3 of 22
BACKNEXT
Mini Cooper convertible
Mini Cooper convertible
The redesigned Mini Cooper convertible makes its North American debut at the Detroit Auto Show. If you can't tell much of a difference, there's a good reason, said the chief designer for BMW's Mini division Gert Hildebrand.

"We serve the brand," he said of Mini's design team. "We are not there to follow our own dreams. We have to develop a historical product within a certain range."

Beyond mechanical improvements already available on the hard-top Mini Cooper, the convertible gets new pop-up rollover protection system replacing the always-in-place roll bars that protrude from behind the back seats in the current Cooper convertible.

Another new feature is the "Openometer" which measures how long you've spent driving with the top down.

NEXT: Toyota Prius

Last updated January 13 2009: 3:59 PM ET
More Galleries
Most 'one percent' moments of 2014 This year was all about more money, more problems. Here's a look at the trials, tribulations and triumphs of the 1% over the last year. More
6 products to keep the skies friendly Plane travel can be stressful, especially during the holidays. These things can help keep the peace among travelers. More
2014: Helluva good year for stocks The bull market has been going for 2,115 days. If you put you're money in stocks, it's been a very happy year. More

Special Offer

Most stock quote data provided by BATS. Market indices are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. All times are ET. Disclaimer.

Morningstar: © 2014 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Factset: FactSet Research Systems Inc. 2014. All rights reserved.

Chicago Mercantile Association: Certain market data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved.

Dow Jones: The Dow Jones branded indices are proprietary to and are calculated, distributed and marketed by DJI Opco, a subsidiary of S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC and have been licensed for use to S&P Opco, LLC and CNN. Standard & Poor's and S&P are registered trademarks of Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC and Dow Jones is a registered trademark of Dow Jones Trademark Holdings LLC. All content of the Dow Jones branded indices © S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC 2014 and/or its affiliates.