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01/16/2011    3:33 PM

The first MINIFORUM owner to take delivery of his Countryman so far is polojankins. His particular example is a beautifully setup black on black number that has me loving this Countryman more and more. I was lucky enough to see this car in the metal back at the Paris autoshow, and in person its a perfectly proportioned car, true to the MINI brand. But now in black, it adds an extra bit of ‘mean’ to the traditionally happy MINI brand. Congrats polojankins!

01/10/2011    6:50 PM

Taking a quick aside to the MINI stand, we find the MINI Paceman concept car, a two door version of the Countryman which BMW would ideally position relative to the Countryman in the same way that the X6 is positioned to the X5. Not half bad.

01/06/2011    10:30 AM

MINI Connected is breaking into new ground by now having 3rd party apps available for download for all 2011 MY MINIs. Makes sense, why waste time messing with your phone, when you can have the same app available right on your car’s screen. The first app to be available is appropriatly going to be the Pandora music app. The app will give you the full resolution Pandora display and allow you to create new stations or look at the album art in high resolution.

“Integration of Pandora has been highly requested by our existing owners and potential new customers,” said Stephan Durach, Director of the BMW Group Technology Office Palo Alto, in a statement. “We are pleased that we are able to partner with Pandora and look … CONTINUED

12/18/2010    8:55 PM

MOTORINGFILE/BIMMERFILE is breaking the news tonight. MINI has released images/details on their newest concept car dubbed the Paceman. This car is exactly what it looks like, a two door countryman. Think of it this way, the Paceman is to the Countryman as the BMW X6 is to the X5.

The paceman is more sporty compared to its countryman counterpart not only by the loss of two doors, but the car has a 20mm lower roofline and runs on 19″ wheels.

According to Motoringfile, there are as yet no plans for production, and it sounds like production plans would be based on the reaction to this concept.

Check out the full gallery of pictures @ Motoringfile

12/03/2010    2:14 PM

The TUNE IT! SAFE! initiative by the Verband Deutscher Automobil Tuner e.V. (VDAT)
impressively shows the future of tuning with its sixth campaign vehicle – an electric MINI in Police
Look. Every year since 2004, a special concept car has been presented which meets both the
high demands of tuning fans and maximum safety standards.
The campaign, supported by the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development,
shows that the yearning for individualisation can continue to be met in the future.

10/18/2010    5:00 PM

A report from Autocar claims that MINI is currently deciding between two MINI Beachcomber concept versions – one internally known as the “Moke” which is similar to the concept version and another shorter 3-door version known as the Canyon Coupe. Both versions will be based on a pillarless version of the Countryman platform.

These two models are being considered in addition to a coupe version of the Countryman.

Both models are under consideration alongside a Countryman coupe and both are being based on a pillarless version of the new Countryman platform.

10/07/2010    2:00 PM

The MINI Countryman will start at a base price of $22,350 (only $550 more than the 3-door Clubman wagon). A well-equipped Countryman in a Cooper S trim with optional all-wheel drive will cost just under $30,000, Jim McDowell, head of Mini USA, said today during the media launch for the vehicle. The prices include destination charges. The Countryman, the biggest model in Mini’s U.S. lineup, will arrive at U.S. dealerships in late December.

10/03/2010    6:58 PM

MINI has revealed the WRC Countryman at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, along with its full specifications. The MINI WRC has been co-developed with Prodrive and will compete in select rally races in 2011. We were on hand at the live reveal and are happy to share some photos.

09/23/2010    12:15 PM

MINI has officially revealed the MINI Scooter E Concept with a full press photos, video, press release, and details. These 3 Scooter E unique concept models will be shown to the public for the first time at the 2010 Paris Motor Show next week.