MINI to Introduce Clubman Van at Geneva?

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  1. According to a report by German publication Auto Motor und Sport, MINI intends on showing a cargo van version of the current Clubman in late February 2012 at the Geneva Motor Show. The concept (which could be very close to production) reportedly will feature two seats and a flat load floor. Gone are the typical rear windows and in their place sheet metal for greater safety and reduced cost.

    Rumor has it MINI wants to bring the version of the Clubman to market as a way to capture commercial sales in Europe that are currently not served by the MINI brand. It's unknown whether or not MINI intends to import the car to the North American market.
    [URL='http://www.motoringfile.com/2011/12/30/mini-to-introduce-mini-clubman-cargo-van-at-geneva/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Motoringfile+%28MotoringFile+%7C+MINI+News%2C+Reviews+and+Podcast%29'%5DMotoringFile Archive MINI to Introduce Clubman Cargo Van at Geneva?[/URL]

    [url]http://www.carsuk.net/mini-cargo-the-mini-van-is-back/[/url]

    [URL='http://www.auto-motor-und-sport.de/news/mini-cargo-bmw-bringt-neue-mini-variante-4232440.html'%5DMini Cargo: BMW bringt neue Mini-Variante – AUTO MOTOR UND SPORT[/URL]

    [IMG]http://i555.photobucket.com/albums/jj470/mab01uk/Mini%20United%202009/3696541121_0057145302_b.jpg[/IMG]

  2. marinespark wrote: “OMG.. can you imagine white van man in the Cooper S works version !!!:D”

    come on it cant be as fast as a hire van, S or no S 😀

  3. Do you remember the original Ford Transit Supervan? 😀

    [IMG]http://i555.photobucket.com/albums/jj470/mab01uk/super-van1.jpg[/IMG]

    [URL]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qg6WdboK1nY[/URL]

    [SIZE=2][COLOR=Black]'The original Supervan was produced by Terry Drury Racing and made its debut at Brands Hatch on Easter Monday 1971. It was fitted with a 400 horsepower version of the high-performance 302 cubic inch V8 engine used in Ford's Le Mans-winning GT40 sports cars.'[/COLOR][/SIZE]

  4. Here's one that was doing the rounds at Goodwood, it's got XJ220 running gear 😮

    [IMG]http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww102/surfblue63/Goodwood%202010/2010_07020397.jpg[/IMG]

    PS The MINI Van, Cooper S or not, will never be faster than an Astramax 😀

  5. surfblue6 wrote: “Here's one that was doing the rounds at Goodwood, it's got XJ220 running gear 😮

    [IMG]http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww102/surfblue63/Goodwood%202010/2010_07020397.jpg[/IMG]

    PS The MINI Van, Cooper S or not, will never be faster than an Astramax :D”

    Cant agree more I was once tailgaited at simply 'Astra-nomical' speed's by one on an autobahn

  6. [IMG]http://i555.photobucket.com/albums/jj470/mab01uk/Mini-Cargo-2.jpg[/IMG]

    [IMG]http://i555.photobucket.com/albums/jj470/mab01uk/Mini-Cargo.jpg[/IMG]

    Close likeness to the MINI Cargo/Van?
    [URL]http://www.theophiluschin.com/?p=3731[/URL]

  7. Add some small slit windows in the roof ,carry its spare on the front pannel ,offer camper varient get surfboards,and tree hugger's to drive em…..sorry wrong company… what we need is an open top four seater with a flimsy cloth roof no doors ,and only a windscreen,give it no ground clearence and take the heater/a.c.out…now that's never been done has it…..or take the rear seats out,cut the roof off behind the driver,make sure it has a flat floor,and well they could make a pickup….thats yet another original idea….I should get paid for this 😀

  8. And some people thought the ALL4 was big 😮

    [IMG]http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww102/surfblue63/Mini-Minivan.jpg[/IMG]

    [url]http://www.bmwblog.com/2012/01/03/rumormill-mini-van-to-debut-in-geneva/[/url]

    “A BMW van has also been rumored in the past. Known internally known as the Advanced Family Sports Activity Tourer, a BMW insider describes the BMW mini-van as a model mixing the space and flexibility of an MPV, the solidity of an SAV with the shape of a larger Touring model, but have maintain the car-like appearance.”

  9. [IMG]http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww102/surfblue63/Mini-Minivan.jpg[/IMG]

    My God thats UGLY….:eek:

    Please please BWM [U][B][COLOR=red]DO NOT[/COLOR][/B][/U] bring out a cooper or cooper s or for that matter a John Cooper works version… !!!

