The Mini Cooper designers insisted on retaining certain characteristics – the soft edges, circular headlamps, short overhangs, tall roofline and go-cart handling – and BMW board member Peter Schwarzenbauer is glad they did....More
Despite the familial resemblance, Mini executives say virtually every aspect of the new vehicle, including all the sheet metal, the seats, grille, suspension, interior electronics and even the antenna, is re-engineered.
One of the earliest applications of the 2-cyl. engine under development is for the next-generation Mini Hybrid, expected in 2015. The small mill eventually may migrate to other BMW Group hybrids....More
The Mini Vision features a new, somewhat revolutionary design language, with much smoother surfaces both front and rear. The many round sections of the current design are more harmonically blended in the concept.
WardsAuto editors evaluated 46 vehicles this year as part of the Ward's 10 Best Interiors competition and came across numerous examples of beautifully applied stitching that enhanced the aesthetics in vehicles of all ranges.
The Graz plant’s future is somewhat unclear. The manufacturer failed to win a contract to build a new Infiniti, and it isn’t likely to continue making Minis beyond the current generation. It also is looking to the East for new capacity....More
Last year, Hyundai was the first automaker in the world to sell a vehicle powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. Hyundai Vice Chairman Woong-chul Yang makes it clear the automaker plans to be a trailblazer in hybrids as well as fuel cells....More
A massive increase in Defender thefts has followed JLR’s January termination of the all-wheel-drive workhorse’s 67-year production run. Rural insurer NFU Mutual says more than 500 Defenders were stolen across the U.K. last year....More