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    Featured: Mini celebrates racing success with John Cooper Works Countryman ALL4 Dakar Winner 2013
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    French drivers Stéphane Peterhansel and Jean-Paul Cottret drove a Mini Countryman to a class win at this year's Dakar Rally, and to commemorate their win Mini has introduced a limited-volume car that will only be sold in France. The Mini John Cooper Works Countryman ALL4 Dakar Winner 2013 might be a mouthful to say, but it's a fitting tribute to ...

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    Video: Mini finally lands its full blackflip
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    French stuntman Guerlain Chicherit hit the ski slopes of Tignes, France over the weekend – not to enjoy the fresh snow but to perform the first-ever unassisted backlip in a car, which was teased last month. The unassisted part of the stunt comes from the fact that he Chicherit, in a special rally-prepped Mini Countryman, uses a regular, solid ramp ...

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    MINI lineup could expand to include up to 10 models, still no hope for Rocketman
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    During an event in Ponce, Puerto Rico last week where Mini introduced members of the media to the 2013 Paceman and John Cooper Works GP, product planners discussed that the brand's lineup could expand to eventually include up to 10 bodystyles. Currently, the Mini range consists of seven models: the Hardtop, Clubman, Convertible, Countryman, Coupe, ...

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    Video: Mini attempts first-ever backflip in a car
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    Not too long ago, the idea of doing a backflip seemed almost impossible on two wheels let alone four, but now the stunt is routinely performed using everything from dirtbikes to monster trucks. Now Mini is getting into the game by attempting to perform a backflip with French stuntman Guerlain Chicherit behind the wheel of a highly modified Countryman, ...

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    Video: Watch driving dogs hit the track in their toughest test yet
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    This may look like some sort of weird car commercial, but as we first reported last week... these rescue dogs are REALLY learning how to drive a car! Monty, Porter and Ginny are all dogs rescued by the New Zealand SPCA, and each was taught the ability to drive a Mini Countryman around a track. The concept behind these publicity stunt videos is to draw ...

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    Featured: Mini Countryman by X-Raid set for Dakar
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    Mini is gearing up to head back to Dakar. The company campaigned five ALL4 racecars last year, and took the overall victory with driver Stéphane Peterhansel and co-driver Jean-Paul Cottret. Second place also fell to Mini, and the remaining three cars soaked up spots in the top ten for an impressive finish. This year, Mini is headed back with ...

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    Report: Mini fesses up to Countryman clutch issue, plans fix
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    Aside from the general lack of snow in the Midwest earlier this that hampered our ability to properly play with our Blizzak-equipped Mini Contryman long-term test vehicle, the biggest problem we had with this crossover during the year we spent with it was the transmission. On four different monthly updates (September, October, November and June), all in ...

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    Official: 2013 Mini Countryman gets updates
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    It's been two years since the debut of Mini's Countryman crossover. In that time, the general public has indeed warmed to the idea of a big Mini – we grew to rather like it during our long-term test – and for 2013, a few small, thoughtful updates are on tap for the brand's range-topper. The big change for the Countryman concerns the power ...

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    Official: Mini exiting WRC after just one year
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    There was a fair bit of hullabaloo two years ago when Mini announced a return to the World Rally Championship for this season, but the road to making that happen has been as rocky as a gravel stage. It spent 2011 developing its JCW Countryman WRC challenger, changing its mind about how it wanted to work with Prodrive, dumped a driver due to budget issues, ...

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    Report: Mini ditches odd four-seater Countryman configuration
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    Mini is walking away from the rear bucket seats in its Countryman crossover. MotoringFile.com reports that starting in 2013, the CUV will no longer offer just two seats in the second row. Originally, Mini was forced to offer the buckets due to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration rules governing the the minimum vehicle width for the allowance of ...