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Wagner 05-26-2007 06:22 AM

Mini Cooper D 70+mpg
Ah, we need this in the states:

Press Release:

72.4 mpg. 104 g/km C02. No batteries required.

MINI hatch models are to receive technological revisions later this year, resulting in jaw-dropping performance and efficiency figures. Already BMW Groupís cleanest ever car, the MINI Cooper D will be capable of returning an astonishing 72.4mpg, with CO2 emissions of just 104 g/km.

When production of the revised models begins in August 2007, there will be no requirement for alternative fuel sources or hybrid technology to achieve these stunning stats. All model variants will instead be supplied as standard with high-tech engine tweaks, providing exceptional economy and minimal emissions without compromising the MINI driving experience.

Brake Energy Regeneration, Auto Start-Stop Function and Switch Point Display complete a package that will come at no extra cost to future MINI customers.

Brake Energy Regeneration works by using an Intelligent Alternator Control (IAC) and an Absorbent Glass Mat battery to recycle previously lost energy, which saves fuel. The IAC reduces drag on the engine by only engaging when required to charge the battery, whereas a traditional alternator is always pulling power from the engine. Additionally, the energy generated by the engine on over-run (under braking or descending a hill) was previously wasted. Now this lost energy is utilised by the IAC to charge the battery.

The Auto Start-Stop Function, available with manual transmission cars, automatically switches the engine off when the vehicle is stationary and the driver puts the car into neutral. To restart the driver only need engage the clutch again before pulling away in the normal manner. The system may be de-activated at the touch of a button when not required.

Switch Point Display aids drivers of manual transmission MINIs in selecting the most economical gear in which to drive. The engine management system analyses speed, road situation and accelerator pedal position and based on this data calculates optimum gearing. The ideal gear is then displayed by number in the cockpit display.

Even without these technology advancements in place, MINI leads the new car market for year-on-year improvements in clean engine manufacturing. C02 output per car has been reduced in the last year by an impressive 14 per cent. Putting that into perspective, the industry average was recorded at a lowly 0.3 per cent.

To put the icing on the cake for customers, MINI Cooper D owners will continue to benefit from the car falling into VED tax band B. So savings are not only made in carbon emissions, but at the fuel pumps and the Post Office when replacing an annual road fund licence too. Little wonder then that MINI UK is again celebrating a month of record car sales!

Meiac09 05-26-2007 08:06 AM

thankyou, thankyou BMW for telling Toyota to go eat it with their tree-killer prius.

When the AWD one comes out, that will be one hell of a combo.

Blue Mountain Raider 05-26-2007 10:10 PM

wow that is an insane mpg. man if only i liked the mini's design.

AzNMpower32 05-26-2007 10:36 PM

SEND IT TO THE STATES!!!!! It'll be my commuter car!:thumbup:

Sedoy 05-27-2007 12:02 AM

Chip-tuned it will be a 70MPG beast! Can't wait to how diesel will kick Prius a$$ in States.

vinuneuro 05-27-2007 12:10 AM

Curious about the Auto Start/Stop: how do they get around the added wear of frequent start-ups. Is the oil system pressurized before start?

xx3 05-27-2007 03:18 AM

Seriously... I'd buy one too if it came to the states !

Scottie 05-27-2007 03:36 AM


Originally Posted by vinuneuro
Curious about the Auto Start/Stop: how do they get around the added wear of frequent start-ups. Is the oil system pressurized before start?

they also have it in the 1 series.

vinuneuro 05-27-2007 03:57 AM


Originally Posted by Scottie
they also have it in the 1 series.

so how do they get around the added wear..

Scottie 05-27-2007 04:44 AM

Auto Start-Stop Function: no more idling.

In all manual-transmission models of the new MINI, idling phases will be eliminated virtually entirely in future. The new Auto Start-Stop Function ensures that the engine switches off automatically when the vehicle stops at a junction, for example, as soon as the gear lever is moved into neutral position and the driver removes his foot from the clutch. To restart the engine, the driver simply activates the clutch. The engine is then automatically restarted without any delay.

The Auto Start-Stop Function enables a significantly more efficient use of fuel, especially in urban traffic. At every interim stop, energy consumption and exhaust emissions can very simply be reduced to zero. Unnecessary fuel consumption in idling phases is thus a thing of the past. The Auto Start-Stop Function is on standby every time the engine is started. The system is activated as soon as the engine oil has reached the required operating temperature. Under certain conditions for reasons of safety and comfort, the engine is not switched off. By means of permanent monitoring of the operating condition of the vehicle and weather conditions, the intelligent control system is able to identify situations in which it is advantageous to leave the engine running. This applies when the battery is at a very low charge level and also at outside temperatures which are very high (over 30 degrees Celsius) or very low (less than 3 degrees Celsius). What is more, the engine remains running at short interim stops if the interior temperature has not yet reached the level selected in the air conditioning system or when heat is required to remove ice or condensation from the windscreen. The system is also able to distinguish between short-term stops and the end of a journey: there is no automatic restart if the seat belt buckle, driver's door or engine compartment lid are opened when the engine is switched off. What is more the Auto Start-Stop Function can be deactivated at any time by the driver at the press of a button.

nothing about wear but I here what you are saying

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