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LA Auto Show: My yearly visit to MINI

The 2011 LA Auto Show is now open to the public, so get on down to the LA Convention Center and check out some cool new rides! I'm no longer on site, but I've got plenty of video left to post. So check back in for my continuing automotive adventures.

At the show every year, I like to swing by the MINI display. MINIs are popular in LA and the brand (owned by BMW) has continued to grow beyond the base vehicle, with the its retro allure. A few years back, MINI introduced the Clubman, basically a very small station wagon. More recently, MINI has come out with an SUV of sorts, the controversial — and contradictory — "Big MINI" Countryman. And also a coupe, which sacrifices the back seat of the original MINI Cooper and goes for a roadsterish look.

What's next? Perhaps a MINI pickup? A...MINI-camino? I wouldn't be surprised.

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