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Με το κλειστό MINI να βρίσκεται στην αγορά σχεδόν εδώ και δύο χρόνια, έφτασε η ώρα να παρουσιαστεί και η Convertible έκδοση του. Σχεδιαστικά το ανοικτό MINI δεν διαφοροποιείται από την κλειστή έκδοση, αν εξαιρέσει κανείς την μαλακή πλήρως αυτόματη υφασμάτινη οροφή η οποία ανοιγοκλείνει σε 18 δευτερόλεπτα, ακόμη και όταν το αυτοκίνητο κινείται με ταχύτητα 30 χλμ/ώρα.

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Όπως και το κλειστό νέο MINI, έτσι και το Convertible έχει μεγαλύτερες διαστάσεις από τον προκάτοχό του. Το μήκος του αυξήθηκε κατά 98 mm, φτάνοντας τα 3.821mm (MINI Cooper S Convertible: 3.850 mm), το πλάτος έχει αυξηθεί κατά 44 mm, στα 1.727 mm, με το ύψος να αυξάνεται κατά 7 mm, στα 1.415 mm. Το μεταξόνιο του ανέρχεται στα 2.495 mm, με τα μετατρόχια να έχουν αυξηθεί και αυτά, κατά 42 mm μπροστά και κατά 34 mm πίσω. Οι αυξημένες διαστάσεις του MINI Convertible υπόσχονται καλύτερο χειρισμό και μεγαλύτερους χώρους στο εσωτερικό. Ο χώρος αποσκευών ανέρχεται στα 215 λίτρα +25% από την προηγούμενη γενιά (160 λίτρα με την οροφή ανοικτή).

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Κατά το λανσάρισμα, το MINI Convertible θα προσφέρεται με τρεις κινητήρες. Τον 1.500αρη τρικύλινδρο κινητήρα βενζίνης στην έκδοση Cooper απόδοσης 136 ίππων με 220 Nm ροπής (230 Nm στη λειτουργία Overboost). Τα 0-100 χλμ/ώρα τα κάνει σε 8,8 δευτ. (8,7 με το αυτόματο κιβώτιο), έχοντας τελική ταχύτητα 208 χλμ/ώρα (206 χλμ/ώρα με το αυτόματο κιβώτιο). Ακολουθεί ο 1.500αρης τρικύλινδρος κινητήρας πετρελαίου στην έκδοση Cooper D απόδοσης 116 ίππων με 270 Nm ροπής (300 Nm στη λειτουργία Overboost), με τα 0-100 χλμ/ώρα να τα κάνει σε 9,9 δευτ. είτε με το μηχανικό είτε με το αυτόματο κιβώτιο, έχοντας τελική ταχύτητα 195 χλμ/ώρα και μέση κατανάλωση. Τέλος υπάρχει και το τετρακύλινδρος 2.0-λιτρος κινητήρας βενζίνης απόδοσης 192 ίππων και 280 Nm ροπής (300 Nm στην λειτουργία Overboost) στην έκδοση Cooper S. Τα 0-100 χλμ/ώρα τα κάνει σε σε 7,2 δευτ. (7,1 με το αυτόματο κιβώτιο), έχοντας τελική ταχύτητα 230 χλμ/ώρα (228 χλμ/ώρα.

Η παραγωγή του θα ξεκινήσει από τον Νοέμβριο με την κατασκευή του να γίνεται αποκλειστικά στο εργοστάσιο VDL στο Born της Ολλανδίας. Οι πρώτες παραδόσεις θα γίνουν από τον Μάρτιο του 2016.

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The new MINI Convertible.

New edition of the first and still the only premium convertible in the small car segment; change of generation in the model range of the tradition-steeped British brand is continued with the new MINI Convertible; open-top driving fun on four seats combined with optimised qualities in terms of sportiness, efficiency, comfort, functionality, safety, connectivity and quality of both materials and workmanship.

Unmistakable exterior design; precise balance between top-class elegance and sporty flair; characteristic proportions with powerfully sculpted surfaces and a dynamically elongated silhouette; up-to-date interpretation of classic MINI design features: circular headlamps and rear lights with chrome surrounds, hexagonal radiator grille, black peripheral body surround, side turn indicator elements; large selection of body finishes including the variant Caribbean Aqua metallic presented here for the first time.

