MINI Celebrates a Decade Selling Cars in America

MINI Celebrates a Decade Selling Cars in America
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American motorists’ mentalities were very different a decade ago. Gas was selling at $1.25 a gallon, and thirsty SUVs like the Hummer H2 were popular. Fast forward to today and gas prices are more than triple the old average. That translates to buyer’s increasing interest in smaller, more fuel-efficient models like the MINI Cooper. “MINI launched in the… Continue Reading...

Saab 92 Decision Coming Soon Says CEO; Will Get Hybrid Engine if Given the Green Light

Saab 92 Decision Coming Soon Says CEO; Will Get Hybrid Engine if Given the Green Light
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Saab will decide within the next 100 days if it will move ahead with plans to introduce a small premium 92 model to compete with vehicles like the MINI Cooper, Audi A1, BMW 1 Series and Mercedes B Class. Company CEO Victor Muller gave more details on the still conceptual model, commenting that while it… Continue Reading...

Audi A1 a Hit in Europe, Still Not Coming to North America

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Audi A1 a Hit in Europe, Still Not Coming to North America
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Despite an even better than expected reception in Europe, Audi still has no plans to bring its A1 subcompact model to North America. Initial production for Europe was scheduled to be 50,000 units, but Audi may look at upping that number thanks to overwhelming demand. In Europe the “small premium” segment is catching on fast… Continue Reading...

Saab Premium Small Car Could Use Donated Platform from Another Automaker

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Saab Premium Small Car Could Use Donated Platform from Another Automaker
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With an eye on emerging markets, as well as the growing small premium segment, Saab execs have made it clear that an entry level model designed to take on the Aud A1 and BMW 1 Series is on their radar. Now comes word that a small premium Saab, likely named the 9-1, could arrive sooner… Continue Reading...

Report: New Front Drive BMW Hatch to Share 1 Series Badge

Report: New Front Drive BMW Hatch to Share 1 Series Badge
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The upcoming lineup of front-drive “small premium” BMWs will will share the 1 Series badge with their RWD counterparts. According to a report by AutoCar, the new models, which will share the same underpinnings as the next-generation MINI Cooper, will also be hatchbacks and are likely to be offered in both 3-door and 5-door trim…. Continue Reading...