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One of the most contentious subjects on MotoringFile over the past couple of years has been the development of the MINI crossover. The Crossover (codenamed the R60) is on track for production early next year once Magna completes the production change-over from the current X3.

While this is a slight delay over the original timeline, it does not constitute a change in strategy for the car. In fact MINI and BMW execs continue to have very high-hopes for the forthcoming Countryman (as it is rumored to be named) as both a sales generator and a way to expand the brand to new markets. Sales are also expected to come from current MINI owners who are either looking to upsize or replace their second car. And that’s where this week’s MF Poll comes in.

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