MINI Plant in Oxford, UK
The new MINI is being manufactured on one of the world's most modern and advanced production systems at the BMW Group plant at Oxford - the result of a £230 million investment programme at the factory.
MINI Stars in "The Italian Job"
MINI, the 2003 North American Car of the Year, will join a stellar cast that includes Mark Wahlberg, Edward Norton, Charlize Theron, Jason Statham, Seth Green, Mos Def and Donald Sutherland, in Paramount Pictures’ film, “The Italian Job,” opening nationwide May 30th.
1998 - 2007 Copyright &
MINI: The New MINI 2006
The MINI, the world’s best-selling small premium car, is entering its second model generation.
Making its world debut at the 2006 Paris Motor Show, the new MINI is really new in every respect five years after its predecessor entered the market.
As the top performer in its class, the new MINI is making its way to the road with brand-new four-cylinder power units. And despite even better performance and sportiness, the new MINI is even more economical and fuel-efficient than its predecessor. Outside, the design of the new MINI has gone through a careful process of evolution retaining the characteristic look of the brand.
Inside, the new generation has been revolutionised in intelligent and trendy style. New equipment features enhance motoring comfort and driving pleasure in the new MINI to a new standard never seen before.
Entering the market in late 2006, the new MINI Cooper S and the new MINI Cooper will both be making their appearance first. The new MINI Cooper S is powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine developing maximum output of 128 kW/175 hp. Acceleration to 100 km/h comes in 7.1 seconds, top speed is 225 km/h or 140 mph. Average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle, in turn, is a mere 6.9 litres/100 kilometres, equal to 40.9 mpg Imp.
The 1.6-litre normal-aspiration power unit in the MINI Cooper develops maximum output of 88 kW/120 hp, accelerating the car from 0–100 km/h in 9.1 seconds and good for a top speed of 203 km/h or 126 mph. Average fuel consumption of the new MINI Cooper is just 5.8 litres/100 kilometres or 48.7 mpg Imp.
The “basic” version, the new MINI One featuring a 1.4-litre 70 kW/95 hp four-cylinder power unit, will be entering the market in the first half of 2007. And, finally, there will also be a new MINI featuring the most advanced and sophisticated turbodiesel technology.
The new MINI has been thoroughly revised and updated inside. Intelligent design reduces the instruments to a minimum, placing them puristically within circular dials. In combination with the taut horizontal geometry of the dashboard, the instruments characterise the design language and overall style of the car’s interior, with the rev counter positioned behind the steering wheel in the driver’s direct line of vision.
As an option both the MINI Cooper S and the MINI Cooper are both available in Chrome Line comprising chrome surrounds on the lower air intake scoop, the foglamps and rear fog warning light (MINI Cooper), on the air intake in the rear air dam (MINI Cooper S) and on the tailgate grab handle (MINI Cooper S).
Go-kart feeling in perfection.
Compared with the MINI Cooper, the chassis and suspension of the MINI Cooper S is even more sporting and dynamic. In both cases the driving experience is determined first and foremost by that go-kart feeling so typical of MINI, nimble and agile handling as well as enhanced responsiveness bringing out the unique character of the MINI in even greater perfection than before. And both models are available as an option with sports suspension for an even higher standard of driving pleasure and fun at the wheel.
The new EPAS Electrical Power Assisted Steering makes a significant contribution to the MINI’s superior agility, speed-related support of the steering ensuring low steering forces when parking and a precise response at high speeds on the Autobahn.
Through its solid and firm body structure alone, the new MINI offers a standard of crash safety quite exemplary in its segment. Despite the short overhangs of the car, optimised load paths serve in a collision to divert the forces acting on the body with maximum efficiency. And reflecting the MINI’s premium standard, both model variants come in addition with a wide range of safety features, no less than six airbags fitted as standard serving to protect the occupants all round on all seats.
Extra active safety in critical situations is ensured by ABS anti-lock brakes, EBD Electronic Brake Force Distribution, CBC Cornering Brake Control, ASC+T Automatic Stability Control + Traction standard on the MINI Cooper S and with an on-off switch for individual control by the driver, as well as DSC Dynamic Stability Control.
The Brake Assistant on the MINI is able to determine the need to apply the brakes even harder in an emergency, building up maximum brake pressure instantaneously whenever required.
Yet another new feature is the Hill Assist start-off function for uphill gradients operating in conjunction with DSC and activating the brakes on a hill or slope to prevent the car from rolling back.
Given its many features and strengths, the new MINI follows in the successful footsteps of its predecessor already accounting for sales of more than 800,000 units and enjoying great popularity among a consistently growing group of fans the world over.