2014 Mini Cooper and Cooper S: Envelope Pushed, Again [2013 L.A. Auto Show]

2014 Mini Cooper S and Mini Cooper

It was a simpler time in 2002, when Mini first launched in the United States. Gas was still less than two bucks a gallon, and Ontario-based Research In Motion was selling the first mainstream Blackberry smartphone. Ten years later, gas is twice as expensive, and Canada is better known for crackhead mayors than Crackberry phones. Stating “I’m getting a Mini” no longer incites fear over the car’s safety cred should it intersect the path of an SUV, but rather raises questions about gas mileage or high-end features. But look at this all-new third-generation Mini, which debuts at the L.A. auto show, and it becomes clear that while Mini is still Mini, it’s no longer so mini. READ MORE ››

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