Heels & Wheels – Part 2

Three years ago a friend of mine, Christine Overstreet, decided to put together an automotive program just for women automotive writers, and that’s when Heels & Wheels (H&W) was born. During the three-day program, we discussed what women shoppers are looking for and the reasons women purchase certain vehicles. Here are the rest of the vehicles…

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2013 MINI Cooper S Paceman ALL-4 Test Drive

2013 MINI Cooper S Paceman ALL-4 All-Wheel Drive model adds stability   MINI has bolstered its already diverse lineup of vehicle offerings by adding four variants of the their new 2013 MINI Paceman: a base model Cooper Paceman, the Cooper S Paceman, followed by the 2013 MINI Cooper S Paceman ALL-4 (only available as a…

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Mini Paceman – Video

Nik J Miles heads to Puerto Rico to take a first drive in the Mini Paceman The Mini Paceman is the first Mini to have it’s name written across the back of the trunk. In years gone by you would have to recognize a mini just from the silhouette. But that’s not hard with the…

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2013 MINI Cooper S Paceman & ALL4 Test Drive

“MINI  adds Paceman models to diverse lineup for 2013” Ponce, Puerto Rico – MINI will bolster an already diverse lineup of vehicle offerings by adding four variants of the their new 2013 MINI Paceman. First up is the base model Cooper Paceman, next is the Cooper S Paceman, followed by the Paceman Cooper S ALL4,…

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Test Drive: 2012 MINI Cooper Roadster

The new 2012 MINI Cooper Roadster is the sixth model to enter the British automaker’s current stable. It is the first sporty two-seat roadster executed in a typical MINI interpretation for open-air motoring. The top is a manual affair that is easy to open and close, making it ideal for all weather conditions, and the…

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Mini Announces a Seventh Model

In a surprise announcement before a thousand fans at the start of the sixth annual, 3,900-mile cross-country rally, Mini Chief Executive Kay Sigler said, “You are the first to hear this, even before the press. The Mini Paceman is the official name of the brand’s seventh model, which will be launched next year in the…

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Mudfest 2012 – Part 1

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer After two full days of driving briskly between hundreds of traffic cones, cruising along wooded back roads and wallowing through mud in 25 different SUVs, we marked our ballots for the Northwest Automotive Press Associations SUV of the Year Competition. Appropriated renamed “Mudfest” after a muddy, mucky inaugural event in…

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Mini’s First Open Top Two-Seater

 MINI planners have been busy again this year first producing a new coupe, and now a fun, open top, two-seat roadster. The MINI Roadster becomes the sixth model in the British premium carmaker’s current line-up and promises to add a new level of fun to the brands already go-kart like driving image. Covered by a…

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Test Drive: Mini Cooper S Countryman

In our own unofficial and unscientific study of Mini Cooper owners it appears most Mini Cooper drivers are young (or at least young-at-heart), single and enthusiastic about their cars. We make these assumptions based on the people we normally see behind the wheel and the fact that Mini Coopers are not the typical small economy…

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