2015 MINI HARDTOP: "It’s faster - has more efficient technologies, even more fun to drive." That's how the new 2015 Mini Hardtop is being reviewed by the media. Coming this Spring, but on exhibit during the Chicago Auto Show, Feb. 8-17, 2014. The 2015 Mini is powered by a vigorous MINI TwinPower turbo and stocked with features usually reserved for high-end luxury cars, it’s the newest MINI, loaded with their world-famous feistiness. Engineered and developed with the expertise of the BMW Group, both the 134 horsepower three-cylinder and 189ho four-cylinder engines deliver raw power, with torque supplied right away and then steadily throughout the car’s power curve. And the ‘15 Mini comes endowed with legendary go-kart handling. So you’ll still find all four wheels pushed to the corners for the bulldog stance and impeccable front-to-back weight balance. The wide track and short overhangs emphasize the vehicle's body more strikingly than ever before as it sits powerfully on top of the wheels. For even tighter control, the new Variable Damper Control (VDC) option lets you adjust suspension stiffness. So whether you want a softer, more fuel-efficient ride or a stiffer, corner-devouring one, the VDC complies. A new offering is the full-color Head Up Display that is activated by a flick of the toggle on the dash, letting you keep tabs on your speed, navigation and other important info without ever taking your eyes off the road ahead. The four-seat cabin offers extended spatial comfort  as well as a luggage compartment volume expanded by 3 cubic feet to a total of 8.7 cubic feet. There is also feature that makes parallel parking easier by use of sonic sensors, and Mini’s Park Distance Control system that takes over and steers the car into place - all  you have to do is work the gas and brake when the system prompts you.

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Thursday, October, 16, 2014

Preparing Your Vehicle for the Long Chicago Winters

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Friday, October, 10, 2014

Subaru Fights Accidents With EyeSight

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Tuesday, October, 07, 2014

Chicago Auto Show Stars Hit the Road at MAMA Rally

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Monday, October, 06, 2014

MAMA Fall Rally Picks

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Saturday, October, 04, 2014

Z06 Officially Fastest Production Chevy Ever!

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SUVs for Everyone the '14 MAMA Fall Rally

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Thursday, September, 25, 2014

All-new 2015 Ford Edge Available Early Next Year

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Wednesday, September, 24, 2014

Volkswagen Beetles Out To Prove They Can Win

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Wednesday, September, 17, 2014

Hyundai Continues the Fight against Childhood Cancer

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Tuesday, September, 16, 2014

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10/20/2014 12:01:07 PM

Yes, fall has just begun, but if you're a Chicagoan, you know that means winter is right around the corner. Plan ahead this year and prepare your vehicle for the winter season ahead. We've complied five steps to help you get your vehicle winter-ready. http://bit.ly/1CwkC3r

10/20/2014 10:00:00 AM

Don’t miss your chance to cast your vote for the 2015 Chicago Auto Show design! We’re awarding tickets to one fan a day who selects either red, blue or white

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Want to win two tickets to the 2015 Chicago Auto Show? Vote for your favorite show design in the comments below: Red, Blue or White

10/19/2014 11:49:04 AM

Alshon Jeffery and a few other Chicago Bears players supported us and attended the Chicago Auto Show last year, and today we're supporting them. #BearDown

10/18/2014 11:20:01 AM

We’re in need of your help, #CAS fans! Which design do you prefer for the 2015 Chicago Auto Show? Blue, White or Red? We are awarding one random fan two tickets to the show

10/18/2014 10:42:04 AM

As of earlier this week, the 2015 Honda Civic Si Coupe is on sale nationwide. Remember when Honda brought one gamer's custom design to life at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show

10/17/2014 10:28:07 AM

The first generation Ford Mustang appeared at the 1965 Chicago Auto Show. #FlashbackFriday

10/17/2014 9:30:01 AM

We want your help on selecting the 2015 Chicago Auto Show design! One random winner will win two tickets to the show. Blue, White or Red? Let us know

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#CAS Fans, we need your help! Tell us which design is your favorite and it could end up as the 2015 Chicago Auto Show ad! We'll award two tickets to one random fan. Ready, go!

10/15/2014 12:24:02 PM

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10/20/2014 4:01:31 PM

Auto Matters daily is out! http://t.co/wTN5p9GSdv Stories via @ChiAutoShow @nytimeswheels @SpeedSportLife

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@ChiAutoShow Blue is eye candy.

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@ChiAutoShow RED! Love it, and I can't wait to be there in February to see it in person !

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@ChiAutoShow White! Although that shade of blue is really nice. Still gotta go with white! =)

10/20/2014 1:35:00 PM

@ChiAutoShow White

10/20/2014 12:07:50 PM

@ChiAutoShow you too!

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@nw0ng Thanks for the RT. Have a great week!

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