Earlier this year in January, MINI announced its plans to revive the MINI Van and showcased the vehicle at the Geneva Motor Show. The car will be based on the MINI Clubman and the company called it the MINI Cargo. At that time, there were no photos or rendered images on how the car would look like.
Just before the above mentioned auto show began, MINI showed images of the car and they also changed the name to the MINI Clubvan. Initially, the company stated that the MINI Clubvan will only be a concept and they have no immediate plans to put the vehicle into production.
It is during auto exhibitions where many automakers gauge public reaction to a certain new offering before deciding whether it will go into production. In this case, MINI used the recent Geneva Motor Show to see how popular their MINI Clubvan was. And it appears that the public fully approves it and MINI will enter the Clubvan into production.
The MINI Clubvan is hugely based on the Clubman’s underpinnings. The huge differences that we will see are in the rear half of the car, where the rear seats and rear windows have been removed. And in replacement, is a flat cargo space with a mesh partition separating that area and the front driver/passenger seating area.
Judging from the picture of the cargo area, ample is not a word we can use to describe that space. But, MINI has mentioned that the Clubvan offers a fuel-efficient, go-anywhere alternative to larger delivery vans. And MINI also stated that the Clubvan is a compact lifestyle van for business and/or leisure.
With the company’s decision to “green light” the Clubvan into production, the company hopes that this will boost the sale of the MINI Clubman which makes up only around ten percent of the company’s global sales last year.
Somehow, I am not really sure on how a two-seater, compact van with little cargo space would appeal to non-commercial buyers.
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