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Posted On: 10 May 2009 11:53 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:09 pm

It’s a MINI revolution

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The first car to be launched at the Pearl-Qatar was unveiled last night, as the MINI Cabrio made its debut in Qatar to coincide with the brand’s 50th birthday. Officials described the new model as “the small car with substance in abundance,” as it was launched by Omar al-Fardan at a ceremony which included a MINI-museum, entertainment and other attractions for guests. “With all the flair and refreshment of driving in the open air, the new edition oozes the very best in performance, looks and versatility,” claimed a spokesperson, adding “superior features in terms of design, quality, handling, performance, safety, efficiency and functionality ensure that the second edition of the MINI Cabrio consistently raises the bar.” The soft top of the car can be automatically folded back in around 15 seconds while driving at a speed of up to 30kph, making the car “perfect for any weather conditions.” Assistant general manager of Alfardan Automobiles, the exclusive importers of the BMW Group including MINI, Antoine Lakis said: “A new chapter in MINI’s history has been unleashed; the latest incarnation offers the very best in innovation, style and performance, further confirming MINI as the class leader. We have no doubt that the new MINI Cabrio will be popular in Qatar.” “MINI has a strong and loyal customer base here in Qatar where people love its individuality and unique style. The MINI Cabrio continues this evolution and is the perfect vehicle to zip around the streets of Qatar with style and vigour,” he added. Brand manager for MINI in Qatar, Ola Mohsen described the various improved features of the model, including changes to the exterior design such as the raised shoulder line, low roof line, and short overhangs at both front and rear. She also mentioned a number of internal improvements and the introduction of new technology such as the 6 CD changer, navigation system, easy access system and other improvements to the model. “No two MINIS are exactly the same,” claimed Mohsen, adding “every MINI is unique and customers can choose certain specifications to suit their needs.” She explained that with two 1.6 litre model variants, the MINI Cooper S Cabrio comes with a twin turbo charged direct fuel injection petrol engine producing a maximum output of 175 hp at an engine speed of 5,500 rpm and top speed of 217kph. The MINI Cooper Cabrio, a four-cylinder petrol engine with fully variable valve management produces 120 hp at 6,600 rpm at a top speed of 191kph. She added that the price of the new model starts at QR110,000 and goes up to QR165,000