Car Magazine is reporting that the MINI City car project (aka the production Rocketman) will not be moving forward to production in the foreseeable future. MINI recently did its usual model pitch to the board of parent company BMW and the diminutive 3m MINI didn’t make the cut.

This isn’t that surprising given its small size and the considerable cost that would be involved in making the car both road legal and worthy to carry the MINI badge. That makes it no less disappointing. It’s a shame really, as the Rocketman was the most warmly received new MINI design we’ve seen in a long, long time. MINI pitched the car vigorously to the board — complete with production designs, demographics and projected sales data, but alas, it was not meant to be.