Mini

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Supplying jobs by shifting into park

3:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2017

How GM creates supply jobs by shifting into park; SEC fines GM; Amazon patents tech for autonomous commutes; Jag E-Pace spied; Mini Countryman gets the Works; Loyalty awards.... Read More »

Mini adds power to John Cooper Works Countryman

6:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 17, 2017

Mini is adding some power to the largest vehicle in its lineup.... Read More »

Mini

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 2, 2017

Mini is launching two vehicles into the highly competitive compact segment -- the Clubman wagon and the Countryman crossover.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Mini says bigger, bolder Countryman will lure wider range of customers

Dec. 24, 2016 06:01 CET

Moving the Mini Countryman to the compact segment while also making its exterior more rugged looking will help to boost sales in the U.S. and also put Mini on the list of buyers who might have otherwise ignored the brand, said Peter Schwarzenbauer, the brand's chief.... Read More »

Magna considers new plant in Europe; also looking at China, N.A. locations

Dec. 13, 2016 14:23 CET

Magna Steyr may build a new plant in Europe as its Austrian factory runs out of capacity, said Guenther Apfalter, the head of its European business. Slovenia is an option but the contract manufacturer is also looking at locations in North America and China.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Check out the ANE monthly magazine for December

Dec. 5, 2016 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly magazine is ready to view. The new edition looks at what Chinese automakers have done to put themselves in position to succeed in Europe after a decade of failures.... Read More »

Mini's redesigned Countryman stretches into new segment

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 28, 2016

The redesigned Mini Countryman has grown enough in size to compete in the compact crossover segment where it will take on both premium and volume players.... Read More »

Mini pilot lets owners rent out their cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2016

Mini is launching a pilot program in Seattle that would allow owners to rent out their cars from 2016 and later model years via a company-provided app.... Read More »

BMW wants 100,000 electric-car sales in 2017, report says

Nov. 14, 2016 09:53 CET

BMW wants to boost sales of electric and plug-in hybrid cars from its "i" subbrand by two-thirds next year to 100,000 vehicles, a German newspaper reported, citing CEO Harald Krueger.... Read More »

BMW's UK workers back strike action over pension dispute

Nov. 8, 2016 17:18 CET

Workers at BMW Group's Mini and Rolls-Royce car plants in the UK have backed strike action in a consultative ballot over plans by the automaker to move staff to a less generous pension plan.... Read More »

BMW to await Brexit outcome before making UK investment decisions on Mini

Nov. 4, 2016 13:32 CET

BMW CEO Harald Krueger said the automaker is not under pressure to decide about making further investments in its Mini factory in the UK until the country has concluded negotiations on leaving the EU.... Read More »

BMW sees no need to shift Mini output after Brexit

Oct. 28, 2016 11:05 CET

BMW production chief Oliver Zipse said there is no need to decide yet whether the Brexit vote is a reason to shift manufacturing of Mini cars away from the UK to other locations in Europe.... Read More »

2017 Mini Cooper Countryman becomes biggest in brand history

11:20 am U.S. ET | Oct. 26, 2016

While the next-gen 2017 Mini Cooper Countryman may have “Mini” on the hood, it’s actually the biggest vehicle in the brand’s history. Mini increased the 2017 model’s length by 7.8 inches overall and increased the wheelbase by 2.9 inches.... Read More »

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BLOG: Mini sees electric power as big plus for brand

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 19, 2016

Mini's first plug-in hybrid will be offered next year as the Countryman SUV, with an electric car following in 2019. Mini sees the fast acceleration that electric motors give to vehicles as helping it promote the models as fun-to-drive, in keeping with the brand's image.... Read More »

Mini has a plug-in coming next year

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 17, 2016

Mini will launch two electric vehicles in the next three years, starting next year with a plug-in hybrid version of the redesigned Countryman. A plug-in electric will follow in 2019 using the architecture of a current model.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Setting a course for U.S. shores

2:45 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 17, 2016

Overseas automakers set a course for U.S. shores; Benz spy shots; Mini's EV plans; Tesla partners with Panasonic, delays product reveal; Why Toyota's not rushing to ride-sharing.... Read More »

Next Mini Countryman will be bigger

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 10, 2016

The new Mini Countryman crossover due early next year will grow in size to better compete in the U.S., said Sebastian Mackensen, Mini's global brand chief.... Read More »

BOOSTERS CLUB

Automakers help fund dealers' big ideas

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 10, 2016

Dealers are on the front lines of the daily sales race, often sponsoring events in the community and running TV and digital ad campaigns. But often, in the background, manufacturers are providing the funding.... Read More »

