In a word.. no. But before we get to that, let’s take a look at what is being said. Autoblog (among other sites) is currently running a story that argues MINI will be bringing the current MINI Cooper D to the US and the introduction will happen next week at the Detroit Autoshow. Here’s an excerpt from their post that sheds some light on their reasoning:

>We believe that MINI may correct this at the 2008 North American International Auto Show in Detroit next week. Our guess is based on a press release issued by MINI today that, while saying very little about its plan for the Detroit show other than the Clubman and Clubman S would be present, included images of a left-hand-drive Cooper D Clubman. The press release also mentions that a talking point at MINI’s press conference will be “More Driving Pleasure, Less Fuel Consumption: The new MINI in the 2008 Model Year”. Couple that with parent company BMW’s announcement of two new models for the U.S. market that will be powered by diesel engines, the X5 xDrive35d and the 335d, and it begins to look like MINI will follow suit with a diesel of its own.

Before all you US readers get too giddy, let’s think about this for a moment.

The press release in question is same one that MINI has been using since the release of the Brake Energy Regeneration and Auto Start Stop features (both currently not offered in the US mind you) in late 2007.

Secondly the current diesel in the MINI range is a PSA engine and is not capable of a urea injection system that BMW uses on it’s new US diesel offerings without some incredibly expensive engineering and retrofitting. Neither of which make sense for what would be a niche vehicle in the US market.

So while we’re 100% in favor of the MINI Cooper D coming to the states, we don’t expect it anytime soon in its current form.

That said, MINI isn’t ignorant of the burgeoning need for more fuel efficient cars in the US. Look for more news on this in the coming months on MF.

You can read the entire Detroit Auto Show press release (which is the same as the previous 2008 MINI USA release) below

Official MINI USA Press Release: Everybody loves the new MINI. In its design, its flair and agile handling, the new MINI has been desirable right from the start. And now the technology-oriented aficionado of the MINI will find an even wider range of convincing arguments and selling points contributing to the success of this great car. So even more than before, the world’s only small premium car stands out through top-quality finish, exemplary safety, the most advanced drivetrain technology, outstanding efficiency, extreme reliability, and lasting value. Indeed, it is precisely through these and many other qualities that MINI has already written an impressive story of success in the USA.

Now yet another new chapter is being added to this success story:

the MINI Clubman. The public will have the wonderful opportunity to admire this extravagantly designed new addition to the MINI model range at the 2008 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) to be held in Detroit from 19–27 January 2008 – and soon they will be able to enjoy the sight of this unique car also on the road, with the market launch of the MINI Clubman in the States starting on February 16, 2008.

The new MINI Clubman stands out clearly as a genuine MINI from every angle. At the same time it thrills the beholder with its astounding design, re-interpreting the shooting brake concept with unmistakable proportions, a unique look with equally unique features at the rear, and the innovative configuration of the car’s doors: The unprecedented split-door at the rear is made of up two door panels hinged right at the outside and opening up sideways to a wide angle. On the right-hand side of the car the Clubdoor hinged at the back, in turn, facilitates access to the rear seats, where the MINI Clubman offers surprisingly generous legroom.

Wheelbase up by 8 centimetres or 0.31″ over the “regular” MINI benefits the rear-seat passengers in full. In all, the MINI Clubman is 24 centimetres or 9.4″ longer than the MINI Hatch. In practice, this means that the split-door opens up to provide access to extremely generous luggage space, offering 260 litres or 9.1 cu ft behind the rear seats. A further advantage is that the rear-seat backrest may be tilted down either in part or in full, depending on the driver’s and passengers’ requirements, with luggage capacity being enlarged up to 930 litres or 32.6 cu ft in the process.

The MINI Clubman offers new opportunities and at the same time retains all the qualities so typical of the brand. In particular, this means the car’s incomparably agile handling, the MINI Clubman – like all the other models in the range – guaranteeing a unique standard of driving pleasure based, first, on suspension technology unusually demanding in the small car segment and, second, on the car’s truly powerful, high-torque but exceptionally efficient power units.

The MINI Cooper S, MINI Cooper, MINI Cooper S Clubman and MINI Cooper Clubman models available in the USA offer a level of sporting performance unlike anything in the small car segment. And at the same time they return an impressive level of fuel economy and emission management, particularly in consideration of the car’s power and performance on the road.

More performance on less fuel: MINI in the 2008 model year.

Dynamic on the road, modest at the fuel pump – this characterises the MINI and the MINI Clubman in the 2008 model year. All current models feature Brake Energy Regeneration and – on models with manual gearbox – an Auto Start Stop function as well as a gearshift point indicator. The new MINI Cooper S (128 kW/175 hp, 0–62 mph in 7.1 seconds, top speed 225 km/h or 140 mph) makes do with average fuel consumption of 6.2 litres/100 kilometres. The average US 2008 EPA fuel economy rating for the MINI Cooper S is 29 miles per gallon. (CO2 rating: 149 g/km). The MINI Cooper (88 kW/120 hp, 0–62 mph in 9.1 seconds, top speed 203 km/h or 126 mph), in turn, returns a remarkable 5.4 litres/100 kilometres The average 2008 EPA fuel consumption in the US for the MINI Cooper is 37 miles per gallon. (CO2 rating: 129 g/km).

