MINI (New) - New MINI (BMW)
The car, designed by Frank Stephenson, is marketed as a "retro" redesign of the original Mini, which was manufactured by the British Motor Corporation and its successors from 1959 to 2000. The name is written in capital letters to distinguish it from its predecessor.]Originally developed by Rover Group and to be sold under the Rover brand and made at the Longbridge plant, the MINI project was retained by BMW when the latter divested itself of Rover in 2000. The MINI is assembled in Cowley, Oxford, United Kingdom, in what was historically the Pressed Steel Company body plant, now known as Plant Oxford. The 2001 to 2006 model years included four hatchback models: the basic "MINI One", the diesel-engined "MINI One/D", the sportier "MINI Cooper" and the supercharged "MINI Cooper S". In 2005 a convertible roof option was added.
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GB (UK) England
MINI Cooper-click for a larger picture
MINI Cooper 2006
MINI Cooper S
Location
County
Oxfordshire, England
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Number of persons:4 Luggage:2 small Minimum driver age:25 Gearbox:manual 6 Speed ManualPower steering: Leather interior: Air conditioning: Audio:radio mp3
MINI Cooper Cabrio-click for a larger picture
MINI Cooper Cabrio 
MINI Cooper Cabrio
Location
Clapham Road
County
London SW9, England
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Number of persons:4 Luggage:2 small Minimum driver age:25 Gearbox:manual 6 Speed ManualPower steering: Leather interior: Air conditioning: Audio: radio cd
Mini Cooper-click for a larger picture
Mini Cooper 2007
Mini Cooper S Cabriolet
Location
London
County
England
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Number of persons:4 Luggage:2 small Minimum driver age:25 Gearbox:manual Power steering: Leather interior: Air conditioning: Audio: radio cd
Mini Cooper-click for a larger picture
Mini Cooper 2007
Mini Cooper Cabriolet
Location
London
County
England
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Number of persons:4 Luggage:2 small Minimum driver age:25 Gearbox:manual Power steering: Leather interior: Air conditioning: Audio: radio cd
Mini Cooper-click for a larger picture
Mini Cooper 2007
Mini Cooper S
Location
London
County
England
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Number of persons:4 Luggage:2 small Minimum driver age:25 Gearbox:manual Power steering: Leather interior: Air conditioning: Audio: radio cd
Mini Cooper-click for a larger picture
Mini Cooper 2007
Mini Cooper S Convertible
Location
Ilford
County
London, England
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Number of persons:4 Luggage:2 large Minimum driver age:25 Gearbox:manual Power steering: Leather interior: Air conditioning: Audio: radio cd
Mini Cooper-click for a larger picture
Mini Cooper 2007
Mini Cooper Clubman
Location
Ilford
County
London, England
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Number of persons:4 Luggage:2 large + 2 small Minimum driver age:25 Gearbox:manual Power steering: Leather interior: Air conditioning: Audio: radio cd
New Zealand
Mini Cooper-click for a larger picture
Mini Cooper 2007
Mini Cooper Convertible
Company
Smart Cars
Location
Auckland
County
North Island, New Zealand
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Number of persons:4 Luggage:2 small Minimum driver age:25 Gearbox:auto SteptronicPower steering: Leather interior: Air conditioning: Audio: radio cd
South Africa
Mini Cooper-click for a larger picture
Mini Cooper 2000s
Mini Cooper S Convertible
Location
Cape Town
County
South Africa
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Number of persons:4 Luggage:2 small Minimum driver age:25 Gearbox:manual 6 Speed ManualPower steering: Leather interior: Air conditioning: Audio: radio cd
Mini Cooper-click for a larger picture
Mini Cooper 2000s
Mini Cooper
Location
Cape Town
County
South Africa
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Number of persons:4 Luggage:2 small Minimum driver age:25 Gearbox:manual Power steering: Leather interior: Air conditioning: Audio: radio cd
Mini Cooper-click for a larger picture
Mini Cooper 
Mini Cooper Convertible
Location
Cape Town
County
South Africa
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Number of persons:4 Luggage:2 small Minimum driver age:21 Gearbox:auto Power steering: Leather interior: Air conditioning: Audio: radio cd
USA
Mini Cooper-click for a larger picture
Mini Cooper 2006
Mini Cooper S Convertible
Location
Las Vegas
County
Nevada NV, USA
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Number of persons:4 Luggage:1 small Minimum driver age:25 Gearbox:auto Power steering: Leather interior: Air conditioning: Audio: radio cd
Mini Cooper-click for a larger picture
Mini Cooper 2008
Mini Cooper S Convertible
Location
Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach
County
Florida FL, USA
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Number of persons:4 Luggage:2 small Minimum driver age:21 Gearbox:manual 6 Speed ManualPower steering: Leather interior: Air conditioning: Audio:radio mp3
From November 2006, the hatchback MINI range has been replaced by an all-new MINI, consisting of MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S models, powered by a new 1.6 litre engine co-developed by BMW and PSA Peugeot-Citroën. The "old" MINI Convertible continues to be sold alongside the new hatchback range. The Mk II MINI One will be on sale in April 2007 with Mk II Convertibles in the 2009 model year. The MINI One has a 1.4 litre engine derived from the same engine in the MINI Cooper and Peugeot 207.

