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Those who were expecting the next-generation Mini Cooper to be a product of German engineers channeling Britain's moddish '60s (an efficiently rendered acid trip, to be sure) should realign their expectations toward those country's romantic neighbors. In fact, the 2007 Mini will have more French and Italian in it than a Latvian prostitute at the G8 conference. According to AutoWeek the drivetrain will be a product of France's Peugeot-Citroen, while the body and chassis engineering is being handled in its entirety by Italiadesign Giugiaro.

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