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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.

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Mini Countryman – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Mini Countryman - Click above for high-res image gallery

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2010 Mini Beachcomber Concept - Click above for high-res image gallery

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Mini Countryman concept -- Click above for high-res image gallery

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Mini kicked off its 50th anniversary celebration with a birthday party in Nice, France where a select group of journalists were give an glimpse at Mini's plans for Frankfurt and beyond.

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MINI Crossover Concept - Click above for a high-res image gallery

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BMW Clever concept - Click above for high-res image gallery

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Mini Cooper Crossover spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

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MINI Crossover Concept - Click above for a high-res image gallery

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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.

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Click above for a gallery of the MINI Crossover Concept

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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

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Click above for a high-res gallery of the MINI Crossover

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We got our first look at the MINI's new crossover in concept form at the Paris Motor Show recently and now it has turned up in production prototype form. The car spotted on the street is wearing a black and yellow pattern that looks like it came right out of a sixties acid trip. Nonetheless, it's apparent that the odd-ball door arrangement of the concept has been discarded in favor of a conventional forward-hinged four door arrangement. This least miniature of MINIs will use some kind of all whe

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Beneath all that ridiculous (though pretty darn effective) yellow and black paisley camouflage sits the new MINI Crossover. First shown in concept form at the Paris Motor Show, at 162-inches long, the new MINI CUV is quite a bit larger than its other older stablemates. At what point is a MINI not so mini any more? This could be it, as the spy photographers point out that it appears larger than the BMW 1-Series that shares a number of parts with. Lost in the translation from show car to test mule

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