The corresponding versions of the MINI Clubman feature almost identical performance and fuel economy, the MINI Cooper S Clubman likewise is powered by 128 kW/175 hp (0–62 mph in 7.6 seconds, top speed 224 km/h or 139 mph) requires 6.3 litres/100 kilometres. The average US 2008 EPA fuel economy rating for the MINI Cooper S Clubman is 29 miles per gallon.
(CO2 rating: 150 g/km), while the 88 kW/120 hp MINI Cooper Clubman (0–62 mph in 9.8 seconds, top speed 201 km/h or 125 mph) consumes just 5.5 litres/100 kilometres. The average 2008 EPA fuel consumption in the US for the MINI Cooper Clubman is 37 miles per gallon. (CO2 rating: 132 g/km).

All versions of the MINI and MINI Clubman come as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox. An optional feature available on all engine variants is six-speed automatic transmission with Steptronic for manual intervention in the choice of gears. The go-kart feeling so typical of the MINI is combined with supremacy on the road quite unique in the small car segment. The newly developed suspension, to emphasize an essential point in this context, is geared precisely to each model, giving this front-wheel-drive athlete outstanding agility on the road at all times.

Superior precision in fast bends is guaranteed by the new EPAS Electrical Power Assisted Steering. And since EPAS calls up electric power for the steering only when really required in the interest of power assistance or when the driver wishes to benefit from this additional support, the system with its superior technology makes an additional contribution to the greater efficiency offered by the new MINI.

Safety premium-style: five stars in the Euro NCAP crash test.

The MINI is a premium model also when it comes to safety. Achieving the best result of five stars in the Euro NCAP crash test, the all-inclusive concept of occupant safety in the new MINI is clearly confirmed in practice, this optimum score in crash safety under the toughest and most demanding conditions resulting from the particular construction and layout of this compact car conceived from the start for passive safety of the highest standard: The robust body structure with its clearly defined load paths and deformation zones, just like the high standard of six airbags, three-point seat belts on all four seats and ISOFIX child seat fastenings at the rear as well as central safety electronics for on-demand control and management of the restraint systems, is a clear expression of the great significance the BMW Group gives to occupant safety in the development of trendsetting new models of the highest standard in every respect.

The five-star score in the Euro NCAP crash test was achieved by the new MINI Cooper. But the positive judgment passed by testers in the NCAP New Car Assessment Programme also applies to the other versions within the series, with the MINI Cooper S and the MINI Cooper featuring identical technology and equipment in terms of passive safety. And it almost goes without saying that the MINI Clubman also comes as standard with six airbags, three-point inertia-reel seat belts on all seats, belt latch tensioners and belt force limiters at the front, belt warning units and ISOFIX child seat fastenings at the rear. Maximum occupant safety in the event of a collision is therefore an obligatory, built-in highlight of both the new MINI and the MINI Clubman.

MINI all the way: likeable, agile, efficient, safe, reliable, and with lasting value.

The outstanding quality of the new MINI is confirmed regularly by independent, non-partisan experts. Indeed, the new MINI is acknowledged as one of the most reliable cars in its segment, an analysis by Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobilclub (ADAC) stating that the MINI has the smallest number of breakdowns and defects among all models in this class currently in production and sold in Germany. Covering some 400,000 technical breakdown assistance calls within one year, the ADAC breakdown statistics clearly prove the consistently good reliability of the car throughout all model years.

Product quality and popularity of this standard have also given the MINI another top position, Europe’s best-selling motor magazine “Auto Bild” lauding the MINI Cooper as the “2007 Value Champion”. This title is based on the presumable resale value of a MINI newly registered in the year 2007 and coming up for sale in the year 2010, as assessed by car experts.

For this reason and many others, the MINI Cooper holds its value more consistently than just about any other car in the German market today: Selling at 69 per cent of the original purchase price, the MINI Cooper ranks second in the “Value Champion” class. And the only car to outperform this excellent result is – what else? – the MINI Convertible, leading the list with a resale value of 70 per cent after three years.

In the combination of all its qualities, the new MINI, as is to be seen from the points presented, is a truly unique car. But ultimately it is only the highly expressive, unmistakable design of the car and its driving behaviour ensuring unparalleled agility that makes the new MINI not only convincing, but rather truly fascinating: Driving a MINI is not only a question of getting from A to B, but rather an expression of individual style. And the wide range of options in customising the MINI offers huge margin and freedom in creating a very personal and individual touch.

Full integration of the Apple iPhone.

Entering the 2008 model year, the MINI and the MINI Clubman offer in particular even more options and possibilities to configure personalised entertainment and communication functions. At the 2008 NAIAS in Detroit MINI, among other features, is presenting full integration of the Apple iPhone into the car’s control system ensuring highly convenient use of the telephone and audio functions provided by these new smartphones in the car.

