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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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    Mini has confirmed a slew of upcoming models, including the Clubman Hampton special edition that recently leaked onto the web. The company says that the tricked out Clubman will be joined by a new John Cooper Works pack for the Cooper S, Cooper S Convertible and Clubman S, and that European buyers will be able to lay their mitts on a sportier diesel ...

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