Taking flight with the rally-ready Mini Countryman

Reaction to the concept of Mini returning to the World Rally Championships where it once reigned supreme with the bulbous Countryman has been somewhat mixed. Here's video proof from Mini that with enough race prep, pigs can fly. » 5/02/11 2:30pm 5/02/11 2:30pm

X-Raid's Dakar Rally-Ready Mini is One Angry Bird

X-Raid's rally team worked up this Mini Countryman to fly over, as well as traverse, the blinding white dunes of Argentina's Fiambala, the vast Atacama Desert and the death-defying descent into Iquique in northern Chile. It's the 2011 Dakar, Mini-style. » 12/22/10 5:15pm 12/22/10 5:15pm

Mini Cooper Countryman Gets Base Price Of $22,350

Mini let slip a few Countryman pricing details at yesterday's press launch for 2011 models. The big news? The four-door Cooper will start at a base price of $22,350 — only $550 more than the equivalent Clubman. [MotoringFile] » 10/07/10 8:30am 10/07/10 8:30am

Mini WRC Races Like It's 1965

Mini will return to the World Rally Championship next year with this kitted-up Mini Cooper Countryman S, powered by a 1.6-liter DI fourbanger gently massaged by BMW. Expect regular Mini drivers to begin dressing as Paddy Hopkirk for Halloween. » 9/30/10 9:42am 9/30/10 9:42am

Mini's Awesome Fake Surfer Billboard

The Mini Countryman crossover/SUV/bloated fugmobile hasn't impressed us yet, but the advertising is typical Mini-clever. Example? This fake surfwear billboard around the corner from the real Countryman advert. [Copyranter] » 8/04/10 3:45pm 8/04/10 3:45pm

MINI Officially Returning To WRC With Countryman

MINI fanboys, set your hearts to flutter, the company's officially announced a return to rallying. Prodrive's developing a World Rally Championship race-ready MINI Countryman for a run in the 2011 series. Rumor has it Marcus Grönholm's interested in driving. [Rallybuzz] » 7/27/10 12:30pm 7/27/10 12:30pm

MINI Countryman Dons Ghillie Suit, Sniping Chinese Hipsters

Why this MINI Countryman was hiding in sniper camouflage, we don't know. But, judging by the wacky-haired Chinese hipster kids nonchalantly hanging out around the hidden car, it's got a good chance at taking a few out. » 4/27/10 10:00am 4/27/10 10:00am

Mini Countryman: First Four-Door Further Bastardizes Brand

The first four-door Mini, the Countryman, is officially here, continuing the tradition BMW started with the Clubman of watering down this beloved brand until it's almost completely unrecognizable. What's next, a Mini minivan called the "Familyman?" » 1/20/10 10:20am 1/20/10 10:20am

Mini Countryman Crossover: First Photos

Someone leaked shots of what is clearly the new MINI Cooper crossover and they show off everything about the new car — except whether its called the Mini Countryman or Mini Crossman. More pics of the biggest Mini below. » 1/19/10 11:15am 1/19/10 11:15am

Mini Countryman Is The New Mini Crossman?

In the ongoing saga of what to call the upcoming Mini crossover we have a new name to add to Monte Carlo, Crossman, and other possibilities. Are you ready for the Mini Countryman? [MotoringFile] » 7/14/09 6:20pm 7/14/09 6:20pm