To give the driver and passengers this extra convenience, a common platform has been developed for both functions, the modified software automatically interrupting a music programme the driver is listening to on the loudspeakers as soon as he receives a call, then continuing the programme at the same point when the call is over. The telephone function itself incorporates the loudspeakers and the microphone on the hands-free communication unit likewise switching back automatically to the music mode after completion of the call.

In the new MINI and MINI Clubman the activated smartphone functions are presented either in the radio display or – if fitted – in the display of the navigation system. If the car is fitted with a navigation system, the MINI joystick serves to conveniently control and mastermind the Apple iPhone telephone and audio functions. The only prerequisite for such full integration of the telephone functions is that the car is prepared for use of a mobile phone with the Bluetooth interface from the MINI special equipment range.

The music files and the signals for operating the audio functions are transmitted by a cable adaptor available from MINI for the USB audio interface also available for installation between the Apple iPhone and the audio system in the car. This connection likewise serves to charge the Apple iPhone while driving, and an Apple iPod as well as other MP3 players may be fully integrated into the MINI’s audio system via the USB audio interface.

Featuring such technically sophisticated and highly convenient equipment right from the start for integrating the latest mobile phone and audio systems, MINI is once again proving its exceptional position as an innovative, lifestyle-oriented premium brand. Driving pleasure MINI-style therefore ranges from dynamic power units and agile handling all the way to the latest highlights in modern equipment.

Just like safety, efficiency, quality, reliability and lasting value, therefore, these features also help to give the MINI its outstanding product substance appreciated all over the world by a constantly growing group of dedicated aficionados and MINI drivers.

The positive development of the brand in the USA is an essential factor driving the global success of the MINI: Ever since the modern MINI entered the US market in spring 2002, sales in the USA have amounted to more than 210, 000 units.

Sales in Great Britain, the home country of the MINI, are even greater and more successful.

With the MINI Clubman presented in Detroit entering the market, conditions are ideal for even more dynamic growth of the brand in the USA, the 2008 NAIAS setting the starting point for another new chapter in the story of the MINI’s success. The North American International Auto Show in Detroit is, by tradition, the first truly outstanding and internationally significant motor show in the year. Motor shows have been held in Detroit since 1907 and the 2008 NAIAS is the 20th International Auto Show in the capital city of the US automotive industry. This year the organisers and almost 100 exhibitors from all over the world expect some 800,000 visitors.

The MINI Cooper S.

MINI at its best: The MINI Cooper S offers the fascinating opportunity to experience superior agility and driving pleasure in a compact car. Through its concept, body design, engine, suspension and features, the MINI Cooper S offers the perfect combination to enjoy a lasting impression even on the shortest distances. Its 1.6-litre power unit complete with a twin-scroll turbocharger and direct gasoline injection develops maximum output of 128 kW/175 hp, accelerating the MINI Cooper S to 62 mph in 7.1 seconds all the way to a top speed of 140 mph (225 km/h). And even when driving to the fuel pump, the driver will still enjoy the same satisfaction, with the MINI Cooper S returning a remarkable EPA 34 miles per gallon Highway US. The car’s CO2 rating, finally, is an equally impressive 149 grams/kilometre.

The MINI Cooper.

Unrestricted driving pleasure on strictly limited fuel consumption and emissions – precisely this is the wonderful combination the MINI Cooper has to offer. The 1.6-litre four-cylinder develops maximum output of 88 kW/120 hp, using variable control of the intake valves based on the BMW Group’s VALVETRONIC technology. The result is acceleration to 62 mph in 9.1 seconds and a top speed of 126 mph (203 km/h). Despite this imopressive performance, the 2008 EPA fuel economy is 37 miles per gallon Highway, with a CO2 rating of 129 grams/kilometre.

MINI Cooper S Clubman.

The other MINI – but with the same driving pleasure. The MINI Cooper S Clubman likewise features a 128 kW/175 hp four-cylinder gasoline power unit with a twin-scroll turbocharger and direct fuel injection for superior performance and thrilling agility. Acceleration to 62 mph comes in 7.6 seconds, top speed of the MINI Cooper S Clubman is 139 mph or 224 km/h. The 2008 EPA fuel economy is rated at 34 miles per gallon Highway and the CO2 rating determined in the EU test cycle is just 150 grams/kilometre.

MINI Cooper Clubman.

Eight centimetres more legroom at the rear, up to 930 litres/32.6 cubic feet of space for your luggage – the MINI Cooper Clubman likewise offers new dimensions in every respect. The power unit, in turn, boasts the features already well known from the MINI Cooper: four cylinders, 1.6 litres engine capacity, and 88 kW/120 hp, giving the MINI Cooper Clubman a top speed of 125 mph (201 km/h) and acceleration to 62 mph in 9.8 seconds. The 2008 EPA fuel economy is rated at 37 miles per gallon Highway and a CO2 rating of 132 grams/kilometre.

