Monday, June 13, 2011

Mini: the new generation is done in ten

Mini is going through a period of great vitality for the new products. The Anglo-German House recently announced a major investment plan in the establishment of Oxford (United Kingdom) in order to start production of the third generation of the Cooper. As is easily guessed, the official news about the new model are limited, but the third series should be based on the platform front-wheel drive UK, the same one that BMW would use for the new entry-level range.

A new Cooper is not however the only result which aspires Norbert Reithoffer, the current head of the carmaker. During an interview with What Car?, Reithoffer held that the ultimate goal of the company should be to achieve the 10 models. Doing a quick calculation, the current lineup consists of MINI, as well as versions of "regular" (and variants JCW) models convertible, Clubman, Countryman, Coupé (which will be presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September) and Roadster (scheduled for 'early next year).

In addition to these cars, do not forget the concept Paceman (a crossover coupe) and the Rocketman, the latter almost certainly destined to go into production. The total number of models of the British brand will rise and then to eight, nine if we think that most likely the same will happen to the Mini E.

At this point we then try to guess how that might be the fateful tenth model, hoping, for example, whether you are a sports-style rally, WRC-inspired version.

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