MotorTrend (of all places) got a little nugget of information from Kay Segler, Mini’s vice president of brand management about the MINI cross-over we’ve been reporting on:
>A Mini official has gone on record as saying that the BMW-owned automaker is interested in adding a crossover vehicle to the brand’s lineup. According to a report in Automotive News Europe, Kay Segler, Mini’s vice president of brand management, would not comment on details but is clearly enthusiastic about the prospect of adding a fourth model to the mix. The Clubman, the third Mini variant after the hatch and convertible, is coming later this year.
There’s nothing inherently ground breaking in this news. MotoringFile has reported for years now that MINI has eyes on a cross-over (soft-roader if you will) type of vehicle. We also broke the news about production locations outside the UK (most like South Carolina or Austria). However it’s always nice to see yet another MINI exec make the rumors more or less official. Expect to hear more concrete product details in the coming months.
Also in this MT articles was a mention of MINI getting BMW’s new start-stop system for manual equipped MINIs. This system was originally mentioned last year as coming technology but a time-table was never set. Expect this system to debut when the R56 is refreshed in a couple of years (if not sooner).
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