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Bassoul-Heneine Sal Showcases the BMW X2 at the Beirut Design Fair

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In continued support of Lebanon’s vibrant arts and culture scene, Bassoul-Heneine Sal, the oldest BMW importer in the world, took part in the 2nd Edition of Beirut Design Fair 2018 with a special showcase featuring the all-new BMW X2.

The BMW X2 made its appearance at the Beirut Design Fair, dedicated to collectible and limited edition contemporary or vintage furniture and design objects. Beirut Design Fair targets the creative youth in Beirut. Likewise, this Sports Activity Coupe, with its inimitable character appeals most strongly to young, extroverted and active drivers who attach great value to individuality, genuine fun at the wheel and lifestyle matters, without wanting to leave themselves short on functionality.

Bringing impeccable design of its own to the Beirut Design Fair, the interior of the BMW X2 blends signature BMW elements, such as a pronounced driver focus and dynamic lines, with the understated ruggedness of a BMW X model. The high-class quality of the BMW X2 and its impressive level of equipment, even in the basic version, are both instantly apparent. Bassoul-Heneine Sal, the official BMW importer in Lebanon has welcomed the attractive, exciting, extrovert new BMW X2 in March 2018 before presenting it to the creative class at Beirut Design Fair.


Nagy Heneine, General Manager for Commercial Affairs at Bassoul-Heneine Sal, said: “We have always been an avid supporter of Lebanon’s arts and culture scene and continue to look for ways in which to be a part of this movement. Bringing together members of the Lebanese creative community, this year’s Beirut Design Fair was the ideal platform for us to do just that. We were delighted to showcase the BMW X2 to all the festival’s artists, creators and visitors, and at this well-established Beirut Design Fair.”

Beirut Design Fair took place in its second edition at the Seaside from 20 – 23 September 2018.

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BMW partner the Swiss edition of Art Basel

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The Swiss edition of Art Basel will once again present a wide range of artistic oeuvres by more than 4,000 artists represented by 290 of the leading galleries worldwide to the international art world. As longstanding global partner of the shows in Basel, Miami Beach and Hong Kong, BMW will once again offer its VIP shuttle service and invite visitors to the BMW Reception as well as the BMW Art Journey Talk.

On the evening of June 12, the first preview day of the show, BMW will host an exclusive reception at UBS Forum together with Art Basel and UBS. Together with the Basel Chamber Orchestra, Samson Young, winner of the first BMW Art Journey, a joint initiative founded in 2015 by BMW and Art Basel, will perform an arrangement of one of the movements from a recent composition, titled “Such Sweet Thunder,” which incorporated recordings of bells collected during his journey.

Celebrating the third anniversary of the BMW Art Journey, the BMW Art Journey Talk will take place on June 13. As part of a panel, three former winners of the BMW Art Journey will talk about their experiences, encounters and insights gained during their respective journeys. The event will feature Hong Kong-born media artist and composer Samson Young, British artist and graduate of English Literature Abigail Reynolds and Los Angeles-based artist and landscape architect Max Hooper Schneider.


As long-term partner, BMW has supported the shows of Art Basel in Basel, Miami Beach and Hong Kong for many years. Launched in 2015, the BMW Art Journey is a collaboration between Art Basel and BMW, created to recognize and support emerging artists worldwide. From 2018 onwards this unique award is open to artists who are exhibiting in the Discoveries sector during Art Basel in Hong Kong. A judging panel comprised of internationally renowned experts meet first to select a shortlist of three artists from the sector, who are then invited to submit proposals for a journey aimed to further develop their ideas and artistic work. The jury reconvenes to choose a winner from the three proposals.

In addition to Art Basel in Basel, Miami Beach and Hong Kong, BMW supports renowned art fairs and art initiatives including TEFAF, Gallery Weekend and Kochi Muziris Biennale. BMW further cooperates on a long-term basis with cultural institutions and creative minds the world over to promote formats such as BMW Tate Live or Preis der Nationalgalerie.


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The all-new BMW X2 is Unveiled in Lebanon


Bassoul-Heneine Sal, BMW Group’s oldest importer in the world launched the highly anticipated BMW X2 earlier this month over a three-day event held at their Al El Mreisseh showroom. With a design oozing individuality from every pore and a sporty suspension set-up, the BMW X2 pushes back boundaries, puts a firework under old habits and brings previously uncharted levels of driving pleasure to this vehicle.

