• Feb 6, 2007


Motoring File
just had a chance to attend MINI USA's official 2007 MINI press introduction, and besides seeing the new Coopers, they got a few insights into other future products. While most questions generated a polite "no comment," MINI USA's Jim McDowell let MF in on a few secrets. When asked about the importance of MINIs being British, he compared them to BMWs being built in Munich. Important, certainly, but not important enough to keep BMW from building plants in the States and South Africa. So will we see MINI plants outside of Oxford? Quite possibly. And then McDowell mentioned we should "expect to see four to five models in total from the MINI brand in the next five years."

When asked to repeat that, he said, "we will have an important new production every year for the next four to five years." Now, we know about the new Coupes, the Clubman and the new convertible, but what else could we be looking at from MINI? Perhaps a top-of-the-line Cooper like the Works or GP? A sedan? A pickup? A CUV? Who knows. All we know right now is that MINI will continue to hold our attention over the next few years, and not just for its great little Cooper and Cooper S.

[Source: Motoring File]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Might be taking things a bit to far and streching the platform and just the one vehicles too much
      • 8 Years Ago
      Lets get an AWD 2 seater shooting brake mini. I'd gladly put a deposit down and go into massive amounts of debt to have that.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Does the Mini One (the low hp entry level Mini the rest of the world gets) count as a separate line? If so, there's the One, the Cooper, the Cooper convertible, and the Clubman.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "13. I sit and watch all the automotive commercials and remember my Army days when we employed psyops. Those beautiful pictures reflecting the american west, pictures of rough and tumble guys standing next to a pixkup.
      In addition, being an amateur radio operator, I listen to those people who scream about vehicles manufactured over seas and the traiters who drive them.
      Wake up folks, look at what the facts of life are, Toyota and Honda are the only vehicles built in the USA. All that garbage GM, Ford, and Chrysler are shoving at us to buy their products they are busy building plants in China. Now that I think about it not one union official is racing toward China.
      JIM"

      U.S. auto companies still employ far far more U.S. citizens than foreign companies. 2.5 times as many. Did you not see this? http://www.autoblog.com/2007/01/18/u-s-automakers-still-employ-way-more-americans-than-imports/
      • 8 Years Ago
      8. So I was thinking the new MINI's were already at dealers, is this not true?

      The US launch day is February 17th.
      • 8 Years Ago
      A proper coupe w/a trunk and a matching model w/a retractable hardtop would be nice.
      • 8 Years Ago
      So I was thinking the new MINI's were already at dealers, is this not true?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Actually the correct answer is SUV. It's called the upcoming MINI Moke (name based on a previous tiny little 4x4)
      • 7 Years Ago
      I really hope that they make a Mini Moke that woulld really be fun w/ 4WD. I wonder if they would make the pickup again. I am thinking that they might make the Hornet ( I think that's what it is called ) the up class mini with the trunk.