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The MINI Convertible Celebrates 10 Years of Open Top Driving

It was March 2004 when MINI launched the Convertible model, at the Geneva Motor Show and it announced a more than exciting summer. Going on sale in July of the same year, the open-top car is now celebrating its 10th anniversary.
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Over the years, the Convertible went through a couple of phases. The first model released under BMW’s umbrella was charismatic due to its design that reminded people of the original model. It had premium quality and was unique in the segment of small open-top cars.

The soft-top had an electrohydraulic roof mechanism that could be either fully opened at the press of a button or moved back in the front section by just 40 centimeters, creating some sort of sunroof that could be kept open at speeds up to 120 km/h (75 mph).

It was the first and it became an instant success, on a global level. In 2007, the MINI Convertible was declared ‘Value Master’ by Auto Bild and has since established a tradition of top placements in this ranking, continued to this day.

In 2009, the second model came out, marking yet another anniversary, MINI’s 50th. Its design was more evolutionary than anything else, with an even sportier style and more efficient engines.

The textile top was kept but improved as well, with better acoustic properties as well as an electrically heatable glass rear window. The whole thing could go down into the boot in 15 seconds at speeds up to 30 km/h (19 mph).

While we’re waiting for the new model to be unveiled by MINI, we can reminiscent of the previous models, with the gallery below.

 
 
 
 
 

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