Roughly a year after the launch of the new model generation, MINI is enlarging its model range by an equally innovative and irresistible car concept. The MINI Clubman, through its truly surprising design, stands out clearly from conventional concepts and categories. Unmistakably a MINI from every angle, the MINI Clubman, through its unique rear end and exceptional proportions, captures maximum awareness right from the start.

The MINI Clubman is truly fascinating through its qualities typical of the brand and the many possibilities it has to offer. At the wheel of this unique car the driver will enjoy pure driving pleasure with the same sporting performance and thrilling behaviour as in every MINI. And behind the front seats the passengers at the rear will discover a new MINI experience, with enhanced inner values and extroverted flair. For the combination of that typical MINI feeling with lounge-like seating comfort at the rear, flexible use of space available and a unique door concept makes the MINI Clubman quite unmistakably an unparalleled car in its own right.

Clearly MINI, irresistibly innovative.

The unique character of the MINI Clubman is obvious at first sight. The roofline of the car extends across all three pillars, merging smoothly into the striking rear section where the innovative, two-piece split-door with its two halves opening to either side sets not only an optical highlight through its frame in contrasting colour. The generous luggage compartment may be further extended in flexible configuration, offering very easy and convenient loading options thanks to
the two rear doors.

A further important point is that the MINI Clubman is entering the market as a five-seater, the passengers at the rear enjoying 80 millimetres or 3.15″ more legroom than in the “regular” MINI. Access to the rear “lounge” is facilitated by an additional door, the Clubdoor hinged at the back on the right-hand side of the car.

Through its diversity alone, the MINI Clubman provides an up-to-date interpretation of traditional shooting brake concepts incorporating the smooth flow of the rear section and the steep rear end to highlight both the car’s sportiness and function.

All this makes the MINI Clubman the modern successor to three legendary classics, the Morris Mini Traveller, the Austin Mini Countryman, and the Mini Clubman Estate, thrilling customers side-by-side with the original Mini, the grandfather of all compact cars, back in the 1960s.

Making its debut in the USA with two engine variants.

Entering the US market on 16 February 2008, the MINI Clubman will be available in two engine variants: Powered by a 1.6-litre four-cylinder with twin-scroll turbocharger, direct gasoline injection and maximum output of 128 kW/175 hp at an engine speed of 5,500 rpm, the MINI Cooper S Clubman will immediately move right up to the top of the new model series. The MINI Cooper Clubman, in turn, benefiting from its 88 kW/120 hp 1.6-litre four-cylinder developing 88 kW/120 hp at 6,600 rpm and featuring fully variable valve management, offers superior driving pleasure and convincing economy at all times.

All power units represent the most advanced state-of-the-art in engine technology based on the outstanding competence in development of the BMW Group. And naturally all of these power units benefit from all the improvements introduced in the 2008 model year for further reduction of fuel consumption and emissions, including Brake Energy Regeneration, the Auto Start Stop function, and a gearshift point indicator.

Extroverted design and five doors in brand-new configuration.

The new generation of the MINI is the only small premium car in the world to combine the fascinating flair of unique design with incomparably agile driving characteristics, quality and safety of the highest standard, a wide range of options in customising the car, and exemplary efficiency.

And now the MINI Clubman adds further significant facets to this diversity, offering 24 centimetres or 9.45″ more body length and its wheelbase extended by 8 centimetres or 3.15″ in the interest of extra space at the rear.

One of the absolute highlights in this context is the innovative door concept of the MINI Clubman, making this unique car a very special five-door model, with the conventional driver’s and front passenger’s door supplemented by an additional rear-hinged door on the right-hand side of the car and the two wings of the split-door at the rear. Indeed, this two-piece rear door offers a highly interesting re-interpretation of an authentic detail already boasted on the MINI’s classic forerunners.

Featuring an additional door on the right-hand side opening against the direction of travel and allowing very comfortable and convenient access to the rear seats, the MINI Clubman also extends a warm welcome to the rear-seat passengers right from the start when entering the car. For reasons of safety, the rear door at the side can be opened only when the front door is open – again a particular feature which adds to the special looks of the car, since the Clubdoor, as it is called, does not require a door handle outside and thus blends harmoniously and almost invisibly with the body of the MINI Clubman.

Hinging right at the outside, the rear doors of the MINI Clubman – the so-called split-door – open up to the left and right, offering comfortable and convenient access for all your shopping or bulky goods and equipment such as sports gear. To load smaller objects, in turn, it is quite sufficient to open just the right-hand side of the split-door.

Although the MINI Clubman comes with either four or five seats as an option, offering the passengers at the rear exceptionally generous legroom, the luggage compartment, measuring 260 litres or 9.1 cubic, is most spacious even without the rear-seat backrest tilted down.

Folding down either in part or completely from one side to the other, the rear-seat backrest, together with the completely flat luggage compartment floor available as an option and the generous height provided within the luggage compartment, gives the MINI Clubman additional variability and freedom for the driver and passengers.

A slight elevation, the so-called Dune Line, extends back on both sides from the A- to the C-pillars along the entire length of the roof, giving the roofline an exciting look of tension and power and raising the level of the car’s flanks by approximately two centimetres. The highest point is above the B-pillar, helping to give the new MINI Clubman very well balanced and flowing proportions also from the side.