High-quality textile soft top with fully automatic opening and closing mechanism as well as sliding roof function; new drive, fully electric and therefore very quiet for the first time; also available as MINI Yours soft top with unique woven Union Jack graphic; opening and closing of the soft top and side windows in 18 seconds, also possible during travel at speeds of up to 30km/h; invisibly integrated rollover protection which extends automatically when required as a convertible-specific component of the integrated MINI safety concept.

Increased dimensions of the new MINI Convertible as compared to predecessor model by 98 millimetres in length, 44 millimetres in width and 1 millimetre in height; longer wheelbase (+ 28 millimetres); larger track width (+ 42 millimetres at the front, + 34 millimetres at the rear); optimised space comfort on all four seats; new front seats with larger adjustment range; more comfortable entry and longer seat surface for rear passengers; also more clearly emphasised single-seat character with optimised lateral support at the rear; luggage volume expanded by approx. 25 per cent to 215 litres with closed top and 160 litres with open top; standard trim includes rear backrest with split fold, enlarged through-loading facility and Easy Load function.

Characteristic interior design with horizontally structured cockpit, circular or elliptical contours for displays, air vents and door trim elements as well as high-quality colour and material combinations; display and operating concept including instrument panel on the steering column, central instrument with new functions, optional LED lighting display and red start/stop button at the centre of the toggle switch bar in the lower section of the centre console.

Market launch of the new MINI Convertible with three engine variants (combined fuel consumption; 6.0 – 3.8 l/100 km; combined CO2emissions: 139 – 100 g/km); new engine generation with MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology; 3-cylinder petrol engine with 100 kW/136 hp in the MINI Cooper Convertible, 4-cylinder petrol engine with 141 kW/192 hp in the MINI Cooper S Convertible, 3-cylinder diesel engine with 85 kW/116 hp in the MINI Cooper D Convertible.

Power transmission to the front wheels; 6-speed manual transmission as standard; 6-speed Steptronic transmission as an option; 6-speed Steptronic sports transmission with shift paddles at the steering wheel also available for MINI Cooper S Convertible; extensive range of MINIMALISM technology as standard; optional MINI Driving Modes including GREEN mode for efficiency-optimised motoring.

Typical MINI go-kart feeling due to suspension technology with model-specific set-up combined with wide track and long wheelbase; single-joint strut front axle and multilink rear axle with increased stiffness and reduced weight; speed-related Servotronic steering support and Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) including Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) and Electronic Differential Lock Control (EDLC) as standard; MINICooper S Convertible additionally with Performance Control; optionally available: Dynamic Damper Control, sports suspension: 15-inch or 16-inch light alloy wheels as standard, or sized up to 18-inch as an option.

Highly rigid body structure with model-specific bracing elements for an agile driving response with maximum occupant protection; complete set of standard safety features with front airbags, head-thorax airbags integrated in the backrests, 3-point automatic belts on all seats, ISOFIX child seat mountings for the passenger seat and at the rear, tyre pressure display and partially active engine compartment lid for optimum pedestrian protection; needs-based control of the restraint systems and rollover protection by means of centralised safety electronics.

High-quality standard features including automatic soft top activation, central locking, Radio MINI Boost with USB and AUX-IN socket, Park Distance Control and air conditioning; customisation with a large selection of exterior mirror graphics, bonnet stripes, seat upholsteries, interior surfaces and Colour Lines as well as MINI Yours and John Cooper Works features.

Innovative features available for the MINI Convertible for the first time: LED headlamps with LED daytime driving light and LED rear lights; adaptive light distribution and LED turning light; LED fog lamp; lighting package with LED interior and ambient lighting; MINI Head-Up Display, Parking Assistant, Driving Assistant with camera-based active cruise control, collision and pedestrian warning with initial brake function, high beam assistant and road sign detection; rear view camera; Intelligent Emergency Call.

Additional options to enhance driving fun, comfort and individual style include 2-zone automatic air conditioning with convertible mode, seat heating, Comfort Access, Always Open Timer with new display content, new wind deflector with reduced weight and simplified mounting, rain sensor with automatic driving lights control, MINI Excitement Package including MINI Logo Projection from the exterior mirror onto the area in front of the door on the driver’s side, heatable windscreen, heatable and folding exterior mirrors, interior and exterior mirrors with automatic dip function, MINI navigation system and Wired equipment package including navigation system Professional with MINI Touch Controller, Radio MINI Visual Boost, MINI Connected XL Journey Mate and Bluetooth mobile phone preparation.

