German magazine “auto, motor und sport” names the new MINI as one of the best looking cars of 2014 in its class.
Published in Stuttgart, the automobile magazine called on its readers to vote for “The best-looking cars of 2014” from among 94 vehicles in ten categories. 17 378 readers and online users took part this year. The new MINI finished first in the class of the so-called “minicars”, where it was up against seven new models of other brands. “We at MINI Design are particularly proud to have won this award. Positive feedback from customers and fans is very encouraging to us in our day-to-day design work for the MINI brand,” explains Anders Warming, Head of MINI Design. “We very much look forward to pursuing this work further.”
The new MINI was launched earlier this year and it is considered an evolution of the previous generation. The car benefits from a new front-wheel drive platform which has increased its sportiness, agile handling, ride comfort and efficiency. The additional sporty flair and efficiency achieved by means of new engines fitted with MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology, likewise newly developed transmissions and extensive MINIMALISM technology is reflected in even more dynamic lines and strikingly shaped surfaces. The aerodynamic properties of the new MINI have also been further optimized as compared to the predecessor model.
The new generation MINI retains the classic MINI proportions, the characteristic three-way separation of body, all-round greenhouse and roof together with a new take on hallmark design features define the exterior of the new model, which has grown by some 4.5 inches in length. Its interior offers extended spatial comfort on all four seats as well as a luggage compartment volume expanded by 3 cubic feet to a total of 8.7 cubic feet. In the U.S., the base model Cooper starts at $19,950 and the Cooper S at $23,600 – plus a $795 Destination and Handling charge.