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2011 MINI Minor Concept


Back in the day, the MINI Cooper was the epitome of a small car, so much so that it became Mr. Bean’s official car. The hilarity of that is that the lovable British comedian is a pretty tall and lanky fellow so fitting him inside one of those old Coopers proved to be as difficult a task as trying to sleep inside a Little Tykes playhouse.

Since then, the MINI Cooper has become a lot bigger and with models including the Clubman and the Countryman already falling into the crossover categories, it would seem that the BMW -owned company is slowly leaving behind its small and quirky phase.

Wolfgang Armbrecht, however, begs to differ. According to MINI’s brand chief, the company is already developing a back-to-its-roots mini MINI car that will be smaller in size than the latest model of the Cooper.

Word around the watercooler says that the future car already has a name – the MINI Minor Concept – and that it will be a small three-door model with a small engine and a front wheel drive system. Specific details behind the MINI Minor are still unknown, but Armbrecht made it clear that a new car is already in the oven.

’’We have always been motivated by the idea to build a small spacious car,’’ he told the Financial Times Deutschland newspaper.

He also adds: “There will be a taste of ’’the next spectacular idea from the Mini brand’ at the Detroit Auto Show. Keep a close eye on the coming months.”

You don’t need to remind us about that last part, Mr. Armbrecht. We’re definitely going to keep some tabs on MINI’s potential return back to its Mr. Bean-driving days.

Source: Autonews


18 comments:

This mini concept look aggressive on its exterior design. Is this a race-car? I think it only had a two seated chair. Nice to improve to its new look than the old driving car of Mr. Bean.

This car is cute but not that reliable. They told earlier that it is Mr. Bean’s official car. I
thought, Mr. Beans car is some kind of green, and it does not have lines on the exterior.

Just like their other model, MINI has the same old look for the headlights. And i don’t think that this cute looking car would be a good alternative for the road in US.

Gorgeous car!!!Love the tail light design too, among the best I’ve ever seen. Mini is doing variations of it’s product well and should absolutely continue to broaden it’s market appeal. I would love to see a Mini sedan with tail lights like this.

Not good for a family with a toddler! I saw a commercial on BBC America that featured a Mini Countryman with a family whose toddler’s bladder had busted.

The ring record was set by a Radical which was driven to the Nürburgring from the UK. But the car is not legal in all European countries. For example in Germany you can’t register a Radical while in the UK you can register the car!

Oh please,the interior of this car is ugly!

I love the small and cute cars but the appearance looks weird,That’s why Mr.Beans love the style and image. Its like a mini toy that kids love to play outdoors..

Mini offers a choice of three gasoline and two diesel options for overseas models while in the US it will offer options of two engine the 1.6 liter four cylinder gasoline engine with fully variable valve timing .

It is designed to slot above the Countryman in positioning and will feature the top-of-the-line 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with final output around the 200 horsepower mark.

the next spectacular idea from the Mini brand’ at the Detroit Auto Show. Keep a close eye on the coming months.

I like the idea of something halfway between the original Mini and the current MINI Cooper. Maybe with a 1.2 or 1.3 and for several thousands less than a ’10 Cooper. As long as there was an equivalent “S” version I would be interested.

These two were from an earlier Rover Mini proposal from about 1999 to 2000.This is before BMW bought them out.

sure it looks great but prepare your money it wont settle back on a low price of course. beside this is a special edition expect that its price increase up to 20%

yes it looks cute and fun to drive than the a1 and m1, also the roofs design is impressive they inverted the white to blue and blue to white.

These two were from an earlier Rover Mini proposal from about 1999 to 2000.This is before BMW bought them out. That said I like the idea of something halfway between the original Mini and the current MINI Cooper.

agree.. they keep on banging each others door on who and what car is the best in their category. sorry but my eyes is still on japanese hatches like cr-z mugen.

wow looks like the M1 will having a good competitor in small car category.. yes for sure this one will be a tight battle. but it looks great
and sporty specially with the white racing stripes..

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