Unveiled to media, customers and prospects alike, the three-day event allowed guests to see the uncompromising nature of the new BMW X2 first-hand, while enjoying live DJ sets, bespoke cocktails by the popular Butler’s Bottle and catering by Cat & Mouth.


Next to its bigger brothers, the BMW X4 and X6, the BMW X2 makes a wholly distinctive impression. The main contributing factor here is the car’s exterior design, which essentially combines the fast-moving body language and low-slung proportions of a coupe with the robust construction of a BMW X model.


The BMW X2 represents an expression of modern and extrovert vehicle dynamics,” says Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design, in describing the new BMW X2. “Its standalone vehicle concept brings a new, fresh and exciting facet of the BMW to the compact segment.”

The car’s chassis and xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system promise undiluted driving fun, and cutting-edge engines strike the ideal balance between sporting dynamics and exceptional efficiency.

On the road, the BMW X2 has the poise of an athlete in peak condition. This is true for the basic version and even more so for M Sport and M Sport X models. The BMW X2 M Sport X combines design elements from BMW M and the BMW X family.

Eloquent looks, dynamic proportions. Above all, it is the BMW X2’s proportions which create its expressive, dynamic demeanour. It is shorter and more than seven centimetres lower than the BMW X1 yet has the same wheelbase. Featuring short overhangs, it also has a stretched, coupe-style roofline and slim window graphic.


A distinctive character that departs from the BMW script. Many of the design details emphasise the BMW X2’s standalone nature while simultaneously and unequivocally signalling its membership of the X family. The time-honoured BMW kidney grille is just one example, turning the familiar trapezoidal shape on its head and instead widening from top to bottom. This is the first time this design detail has seen the light of day on a modern BMW.

Nagy Heneine, General Manager for Commercial Affairs at Bassoul-Heneine sal, commented: “We have been waiting with great enthusiasm to reveal the all new BMW X2 to the Lebanese market and are thrilled that it’s finally here. This Sports Activity Coupe truly goes above and beyond any rival past or present in bringing joy and driving pleasure to the segment. It’s a car that appeals primarily to a young, extrovert and active target group who value individuality and genuine fun at the wheel and are excited to be offering it to our customers.”


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New entry-level engines for the BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo.

With the launch of a new, exceptionally efficient entry-level engine, BMW is extending the drive portfolio in the luxury segment. As from July 2018, a four-cylinder diesel engine will be available for the BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo.

The exceedingly efficient four-cylinder diesel is making a debut in the BMW 6 Series. Turbo charging with variable turbine geometry and Common Rail direct injection constitute the prerequisites for sporty power delivery and a high degree of efficiency on this 2-litre engine. Maximum torque of 400 Nm is available between 1 750 and 2 500 rpm, with maximum power output of 140 kW/190 hp being achieved at 4 000 rpm.


Therefore, the choice of power units available for the BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo now totals 5 engines. In addition to straight six-cylinder diesel engines, a straight six-cylinder petrol engine and a four-cylinder petrol engine will be offered. The new entry-level diesel transfers power with a standard 8-speed Steptronic transmission.

All suspension systems available for the BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo are also optionally available for the new model variants, including Adaptive Two-Axle Air Suspension, Integral Active Steering and the Executive Drive system with Active Roll Stabilisation. The new BMW 620d Gran Turismo sprints from 0 to 100 km/100 in 7.9 seconds. The outstanding efficiency of the new engine variant is demonstrated by a combined fuel consumption of 4.9 to 4.8 litres per 100 km and a CO2 emission level of 129 to 127 grams/km.

The fuel consumption and CO2 emissions figures shown were determined according to the European Regulation (EC) 715/2007 in the version applicable at the time of type approval. The figures refer to a vehicle with basic configuration in Germany and the range shown considers the different size of the selected wheels and tires. The CO2 efficiency specifications are determined according to Directive 1999/94/EC and the Pkw-EnVKV, and based (for classification) on the fuel consumption and CO2 values as per the NEDC cycle.


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MINI designs an exclusive one-off car to toast the royal wedding

MINI is to celebrate the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with a one-off MINI Hatch designed specifically to commemorate the special occasion and to be donated to one of the couple’s chosen charities. After the wedding day on 19 May, this one-of-a-kind MINI will be handed over to The Children’s HIV Association (CHIVA) for public auction.

“As an iconic British brand with almost 60 years of history in the UK, we are pleased to mark the royal wedding with this special charitable gift,” explains Oliver Heilmer, Head of MINI Design. “The MINI Design team has created a one-off MINI Hatch for the occasion. Its specially designed roof graphic combines with 3D-printed personalised interior and exterior details as well as special embroidery to make this a MINI like no other.”


