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Major Mini improvements on the way

25 May 2007

Minis that can return up to 72.4mpg and emit just 104g/km of carbon dioxide go into production this August.

Mini is fitting every car in its range with stop-start technology that switches off the engine when the vehicle is stationary, and an alternator that charges the battery during braking. Cars fitted with manual gearboxes will also be fitted with a display that tells the driver the best gear to use for optimum economy.

The additions will come at no extra cost and have no impact on top speed or acceleration figures. They improve fuel consumption by 6.5% on the Mini One, 6.9% on the Cooper, 10.3% on the Cooper S and 12.8% on the Cooper D.

Carbon dioxide emissions are reduced by 7.2% on the One and Cooper petrol models, 9.1% on the Cooper S and 11.9% on the Cooper D diesel.

The improvements make the Cooper D diesel the joint most fuel-efficient model on sale, with average fuel consumption of 72.4mpg - that matches the Volkswagen Polo BlueMotion's. The Mini also comes close to matching the Polo's 102g/km emissions figure. Its output of 104g/km is the same as the next-cleanest car on sale, the Toyota Prius hybrid.

The drop in carbon dioxide emissions has the biggest effect on the running costs of the Cooper S, which drops from the 19% to the 16% company tax bracket, and joins other petrol Minis in band C for vehicle excise duty. All the other petrol models continue in the 15% company car tax bracket, while the diesel holds its place in VED band B.

Post-August Mini figures
Fuel consumption
Mini One 53.3mpg
Mini Cooper 52.3mpg
Mini Cooper S 45.6mpg
Mini Cooper D 72.4mpg

Carbon dioxide emissions
Mini One 128g/km
Mini Cooper 129g/km
Mini Cooper S 149g/km
Mini Cooper D 104g/km

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