Automotive News is reporting that the Clubman’s door was not originally on the drawing boards when the model was conceived. Here’s an excerpt:

>The Mini Clubman’s unusual, three-door configuration evolved during the entry-premium car’s development. “This is a thing only Mini would do,” said Ulrich Kranz, director of Mini engineering and product development, during the car’s press launch in Spain.

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[ Clubman’s Door Not Originally Planned ] Automotive News (Subscribers only)