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.
Regeneration, Auto Start-Stop Function and Switch Point Display complete
a package that will come at no extra cost to future MINI customers.
Regeneration works by using an Intelligent Alternator Control (IAC)
and an Absorbent Glass Mat battery to recycle previously lost energy,
which saves fuel. This 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 to charge the
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.
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.
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!