AutoExpress had a chance to speak with Ian Robertson, Director of BMW Marketing and Sales, at the Geneva Motor Show this year. One of their questions asked if two of MINI’s more outlandish concepts â€” the Rocketman and the Beachcomber â€” might ever see the light of day. For those hoping for a Beachcomber, what Mr. Robertson had to say may be relevant to your interests.
“Strictly speaking the Rocketman is just a concept, we’re saying nothing at this stage, but it does prove that we are experts at looking at our history and interpreting a future for it. The packaging, doors and boot are all nods to the original Mini, but the Rocketman definitely has its own personality.
There’s been some difficulties getting the Beachcomber through crash regulations, specifically side impacts. We could bolster up the side protection but that would ruin the point of the car. Let’s say that it hasn’t been ruled out.”
We at MotoringFile aren’t exactly optimistic that a small crossover with no doors would ever make our shores, but that it’s still on Mr. Robertson’s radar is very exciting. Would you like to see the Beachcomber become a reality? Sound off in the comments.