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Future Vehicles and Technology on Display at LA Auto Show

The Los Angeles Auto Show started this week, and automotive journalists had the chance to see some new production vehicles, as well as some concept cars that provide a glimpse of what future cars may look like. As we previewed last week, Chevrolet reintroduced the Colorado midsize pickup truck to its lineup with an all-new design. Chevrolet says the Colorado will be powered by gasoline four- and six-cylinder engines, as well as a segment-exclusive four-cylinder turbodiesel engine. The 2015 Colorado ... continue reading»

Tags: News, MINI Cooper, LA Auto Show, Acura RLX, 2015 Chevrolet Colorado, Ford Edge Concept, Subaru Legacy Concept, Subaru WRX

Volkswagen Beetle Convertible is Back

Volkswagen introduced a restyled, more masculine version of its iconic VW Beetle for the 2012 model year. The automaker has continued to round out the model line with a TDI Clean Diesel version, and by the end of 2012, the Volkswagen Beetle Convertible will return to showrooms. Aside from its retractable soft-top roof, which lowers in about 10 seconds, according to Volkswagen, the 2013 Beetle Convertible’s exterior doesn’t stray from the redesigned coupe model. “Based off of the ... continue reading»

Tags: MINI Cooper, Fiat 500, Volkswagen Beetle, Model News, Volkswagen Beetle Convertible

2012 FIAT 500 Abarth to Start at $22,000

When the 2012 FIAT 500 went on sale in 2011, car reviewers thought the 500 was pretty fun to drive for a small car, but agreed that it couldn’t match the Mini Cooper’s agility and power. Those opinions could change when the 2012 FIAT 500 Abarth goes on sale this year. Compared with the base FIAT 500, which has a 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine making 101 horsepower, the Abarth edition takes things up a notch with its 160-horsepower ... continue reading»

Tags: MINI Cooper, Fiat 500, Model News, Mini Cooper S, FIAT 500 Abarth

Test Drive: Nissan Juke

Most automotive writers will tell you that the Nissan Juke is tough to classify. But after spending a week in it, I can tell you what the Nissan Juke is: a great car. I had the 2011 Juke SV with all-wheel drive and the navigation package. In addition to a 188-horspower engine and continuously variable transmission, my test Juke also had Intelligent Key entry, navigation, Bluetooth and a USB port. The Smartkey and Bluetooth are standard on the SV model ... continue reading»

Tags: Test Drives, MINI Cooper, Nissan Juke, Mini Cooper Countryman

Mini Cooper Investigated for Engine Fires

The federal government’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Office of Defects Investigation has opened a preliminary evaluation of Mini Cooper S vehicles from the 2007 and 2008 model years. The models under investigation include the 2007 and 2008 Mini Cooper S, Cooper S Clubman, Cooper S Convertible and 2008 Cooper Clubman S. The ODI says it has received 12 complaints of engine compartment fires, with five complaints of “engulfing fires resulting in a total vehicle loss.” Of the 12 ... continue reading»

Tags: MINI Cooper, Model News, Mini Cooper S

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