The exterior.

This unique car is finished in Crystal White. Silver-blue accent strips lend the body a distinctive look and the black band that wraps around the car features a blue-tinted matt silver paint finish. Recognisable MINI design features in chrome, such as the frame for the hexagonal radiator grille, the door handles and the surrounds for the headlights and rear lights are topped off with a blue-black tinted clear coat, bringing modernity and a freshness of detail to the MINI. Rear lights in Union Jack design and dark-blue matt metallic wheel rims put the finishing touches to its external appearance.

Hand-made roof graphic and 3D printing.

A particular highlight of the exterior is the roof’s paint finish, which uses multiple colours. The roof graphic is applied meticulously by hand in several layers and brings together elements of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s national flags – the Union Jack and the Stars & Stripes. The special MINI’s side scuttles around the side turn signal indicators have been 3D-printed and embellish the initials M and H with a heart and rings.

When the car is opened, they project an exclusive “Just Married” welcome onto the ground in front of the driver’s door and front-passenger door.

Over the last few weeks, the MINI Yours Customised programme has given MINI customers in selected markets the option of turning their MINI into an absolute one-off with the help of 3D-printed side scuttles, door sill plates and individual light projection.

The interior.

Satellite Grey leather has been chosen for the interior and provides the ideal backdrop against which to accentuate the bespoke elements of the MINI. The blue-black tinted clear coat of the chrome exterior elements can also be found on selected chrome interior features. The first names of the bride and groom, plus the wedding date and good wishes to the newlyweds have been added to the large trim strip ahead of the front passenger seat. Another special feature of the interior is an accent inspired by the roof graphic, which is integrated into the trim strips in the doors, behind the steering wheel and into the head restraints. On the latter, there is an abstract take on the Union Jack on one side and a Stars & Stripes perforation and stitching on the other.


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Collaboration between BMW Group and Lebanese Universities

BMW Group invited the representatives of Lebanese universities for a round table to explain its vision and strategy in IT and Logistics planning. BMW Group is aiming to consolidate its relations with research communities promoting and coordinating scientific activities of research and technological transfer to industry, both basic and applicative, in several fields of Computer Science, Computer Engineering and Robotics.

The cooperation with Lebanese universities will be exploited along the digitalization of new and existing business areas in BMW Group to flexibly integrate innovative IT solutions into its value chain. This generates a significant business benefit based on these technologies for the entire Company.


BMW Group teams in IT and Logistics also explained about their specific capacities, in the context of Artificial Intelligence Solutions, Internet of Things, and service/software assurance for Embedded Computing, Robotics and Big Data Analytics.

BMW Group intends to provide university partners an ideal environment to validate and orient their research to align with actual requirements of premium and large-scale manufacturing, specifically by contributing to provide real-world Big Data and Artificial Intelligence Challenges and Solutions.


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MINI at Auto China Beijing 2018

A unique combination of driving fun, premium quality and individual style, characterize the models with which MINI continues to increase its popularity on the Chinese automotive market. The model update for the MINI 3 door, MINI 5 door and the MINI Convertible set fresh impulses for the success of the brand. The Asian premiere of the new models will take place at the Auto China 2018 in Beijing. Furthermore, MINI will be presenting its range of models in the premium compact segment.

More than 1600 exhibitors from all over the world will be presenting current models, technological innovations and services at the Auto China 2018. The international automotive meeting, which began in 1990, takes place every two years and is spread over 220 000 square meters at the China International Exhibition Center. The 15th exhibition will take place between 25 April and 4 May 2018 with more than 800 000 visitors expected.

The three originals in the premium small car segment are now sportier, more advanced and more attractive than ever before, thanks to the model update. The new MINI 3 door, MINI 5 door and MINI Convertible boast specific design modifications, additional equipment features and individualization possibilities as well as new digital services from MINI Connected.

The British brand’s new MINI 5 door will take center stage at the Auto China 2018. The model, the first of the current MINI generation to be introduced, embodies the principle of creative use of space – used ever since the classic Mini – in a fascinating, modern form. Brand typical proportions are combined with the advantage of additional leg and head room in the rear as well as luggage space. Functionality, comfort and long distance suitability are improved thanks to the 161 millimeters extended body length, the two additional doors and the three seats in the rear. The mature character of the compact car model from MINI is, therefore, accompanied by an increase in product substance.


