s best-known car, Sir Alec Issigonis, on the MINI. He also helped build the…

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Worldwide MINI sales up 27% for February

Following decent sales for the US, MINI announced today that worldwide sales for the brand are up 27.1% (i.e. 20,303 units) in February compare to last year (i.e. 15,976 units). The release of new models along with strong volumes from a number of countries (i.e. Germany, Great Britain, Italy, North America, South Korea, and China)…

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World Premier: MINI Countryman Park Lane

Bold athletic flair and supreme versatility define the character of the MINI Countryman. As the first MINI with four doors, a large tailgate, five seats and optional all-wheel drive, it took on the role of an irresistible front-line force from the very outset – both in the conquest of additional target groups for the British…

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Introducing India to the modern MINI

The launch of The New MINI in India deserved a first drive like no other, and what better way to mark the occasion and properly introduce the MINI to India’s diverse and ever-changing landscape than to take an unparalleled tour of the country. After almost 6,000km, crossing 13 of India’s states in 17 days and…

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MINI a cure for the common commute

Anna had been eyeing up a MINI for a while when she finally put in an order for her new Pepper White MINI Hatch. “My previous two cars were SUVs,” she explained, “but I’m a small person and was looking forward to having something smaller and well designed.” Cure for the Common Commute from Anna…

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New plug-in hybrid caught winter testing

Another week, another set of spy photos from Automobile Magazine. This time, the upcoming F60 Countryman was caught winter testing, but interestingly enough this is not the most interesting bit of the story. If you look closely at the photo above, you will see a “Hybrid Testing Vehicle” sticker on the front passenger door. The…

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The grit and glamour of the Dakar

Of all the endurance rallies around the world, Dakar is known as the deadliest, most dangerous – and many say, most fun. It has the largest following of all, and more than 80 per cent of competitors are amateurs who pay handsomely for the privilege of taking part. And they know they might not even…