On all model variants the roof flows into a discreet air spoiler at the rear end of the car, combining design and sophisticated aerodynamics to provide a particularly aesthetic and appealing touch.

Modern interpretation of a classic concept.

In its split-door configuration, the MINI Clubman brings back memories of its famous predecessors: the Austin Mini Countryman, the Morris Mini Traveller, and the Mini Clubman Estate sold very successfully between 1960 and 1982.

Particularly the first two of these classic models were indeed the source of inspiration for the MINI Clubman, which nevertheless in all its details offers state-of-the-art technologies and features for the 21st century.

The MINI Clubman is reminiscent of its classic forerunners also in terms of design. But where once a wooden frame and open hinges characterised the rear end as optional features, the surfaces of the doors now merge perfectly with the C-pillars for supreme streamlining and a harmonious rear end. Enhanced by the colour scheme, the C-pillars take up the flair of
the classic rear-end construction, the C-pillars on the MINI Clubman being accentuated together with the bumper by a contrasting paint scheme, interacting to give the car a truly striking graphic look at the rear. The colour of this rear door surround is the same in each case as the colour of the roof, which comes in standard on the MINI Clubman in either Black non-metallic or Pure Silver metallic.

As an option the MINI Clubman is also available with the roof finished in body colour, in which case only the C-pillars including the upper section of the bumpers are finished in contrasting Silver or Black paintwork, thus maintaining the striking look of the rear door frame on all versions of the MINI Clubman.

Enhanced function, driving characteristics typical of MINI.

MINI has developed this new variant for the active and truly passionate individualist wishing to consciously stand out from the mediocrity so common on our roads today. Precisely this is why this sporting and charismatic car offers new and flexible options in interior use and practical value. But at the same time, despite its longer wheelbase and the body overhang extended to the rear, the MINI Clubman retains the “stance-on-the-wheels” concept so typical of the MINI with its short overhangs. The car’s driving characteristics, in turn, are truly fascinating and full of agility, offering that legendary go-kart feeling inseparably linked to the MINI brand ever since the early days of the MINI.

In a configuration tailored specifically to the MINI Clubman, the chassis and suspension developed for the new MINI generation guarantees superior handling safe and sporting at all times. On the front axle McPherson spring struts ensure excellent wheel guidance, keeping the steering smooth and responsive wherever you go, unaffected by the power of the engine both on winding roads and when accelerating or applying the brakes.

The central-arm rear axle, in turn, benefits from the full competence of the BMW Group in state-of-the-art development. This is indeed a structure quite unique in the MINI segment, offering optimum road contact at all times thanks to its elaborate, sophisticated kinematics.

Aluminium longitudinal arms help to optimise the car’s weight, while anti-roll bars additionally promote the safe handling of the MINI Clubman.

Reflecting the extra power of the car and its enhanced performance, the suspension set-up on the MINI Cooper S Clubman is even more sporting and dynamic than the sports-oriented suspension of the MINI Cooper Clubman, both model variants maintaining their substantial safety reserves even when driven to the absolute limit.

The new MINI Cooper Clubman comes as standard on 15-inch wheels, while the MINI Cooper S Clubman features 16-inch rims with runflat tyres allowing the driver to continue even after a complete loss of tyre pressure.

EPAS Electrical Power Assisted Steering gives the driver exact feedback on road conditions and the current driving situation, the steering remaining sporting and direct at all times, with power assistance geared to road speed.

A further advantage of Electrical Power Assisted Steering is its weight far lighter than a conventional steering system, as well as the steering function geared to current demands in order to save energy: The electrical servo motor is activated only when power assistance is required or desired by the driver.

The sports-oriented suspension of the MINI Clubman is supported by a highly efficient and powerful brake system featuring highlights such as anti-lock control (ABS), Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), Cornering Brake Control (CBC) and Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) including hill start-off assistance all coming as standard. The Brake Assistant on the new MINI recognises emergency application of the brakes and immediately builds up maximum brake pressure whenever required to keep stopping distances as short as possible.

The power units: maximum efficiency in two power stages.

The MINI Clubman stands out from the start not only through its unique concept and extroverted design, but also through exceptionally attractive power units. Indeed, the two high-tech engines developed specifically for the new generation of the MINI guarantee unique driving pleasure combinedwith remarkable efficiency at all times. And both power units featured in the MINI Clubman naturally come as standard with all-new technologies introduced in the 2008 model year for maximum reduction of fuel consumption.

These intelligent technologies serving to maximise the engine’s efficiency allow an appropriate reduction of fuel consumption and, at the same time, a further increase in driving pleasure. A very good example in this context is Brake Energy Regeneration, energy management ensuring that the output coming from the engine is converted primarily into drive power, with electricity being generated for the on-board network only when the car is rolling freely in overrun or during application of the brakes. To achieve this effect, the alternator is automatically disengaged from the engine while under power, that is when accelerating and pulling the car. Accordingly, the power the alternator would consume and take away from the car in the conventional mode now remains fully available for even faster and more dynamic acceleration.