Ensuring a race track feeling during daily driving, the ultra-sporty John Cooper Works models are also enjoying a constantly growing fan base in China.

The MINI John Cooper Works Clubman will also be exhibited at the Auto China 2018. The power of its turbo engine is brought to the streets thanks to its all-wheel drive system MINI ALL4 (for the Chinese market combined fuel consumption: 7,0 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions:167 g/km) as standard.


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A Journey with Twizy and the Future of Electrical Mobility

Because the future is now, and because most of the Arab countries have started to motivate citizens to own electric cars whether through installing charging stations or various types of incentives facilitating the process of owning electric cars, we will be taking you on a unique journey with a forward-looking experience filled with new technologies.

To match our themed Journey of youth and futuristic technologies, we chose the “American University of Technology” in Lebanon to be our ground testing base for the modern, funky, 100% electric and revolutionist vehicle made by the French manufacturer the “Renault Twizy”.


Before diving into the technologies and features of this scooter resembling vehicle, let’s start with the out-of-ordinary name “Twizy”. The European manufacturer has chosen this unusual name to reflect the nature of this unique car and to reflect its capabilities as well. The name “Twizy” is derived from the words: “Twins” as the Twizy is a small two seater vehicle capable of fitting closely two inseparable friends or twins and “Easy” which reflects the three major highlights of the car: Easy to Drive, Easy to Park and Easy to charge.

As for the exterior styling, the Twizy has a unique design. The Twizy structure is relatively small in size, resembling a scooter. The Twizy has the perfect in-city car dimensions of 2.34 m length X 1.4 m x width 1.98 m height making easy to drive in narrow streets and during traffic. The Twizy is also equipped with vertical doors for that extra coolness on exit and entry, you will surely make a remarkable entrance whenever you are going in or out of your car.


On the driving level, whether you are driving on city roads and even cruising the university campus, the exotic car will turn heads. The various cool and funky elements of the Twizy’s exterior design will guarantee unprecedented attention from its round distinctive headlights, unique wheels’ design or unusual rear shape and taillights. Perhaps the most important feature of the Twizy’s design is the color mixture of the body as you can customize it and choose any color combination that reflects your personality.

Personally, I can say that the driving sensation of the Twizy is 100% unique and different from any other driving sensation. Twizy brings on a smile on everyone’s face from the driver, the passenger and the people on the streets in a very strange way. it actually enlisted the spirit of humor and youth in the heart of everyone we met during our unique experience.

On the mechanical level or should I say Electro-Mechanical, the Twizy comes equipped with a 100% electric motor emissions free generating 13 KW of power equivalent to 17 HP at a weight of 474 kg. The Twizy is capable of reaching 80 km/h and an approximate range of 80 Km of combined distance without the need to be re-charged.

For the best driving experience, my colleague and I decided to take on a journey full of youth and fun. Our journey began from the city streets of Beirut heading towards the American University of Technology to re-live the university’s daily life of future youth full of energy and great times.


As we reach the University campus parking lot, we initiated in quick maneuverability drive. The Twizy was up to challenge due to its size and best turning radius (3.4m) defined for the 4-wheels vehicle.

After a few hours of driving, we decided to spice things a bit and make an unusual challenge, that is to drive the Twizy inside the university campus and specifically towards the basketball court. The Twizy fitted perfectly as we were driving it through the narrow classroom hallways. It was a true eye catcher to see a car driving through those tight alleys not made for driving conditions. As we reached the basketball court, you can clearly notice both the smile and question marks painted on students’ faces wondering how did this car get here and what is that out-of-ordinary vehicle?

After answering all inquiries and removing all doubts that this car was driven inside the campus, the basketball challenge between me and my colleague was set. We enjoyed our time shooting some hoops for three and a half hours, the time needed to recharge our energy and also to fully charge the Twizy. Charging a car has never been so easy, as the Twizy comes with an easy to plug 3-meter built-in cable that can be connected to any electrical outlet. The charging is done and we were on our way for our next challenge.

The most important problem we face in our everyday life is finding the parking spot for our car. As the day was about to end and the sun was about to set, the campus’ parking lot was full of cars with no place to park for a final wrap up. Renault’s innovative solution for the parking matter was in our hands, the Twizy made the parking process so simple and easy. We actually had fun parking the Twizy due its relevantly small size that can fit anywhere. Whether longitudinally or horizontally, the Twizy can be parked in less than 1.5m of space.

