[from MINI Press, Canada]
Whitby. The second generation MINI Cooper hatchback earned impressive scores for front and side impact and roll-over testing in the latest National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) testing.
In the NCAP side impact testing, the 2008 MINI Cooper received a 5-Star rating for front seat occupant side-impact protection – the highest rating issued by NHTSA. In the same test the MINI Cooper received a 4-Star rating for rear seat occupants.
In frontal impact testing the MINI Cooper received a 4-Star rating for both front seat occupants. In addition the MINI Cooper carries a 5-Star rating for rollover safety.
The MINI Cooper and Cooper S, of course, share the same body structure and passive safety features and optimize occupant safety with a total of six airbags – two frontal impact bags, two seat-mounted side impact bags and a Head Protection air bag curtain that protects both front and rear passengers in the event of a side impact or roll-over. MINI’s crash worthiness is also enhanced by a rigid steel safety cage that helps to redirect impact forces away from occupants.
â€œWe are delighted with the NHTSA test results which echo impressive performances in earlier IIHS and Euro NCAP tests ” said Stephen McDonnell, Director of MINI Canada. “These results underscore the level of safety engineered into our cars, making MINI one of the safest small cars on the road today.â€
A suite of advanced electronic braking and traction management technologies, including standard Anti-Lock Brakes, Automatic Stability Control +Traction (ASC+T), Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Cornering Brake Control (CBC) and available Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) all assist the MINI driver in avoiding the unplanned testing of MINIâ€™s excellent passive safety pedigree.
BMW Group Canada, based in Whitby, Ontario, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BMW AG and is responsible for the distribution of BMW luxury performance automobiles, Sports Activity Vehicles, Motorcycles, and MINI. BMW Group Financial Services Canada is a division of BMW Group Canada and offers retail financing and leasing programs on new and pre-owned BMW and MINI automobiles, as well as retail financing for new and pre-owned BMW Motorcycles. A total network of 38 BMW automobile retail centres, 17 BMW motorcycle retailers, and 23 MINI retailers represents the BMW Group across the country.