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2009 Mini Cooper Convertible
Detroit, Michigan – Mini has presented the world debut of the new 2009 Mini Convertible at the North American International Auto Show, alongside the Mini E electric vehicle, which will begin a new testing program following the show. From January 17 to 25, 2009, 500 units of the first all-electric Mini will be driven in California, New York and New Jersey by selected customers in everyday use.

The new Mini Convertible is scheduled to go on sale in March 2009. The new model is powered by a 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine, producing 120 horsepower, capable of accelerating from zero to 100 km/h in 9.8 seconds, with a top speed of 198 km/h. Fuel consumption in the EU test cycle is 5.7 L/100 km. The new Mini Cooper S Convertible uses a 1.6-litre four-cylinder with twin-scroll turbocharger and direct injection, accelerating from zero to 100 km/h in 7.4 seconds, with a top speed of 222 km/h, and an EU test cycle fuel efficiency rating of 6.4 L/100 km. Both models offer a significantly higher standard of performance on less fuel and with lower emissions than the models they replace.

Features include standard dynamic stability control, optional optimized traction mode, and a new rollover safety system that raises electromechanically only when required, with a single-piece roll bar that rests almost out of sight behind the rear seats. The design and structure of the roll bar increases the vehicle’s maximum cargo capacity to 660 litres (23.1 cu.ft.), an increase of 55 litres over the previous model.

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