An adequate supply of electric energy to the on-board system is nevertheless ensured at all times, since the alternator is activated again as soon as the MINI returns to overrun or the driver applies the brakes.

The new Auto Start Stop function on all manual gearbox versions of the MINI Clubman serves to effectively shorten idle speed phases while the engine is running: Whenever the car comes to a stop at a road junction, for example, Auto Start Stop automatically switches off the engine as soon as the driver shifts to neutral and takes his foot off the clutch pedal. Then, to re-start the engine, all the driver has to do is press down the clutch pedal again, the engine starting automatically without the slightest delay.

Auto Start Stop serves to optimise fuel efficiency above all in city traffic, helping to reduce fuel consumption accordingly.

(Note: Both the Brake Energy Regeneration and Auto Start Stop features are currently not offered in 2008 US models.)

The gearshift point indicator in the MINI Clubman provides additional support in the process of reducing fuel consumption and emissions: Benefiting from this function likewise featured as standard, the driver of a manual gearbox MINI Clubman is able to constantly focus on the most efficient style of motoring, the electronic engine “brain” permanently analysing engine speed, driving conditions and the position of the gas pedal, and calculating the most efficient style of motoring for the respective gear selected by the driver. As soon as a shift in gears would appear appropriate under such driving conditions, an arrow symbol appears in the Cockpit Display beneath the rev counter, with the ideal gear being shown as a number.

Shifting gears is without doubt a thrilling experience in the top model of the new series, the MINI Cooper S Clubman. Boasting a 1.6-litre four-cylinder power unit developing maximum output of 128 kW/175 hp at 5,500 rpm with the help of a twin-scroll turbocharger and direct gasoline injection, the MINI Cooper S Clubman offers maximum torque of 240 Newton-metres or 177 lb-ft all the way from 1,600 to 5,000 rpm, with a further brief increase to an even more significant 260 Newton-metres or 192 lb-ft by means of the Overboost function.

On the road, this accelerates the MINI Cooper S Clubman to 100 km/h in just 7.6 seconds and gives the car a top speed of 224 km/h or 139 mph.

The MINI Cooper S Clubman offers not only impressive performance, but also an exceptionally good balance of driving pleasure and economy, with average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle of just 6.3 litres/100 kilometres, equal to 37.2 mpg US. And at the same time the MINI Cooper S Clubman has a CO2 emission rating of 150 grams per kilometre.

The balance of performance and fuel economy is equally impressive on the MINI Cooper Clubman, its four-cylinder normal-aspiration power unit likewise displacing 1.6 litres featuring fully variable valve management developed on the basis of the BMW Group’s VALVETRONIC system.

Maximum output of this innovative, high-tech engine is 88 kW/120 hp at 6,000 rpm, with maximum torque of 160 Nm or 118 lb-ft at 4,250 rpm.

With this kind of power, the MINI Cooper Clubman accelerates to 100 km/h in 9.8 seconds and has a top speed of 201 km/h or 125 mph. And with average fuel consumption in the EU cycle of 5.5 litres/100 kilometres and a CO2 emission rating of 132 grams per kilometre, the car sets the standard among all gasoline engine models in its class.

Engine power is once again conveyed to the front wheels in that typical MINI style. In addition, the MINI Cooper S Clubman and the MINI Cooper Clubman are both equipped as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox, six-speed automatic transmission coming as an option on both model variants.

Unique, characteristic design with striking MINI features.

Both versions of the MINI Clubman are identical in their design and body structure to the MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S up to the B-pillar, all the classic design icons of the MINI being highlighted appropriately also on the MINI Clubman. At the front end of the car these include the characteristic,

large round headlights, round positioning lights, and the hexagon radiator grille. Further distinctive features are the diagonal engine lid joint and the side direction indicators so typical of the MINI.

A chrome band extending round the entire car at shoulder level is to be admired also on the MINI Clubman, resting directly on the doors at the rear end of the car. Measuring the same in width and hardly any higher than the “regular” MINI Hatch, the MINI Clubman with its low-slung overall look and compact proportions creates the same nimble and dynamic impression as all other models in the MINI family.

The rear light clusters are kept as small a possible, reflecting the smallest dimensions eligible for worldwide homologation. In all, the design of the rear end, through the interaction of the car’s graphics and elements such as the rear lights and door handles, conveys an elegant and clear impression.

The individual model variants are highlighted at the rear through the designations “Cooper” and, respectively, “Cooper S”. The name “Clubman”, in turn, is to be found on the right-hand entry trim strip beneath the Clubdoor.

More than 40 colour combinations for driving pleasure in beauty and style.

Now the MINI Clubman offers the enthusiast even greater options in customising his car and personal style, with more than 40 combinations of the exterior paintwork alone. This overwhelming freedom of expression is further enhanced by a wide range of accessories and a great selection of options and special equipment geared specifically to the MINI Clubman.

Hot Chocolate, a particularly extroverted metallic colour, is reserved exclusively to the MINI Clubman.