 

The later "Mk II" MINI (or R56) uses the BMW-PSA 1.4/1.6 Prince 4 cylinder engine. The naturally-aspirated (non-turbo) versions of this engine use a system known as VALVETRONIC to control valves for optimum performance and/or efficiency. This MINI uses a drivetrain architecture based on that of the Peugeot 207 and the second generation Citroën C3. The R56 Cooper S boasts direct injection and a Twin Scroll Turbocharger featuring an Overboost function for added torque. This engine produces 128 kW (175 HP) and 240 N·m (177 ft·lbf) of torque. The Overboost function momentarily increases torque to 260 Nm (192 ft·lbf) The new Cooper D model is available from April 2007, featuring a 1.6 litre, 16-valve turbodiesel engine producing 80 kW (110 HP) and 240 N·m (177 ft·lbf) of torque. This unit also features the Overboost function momentarily increases torque to 260 N·m (192 ft·lbf) Technical innovations include an electrically driven power steering system that avoids taking power directly from the engine, equal length driveshafts to eliminate torque steer, and a sophisticated multi-link rear suspension usually found only on rear wheel drive cars.  

 

The MINI has a 'drive by wire' electronic throttle, electronic brakeforce distribution, cornering brake control, and electronic stability control to improve control and handling in adverse conditions. With the introduction of the R56 MINI, the CVT transmission has been dispensed with altogether, and replaced by an hydraulic automatic transmission unit, similar to that of the previous Cooper S. This gearbox is available throughout the whole range of R56 MINIs, appearing lastly on the Cooper D from 2008. Additionally, steering-wheel mounted paddle-shift is also available.  

 

At the 'Salon International de l'Auto' (Geneva Motor Show in 2004, MINI introduced a cabriolet (convertible) model which was released in the 2005 model year and available in One, Cooper and Cooper S versions. The convertible roof is fully automatic - an unusual feature in such a small car - and can be opened partially to act as a sunroof whilst the car is driving at speed. The convertible model forsakes the rear hatch of the hardtop MINI - replacing it with a drop down 'tailgate' design reminiscent of the classic Mini and incorporating similarly prominent external hinges. The convertible also adds two small power windows for the rear seat passengers which are retracted automatically as the roof opens. The roof is made from a heavy cloth with many layers of insulation; the rear window is of glass and has a heater/defroster but no washer or wiper.  

 

As a joke and undoubtedly as a part of MINI's viral marketing approach, purchasers of the MINI convertible were asked to sign a 'contract' promising that they would drive the car with the roof open at least 90% of the time. MINI also set up a telephone hotline (in the USA: 1-888-DO NOT CLOSE) which one may call to report convertible owners who are driving with the roof up inappropriately. The automated system offers such helpful advice as how to administer a wedgie to the offender.  

 

At the 2007 North American International Auto Show, Mini introduced the limited edition of Mini Cooper S Sidewalk Convertible. It has a top speed of 215 km/h (134 mph). 0-100 km/h only takes 7.9 seconds. It has 168 hp (125 kW) and 220 N·m (162 ft·lbf) of torque.  

 

Source: Wikipedia.
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