Complete MINI Connected in-car infotainment program; constantly updated selection of apps for integration in the car via smartphone; exclusive MINI functions such as MINI Streetwise, online search, Sports Instruments, Force Meter and rain warning function; MINI Connected XL Journey Mate with real time traffic radar; online-based services for the use of social networks as well as entertainment offers such as Spotify, AUPEO!, Stitcher, Deezer, Audible, Napster/Rhapsody, TuneIn and GoPro.

Engine variants:

MINI Cooper S Convertible: 4-cylinder petrol engine with MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology (turbo charging, direct injection, fully variable valve control, variable camshaft control),  capacity: 1998 cc, output: 141 kW/192 hp at 5 000 – 6 000 rpm, max. torque: 280 Nm at 1 250 – 4 000 rpm (300 Nm with overboost), acceleration (0–100 km/h): 7.2 seconds (automatic: 7.1 seconds),  top speed: 230 km/h (228 km/h),  average fuel consumption*: 6.1 – 6.0 litres (5.8 – 5.6 litres)/100 kilometres,  CO2 emissions*: 142 – 139 g/km (134 – 131 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6.  MINI Cooper Convertible: 3-cylinder petrol engine with MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology (turbo charging, direct injection, fully variable valve control, variable camshaft control), capacity: 1 499 cc, output: 100 kW/136 hp at 4 400 rpm,  torque: 220 Nm at 1 250 rpm (230 Nm with overboost), acceleration (0–100 km/h): 8.8 seconds (automatic: 8.7 seconds),  top speed: 208 km/h (206 km/h), average fuel consumption*: 5.1 – 4.9 litres (5.3 – 5.1 litres)/100 kilometres, CO2 emissions*: 118 – 114 g/km (123 – 119 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6. 

MINI Cooper D   Convertible: 3-cylinder diesel engine with MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology (turbocharger with variable turbine geometry, common rail direct injection), capacity: 1 496 cc, output: 85 kW/116 hp at 4 000 rpm,  max. torque: 270 Nm at 1 750 – 2 250 rpm (300 Nm with overboost), acceleration (0–100 km/h): 9.9 seconds (automatic: 9.9 seconds),  top speed: 195 km/h (195 km/h), average fuel consumption*: 4.0 – 3.8 litres (4.1 – 3.9 litres)/100 kilometres, CO2 emissions*: 105 – 100 g/km (109 – 104 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6. 

* EU test cycle figures, fuel consumption dependent on the selected tyre format.

Exterior dimensions: Length: 3 821 millimetres (MINI Cooper S Convertible: 3 850 millimetres) Width: 1 727 millimetres Height: 1 415 millimetres Wheelbase: 2495 millimetres

MINI at the Tokyo Motor Show 2015.

The British premium brand MINI is presenting the latest results of the current generation change in its model range at the Tokyo Motor Show 2015 with a World and Asia premiere. The international motor show in the Japanese capital is the venue for the first public presentation of the new MINI Convertible. The new MINI Clubman will also see its premiere on the Asian continent here.

Both new arrivals demonstrate how the wide range of possibilities of experiencing the latest edition of MINI typical driving fun have been broadened even further. Just like the new MINI 3 door and the new MINI 5 door, the new MINI Convertible offers significant advancements in the areas of technology, design, equipment and premium quality. Enjoying open air driving pleasure in hallmark style is now even more attractive. The new MINI Clubman combines the advances of the new model generation with a clear boost in space and functionality, thereby transferring them to the premium compact segment for the first time. In this competitive environment, its unconventional body concept with four doors and the two Split Doors at the rear, which open sideways, make it an exceptional phenomenon right away.

The Tokyo Motor Show ranks among the top five of the most important international auto shows. It was brought into being in 1954 and is being conducted for the 44th time already this year. Taking “Your heart will race – technology and fantasy” as the motto, automobile manufacturers, suppliers and service providers from all over the world are presenting their latest models, products and technologies from 30. October to 8. November. The MINI presentation at the international Tokyo Big Sight trade fair centre gives visitors the opportunity to also get to know the other members of the model family, current MINI Connected innovations as well as new products from the optional equipment and Original MINI accessories range.

