Mini makes the JCW Tuning Kit available for the Countryman and Clubman, and shows off an Ice Blue Cooper S at SEMA.
James Riswick joins us to discuss the many new cars he's driven, we rant about a VW ad, and then it's time to spend your money.
The biggest Mini is now bigger. And that actually makes it better.
The little crossover boasts 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque.
It's like a miniature (no pun intended) BMW X5 xDrive40e.
Mini plugs in for a new future.
Yep, it's definitely a plug-in. Look for it on the road in 2019.
Martin Tomczyk is a former DTM champion and drives for BMW. Nasser Al-Attiyah is a two-time Dakar winner and drives for Mini. Watch what happened when they swapped rides.
The Mini Countryman Park Lane is the first special-edition version of the compact crossover ever from the automaker. Check it out, live from Geneva.
This prototype for the next-generation Mini Countryman was spotted testing in the frozen tundra with a brand-first hybrid propulsion system.
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.
While there are those who watch automotive exploits hoping (secretly or otherwise) for a spectacular crash, most of us are happy when everything goes smoothly. But at the end of the day, a daring stunt wouldn't be a daring stunt if there weren't some element of danger. And make no mistake about it, Guerlain Chicherit's recent long-jump record attempt was a daring stunt if ever there was one.
When Mini introduced the Countryman in 2010, it emerged as the brand's first crossover, its first five-door model and its first to offer all-wheel drive. It also arrived mid-lifecycle in the last generation of Mini Cooper hatchback, with which it shares little more than a passing family resemblance. Now that the Anglo-Saxon automaker is moving on to its third generation of retro hatch, it's given the Countryman a bit of a refresh to keep it current.
The standard Mini Countryman is a bit of an odd duck against the backdrop of 'normal' small crossovers like the Mazda CX-5 and the Ford Escape, but I sort of get it. Apply the same winning Mini formula to a CUV, and you get a smaller-than-average entry in the segment, one that is far more entertaining to drive than the norm, more stylish inside and out and pretty expensive when cross-shopped. That list of qualities doesn't appeal to all crossover shoppers, sure, but it intrigues a big enough lis