  10. georgek wrote: “As above, it's so ugly and looks nothing like a MINI, BMW need to get a new head of design before it all goes belly up!!! :eek:”

    This mpv picture is just an old magazine photoshop and nothing to do with any official BMW design!!

  11. georgek wrote: “As above, it's so ugly and looks nothing like a MINI, BMW need to get a new head of design before it all goes belly up!!! :eek:”

    What do you mean before ?? 😀

    I think the mag that photo shopped this needs to issue new crayons or spectacles to the creator of this horror…just in case b.m.w. have run out of new idea's and use it… 😮 what ? they have run out of idea's….

  12. [IMG]http://i555.photobucket.com/albums/jj470/mab01uk/MINI_clubvan.jpg[/IMG]

    [IMG]http://i555.photobucket.com/albums/jj470/mab01uk/MINI_clubvan-2.jpg[/IMG]

    The MINI Clubvan Concept will be officially unveiled at Geneva – and is the last spin-off from the existing car, which has been in production since 2007. It promises to be a great-driving city van with an added dash of style. The MINI Clubman-based concept car has an increased load-carrying capability, and opens the (club)door to a completely new market for MINI, premium small businesses.

    The ability to adapt goes back to the heart of MINI's heritage. Calls for maximising the load capacity of the classic Mini began as early as 1960, just a year after the car's birth, and so the Morris Mini Van was born. With its 10-centimetre-longer wheelbase, separate load compartment and split rear doors, it was perfectly equipped for commercial use. It also provided the basis for the fully glazed, four-seat Morris Mini Traveller, one of the precursors of today's MINI Clubman.

    Limiting the car to two seats creates the capacity needed by business owners on a day-to-day basis, as well as opening up a whole new world of customisation potential. The flat load area which reaches from the split rear doors right up to a partition grille behind the two seats makes full use of the interior's depth. Six attachment loops recessed into the load floor use elasticated straps to hold cargo in place. The fixed partition grille, made from solid aluminium in the lower part and a stainless steel honeycombe grating, ensures items stowed in the rear won't fall into the front cabin. The side walls, floor and roof lining of the load area in the Concept are trimmed in anthracite-coloured cloth.

    The MINI Clubvan Concept shares the same exterior dimensions as the MINI Clubman – and that includes the LHD ‘Clubdoor', which in this instance is an irrelevance, but one who's removal would add significantly to production costs. The company featured on the MINI Clubvan Concept shown at Geneva ‘Hugh Buckingham Signwriter' is a UK company, based in Southport which creates similar vehicle graphics for its customers. The Concept showcases how these might look on a MINI Clubvan.

    [B]More:[/B]
    [URL]http://www.aronline.co.uk/blogs/2012/02/19/news-mini-clubvan-unveiled-ahead-of-geneva-launch/[/URL]

    [URL='http://www.motoringfile.com/2012/02/18/world-premier-mini-clubvan-concept/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Motoringfile+%28MotoringFile+%7C+MINI+News%2C+Reviews+and+Podcast%29']http://www.motoringfile.com/2012/02/18/world-premier-mini-clubvan-concept/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Motoringfile+%28MotoringFile+|+MINI+News%2C+Reviews+and+Podcast%29[/URL]

  13. 'For business or leisure, the Clubvan Concept is the world's first transport vehicle based on a premium small car. And the Clubvan is quintessential MINI. It's fresh. It's unique. And its roots are deeply connected to the brand's heritage: from the original to the original. Inspiration for the Clubvan comes from the 1960 Morris Mini Van. The idea behind the Morris Mini Van was simple. Offer people running a business all the benefits of a Classic Mini with increased functionality and storage space. Holding true to its roots, the MINI Clubvan Concept was also designed with day-to-day usability in mind.'

    'The Clubvan builds on the functionality of the original, adding MINI's premium character and individuality to the mix. [B]And I'm thrilled to announce, for the first time, the MINI Clubvan will go into series production. We'll launch the Clubvan in the second half of this year.'[/B] 😎
    More:
    [URL='http://www.motoringfile.com/2012/03/09/ian-robertsons-remarks-from-the-geneva-auto-show/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Motoringfile+%28MotoringFile+%7C+MINI+News%2C+Reviews+and+Podcast%29'%5DMotoringFile Archive MINI Press Conference at the Geneva Motorshow[/URL]

  14. marinespark wrote: “[IMG]http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww102/surfblue63/Mini-Minivan.jpg[/IMG]

    My God thats UGLY….:eek:

    Please please BWM [U][B][COLOR=red]DO NOT[/COLOR][/B][/U] bring out a cooper or cooper s or for that matter a John Cooper works version… !!!”

    Somehow manages to look a little like the Fiat 500L. Perhaps someone mixed up the spy shots of prototypes in disguise?:rolleyes:

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