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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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    A MINI hauling a trailer? The little guys team up with Airstream
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    The last time we saw Airstream involved in a concept vehicle was two years ago when Ford unveiled it's trailer inspired concept van with a HySeries drive powertrain. This time around, Airstream is providing an actual trailer with propulsion coming from a new MINI Cooper S Clubman. The trailer maker and automaker are collaborating with furniture maker ...

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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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    Because we can't all get an EV, MINI offers a frugal Clubman
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    Since it will be rather difficult for most people to obtain one of the new MINI EVs, fans of the iconic car who want to use less fuel will have to be content with the most frugal liquid fuel engine option currently available for the Clubman. The powertrain is the same 1.4-liter 95hp engine that can be found across the MINI range, and offers an unleaded ...

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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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    Review: 2009 MINI Clubman John Cooper Works
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    The names MINI and John Cooper have been intertwined for more than 40 years and now they are closer than ever. When British race car and engine builder Cooper prepped the original MINIs for the Monte Carlo rally back in the 1960s, he helped cement the iconic status of the little car. When the MINI was reborn as a product of BMW earlier this decade, the ...

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    MINI dealers abroad asked to create separate stores
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    European MINI dealers are being asked to distinguish their stores from the BMW brand by creating a separate showroom for sell the British/Bavarian small-car. This entails new main entrances, and dedicated reception and service desks. While most of the dealers in the United States currently operate in this manner, most European retailers still share space ...

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    VIDEO: MINI creates Bzzz for Clubman with new commercial
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    MINI has a new commercial for the Clubman that looks like a teaser for a new Tim Burton film -- all it's missing is Johnny Depp. Detailing the arcane goings on at a funeral for a fly, we aren't sure how the commercial is supposed to make humans want to buy the car, but that's why ad guys get paid the big dollars and we don't. However, we do have to admit ...

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    MINI Clubman Rickshaws running around Beijing
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    Click above for more shots of the MINI Clubman RickshawsThe rickshaw is a time-honored method of transportation in China. While the vehicles were initially pulled around by men on foot, the pedal-powered versions have grown much more popular in recent years and are a symbol of Chinese culture. When Beijing MINI needed an interesting way to communicate that ...

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    No new MINIs for '08? Manufacturers tapped, dealers sold out
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    Click above for a gallery of the 2008 MINI Cooper S.If you were planning on hitting one of the 82 U.S. MINI dealers to get your hands on a fuel-efficient Cooper or Clubman, it looks like you'll need to look at plan B. Skyrocketing fuel prices has lifted demand of the little British icons to the point that, with the except of pre-orders, all 2008 models are ...

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    VIDEO: MINI Clubman vs. Go Kart
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    The MINI Clubman is everything the MINI Cooper is and more -- nine inches more. It has a passenger-side suicide door and that wide-mouth split rear gate, but everything else from its retro looks to the 172-hp turbocharged four-cylinder underhood is the same. But is it the same? Does nine inches of wheel base ruin the go kart-like handling we love so much in ...

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    Chateau Clubman: Aznom's rolling MINI wine cellar
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    Mothers Against Drunk Driving are not going to like this one. Italian coachbuilder Aznom, which has previously rolled out custom MINIs like this pickup "tender", has now produced a Clubman inspired by a vintage of another sort. The Aznom MINI Chateau is distinguished by a mobile wine cellar installed in the trunk, capable of housing six wine bottles in ...

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    Agent Provocateur MINI Clubman sells for $70k on eBay
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    Click for hi-res gallery of the Agent Provocateur MINI Clubman Back in April we brought you initial news of the special-edition MINI Clubman designed by British lingerie house Agent Provocateur, and gladly brought you updates with more photos and made cracks at the expense of Max Mosley along the way. The vehicle has now been sold on eBay in Austria as an ...

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    Review: 2008 MINI Cooper Clubman
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    "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 ...

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    Naughty Pics Aplenty: Agent Provocateur MINI Clubman
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    Click to view the Agent Provocateur MINI Clubman in hi-res At first glance, we couldn't help but wish we had had one of these when we were in high school. But on second thought, a pink-accented MINI might not have been the babe-magnet Agent Provocateur would have us believe. At least, not for any girls we know, but if this is what it takes to inspire ...

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    Mini does a Max
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    When we reported on this SM themed Agent Provocateur Mini Clubman, we took an impossible-to-resist shot at Max Moseley, but now Mini and the AIDS charity Life Ball may be making the most of the FIA president's infamous escape, too. In order to publicize the car's upcoming auction, the black and pink police car has been photographed with, you guessed it, ...

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    MINI gets its panties in a bunch for charity
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    For the eighth year running, a designer MINI will be auctioned off to raise money for the cause of AIDS. The annual charitable event is organized by Life Ball, Europe's largest AIDS fundraiser event. Previous years saw MINIs designed by fashion houses like Missoni, Versace and Diesel, but this year's designer is the tits (so to speak): lingerie brand Agent ...

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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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