Geneva is a major auto show on the international circuit each year, and MINI and BMW both have used the Geneva venue to make some major announcements in the past. What about this year? MINI has just announced what they plan to bring with them to Switzerland this year, and as much as we’d like to tell you that you’ll see the 2014 MINI Cooper, the F56, it looks like for now MINI is staying focused on a new trim package (The Bond Street) for the Clubman, and a similar emphasis on JCW to what we saw at Detroit in January. They’re still excited about the Paceman JCW (as are we), and of course the JCW GP will be on hand. That, however, is as far as the official information goes. Is that it? MINI may very well have something else up their sleeves for this show in early March. MINI and BMW both are fond of showing pre-production cars as thinly veiled concept cars. Will we see an early F56? We don’t think so. Instead look for something a bit more conceptual but still foreshadowing something eventually meant for production.
Meanwhile, here’s the official statement from MINI:
The passion for extreme driving fun, a richly varied model range and the wide selection of personalisation options for which MINI is renowned form the centrepiece of the British premium brand’s stand at the 2013 Geneva International Motor Show. As part of its ongoing model push, MINI is introducing further additions to its portfolio of attractive design models. Indeed, this year’s Geneva Show will host the world premiere of the MINI Clubman Bond Street. Generously equipped and with a searching eye for detail, this is a MINI tailor-made for style-conscious customers of the particularly discerning variety.
Geneva will also welcome the arrival of a model destined to capture the hearts first and foremost of drivers with elevated sporting pretensions. The MINI John Cooper Works Paceman blends the charisma of the first Sports Activity Coupé in its class with race-bred powertrain and chassis technology. The John Cooper Works sub-brand – like its MINI parent – now has seven models in its line-up.