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mab0 wrote: ”
With the introduction of the Mini in 1959, Alec Issigonis revolutionised the automobile industry. A transversely mounted engine, front wheel drive, ”
The 1950 Saab 92 had a transverse mounted front wheel drive layout. Pic courtesy of wikimedia.
They seem to have missed the point. Issigonis' innovation was neither the transverse engine or front wheel drive but the packaging of powertrain and suspension to give 'big car' interior space in a car not much bigger than the bubble cars; and the realisation that if you filled that interior with storage, doors, rear bins, under seats, dash, you could get away with hardly any boot space.
It's a good job us enthusiasts don't work in sales and marketing or write press releases…..the potential customers though well informed would probably have lost the will to live long before actually buying the car. 😀
The Issigonis innovation is surely generally recognised as bringing together several ideas that had been used in various existing car designs and engineering them all into one new unique small car package for the first time……and so revolutionised the automobile industry.
Like the MINI press release says:
'With the introduction of the Mini in 1959, Alec Issigonis revolutionised the automobile industry. A transversely mounted engine, front wheel drive, wheels set in all four corners and an advanced undercarriage not only delivered unparalleled cabin space for passengers and luggage on a small footprint, but also exceptional driving agility. The concepts Issigonis introduced in the Mini became the foundation for many generations of small and compact cars.'
[B]And not forgetting his Morris Minor FWD Prototype…….can any Minor 'experts' tell me was its engine transverse mounted and are there any photos in existence?[/B]
'After the launch of the Morris Minor in 1948, Issigonis and Jack Daniels began work on a front-wheel drive Morris Minor prototype; Daniels completed the work after Issigonis had left Morris for Alvis in 1952.
The prototype proved to have superior road-holding qualities to the more conventional front lateral engine, rear-wheel drive design.
Jack Daniels then used it to commute in to work at the main engineering centre of British Motor Corporation (the merged Morris and Austin), at Longbridge, from February 1956 for a few months before moving his family to a new home in King's Norton. He called it the company's 'safest car' because of its outstanding roadholding.'
'Rubber suspension was also tried in a Minor around 1950 with Flexitor units at the front (in torsion) and another Moulton system at the rear called Rotoshear, which used rubber discs working in shear. The Austin Gipsy became the first and only production car to use Flexitor suspension.'
MINI Press Release:[/B]
[B]Oxford. [/B]A new era of driving excitement, in-car-infotainment and premium quality in the small car segment is drawing ever closer. The new MINI will be unveiled on 18 November 2013, 107 years to the day since the birth of the man who started an automobile revolution, Sir Alec Issigonis. MINI Plant Oxford will host the world premiere, with a party in London that same evening.
The new MINI will also have its exhibition premiere in front of international audiences that same week, with an almost simultaneous unveiling in Los Angeles and Tokyo. On 20 November 2013, the limelight will shine on the new star of the premium small car segment, first at the Tokyo Motor Show, Japan, followed just hours later by the Los Angeles Motor Show in California, USA. The new MINI will go on sale in the first quarter of 2014.
[B]Born in Great Britain, built in the best tradition.[/B]
Just like its predecessor, the new MINI will be produced in Oxford. The start of production and the world premiere will mark additional highlights in a jubilee year for the MINI Plant, where automobiles have been built for more than 100 years at the historic Oxford location.
The world premiere will pay tribute to MINI's origins and the creator of the original icon. With the introduction of the Mini in 1959, Alec Issigonis revolutionised the automobile industry. A transversely mounted engine, front wheel drive, wheels set in all four corners and an advanced undercarriage not only delivered unparalleled cabin space for passengers and luggage on a small footprint, but also exceptional driving agility.
The concepts Issigonis introduced in the Mini became the foundation for many generations of small and compact cars. In their most modern form, those principals will continue to live on in the new MINI. Completely new engines and chassis technologies, MINI Connected innovations and refined premium quality will make it the new benchmark for driving enjoyment in its class.
[B][SIZE=2]Official: MINI to Introduce the F56 in London on November 18th[/SIZE][/B]
[B]Issi's birthday chosen for MINI launch[/B]
[B][SIZE=2]2014 MINI F56 Color Options[/SIZE][/B]
[*]White Silver Metallic
[*]British Racing Green II
[*]Ice Chocolate Metallic (New)
[*]Thunder Grey (Previously GP exclusive)
[*]Volcanic Orange (New)
[*]Blazing Red Metallic (Carried over from the Countryman & Paceman)
[B][SIZE=2]July Worldwide MINI Sales Record[/SIZE][/B]
'MINI continues to grow at a good clip, and that's not just a good thing because sales are good. BMW is a small company in the grand scheme of things. Sales success is hard fought against the gigantic conglomerates they compete against. They can't afford to just write off a bum year. MINI is a growing part of that puzzle, and with the upcoming F56 as the first MINI on the new, shared platform, MINI and BMW's success becomes even more intertwined. That's ultimately good news for MINI, though. With greater investment, we expect this next generation of cars to bring quality, technology, economy and performance to a much higher level. BMW's ongoing success, and MINI's very existence, depends on it.'
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