The new MINI Convertible: invigorating driving fun, innovative technology and individual style. Once again the MINI Convertible offers the most exclusive and also most invigorating way of enjoying hallmark MINI driving fun. In the new edition of the open four-seater, the evolutionary refinement of the sporty-elegant exterior design and the high-grade interior ambience harmonise with the wide range of innovations in the areas of drive, suspension, equipment and networking. The fully automatic textile top of the new MINI Convertible is equipped with a fully electric and therefore especially quiet drive mechanism. It can also be opened and closed while driving up to speeds of 30 km/h in 18 seconds respectively and also features a sliding roof function. Optionally a MINI Yours top with woven-in Union Jack design is available. A touch of visual style is also offered by the new Caribbean Aqua metallic paintwork.

The new generation of the first and still only convertible in the small car premium segment will go on sale on the Japanese market in the first quarter of 2016 in the model variants MINI Cooper Convertible and MINI Cooper S Convertible. Both models are driven by the powerful and efficient latest-generation engines with MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology. Agile and safe driving is ensured thanks to the hallmark power transmission to the front wheels, the high-grade, model-specifically harmonised suspension technology, the wide track, the low centre of gravity and the body reinforcements especially conceived for the convertible. The automatic rollover protection has now been completely integrated behind the rear seats. The new options include the Always Open Timer, whose display functions have been expanded, the MINI Connected App with rain warning, the automatic air conditioning with convertible mode as well as the especially compact and user-friendly wind deflector.

The new MINI Clubman: multifacetted individualist for the premium compact segment. The second new model of the British brand presented at the Tokyo Motor Show 2015 has everything that it takes to win over new target groups to the unmistakable MINI feeling. The new MINI Clubman offers the highest level of everyday practicality, long distance suitability, versatility and ride comfort ever seen in a MINI. In addition, its unique body concept, characteristic design features, premium quality and thrillingly agile handling properties make for hallmark MINI style in the compact segment.

With its Split Doors at the rear, the new MINI Clubman has six doors. With its long wheelbase, its stretched silhouette and steep rear section, it represents the modern interpretation of the shooting brake concept. Five fully-fledged seats and a spacious and variable interior as well as the distinctive cockpit design, clearly highlight the advances made in comparison to the predecessor model with regard to space and functionality. The new MINI Clubman is equipped as standard with an electric parking brake and optionally also with electrically adjustable driver and front passenger seats. In addition the entire range of driver assistance systems is available for the new MINI generation. The luggage space volume of the new MINI Clubman can be extended to as much as 1250 litres by folding down the rear backrest with its 40:20:40 split. Non-contact opening of the split doors is possible in combination with the optional equipment Comfort Access function.

The current engine generation with MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology also powers the MINI Clubman providing sports style temperament and outstanding efficiency. Two model variants will be launched in Japan in the fourth quarter of 2015. The new MINI Cooper Clubman transfers the engine power generated by its 3-cylinder petrol engine to the front wheels via 6-speed Steptronic transmission. The 4-cylinder engine of the new MINI Cooper S Clubman is combined with the first 8-speed Steptronic transmission to be used by the brand. The optional MINI Driving Modes include the standard MID setting, the intensive driving fun SPORT mode and the especially efficient GREEN mode. Fuel-efficient driving is also ensured by the sailing function where the drivetrain is decoupled as soon as the driver takes his foot off the accelerator.

MINI model range: On the track for success with new diversity. With the new models shown at the Tokyo Motor Show 2015, the latest MINI generation presents a level of model diversity which enables further target groups to experience driving fun in everyday traffic. With its current range for the small car and compact segment, the British premium brand is preparing the ground for continuing its success story on the Japanese car market. The latest generation of the original in the premium small car segment will be available in the MINI 3 door and MINI 5 door version for the first time. Three engine types are offered for both models. The extremely sports oriented MINI John Cooper Works was also created based on the classic 3 door model version. The new edition of the top athlete is the most powerful production vehicle ever manufactured by the brand.

The MINI Countryman already impressively proved that hallmark MINI driving fun and individual style thrills customers beyond the small car segment, too. As the first MINI with four doors, a large tailgate, five seats and optional ALL4 all-wheel drive, the allrounder greatly contributed to the brand’s continuous growth on the Japanese market. There is added support by the avant-garde and very sports-oriented MINI Paceman, the first Sports Activity Coupé in the premium compact segment. Both models also serve as the basis for two further extreme athletes in the MINI model range. The MINI John Cooper Works Countryman and the MINI John Cooper Works Paceman are characterised by their motor sport inspired drive and suspension technology, all-wheel drive as standard as well as highly distinctive exterior and interior design.