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MINI (BMW) MINI

MINI (BMW) MINI (Germany, 2001-2008)

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History and Development

The first BMW-parented MINI Cooper was launched in 2001, after BMW took over the rights to the Mini brand name. Through a fresh and modern design, the new Cooper recovered the classic Mini’s characteristic lines and manages to make a good simulation of what driving the old model felt like. This model was produced until 2006, when a new Cooper model took its place on the market.



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Engine and Transmission

The Cooper MkI receives power from its 1.6-liter Tritec engine, which stands on a front-wheel drive platform. These Coopers are fitted with either a conventional 5-speed manual gearbox or a CVT (continuously variable transmission) unit.



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Chassis

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  Suspension Sport suspension with front and rear anti-roll bars.   Steering Rack-and-pinion.   Brakes Four wheel anti-lock brakes.



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Body and Design

The MINI Cooper MkI was designed by Frank Stephenson. The car was made available in 3-door hatchback and 2-door convertible body styles.



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The development of the brand new MINI had been under operations since 1995, under the management of the – then parent company – Rover Group. BMW took over the job in 1999 and kept on developing it until 2001. The German company presented the refreshed brand for the first time at the 2000 Paris Auto Show, with a MINI concept car version.

Operations on the brand’s fresh new line-up began and still remain wher...  more

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