The Mini Countryman has been around since the 1960s when, as a small station wagon,   it sold alongside the classic Mini.    After being off the scene for a number of years, BMW brought it back in 2010, this time as  the first Mini.    While it could be argued that the Mini Moke that was built in Australia until the early 1980s  could be classed as an SUV, the Countryman came with a raft of features not seen in the  cute little Aussie Moke. To start with it… Read more


Conversion of classic cars to run on electric power has sparked plenty of debate in the past few years. The best solutions bolt in, with no chassis modifications required and so can so be removed at any time returning the var to its original condition. A UK-based outfit is offering just such a kit for the Classic Mini Minor and Mini Australia has hooked up with their local arm Felten Australia to show how it’s done. The first classic Mini to undergo this transformation in Australia is an eye-catching red… Read more


MINI has unveiled what it describes as “the future of the driving pleasure” with the world premiere of the MINI Concept Aceman, the marque’s first fully-electric crossover model. The MINI Concept Aceman showcases a new design language and technological innovations that will shape the brand’s future models. The study of the first crossover concept model from MINI brings together central features that outline the marque’s driving pleasure of the future: from a purely electric drive to clear, pared-back design language and a material concept that uses no leather or chrome… Read more


MINI says it’s raising driving fun, expressive design, premium quality and individual style to a new level with its new Edition models, which are set to arrive in Australia later in 2022. The MINI three- and five-door Hatch, including the fully electric MINI Electric Hatch and MINI Convertible, will be offered in the Resolute Edition. The MINI Countryman will be released in the Untamed Edition. The Resolute Edition emphasises the individuality, traditional style, self-confidence and unmistakable charisma of the original, while the versatile qualities of the MINI Clubman, in combination… Read more


In February 1966, the Mini-based Moke went on sale. This lightweight two-wheel drive vehicle combined Mini mechanicals with a buckboard-style body without doors and windows. The concept originated in Britain in 1956, as a light army personnel carrier for use on and off normal roads. Some four-wheel drive prototypes were built but they never went into production. Production of the 2WD versions started in Britain but sales were too slow for the parent company so the decision was made to transfer production to Sydney. A similar vehicle was also produced… Read more


MINI has announced pricing and specifications its 2021 Hatch and Convertible as well as the Electric Hatch. Three new colours are offered: Rooftop Grey metallic, Island Blue metallic and Zesty Yellow. The latter is only available in the Convertible. Piano Black Exterior touches, available on Cooper S and above, now extend to the door handles, side scuttles, fuel cap, MINI logos on the bonnet and luggage compartment lid, model lettering and tailpipes of the exhaust system. Continuing the black theme are the surrounds of the headlights, grille and rear lights… Read more


The MINI Boardwalk Edition Countryman celebrates a universal love for the seaside. Finished exclusively in Deep Laguna metallic with elegant Piano Black contrast elements it has 18-inch ‘Pin’ spoke alloy wheels are specially designed for the Boardwalk. The word Boardwalk adorns both side scuttles, and carry over to the door entry sills. The sides of the roof at the rear side windows and the interior bar on the passenger side each bear a similarly-patterned decal. Inside are heated sport seats. There’s a JCW Sport steering wheel on the Cooper S…. Read more


MINI has announced multiple changes to the Hatch and Convertible model for 2021. The MINI 3-door Hatch has a revised front grille which is accentuated by a black surround. Interestingly peripheral elements are reduced in size to further add emphasis to the bold grille; the position lights are replaced by vertical air inlets pushed to the outer corners of the front fascia. Their new shape also aids aerodynamics. “The new Multitone Roof for the MINI is not only the most expressive form of contrast paint to date, it also takes… Read more

MINI 2002 – 2019

The British motor industry was in serious financial trouble for many years in the latter parts of the 20th century. BMW bought out major sections of the failing businesses – and decided to build an all-new Mini for the 21st century. Many believed it would be flash in the pan when launched in Britain and mainland Europe 2001, then in Australia in March 2002. Instead, it was a huge success and continues to this day. More than a mere car the BMW Mini has become a fun toy and the… Read more


MINI Australia has launched a Sidewalk Edition based on the Cooper S Convertible. It features Blue paint that’s exclusive to the model. On request, it can be specified in other colours – White Silver, or Midnight Black. Sidewalk Edition stripes featuring arrow graphics adorn the bonnet and are flanked by Edition badging on both side scuttles. It rides on specific 17-inch ‘Scissor’ light alloy wheels. A MINI Yours soft-top has been specially designed for this special edition, with a woven-in arrow graphic. Inside, the MINI Sidewalk Edition has predominantly Anthracite… Read more