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Mini

LeftLane: MINI quietly unveils Scooter E Concept ahead of Paris Motor Show

LeftLane News is reporting that Mini will show an electric scooter in concept form at the Paris Motor Show. Interesting. How Mini can you go? Are they trying to compensate for the "giant" Countryman?

Edit 23-9-2017: The link to the original Leftlane article that went with this article seems to have stopped working.

Beachcomber-based Mini Moke rumoured to go into production

Both Autoblog and MotoringFile are reporting that the Beachcomber Concept that was presented at the Detroit Autoshow this year may get the green light. It makes sense to assume that a production version micht be called "Moke", after the not-so-off-road classic-based funcar. From MotoringFile:

We can indeed confirm this having shared a similar conversation over dinner with the good Dr. [Dr Wolfgang Armbrecht, head of Mini brand management] at the Countryman launch last week. As he told Autoexpress, MINI has been blown away by the reaction to the concept and is studying the...

Countryman vs classic Mini: how small is "mini"?

Wowzers. I knew that the new Mini Countryman was really quite big for something called "mini". I also realize that cars need to become bigger due to safety and all that, and that when you compare it to modern day "small" cars (the countryman is no larger than the Kia Soul, another modern, small cros-over), the Mini can't be called "large" (although there are smaller cars out there - and quite  a lot of them too). Also, I know that when car makers try and keep a car smaller than it really should be, the driving fun suffers coughFiat 500cough.

Leftlane News: Spied: 2011 MINI Cooper S without camo

LeftLane News has some pictures of an MCS without any obvious camouflage. The upcoming R56 facelift? I have my doubts. The rear shows absolutely no difference with the current model, except for different exhaust tips, which show a striking resemblance to JCW tips. No different bumper, and no sign of the updated LED rear lights. At the front, we do see a slightly different lower grill. Most notable, it has some distinct air intakes.