BMW plans electric Mini, X3 to counter Mercedes

12:34 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2016

BMW AG will roll out the first battery-powered model of its urban Mini brand as part of a broader push to make electric cars more mainstream and counter ambitious plans from rivals. The new Mini is set to hit the market in 2019 and will be followed in 2020 by a battery-powered version of the BMW X3, CEO Harald Krueger said Friday.... Read More »

BMW says China sales have improved while U.S. sales remain slow

Sept. 29, 2016 18:47 CET

BMW Group is seeing positive signs in China demand while growth in the U.S. remains slow, Ian Robertson, the automaker's sales chief, said.... Read More »

Mercedes extends luxury sales lead over BMW in August

Sept. 14, 2016 06:01 CET

Daimler's Mercedes brand extended its global sales lead over rival BMW after its August registrations increased at a faster pace. Both automakers benefited from booming demand for SUVs.... Read More »

Mercedes outpaces BMW, Audi in July to keep luxury sales lead

Aug. 11, 2016 11:25 CET

Mercedes brand kept its lead among luxury automakers last month after vehicle sales increased at a faster pace than its close German rivals, thanks to strong demand in China.... Read More »

BMW CEO says it's too early to draw up Brexit plans, no impact so far

Aug. 2, 2016 11:52 CET

BMW CEO Harald Krueger said it was too early to consider a plan B after the UK voted to quit the EU. He said the company had not noticed a significant change in car sales.... Read More »

Ex-Mini design chief Warming joins Chinese-backed Borgward

Aug. 1, 2016 15:40 CET

Borgward, a German brand that has been revived with Chinese backing, has recruited Mini's former design chief, Anders Warming, as its head of design. Warming was Mini's styling boss for the past six years. He gets a management board post at Borgward.... Read More »

Mini: Still deciding on a 5th model

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 1, 2016

Mini is close to having replaced four key models and now has to decide on a fifth.... Read More »

 
VW seeks 'flower-power' revival with greener Microbus

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18 2017

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It will take another five years but fans of the classic VW Microbus can now finally look forward to ...
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Did a leading VW exec perfect defeat device rather than stop it?

Christiaan Hetzner
8:56 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13 2017

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While he didn't introduce the emissions-test-cheating defeat device into VW's 2. ...
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Conti powertrain guru makes peace with 'different world'

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13 2017

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Continental powertrain chief Jose Avila says it has taken some time to make peace with the fast move the industry and the world are making toward cars that are powered by... ...
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The beautiful lives of Bugatti, Bentley buyers

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12 2017

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Bentley and Bugatti buyers are rich, but there is a pretty significant wealth gap between the two, a ...
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The most important vehicles at the Detroit auto show

Richard Truett
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11 2017

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The 2017 edition of the Detroit auto show won't go into the books for blockbuster introductions and ...
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In taking the wraps off super-fast EV, Faraday redefines car unveiling


12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 10 2017

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Faraday has struggled to find enough funding to meet its big ambitions but the Chinese start up cert ...
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Hyundai's self-driving Ioniq calmed my safety fears

Luca Ciferri
5:57 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5 2017

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I’m a big fan of autonomous driving and am eager to buy a fully self-driving car a ...
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London's new taxi blends tradition and tech


12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 4 2017

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The fifth generation of London's iconic Black Cab that will debut later this year will have 21st cen ...
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VW's switch to English as its company language is a key reform

Christiaan Hetzner
5:55 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15 2016

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In the future, VW Group will conduct its business in English. The change should improve the German a ...
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Land Rover sets sail on epic quest

