MINI Rauno Aaltonen Pays Tribute to 1967 Monte Carlo Winner

MINI has announced yet another special edition model, this time paying tribute to 1967 Monte Carlo Rally winner Rauno Aaltonen. Available on both Cooper or Cooper S models, the Rauno Aaltonen model is set off by its Chili Red exterior.

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New MINI John Cooper Works GP to Arrive Later This Year

Back in 2006,  MINI released a special edition Cooper John Cooper Works GP model. Limited to just 2,000 vehicles, the JCW GP Cooper S blended the best out of the John Cooper Works catalog with some GP-specific parts. 

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MINI Convertible Highgate is Exclusive But Attainable

Another week, another special edition announcement from British automaker, MINI. This time around it’s the MINI Convertible Highgate, a special edition variant of their soft-top, four-seater named after one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in London.

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MINI Bayswater Special Edition Celebrates London Style Ahead of 2012 Olympics

Named after an extremely vibrant area of London, the MINI Bayswater special edition is vibrant in its own right, focusing primarily on “the sporting verge and agile handling for which MINI is renowned.”

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MINI Cooper Recalled for Fire Risk

BMW is currently cooperating with NHTSA to recall 88,911 MINI Cooper models that were sold between 2007 to 2011 for fire risk. Affected models include the 2007-2011 MINI Cooper S, 2008-2011 MINI Cooper S Clubman, 2009-2011 MINI Cooper S Convertible and additional variants manufactured between November 2006 to January 2011.

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MINI Highgate Convertible to Expand Brand's Special Edition Lineup

In case you weren’t impressed with the Mayfair or Goodwood model, MINI will be releasing another special edition known as the Highgate later this year. The vehicle will follow along the lines of the recently released MINI Hampton.

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2012 MINI Coupe Spied In Toronto [Autoguide Exclusive]

A sharp-eyed AutoGuide reader spotted the 2012 MINI Coupe undergoing a shakedown in Toronto, Canada. The Coupe, which is supposed to be the most sporting version of the MINI lineup, was wearing minimal camaflogue, although the photographer reported that the driver did their best to make a swift getaway. Check out the gallery below, as well as a video clip of the 2012 MINI Coupe.

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Vilner Builds Bentley-Inspired MINI Cooper S

Not to be outdone by the Rolls-Royce influenced MINI Cooper Goodwood, Vilner has put their own spin on a luxury-inspired Cooper S by outfitting it with Bentley-styled interior. The Bulgarian tuner decided to completely revamp the MINI’s interior with double-diamond stitched brown Nappa leather and Alcantara on the seats, headliner, door panels, center console and dash.

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DSQUARED2 Unveil Life Ball MINI

The Candian designers Dean and Dan Cate referred to as DSQUARED2, unveiled their exclusive Life Ball MINI in Vienna on May 21 at the Life Ball Event. The brothers refashioned their MINI Cooper S to include a front guard, rally headlamps and a spare tire on the rear. The car was also lifted to include deep-treaded all-terrain tires. The brothers are quite happy with the result, stating “Our MINI ‘Red Mudder’ is 100 per cent DSQUARED².”

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Swarovski-Studded Royal MINI Cooper is Fit For a King

Alarm set for ungodly early hour: check. Good china set out to enjoy tea and crumpets while watching the royal wedding: check. Perfect ride to celebrate the nuptials of the year: check. Wave a stately hand out of the window to your adoring subjects as you drive the Swarovski-studded MINI Cooper S, in celebration of Kate and William’s wedding.

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MINI Captures First Rally Victory Ahead Of WRC Debut

While it wasn’t the MINI Countryman WRC that did it, the brand still captured their first ever rally victory, with an S2000-class MINI John Cooper Works finishing first in the Rally dell’Adriatico.

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MINI Cooper S Hybrid With All-Wheel Drive Spied

A MINI Cooper S fitted with an experimental hybrid all-wheel drive system was spotted testing in winter climates, a surprise move for BMW, which has given no indication it was developing such a car.

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MINI Rocketman Set For Production, Won't Come To America

With the positive reception given to the very compact MINI Rocketman concept at this year’s Geneva Auto Show, MINI execs have given indications that the car will be produced sometime in the near future.

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Geneva 2011: MINI Cooper SD Burns The Midnight Oil

Diesel hot hatches have always been a bit of an oddity – one would think that a big, heavy diesel engine would throw off the superb balance and lightweight that are the hallmarks of most front-wheel-drive hot hatchbacks, but the MINI Cooper SD is one diesel hot hatch that deserves the benefit of the doubt after seeing it at the Geneva Auto Show.

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Fiat Sues Journalist Over Negative Review

One recent discussion taking place at Autoguide HQ was how long it’s been since we’ve driven a car that was truly worth a bad review. Most cars these days are pretty good, and the true stinkers are few and far between.

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