In the end, we can confirm that this revolutionary car from the French manufacturer Renault has defined the future path of the small electric cars and is at the same time suitable for the young generation interested in preserving the environment while driving cool cars and also suitable for corporates distinguished by their Social environmental responsibility and interested in fuel-saving while making their product delivery as the Twizy comes also, in addition to its two seater, with a Cargo Version which replaces the rear seat with a storage capacity of 180 liters or 75 kg.

So the final question is Are you a “Twizy”?



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The BMW M4 Convertible Edition 30 Jahre

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30 years ago, the BMW M GmbH complemented its model range for the first time with an open-top high-performance automobile. Just in time for the beginning of the summer of 1988, the BMW M3 Convertible offered motorsport fans the possibility to enjoy also in the open air the fascination of a sports car designed for everyday use, but with racetrack-proven engine and suspension technology. This model’s successful tradition and exclusiveness are now expressed in concentrated form in the BMW M4 Convertible Edition 30 Jahre.

The edition model is being produced in a limited quantity of 300 vehicles and brought to the road featuring the M Competition Package. The open-top four-seater enthuses with 331 kW/450 hp, an M Sport exhaust system, adaptive M suspension with specific SPORT mode and an extremely sporty configuration of the stability control system DSC and the Active M differential. Specially developed design and equipment features provide for the exclusiveness of both the exterior and interior.

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There is a choice of two tradition-steeped body colours for the BMW M4 Convertible Edition 30 Jahre. Macao Blue metallic gives reference to the open-top high-performance car’s debut 3 decades ago. Mandarin II uni is reminiscent of the colour Dakar Yellow, which was available for the second generation of the BMW M3 Convertible.

Standard features for the edition model include BMW Individual High Gloss Shadow Line trims for the BMW kidney grille surround, the M side gills, the model lettering and the forged M light alloys boasting a star-spoke design. The 20-inch wheels come in the colour Orbit Grey matt offered exclusively for the edition model.

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Moreover, the lettering “30 Jahre Edition” is imprinted both on the doorsills and the headrests. A signet on the interior trim strip on the passenger side dashboard area boasts, in addition to the lettering “30 Jahre Edition”, the number “1/300”, giving reference to the limited series.


The BMW M4 Convertible Edition 30 Jahre reflects the combination of sportiness and open-air driving pleasure that has now matured for the duration of five model generations. A racetrack-proven vehicle concept and technology derived directly from motorsport had already formed the basis for open-top driving pleasure in the first BMW M3 Convertible.


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The new BMW 8 Series Coupe undergoes vehicle dynamics testing on the racetrack


With the presentation of the BMW Concept 8 Series, BMW already offered a close-to-series glimpse at the design of their new luxury segment sports car. The dynamic qualities of the new BMW 8 Series Coupe are now also clearly manifesting themselves. A close-to-series prototype is currently undergoing intensive testing on a high-speed proving ground in Aprilia, Italy. The tests serve in particular to optimize the vehicle’s driving dynamics on surfaces with a high friction coefficient and mark yet a further decisive stage on the way to the launch of the new BMW 8 Coupe during 2018.

The test drives are being carried out with a heavily camouflaged prototype, which nevertheless gives strong indication of the new BMW 8 Series Coupe’s typical sports car proportions. As in the case of the BMW Concept 8 Series, the dynamically stretched lines, the flat silhouette and the powerful front and rear ends give a foretaste of the fascinatingly sporty driving experience.



The acceleration, braking and steering behavior of the new sports car are analyzed on circuits, slalom courses and different road surfaces. The highly demanding test program facilitates the targeted harmonization of all drive and suspension systems. The new BMW 8 Series Coupe has shown that it offers maximum agility and precision in highly dynamics situations. Likewise, the car is also able to meet the highest demands in terms of supremacy and comfort.

The new BMW 8 Series Coupe is being developed parallel to and in close coordination with the BMW M8 and the BMW M8 GTE racing car. The knowledge gained at racing events in the FIA WEC and the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship (IWSC) in North America will directly benefit series development of the BMW 8 Series Coupe.

The BMW Group has defined its strong presence in the luxury segment as one of the major pillars of its number one > next strategy. With the consistent extension of its model portfolio through the addition of the new BMW 8 Series Coupe and the new BMW M8, the BMW Group creates the ideal prerequisites for winning over the most demanding target groups and convincing them with a unique combination of supreme dynamics and modern luxury.



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The new MINI 3 door, the new MINI 5 door, the new MINI Convertible


The British premium automobile manufacturer strengthens the progressive character and appeal of its models in the small car segment with a stylishly refined visual appearance and extensive technological advancements.

