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Tokyo Motor Show: Mini appears across the globe

Wed, 20 Nov 2013

FRESH from its world debut at the Cowley plant in which it will be built, the new third-generation Mini has made its Asian debut at the Tokyo Motor Show.

Both the modern Mini, and before it the original Issigonis Mini, are extremely popular in Japan where its strong British identity and high degree of personalisation hold strong appeal. The third generation version will build on that with its enhanced looks and specification.

The new Mini will initially available in Cooper, Cooped D and Cooper S forms with new engines on all models; a three cylinder petrol, three cylinder diesel and four cylinder petrol respectively, each using turbocharging for maximum efficiency and performance. With a six-speed manual gearbox as standard plus the option of a six-speed automatic on all models.

Inside the Mini has a revamped cabin with a choice of new displays including a large 8.8-inch monitor, more space for passengers and luggage and clever LED lighting. Keyless go is now also standard across the range.

The new Mini goes on sale in the UK in the Spring of 2014, with prices starting at £15,300 for the Cooper, £16,450 for the Cooper D and £18,650 for the Cooper S.

By Press Association reporters