The major difference of the car compared with a Mini Traveller is that it does not have side windows and it was marketed mainly as a commercial vehicle. The generic name “minivans” was coined from this model.
Today, Mini is owned by BMW and on top of their flagship new Mini model; they have the Countryman, Clubman and the upcoming Mini Coupe. Right now, BMW has announced that they will debut a new model known as the Mini Cargo and it will be based on the Mini Clubman. The car will be showcased at the upcoming 2012 Geneva Motor Show.
BMW has several models across their Mini range. The Mini hard-top hatchback is their flagship model; the Clubman is considered as an extended version of the Mini hatchback; the Countryman is seen as a crossover SUV and the Coupe is basically just a coupe version of their flagship model. So, what is missing from their model range? A minivan (or Mini Van), of course!
The original Mini Van model lasted from the 1960s up to the early 1980s. With a small engine capacity and ample cargo space, it was a perfect vehicle choice of small businesses at that time.
BMW intends to fit the Mini into every possible market niche and the Mini Cargo is the perfect choice for their plans. Since it will be based on the Mini Clubman, we can imagine how it is going to look like; side windows removed and then replaced with sheet metal and also the rear seats removed for extra cargo space. This will be an ideal vehicle for today’s urban businesses.
BMW’s ideas and plans of fitting into every possible market segment and reviving the original Mini’s variants sound interesting. Additionally, it will also bring back memories for the older generation. As for me, I hope that they bring back the Mini Moke and I wonder how it will look like in today’s modern design.
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