In all, the MINI Clubman is available in no less than 12 body colours – the three non-metallic colours Chili Red, Pepper White and Mellow Yellow, as well as the additional metallic colours Astro Black, Sparkling Silver, British Racing Green, Pure Silver, Lightning Blue, Nightfire Red, Dark Silver, and Laser Blue over and above Hot Chocolate.

Everybody is an artist – freedom in interior design.

The purchaser of a MINI Clubman is also able to choose his or her very own, individual interior design, combining four interior colours and five Colour Line variants with one another as he wishes.

The seats are available not only in their regular upholstery, but also – on all models – in a combination of cloth and leather as well as all-leather upholstery in all kinds of variants and colour schemes.

A wide range of trim options helps to underline the premium character of the MINI Clubman, for example through optional English Oak or in glistening Black Piano paint. This wide range of individual choice is finally rounded off by two standard trim options as well as Fluid Silver and Brushed Alloy as further optional selections.

The MINI Clubman is unique – and precisely this makes the car a typical MINI in every respect, consciously interpreting traditional shooting brake concepts in a modern design language. At the same time the MINI Clubman intentionally bears out similarities to the classic Mini, just as it comes with a new range of engines boasting brand-new features.

Like the new generation of the MINI as such, the MINI Clubman is also the result of a modern re-interpretation of the car taking all the demands of the 21st century into account and in the process offering new possibilities and opportunities.

Given its wide range of qualities, the MINI Clubman paves the way into a brand-new segment in the market, while the MINI premium brand, introducing this avant-garde innovation, once again underlines its leadership in the small car segment in terms of vehicle concepts, technical and design features.

There can be no doubt about it: the new MINI outdoes itself!

Featuring a wide range of improvements for minimum fuel consumption and emissions, the only small premium car in the world is further increasing its leadership in terms of efficiency in the 2008 model year: Starting immediately, all new MINIs with a fixed roof come as standard with high-tech components in and around the engine ensuring even greater economy in the consumption of fuel combined with further enhancement of driving pleasure.

This complete package of improvements made up of Brake Energy Regeneration, Auto Start Stop, and the gearshift point indicator gives all new versions of the new MINI an unparalleled balance of driving pleasure and consumption quite unique in this performance class.

Pure fun when giving gas, pure power for the on-board network when applying the brakes.

Brake Energy Regeneration standard on all model variants of the new MINI is
a wonderful example of the intelligent interaction of additional driving pleasure and reduced fuel consumption. Intelligent energy management serves in this case to convert engine power primarily into drive power for the wheels, with electric power for the on-board network being generated only when the car is rolling (that is in overrun) or under application of the brakes.

To achieve this effect the alternator is automatically disconnected as long as the engine is pulling the car, the power otherwise going to the alternator on a conventional vehicle now being provided in full for even faster acceleration.

A sufficient supply of power to the electrical on-board system is nevertheless ensured at all times, with the alternator being activated again as soon as the MINI switches over to overrun or when the driver applies the brakes.

Battery charge is permanently monitored by the car’s intelligent energy management. Appropriate regeneration phases, a defined minimum charge capacity, and the use of new AGM (absorbent glass mat) battery technology guarantee a maximum service life of the battery.

Brake Energy Regeneration enables the driver of the new MINI to enjoy a further reduction of fuel consumption and emissions regardless of his style of motoring.

The Auto Start Stop function: zero fuel consumption when idling.

The fuel consumption of all manual gearbox versions of the new MINI when idling is now virtually zero – because the engine no longer idles. The new Auto Start Stop function automatically switches off the engine when it comes to a halt, for example at the traffic lights, as soon as the driver moves the gearshift lever to its neutral positon and takes his foot off the clutch. And then, to start the engine again, all the driver has to do is press down the clutch pedal, the engine being automatically re-activated without the slightest delay.

The Auto Start Stop function ensures much greater fuel efficiency above all in city traffic. Every time the car comes to a halt, energy consumption and emissions are reduced to zero in a very simple and uncomplicated process, making the unnecessary consumption of fuel when idling a thing of the past.

The Auto Start Stop function is ready to go every time the driver switches on the engine, with the system being activated once the engine oil has reached its normal operating temperature. Under certain conditions Auto Start Stop intentionally does not switch off the engine for reasons of safety and motoring comfort.

Permanent supervision of the car’s running condition as well as weather conditions enables the intelligent control system to detect situations in which ongoing operation of the engine would be recommendable – for example if the battery is almost flat and in very hot (more than 30o C) or very low (less than 3o C) outside temperatures. A further point is that the engine keeps
on running in short intermediate stops as long as the temperature inside the passenger compartment has not yet reached the level pre-set on the air conditioning or if the heating is required to de-ice or de-mist the windscreen.

Yet a further point is that the system is able to distinguish between short stops and the end of a drive, not re-starting the engine automatically once the driver has unlocked his seat belt, opened the door or the engine compartment. And last but not least, the driver is able to deactivate the Auto Start Stop function at any time at the touch of a button.

Always driving in the right gear: the gearshift point indicator.

