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New Mini Convertible Unveiled - Web Exclusive

Dec 1, 2008
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The new Mini Convertible is set to make a return to roads in 2009. Europe will begin seeing the British-built car as early as March '09 but stay tuned for release dates of the US model. The first generation Mini Convertible had remarkable success delivering approximately 164k units around the world. Its successor looks to follow in its footsteps with new advances in technology and design.

The exterior features a raised shoulder line highlighted by a chrome strip. This extends around the body of the car giving the convertible a more dynamic stance. The convertible still retains the trademark hexagon radiator grille and large round headlights but with a chrome frame and three horizontal chrome-plated bars. The Cooper S sets itself apart with an enhanced hood scoop that is .79" higher than the stand Cooper. At the rear of the Cooper S, two large tail pipes exit the center surrounded by a large diffuser in the rear bumper.

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Also, exclusive to the new drop-top are two new colors, Interchange yellow and Horizon blue. And for a contrasting roof, customers can pick colors from black, Denim blue or Hot Chocolate.For the first time in the convertible, air condition will be standard as well as a lockable glove box with cooled air.

The automatic canvas roof of the second-generation convertible can be fully retracted or closed using a roof-frame mounted toggle switch in just 15 seconds. In the event of a driver being caught unexpectedly by a sudden downpour, this function will fully operate with the car at speeds up to 20mph.

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As an alternative to the complete top-down driving experience, the full-width of the electric roof can be retracted by 15.74" to create the effect of a sunroof. This function can be operated at speeds of up to 75mph.

A unique feature typical of Mini will be the Openometer. Offered as an option, the Openometer records the time spent by the owner driving with the top down.

Unlike its predecessor's fixed anti-roll bars the new model features a single-piece roll bar situated behind the rear seats, ensuring passenger safety in the event of a crash. The roll bar will extend in milliseconds at the point of impact to protect the car's occupants should the car overturn. Remarkably, this new arrangement in no way obstructs the driver's line of sight when looking out of the rear window.



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