The upgrading of the original product substance in the premium segment of small cars highlights the mature yet distinctive charisma of MINI, which in its current model generation is now available for the first time with three body types for hallmark driving fun in urban traffic. This is due to such elements as the new engine-transmission combinations, an extended range of standard features, newly designed headlights and rear lights, additional body finishes and cutting-edge connectivity technology for convenience and infotainment.


MINI 3 door, MINI 5 door, MINI Convertible: overview of new features.

  • LED headlights with Matrix function for the high beam.
    •       LED rear lights in Union Jack design.
    •       New MINI logo, new body finishes, Piano Black exterior.
    •       New light alloy wheels.
    •       Extended range of leather trim, interior surfaces and Color Lines.
    •       Unique individualization with MINI Yours Customized.
    •       Further developed engines with enhanced efficiency as well as increased capacity and torque for MINI One and MINI One First.
    •       7-speed Steptronic transmission with double clutch, 8-speed Steptronic transmission.
    •       Multifunction steering wheel and radio with 6.5-inch color screen, USB and Bluetooth interface as standard.
    •       Optional radio and navigation systems with touchscreen monitor.
    •       Telephony with wireless charging.
    •       MINI logo projection from the exterior mirror on the driver’s side.
    •       MINI Connected and MINI Connected XL with new functions.

A modified design for the characteristic circular headlights make the hallmark front view of the new MINI 3 door, the new MINI 5 door and the new MINI Convertible is even more powerfully expressive. In the standard halogen headlights, a striking accentuation is added by means of a black panel.


The MINI Yours Customized program now raises hallmark brand individualization to a whole new level. It includes retrofit products whose design can be created by customers themselves, which are then produced precisely according to these individual specifications. The MINI Yours Customized range includes side scuttles, decorative strips for the interior on the passenger side, LED door sill finishers and LED door projectors.

All Steptronic transmissions available for the new MINI 3 door, the new MINI 5 door and the new MINI Convertible allow use of the coasting function in MID and GREEN mode as well as the latest generation of the auto start/stop function. Navigation and front camera data can now be incorporated in the control of the latter, too. If the vehicle is fitted accordingly, this allows situations to be identified in which it is better not to switch off the engine: for example when stopping briefly before making a turn or entering a roundabout, or if the traffic ahead has started moving again.


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Double clutch transmission in the MINI: faster gearshifts for increased driving fun


The British premium automobile manufacturer MINI highlights the sporty character of its current models in the small segment with a new type of transmission. Extremely fast gear changes, a high degree of shift comfort and optimized efficiency – these are the benefits of the 7-speed Steptronic automatic transmission with double clutch, available for the MINI 3 door, the MINI 5 door and the MINI Convertible. It is offered in conjunction with selected engine types and as an alternative to the standard 6-speed manual transmission. The new double clutch transmission provides impressive shift dynamics for enhanced driving fun while at the same including all the comfort features of an automatic transmission.

The double clutch transmission is operated by means of a newly designed electronic selector lever which always returns to its original position after changing between driving mode D, neutral position N and reverse mode. The parking lock is activated by pressing the P button. S mode can be activated from position D by shifting the selector lever to the left: this supports a particularly sporty driving style as well as allowing manual intervention in the choice of position.


The increase in drive positions as compared to the 6-speed manual transmission benefits both sporty flair and ride comfort. The seven gears of the double clutch transmission enable a broader spread of gears, thereby reducing the differences in engine speed between the various drive positions. This applies to automated shifts in D and S modes as well as to manual interventions in the selection of drive positions in M mode. In S mode the gearshifts occur at increased engine speeds and with further increased shift dynamics. In S mode, the driver can also spontaneously switch to manual shifting.

In automated mode, driving fun can also be enhanced by linking the transmission control to the optional MINI navigation system. The double clutch transmission control unit is then able to draw on navigation data to adapt its shift strategy to the given situation on the road. When approaching a sharp bend or junction, for example, a downshift is made early on so as to be able to make use of the engine braking effect for deceleration purposes. When passing through two bends in quick succession, the drive position engaged after downshifting is maintained so as to avoid any unnecessary shifting and ensure the ideal gear is available for powerful acceleration on exiting the bend.


Like a conventional converter system, the double clutch transmission also offers a crawl function that enables smooth set-off without activating the accelerator, thereby increasing comfort when manoeuvring or in stop-and-go traffic.