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Review: 2008 MINI Cooper Clubman

"You want a large for $.25 more?" That's what the popcorn drone behind the concession counter asks when you order a medium Coke at the movies. You may not need it, but hell, it's offered, so you pull the trigger. The same thing is happening in auto showrooms. Why settle for just an Escalade when you can have the ESV? This year, even BMW-owned MINI is getting in on the act. The result is the MINI Cooper Clubman, which your local MINI salesperson will happily offer for just $2,000 more than the regular Cooper.So, what does that extra two grand (before options) really get you? After all, the... Read More

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    Report: Mini nixes plans for 7-seater, Countryman to stay largest model
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    Contrary to popular belief, it seems that Mini's growth plans do have a limit both in size and number of models. During the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, it unveiled the six-door Clubman concept (pictured above) that was 4.4-inches longer and about two-inches wider than even the current Countryman crossover. Mini design chief Anders Warming says that this is ...

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    Geneva: Mini Clubman Concept isn't mini, isn't a Clubman
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    Hey, remember when Mini was... mini? I know, you've heard all this before. But seriously. Take this new Mini Clubman Concept, for example. As you'll recall, the current Clubman slots in between the Hardtop and Countryman models in the Mini lineup. But because the new, third-generation Mini has grown, so has everything else. And in fact, the concept car ...

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    Official: Mini Clubman Concept throws open all six of its doors for Geneva
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    Coming in just over 10 inches longer and 6.5 inches wider than the 2013 Mini Clubman, the new Mini Clubman Concept that you see above is set to debut at the Geneva Motor Show next week. Let's get the maximum mini jokes out of the way right off the bat... Done? Okay, moving along. Adrian van Hooydonk, Head of BMW Group Design, says that this Clubman ...

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    Geneva: Mini Clubman Bond Street is as special as they come
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    Mini is committed to applying the brand's trademark special-edition formula to the company's long roof. The Clubman Bond Street bowed under the lights of the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, complete with its unique black-and-champagne color scheme. Like the Mayfair and Camden and Bayswater and Baker Street special editions that came before it, the Bond Street ...

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    Official: Mini Clubman Bond Street inspired by London shopping
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    Mini again plucks a London landmark as the appellation for a special edition, the Mini Clubman Bond Street joining the Mayfair and Camden, and Bayswater and Baker Street editions of the recent past. You'll recognize the formula of primary color and polished contrasting color, in this case its Midnight Black Metallic for the main event and Cool Champagne ...

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    Report: Mini Clubvan concept gets green light, headed for U.S. showrooms
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    Color us unsurprised. Car and Driver reports that Mini officials have confirmed a production version of the company's Clubvan concept first shown at the Geneva Motor Show in March. We expected as much – after all, parent BMW has demonstrated real adeptness at building a myriad of derivatives from the basic Mini Cooper architecture, and the boutique ...

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    Rumormill: Mini bringing panel van to Geneva?
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    Well, this certainly brings quite literal meaning to the word 'minivan'. According to Auto Motor und Sport, sources within BMW have reportedly confirmed that a new Mini-branded panel van – possibly dubbed Mini Cargo – will debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March. Creating the Mini Cargo sounds like a simple enough process. Auto Motor und ...

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    Rumormill: Special Mini Clubman Hampton Edition coming to Geneva
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    Mini is rumored to be cooking up a special-edition version of the company's Clubman for this year's Geneva Motor Show. The hatch will be called the Hampton, and will come slathered in a new Reef Blue Metallic paint with Damson Red hood stripes and mirror caps. Mini is also said to be throwing in a slew of special badges and Bi-Xenon headlights, and the ...

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    Spy Shots: Minor facelift for 2011 Mini Cooper and Clubman spotted
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    The next-generation Mini Cooper isn't slated to arrive until 2012, but judging by this latest set of spy shots, it looks like parent company BMW is working on a very, very minor facelift for the 2011 model year Cooper and Clubman hatches. The slight tweaks include things like a new front bumper with revised air intakes (similar to those on the Countryman ...

