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Xcar has taken the all-new, third-generation Mini Challenge car, now with 275 horsepower, to the track, to see how the latest one-make racer stacks up.

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This prototype for the upcoming next-generation Mini Clubman was spotted testing on the slushy streets with less camouflage covering its four conventional doors and split tailgate.

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The partnership between BMW and Toyota is now tipped to expand to include a new city car to be billed as the Mini Minor, previewed by the Rocketman concept of 2011.

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Effective March 1, Mini is getting a new boss when current head of sales Sebastian Mackensen takes over the top spot. He succeeds Jochen Goller who is moving on to become marketing boss for the BMW Brilliance joint venture.

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Make no mistake: Mini is the force to be reckoned with in the Dakar Rally. Former champion Nasser Al-Attiyah has just taken his second win in the famously grueling trans-continental rally, making it four in a row for BMW's premium small-car brand.

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Mini has never offered a John Cooper Works version of its convertible model before, but that looks like it's about to change, judging from this latest prototype spotted undergoing cold-weather testing in snowy Scandinavia.

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Mini has a roaring rebuttal to the latest Volkswagen GTI with its new, 228-horsepower John Cooper Works Hardtop.

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Mini is testing out its second-generation, barn-door-equipped Clubman on the roads of Germany, allowing us to catch an early look at the new model.

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The Hoegh Osaka started listing heavily 45 minutes out of the Port of Southampton in the UK, so the crew ran it aground on purpose. Just what will become of the 1,400 cars on board, however, remains to be seen.

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Five Reveals That Will Have Peformance Freaks Drooling

The 2015 Detroit Auto Show is set to feature a long list of powerful new cars as the industry moves beyond the Great Recession.

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The new Mini Cooper Hardtop only recently reached the market, but already BMW is having to recall a limited number of the hatchbacks.

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BMW just keeps lopping off cylinders from its engines and sliding the ever-more-diminutive mills into its models. This spring, Europeans will get some of the automaker's smallest yet thanks to a new entry-level 2 Series that will share a powerplant with the Mini Cooper. The Bavarian company will also introduce a few other tweaks to the compact coupe across the pond.

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Fair warning for any classic car fans that suffer from high blood pressure: this story might not be good for your health. US Customs and Border Protection is teaming up with British law enforcement to keep unsafe, imported vehicles off the road here – like this Mini. In the government's view, the only way to make things right is to crush the cars, apparently.

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Mini impressed us all when it revealed the Superleggera Vision concept at the Paris Motor Show a couple of months ago. But even before the little roadster concept debuted, there were already rumors of its production potential. And those rumors are only being further entrenched by the emergence of a series of patent renderings.

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Ward's Auto has named its 10 Best Engines for 2015, covering a range of powerplants from fuel-sippers to fire-breathers.

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UPDATE: Mini has released official photos and details of the new John Cooper Works, which we've added above and below, respectively.

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With its previous generation, Mini went for a maximalist strategy, expanding its lineup to include seven derivatives. But with the new generation, BMW's retro Anglo-Saxon brand is shifting gears to a "superhero strategy" focusing on core models with volume sales potential rather than small niches.

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Whenever this writer thinks of fancy parking jobs, we go straight to Buddy Love singing Strokin' in a red Dodge Viper he slides into a tiny space in The Nutty Professor. But after watching the video above, we might have to start thinking about Han Yue, who broke the world record for getting into the tightest parallel parking space. The previous record was set in July 2013 by Alastair Moffatt, who had 3.4 inches to spare between his car and those around. Yue used a Mini Cooper at the China Drift

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See that red thing? It's the Mini Citysurfer Concept. It is not, in case you were wondering, an automobile. Yet despite this apparent shortcoming, Mini has placed it on a plinth at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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Mini gave us our first taste of its next-generation John Cooper Works Hardtop in concept form at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show. And in fact, we already know that the production version will make its debut at the 2015 Detroit show in January. Fitting, then, that this most recent round of spy shots shows a JCW that's pretty much ready to roll – peel back that yellow swirly paper, and you've pretty much got the final deal.

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Things aren't looking good for Mini this year. The diminutive BMW brand has shown falling sales every month in 2014 in our By the Numbers wrap-ups. If that weren't bad enough, the latest Cooper Hardtop suffered fuel economy issues upon arriving to the US. First, there was a delay getting some versions certified, and then several models had to have their miles-per-gallon ratings revised.

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