Right on schedule, the German brain trust in charge of marketing the heck out of (and hopefully selling a boatload of...) the 2011 Mini Countryman has uploaded the whole kit 'n kaboodle to the Web, and you are now free to build and price out your very own Mini crossover.
When the 2011 Countryman goes on sale later this year, it will be the largest offering from Mini, boasting four doors, raised ground clearance and all-wheel drive. And while the Countryman proves that Mini isn't so, well, mini anymore, Auto Express is stirring the rumormill by reporting that the automaker is working on an even larger version of the Countryman, complete with a longer wheelbase that will accommodate a third row of seats out back.
The promised fourth variant of the MINI is coming soon, likely at the 50th anniversary celebration this August. This new, larger crossover is getting closer to production and that means it needs to go through the now de rigueur prove out on that toughest of all race tracks: the Nurburgring Nordschliefe. Since they are testing at that legendary track it means that MINI engineers are keen to maintain the go-kart handling its siblings are renowned for.
BMW Blog has trained its spyglass on what it says is a list of BMW rollouts for 2009, and it will begin next month with the brand spankin' new Z4 showcased at the Detroit Auto Show. It is March, though, that will bring year's first real bounty. At Geneva, BMW will be showing off a concept version of the Progressive Activity Vehicle (half 5 Series, half X6), the Concept eDrive (an electric 1 Series or 3 Series), a Z4 Individual, and the Rolls-Royce 102EX (otherwise known as the RR4). Then in Apri