Thanks to the gearshift point indicator likewise featured as standard, the driver of a manual gearbox MINI may always focus on maximum fuel efficiency in his style of motoring. To make this possible the engine electronics permanently analyses engine speed, driving conditions and the position of the accelerator pedal, then applying this data to determine the best gear for economic motoring. Then, as soon as it is appropriate in the light of the data measured, an appropriate arrow symbol will come on in the cockpit display beneath the rev counter and the ideal gear is shown as a number.

The driver is able to activate and, respectively, de-activate the gearshift point indicator via the menu on the on-board computer A further point is that the system even notes and considers the driver’s particular style of motoring, for example particularly fast acceleration.

MINI Cooper S: even greater efficiency in achieving maximum performance.

The profile of the new MINI is characterised in a particularly appropriate and up-to-date manner by the enhanced efficiency of the power units. Indeed, the MINI symbolises self-confidence through its fascinating and likeable design, just as it embodies a feeling of quality at the highest premium level and, through its great appeal, now also offers further enhancement of environmental care.

The exemplary balance of driving pleasure and economy truly outstanding not only in the small car segment is characteristic of all engine variants – and in the process the new MINI Cooper S offers efficiency of the highest standard. This top performer in the range is powered by a 1.6-litre four-cylinder complete with a twin-scroll turbocharger and direct gasoline injection. Maximum output is 128 kW/175 hp, and peak torque is 240 Newton-metres/177 lb-ft throughout the broad range of engine speed from 1,600 to 5,000 rpm, the Overboost function adding another 20 Nm whenever required to give the driver a maximum of 260 Nm/192 lb-ft.

Top speed is 225 km/h or 140 mph, and the MINI Cooper S accelerates to 100 km/h in just 7.1 seconds. Average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle of 6.2 litres/100 kilometres (previously 6.9 litres/100 kilometres) and a CO2 rating of just 149 grams per kilometre (previously 164 g/km) clearly prove that this car offers the most advanced engine technology for a perfect balance of efficiency and top performance.

MINI Cooper: more driving pleasure, less fuel.

The four-cylinder normal-aspiration power unit of the new MINI Cooper develops maximum output of 88 kW/120 hp from 1.6 litres engine capacity, with peak torque of 160 Nm or 118 lb-ft at 4,250 rpm.

Intake valve control based on the BMW Group’s unique VALVETRONIC technology is fully variable, with valve lift and valve opening times being adjusted infinitely and with electronic precision to current power requirements. Indeed, this innovative valve management not only ensures a particularly direct response and a high level of motoring refinement, but also helps to reduce fuel consumption and optimise the car’s emission management.

The MINI Cooper accelerates to 100 km/h in 9.1 seconds and has a top speed of 203 km/h or 126 mph. Average fuel consumption of just 5.4 litres/100 kilometres (previously 5.8 litres/100 kilometres in the EU test cycle and CO2 emissions reduced to 129 grams per kilometre (previously 139 g/km) enable the MINI Cooper to raise the benchmark for efficient driving pleasure once again in the 2008 model year.

New equipment and features for even greater driving comfort and flair.

Optionally available Cruise Control presenting the speed selected by the driver in a digital cockpit display enhances driving comfort in the new MINI as of the 2008 model year to an even higher standard.

The range of entertainment features on board the new MINI is enhanced as by an USB plug including a Bluetooth function serving as an option to integrate external audio sources. This allows the user to integrate USB-compatible storage media as well as an MP3 player such as the Apple iPod via the USB port, making such features part of the MINI’s entertainment system.

Access to the music available is very convenient through the control units on the audio system offering various selection criteria such as the artist or the album.

At the 2008 NAIAS in Detroit MINI is also proudly presenting full integration of the Apple iPhone in the car’s control system, allowing convenient use of the new smartphone telephone and audio functions in the car. Indeed, a common platform has been developed for these two functions interacting with one another.

Appropriately modified, the new software automatically interrupts a music programme the driver is listening to via the car’s loudspeakers as soon as a telephone call arrives, then continuing the music at exactly the same point when the call is over. Both the loudspeakers and the microphone on the hands-free operating system are used for making a call, the system automatically switching back to the music mode when the call is over.

Once activated, the new smartphone functions are presented in the new MINI and MINI Clubman either in the radio display or – if fitted – in the display of the navigation system. If the car is fitted with the latter – a navigation system – the driver is able to conveniently mastermind the Apple iPhone telephone and audio functions by means of the MINI Joystick controls.

The prerequisite for full integration of the telephone functions is the appropriate preparation for a mobile phone complete with a Bluetooth interface, as available in the wide range of MINI optional extras. Music files and the signals for operating the audio functions are likewise transmitted by a cable adapter for the USB-audio interface also available from MINI between the Apple iPhone and the car’s audio system, establishing a connection which also serves to charge the Apple iPhone while driving.

Offering technically sophisticated and proven units and devices of this kind right from the start for integrating the latest mobile phone and audio systems, MINI is once again confirming its exceptional position as a highly innovative, lifestyle-oriented premium brand.