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9 2016

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Land Rover is teaming up with the UK's most successful sailor and with a former McLaren Formula One ...
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Europe car sales rise nearly 7% to 9-year high in 2016
European car sales rose 6.5 percent to 15.1 million in 2016 -- a nine-year high -- as demand was dri ...
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Russia sales slump may end this year after 11% fall in 2016
New-car sales in Russia fell 11 percent to 1.42 million last year but automakers predict the country ...
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Turkish sales forecast to drop 10% this year after record 2016
Turkish automotive sales are expected to shrink slightly more than 10 percent this year as lira depreciation hits demand. Sales rose 1. ...
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UK sales forecast to fall 5% this year after record 2016
UK sales hit a record of 2.7 million in 2016 despite fears that the country's Brexit vote could hit ...
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German sales jump nearly 4% in Dec. as Toyota leads gains
Registrations in Germany increased by nearly 4 percent in December as Toyota brand led gains among v ...
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Spanish sales grow for third year with 9% rise in December
The Spanish car market had its third consecutive year of double-digit growth in 2016 after sales ros ...
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Italy sales rise 13% in December
Italian new-car sales increased 13 percent in December, giving the market its second consecutive yea ...
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French auto market ends second rebound year with December gain
French car sales rose nearly 6 percent percent in December, closing a second consecutive year of str ...
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VW Golf, other volume compacts lose share to premium rivals, SUVs
The VW Golf and Ford Focus compacts are being squeezed as premium competitors such as the Mercedes A ...
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Europe's large premium SUV segment heads for record year
Europe's large premium SUV segment is on track for a record year, helped by rising sales of models s ...
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Audi, Mercedes push key segment toward milestone
Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz are largely responsible for the growing success of the compact premium s ...
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Audi, BMW, Jaguar give midsize premium segment a lift
Europe's midsize premium segment grew at a near double-digit pace in the first half on new models fr ...
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Skoda, Renault, Toyota benefit from higher sales of midsize cars in Europe
Europe's midsize segment is on track for a second year of rising sales as new models from Skoda, Ren ...
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Minicars get boost from Italy rebound
European minicar sales – especially at Fiat Chrysler -- are getting a lift from the continuing ...
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Uber hires Google veteran Singhal to aid self-driving engineering
Ride-hailing company Uber said it hired the man behind Google search to work closely with CEO Travis ...
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Former Nissan, Hyundai exec Rushforth joins Lookers
Former Nissan global sales chief and Hyundai Europe chief operating officer Allan Rushforth has join ...
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Fiat Chrysler names operating chiefs for China, Asia Pacific
Fiat Chrysler named Daphne Zheng as COO of China and Paul Alcala as the operating chief of Asia Paci ...
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Tesla's Autopilot head said to depart as Apple engineer hired
Sterling Anderson, Tesla's director of autopilot programs, has left the maker of electric cars, acco ...
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Pininfarina prepares to reboot with former PSA designer
Pininfarina's new design chief, Carlo Bonzanigo, will work on an array of automotive and industrial ...
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Porsche race car engineer Hitzinger joins Apple, report says
Apple poached the technical director of Porsche's race car program earlier this year, Manager Magazin reported, hiring a project manager who helped engineer the sports. ...
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Renault names new EV chief as it prepares for electric-car surge
Renault is placing an experienced troubleshooter, Gilles Normand, in charge of its electric-vehicle ...
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Varroc Lighting appoints former Magneti Marelli executive as CEO
Varroc Lighting Systems has named Stephane Vedie as its CEO, effective immediately. He is the former ...
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Aston Martin recruits former Ferrari, Maserati exec as chief technical officer
Aston Martin has named Maximilian Szwaj, a former Ferrari and Maserati executive, as its new chief t ...
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Volvo picks fast-rising exec to lead r&d
Volvo named Henrik Green its new head of r&d, giving the Swedish executive his fourth promotion in t ...
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Smart improves ForTwo, ForFour EV variants with Renault tech
Smart has improved its EV technology for the battery-powered versions of its ForTwo and ForFour with ...
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Audi makes Q5 a tougher rival for Mercedes GLC, Porsche Macan
Audi has developed the second-generation Q5 to have the driving dynamics of the Porsche Macan and a ...
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Audi makes Q5 a tougher rival for Mercedes GLC, Porsche Macan
Audi has developed the second-generation Q5 to have the driving dynamics of the Porsche Macan and a ...
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Peugeot moves upscale with new 3008 SUV
The new Peugeot 3008 has been turned into an SUV from a minivan and has been given significant upgra ...
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Citroen aims C3 at Facebook generation
Citroen is aiming its new C3 firmly at younger, tech-savvy buyers who will appreciate features such ...
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Porsche enhances Panamera's 911-like looks
Porsche is hoping its second-generation Panamera will lure more European customers with the sedan's ...
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Renault keeps the Scenic family friendly
Renault has kept the Scenic’s minivan design in a move that goes against the industry trend of ...
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Kia Niro targets 2 sweet spots
The Kia Niro targets two sweet spots in the market: booming demand for high-riding SUV-styled models ...
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S90, V90 are key to Volvo's continued revival
Volvo expects the S90 and V90 will be big steps in the automaker's revival but a challenge looms. ...
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Audi Q2 targets affluent downsizers
The Audi Q2 is the first subcompact SUV/crossover from a German luxury brand. ...
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Suppliers to the new Mercedes C-class Coupe
Assembly of the second-generation Mercedes-Benz C-class Coupe began in Bremen, Germany, in October 2 ...
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Suppliers to the new Opel/Vauxhall Astra
Assembly of the latest Opel/Vauxhall Astra began in Gliwice, Poland, in August 2015 and then in Elle ...
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Suppliers to the new Jaguar F-Pace
Assembly of Jaguar's all-new F-Pace began at parent Jaguar Land Rover's facility at Solihull, Englan ...
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Suppliers to the new Fiat Tipo
Assembly of the new Fiat Tipo began in September 2015 at parent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' joint ven ...
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Suppliers to the new Ferrari 488
Assembly of the Ferrari 488 began in June 2015 at the supercar maker's factory in Maranello, Italy. ...
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