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NEW MINI Cooper – Mechanically New Old Friend



Disclaimer, the author drives a 2004 MINI Cooper S. All commentary from this article should be viewed as suspect, coming from a mindless MINI disciple. Treat all materials henceforth as suspect, and possibly void of objectivity.

Whew! I dodged a bullet! Driving a car with a tendency towards trendiness is hard enough. Driving a vehicle that was trendy would be unbearable! Fortunately, no one will know the difference.
Penny pinchers who worry that their current MINI may start to depreciate with the launch of the 2008 model have little to worry about. The 2008 MINI looks remarkably similar to the one now on the road. The overall length of the MINI Cooper has been extended by 2.36 inches, while the new MINI Cooper S is 2.4 inches longer. The modest increase in size is due to the MINI’s new, larger engines and new European pedestrian safety rules.

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New MINI Arrives at 2006 Paris Auto Show


At the 2006 Mondial de l’Automobile, MINI officially introduced the second-generation of the adorable and terrific-driving three-door hatchback and your VehicleVoice and AutoPacific correspondent was on-hand for the unveiling. North American buyers are set to get their first up-close look at Detroit’s 2007 North American International Auto Show in January, but we didnt’ want to wait that long to bring you what we know. Though four concepts in wagon form have been shown over the past year, the three-door is the launch product.



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VehicleVoice: The Sounds of the Monterey Historic Races!


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This week, the all-new VehicleVoice podcast takes you to the Monterey Historic Races at the Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway. Trackside!
This is one of our very favorite automotive events each year. The Historics are everything auto enthusiasts hope for. Where else can you see a Bentley from the 1920s competing on the same track that hosts the American Le Mans series? Race cars from the genesis of the sport, all the way up to the current Toyota F1 car took to the track this weekend, and we were there…with cameras and microphones, to bring it to you.
The races aren’t the only event that takes place during the Historics. The Concours de Elegance at Pebble Beach brings million-dollar trailer queens together to strut their stuff before hitting the auction block. The Concorso Italiano features so many gorgeous Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Fiats, Lancias and Maseratis, it’s hard to think straight amidst all the red paint. And MINI claimed the weekend as their own this year as well, celebrating the featured Historics’ marque, Cooper. They introduced their new MINI Cooper GP and kicked off a two-week cross-country drive of MINI enthusiasts.
We were there for it all, and we begin our coverage with an audio podcast that will have you drooling over the sounds of Maseratis from the 50s, 60s American muscle cars, and the incredible song of Toyota’s F1 race car, driven to a track record by none other than Ricardo Zonta.
Hear it all right here!
Show Rundown
00:35 Track Introduction David Barrett, VehicleVoice contributor
01:40 The Featured Marque – Cooper Karol Andrews of the Cooper Car Club
05:10 Mini Cooper Mini Takes the States Kick Off Party with Jim McDowell, Vice Prersident of Marketing for MINI and Andrew Cutler, MINI Communications Manager
07:44 The Sounds of Classic Race Cars David Barrett, VehicleVoice contributor
09:56 Toyota TF Formula 1 Race Car engine noise courtesy of Toyota and test driver Ricardo Zonta

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