• Sep 8th 2006 at 10:26AM
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The MINI Traveller has finally arrived, and we are shutting off the "No Vacancy" sign. OK, so the car will officially be called the Clubman when it arrives in dealerships "in the next three years." Traveller has been deemed too protected to legally secure for use here. But as William Shakespeare once said, "What's in a name? That which we call a rose/By any other word would smell as sweet."

Sporting the split rear doors and taillight-concealed hinges of the show car, this MINI wagon looks as stylish as it is practical. With seating for five allowed because of the longer body, MINI has also added a pair of reverse opening rear doorlets, making this a six-door model. And the trick rear hinges will allow a wider opening than would fixed taillights and conventional hinges, so BMW appears to have maximized the utility of this MINI.

Finally allowing five adults room to breathe, and still bring along some luggage, the Clubman answers our few complaints about the original. Clever and cute are what MINI has been doing best since the beginning, but with the extra room and clever split rear, they are taking it to the next level. One note of caution, owners should prepare themselves for the inevitable, "Hey buddy, your barn door's open," jokes.


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      • 9 Years Ago
      They should have called it the MaxiMini.
      • 9 Years Ago
      i'm not a big fan of the look of it, but you have to give mini credit for a pretty cool idea
      • 9 Years Ago
      how much is it if u want to buy it
      • 9 Years Ago
      I would have to see it in person, but I'm not terribly impressed so far. I prefer the hatch, and a tiny suicide door does not make the rear any more inviting (see: the Saturn SC/Ion). I'll wait till they announce prices. If the Clubman costs much more than the regular modal, I call "flop" right now.
      • 9 Years Ago
      It's "by any other name", not "any other word".
      • 9 Years Ago
      • 9 Years Ago
      I don't like the Mini Cooper at all. So I can care less about the 6th door. Looks like a damn toy.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Looks like BMW/Mini have given a Honda Element a look and applied it to the Mini brand (albeit in a much nicer looking package). I think the Clubman will take more sales away from small suvs than any crossover vehicle currently being released. I think folks are gonna really love a vehicle that is versatile and extremely fun to drive.
      • 9 Years Ago
      It's nice to know that Jeep isn't the only company diluting their brand while trying to expand beyond a niche market.

      Why is it that companies keep trying to be more that what made them great in the first place? It the long run, they're just shooting themselves in the foot.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I haven't seen anything as to whether it will only come with the base engine or if the supercharger will be available.

      By the way, it has to be a 5-door based upon the gas cap being located directly behind the left side door.
      • 9 Years Ago
      how much are these cars going for anyway ?.....just curious......
      • 9 Years Ago
      It's groovy! Cool! I like it.
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