Test Drive: 2017 MINI Countryman

Bigger and brawnier than its predecessor, this car is as pragmatic as it is fun

by Michael Frank The new 2017 Countryman is a half-foot bigger than its predecessor (making it the largest-ever MINI) but it’s still only VW Golf-sized. The headline appeal is that at the starting price of $26,950 for the front-wheel-drive Cooper, you get a small, stylish city car that’s easy to street park, but capacious enough to handle bulk grocery shopping trips, weekends away and more. …

100+ Years of British Car-Making at the MINI Oxford Plant

We interview three employees whose families have a long history with the carmaker

by Michael Frank In an age when automakers are suddenly front and center in potential trade wars, it’s important to take a step back and realize that these companies—regardless of where they manufacture—employ human beings. The impacts of trade disputes will affect the bottom lines of companies, and those impacts will most hurt the people who’ve given their lives to the carmakers. This isn’t just …

Pairing Krug Champagne and Music

Blending senses with an interactive app and two Oxford neuroscientists

Often when champagne pairings are discussed or enjoyed, the complementary partner is food, with an end game of flavors mingling and aromas matching up. The tastebuds are the target audience. While that makes sense, within the context of one of our five physiological senses, the team behind prestige brand Krug Champagne—in many ways the epitome of thoughtful luxury—observed that this was merely one element in …