Open-top motoring the natural way: MINI Convertible is class winner in new ÖKOTREND rankings.







Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: January 3, 2013
Categories: MINI, MINI Cooper

AUTO TEST magazine publishes latest environmental rankings list –  MINI Cooper D Convertible is most eco-friendly open-top model on the  German market.

MINI Convertible

Munich. The most eco-friendly convertible on the  German car market is a MINI. In the latest annual rankings from the  ÖKOTREND Institute for Environmental Research, the MINI Cooper D  Convertible took the top slot as the most environmentally-friendly car  in the convertible category.

The four-seater model’s success was due  not only to low fuel consumption and emissions, but also to systematic  use of sustainable production processes at the MINI plant in Oxford.  Another factor in the rankings from the independent ÖKOTREND institute  is perceived corporate environmental and social responsibility. The  latest ÖKOTREND results will be listed in full in issue 1/2013 of  “AUTO TEST” magazine.

In the MINI Cooper D Convertible, hallmark MINI driving fun is in  tune with nature at all times. That’s partly down to the enjoyment of  direct contact with the elements, but also because the convertible’s  82 kW/112 hp four-cylinder diesel engine combines sporty performance  with outstanding fuel efficiency. Average EU fuel consumption is  4.0 litres per 100 kilometres (70.6 mpg imp), with CO2 emissions of 105 g/km.

The excellent balance between driving enjoyment and fuel consumption  is achieved through systematically optimised engine design and  extensive use of MINIMALISM technology. The standard equipment of the  MINI Cooper D Convertible includes Brake Energy Regeneration, the Auto  Start-Stop function and the Shift Point Display. Further features  which increase fuel efficiency include electromechanical power  steering, on-demand operation of ancillary units, and improved weight  and aerodynamics. MINIMALISM features are standard on all current MINI  models. As a result, 14 models from this British brand already have  CO2 emissions of less than 120 grams per kilometre. Extensive use of  MINIMALISM technology is fully in line with the BMW Group’s corporate  strategy, which has long been geared to the principles of  sustainability. This strategy has helped the BMW Group regularly  achieve excellent results in independent third-party assessments.  Earlier this year, for example, the BMW Group was named the world’s  most sustainable automotive manufacturer in the Dow Jones  Sustainability Index for the eighth year running.

These factors also played a big part in the Group’s latest strong  performance in the ÖKOTREND rankings. Alongside vehicle-specific  features, the ÖKOTREND criteria also include more general aspects such  as material sourcing, production, recycling and corporate  environmental and social responsibility. In the new rankings, the MINI  Cooper D Convertible’s excellent scores in these areas helped it  achieve an overall rating as the most eco-friendly model in its class.