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BMW executives have been talking openly about adding a front-wheel drive model to the range and the first example are due to arrive in 2013. A new model to slot in below the 1 series is expected to share its platform with the next generation Mini, while the 1 series is expected to continue with rear-wheel drive and be available in both the current hatchback and coupe body styles.

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Recently, BMW executives have been talking openly about adding front-wheel-drive models to the range with the first examples coming in 2013. A new model, which will slot in below the 1 series, could be FWD and is expected to share its platform with the next-generation Mini. The 1 series is expected to continue with rear-wheel-drive and the current hatchback and coupe body styles.

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2010 Mini Cooper - Click for high-res gallery

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Mini Motor-Tober ad - Click above for high-res image gallery

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2009 Mini Cooper S Convertible – Click above for high-res image gallery

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2009 MINI First - Click above for high-res image gallery

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Click above for a high-res gallery of the 2009 MINI Cooper S Convertible

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Although the first two generations of BMW's revival of the Mini brand have been sales sensations and are nothing if not fun to drive, the Bavarian company's true engineering merit has always been with rear-wheel drive vehicles. So, it isn't at all surprising that the huge sporting automaker from Germany is looking to co-develop its next front-wheel drive Mini platform with Fiat. Though it could be argued that the Fiat 500 is a direct shot across the bow of the retro-style Mini Cooper, the money

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In the timeline of most new car introductions, automotive journalists usually see a new model undisguised well before the public. It's a nice perk. But an even earlier look is often given to a company's public relations staff. Which is what Mini was doing with its Clubman model in Zandvoort, Netherlands. And guess who showed up uninvited? A camera-wielding automotive journalist, that's who.

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var digg_url = 'http://digg.com/world_news/BMW_reportedly_interested_in_buying_Volvo'; Autocar says BMW seriously considered taking Volvo off of Ford's hands earlier this year, going so far as to request financial data about the company, which is surprising on several levels.

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We don't know what kind of sick person would do such a thing to a MINI Cooper S? But we have to say, even if you don't think it's cool, it's at least done well.

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