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    LA 2009: Mini owns its inner Bulldog
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    Mini may be many things, but stuffy they're not. When your business consists of selling tiny hatchbacks with sports car handling at a near luxury price, you really can't take yourself too seriously all the time. Mini ad campaigns have capitalized on that cheeky spirit to great effect. While at the LA Auto Show this week, we were treated to a preview of ...

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    Retrofuturism: Mini and Airstream team up for one-off
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    MINI and Airstream have joined forces with Republic of Fritz Hansen to create a new concept that will be introduced at the Salone del Mobile show in Milan. The team says that the MINI Cooper Clubman was chosen for its adventurous personality, and we too think it would be an adventure of sorts trying to pull a 22-foot trailer with the MINI's 1.6-liter, ...

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    Low-spec MINI One Clubman set for Geneva debut
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    It's exciting for us when we get to report on a new, more powerful version of a much-loved car, but this isn't one of those moments. Thankfully, we also like it when a much-loved car becomes available in a less expensive formula. What you see here is the soon-to-be minted entry-level version of the MINI Clubman.The stretched version of BMW's MINI has ...

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    Geneva 2008: Mini gives us the Works!
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    click above for live high-res images of the JCW Minis from GenevaMINI brought out their Works versions of the Cooper and Clubman in Geneva today. Using a fleet of R/C cars and rally legend Rauno Aaltonen (The Flying Finn), they hammered home the idea that MINI's are small on size but big on excitement. We had already seen a ton of press pics so there ...

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    Geneva '08 Preview: John Cooper Works MINI and Clubman
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    Click image for more hi-res pics of the John Cooper Works MINIsHitting the bull's-eye for enthusiasts, BMW's MINI brand is launching two hot new models next month at the Geneva Auto Show. Loaded with performance upgrades and new interior appointments, each race-bred model serves as the basis for the MINI CHALLENGE 2008 race car. Based on the three-door MINI ...

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    Brussels 2007: MINI makes The Other Ranch for Clubman debut
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    click above for more pics of the The Other Ranch by MINILast year at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show, MINI debuted the production version of its larger Clubman model and, as MINI's marketing agency is wont to do, created a spectacle with this installation called The Other Ranch. We've learned that it's gone on the road and been installed in Brussels for this ...

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    Detroit 2008: MINI Cooper S Clubman makes it Stateside
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    Click image for live shots of the US-spec MINI ClubmanThe U.S. version of the 2008 MINI Cooper S Clubman debuted at the 2008 North American International Auto Show in Detroit today. We saw the European Mini Cooper Clubman in Frankfurt in both base Cooper and the sportier "S" model, but here are some live shots of the American offering. Nothing surprising: ...

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    Detroit 2008: MINI to offer diesel option in the US?
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    click above for more high-res images of the 2008 MINI Cooper D ClubmanThe car you see above is the MINI Cooper D Clubman. That's "D" as in "Diesel". The diminutive brand owned by BMW offers a diesel engine in Europe, but to date has not in the U.S. We believe that MINI may correct this at the 2008 North American International Auto Show in Detroit next week. ...

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    MINI prices Clubman from $20,600 in the U.S.
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    The super-sized MINI Clubman has grown only 9.45 inches overall and 3.15 inches between the wheels. That doesn't tell the whole story for the Clubman, though, as its small car charm gains some utility while also adding those neat little French doors in back. Luckily for panting MINI fanatics, the BMW group isn't asking a king's ransom for its famous little ...

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    VIDEO: MINI Clubman ad banned in Frankfurt
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    BMW's MINI brand has been responsible for some unique ad campaigns in recent years, so when we first read that their latest ad had been banned in Frankfurt, our imaginations went wild. What'd they do this time? Nudity? Vulgarity? Drugs? Rock and roll? Boy were we disappointed to find out the only thing offensive about MINI's Frankfurt ad was its not-so-mini ...

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    Frankfurt 2007: MINI Clubman debuts in a club, man
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    Click image to see the media pic gallery with new live shots added from FrankfurtWith the DJ dutifully spinning his vinyl, the Clubman finally had its coming out party, and what a real party it was. The full range of standard, S, and D were all on hand to show off that new stretched shape with its right-hand suicide door and funky barn-door cargo ports out ...

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