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Geneva Preview: Mini gets more fuel efficient

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At next week's Geneva Motor Show, BMW will be adding two new more efficient models to the 2007 MINI lineup. A second generation MINI One and Cooper D will be unveiled for the first time in Switzerland. The MINI One is an entry level model that has a smaller 1.4L gasoline engine with 95hp. The all-aluminum engine has variable valve timing and averages over 41 mpg.

The Cooper D gets a new 1.6L turbo-diesel four cylinder, rated at 110hp and an even more impressive 192lb-ft of twisting force. That torque pulls the MINI from 0-62mph in 9.9 seconds, one second faster than the MINI One. That acceleration comes along with the best fuel efficiency ever in a MINI with an average of 53.4 mpg. The new diesel meets the EU4 emissions requirements and hopefully in the not too distant future will meet the US standards and appear on our roads. The BMW press release is after the jump.

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MINI at the 77th International Motor Show Geneva 2007.

Small car, big opportunities: The world premier of two additional MINI models will be celebrated at the 77th International Motor Show in Geneva. The new MINI One and the new MINI Cooper D are being presented to the world public for the first time in Geneva from the 8th to the 18th of March 2007. Just a few months after the successful debut of the new MINI Cooper S and the new MINI Cooper, there are now four versions of the compact front wheel drive available. Then the new MINI One, the "basic" version of this compact front-wheel-drive performer, will be on the starting grid with a 70 kW/95 hp 1.4-litre four-cylinder gasoline engine. Thanks to modern aluminium construction and fully variable valve control, this petrol drive is also impressive through its spontaneous power development and high degree of economy. The new MINI Cooper D, on the other hand, features a 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel developing maximum output of 80 kW/110 hp for sporting performance, impressive power, and superior efficiency. Like the MINI Cooper S (128 kW/175 hp) and the MINI Cooper (88 kW/120 hp) already introduced very successfully into the market, the new versions are powered by brand-new engines for even more motoring fun and, at the same time, a significant reduction in both fuel consumption and emissions. The new MINI One completes the EU test cycle with an average fuel consumption of just 5.7 litres/100 kilometres, equal to 49.6 mpg Imp. The MINI Cooper D, in turn, requires just 4.4 litres of diesel fuel for 100 kilometres (equal to a staggering 64.2 mpg Imp), and is therefore the most fuel-efficient MINI ever built.

MINI One: High-Tech gasoline engine in a new format.

The new MINI One makes the entry into the MINI world more enticing than ever before. Even in the basic version, technical innovations in engine construction ensure increased driving pleasure. The 1.4-litre four-cylinder featured in the new MINI One comes from the 1.6-litre naturally aspirated engine of the new MINI Cooper and boasts the same refinements in technology. Smooth development of power and maximum efficiency are ensured primarily by fully variable valve control developed on the basis of the BMW Group's unique VALVETRONIC technology. Sophisticated aluminium construction makes the smaller version of the new power unit a muscular lightweight, just like its "bigger" brothers.

Developing a maximum output of 70 kW/95 hp, the four-cylinder power unit of the new MINI One develops 4 kW/5.5 hp more power than its predecessor. Its maximum torque is 140 Newton-metres or 103 lb-ft and is available at 4,000 rpm. This highly advanced power unit gives the new MINI One sporting performance combined with exemplary fuel economy and emission control: Acceleration to 100 km/h, for example, comes in just 10.9 seconds. And the top speed is an impressive 185 km/h or 115 mph. Average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle, finally, is 5.7 litres/100 kilometres, equal to 49.6 mpg Imp, approximately 15 per cent less than in the former model. Last but of course not least, the new MINI One naturally complies in full with the EU4 emission standard.

MINI Cooper D: The most economical MINI of all times.

The new MINI Cooper D offers all the benefits of a modern diesel in particularly attractive style: Featuring a likewise brand-new turbodiesel power unit developing maximum output of 80 kW/110 hp from 1.6 litres engine displacement and with impressive torque of 260 Newton-metres or 192 lb-ft between 1,750 and 2,000 rpm, the MINI Cooper D boasts a standard of thrust and muscle truly exceptional in this category. Two of the technical highlights of this new diesel engine on account of its lightweight aluminium construction are innovative direct fuel injection applying the common-rail principle as well as a turbocharger with variable turbine geometry for optimum power and performance in all speed ranges. A further unique feature is the new Overboost function giving the new MINI Cooper D a particularly powerful and agile "kick" whenever required. Indeed, this function provides exactly the same effect as in the particularly sporting and dynamic MINI Cooper S, Overboost serving to briefly raise the maximum torque on both models from 240 to 260 Newton-metres (177 to 192 lb-ft).

The new MINI Cooper D accelerates to 100 km/h or 62 mph in just 9.9 seconds and has a top speed of 195 km/h or 121 mph. And the car combines this dynamic character with equally impressive fuel efficiency, outperforming the low fuel consumption of the former model by approximately another 10 per cent, despite the increase in engine power by 15 kW or 20.5 hp. In the EU test cycle, the new MINI Cooper D consumes an average of just 4.4 litres/100 kilometres (equal to 64.2 mpg Imp), making it the most fuel-efficient MINI ever built. The car's exemplary emission management, in turn, is ensured not only by highly efficient fuel combustion, but also by the very effective standard diesel particulates filter. And it virtually goes without saying that the new MINI Cooper D fulfils the EU4 emission standard in every respect.

Individual highlights in design.

Fascinating flair, the newly designed interior with highly sophisti­cated, top-quality materials and incomparable design elements, as well as agile handling of the highest standard – these are the typical features and fortes of the new MINI. At the same time all variants of the new MINI excel through their evolutionary de­velopment in design retaining the unmistakable character of the brand and adding new, fresh highlights for ultimate perfection. On the MINI One, for example, the characteristic hexagon radiator grille now features black insert bars to add a special touch of individual style. And the caps on the exterior mirrors as well as the handle on the tailgate are also finished in black as a special feature on this model.

A further feature on the new MINI Cooper D is the particularly muscular curvature of the power dome on the front lid serving to accommodate the higher drive unit. The air intake on the diesel model is also larger than on the other model variants. This underlines the dynamic character of the diesel drive in the new MINI Cooper D. The rounded contours of its air intake and a specially finely constructed grille grid demonstrate an additional independent design feature. A final feature also worthy of mentioning in this context is the characteristic crossbar in body colour on the lower air intake.

The new MINI: Driving fun in four versions.

The new MINI One and the new MINI Cooper D both come as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox. As an option, the new MINI One is also available with six-speed automatic transmission complete with a Steptronic function allowing manual choice of gears. The go-kart feeling already typical of the former model is combined in all versions of the new MINI with a standard of supremacy quite unique in the small car segment. The newly developed suspension gives this front-wheel-drive performer supreme agility at all times, the car's sporting character now enhanced by remarkable comfort also on long distances. Superior precision in fast bends, on the other hand, is guaranteed by the new EPAS Electrical Power Assisted Steering. Occupant safety of genuine premium car standard is ensured, inter alia, by six airbags as well as three-point seat belts on all four seats. The only premium offering the small car segment is now even more attractive and versatile with the market introduction of the new MINI One and the new MINI Cooper D. Despite their individual characters, the MINI Cooper S, MINI Cooper, MINI One and MINI Cooper D can be characterised by common qualities: fascinating charisma and unique driving pleasure.

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