SAN FRANCISCO – The smallest car in the U.S. is big on engineering. Seeking to create a "premium" entry in the small-car segment, BMW AG contributed much of its own engineering muscle to the British-built 2003 Mini, which went on sale in March. Featured engineering innovations unique to this segment include six airbags, electronic throttle control, a tire low-pressure warning system and electronic brake force distribution that prevents nosedives in hard stops. "We can afford to put ...

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