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MINI Stars in  "The Italian Job"

MINI 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.


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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.

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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.


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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.

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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.

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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.

Intelligent Interior

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.

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The central unit also in the new MINI is the Center Speedo even larger than before and thus highlighted in its particular significance. Comprising far more functions than on the former model, the Center Speedo now also includes the indicators and controls for the entertainment system as well as the display of the optional navigation unit.

Thanks to the more slender design of the centre console, the space available in the footwells on both the driver’s and front passenger’s side is even more generous than before. The horizontally aligned structure of the cockpit, in turn, is reflected by the arrangement of the car’s controls grouped in the Center Stack beneath the Center Speedo.

All instruments offer particular ease of control and are positioned in exactly the right ergonomic arrangement. A round signal unit in typical MINI style now serves as the door and ignition lock, with the engine being started by means of the start/stop button.

New ambient illumination included in the optional Lights Package sets a unique highlight. Providing “waterfall” illumination flowing down discreetly from above and serving as indirect illumination in the roof lining, the door storage compartments and grab handle recesses, the interior lights scheme creates a unique atmosphere of sophisticated style inside the car. And as yet another feature typical of MINI, the colour of the lights may be changed in five stages from warm orange to sporting blue.

No less than 12 body colours come as standard, eight of which are metallic. This wide range of choice is further enhanced by free choice of the roof colour and painting scheme, with the roof being available in both white and black as an alternative to the “regular” colour of the body.

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.

Safety premium-style.

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.



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