• Aug 8, 2008
Click above for more shots of the MINI Clubman Rickshaws

The rickshaw is a time-honored method of transportation in China. While the vehicles were initially pulled around by men on foot, the pedal-powered versions have grown much more popular in recent years and are a symbol of Chinese culture. When Beijing MINI needed an interesting way to communicate that the Clubman model was being introduced in Chinese, especially in light of all the media attention on the Olympics, it back-halved a slew of new Clubmans, mounted a pedicab front-end and sent them out for business.

According to China Car Times, MINI's publicity stunt is working exactly as planned. Though the vast majority of media coverage is centered on those games from Greece, the MINI Rickshaws have managed to make some headlines of their own. We think the cabs turned out pretty cool, even incorporating the sunroof into the final design.


[Source: China Car Times]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Even if it were fiberglass those seats have to weigh a ton by themselfs. My guess would be some special gearing that could work somewhat like an automatic transmission that would shift gears, allowing easy pedaling even from a stop. It is something they are starting to introduce in current high end bikes I wouldnt see why Mini would try something like that.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Whether it was the back end or the front end, It shouldn't be too heavy, it's a small car with the engine and the transmission gone, any able bodied adult should be able to pedal that around.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I was thinkin' the same thing, must be awfully heavy. Maybe it's just a fiberglass shell.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Fiberglass windows, wheels and tires? I'd bet no.
          • 6 Years Ago
          As an industrial designer of almost fifty years, I think I know my materials pretty well by now. And please keep the comments civil and to the subject, numbnuts.
          • 6 Years Ago
          That's quite the literal interpretation. Yes, fiberglass tires, dipstick... haven't you heard they're the latest trend? Would you accept plastic windows, at least?
      • 6 Years Ago
      How much do those things weigh? I can imagine pulling around some fat American tourist like me, but the ass end of a car???
      • 6 Years Ago
      Still has more torque than a Honda.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why did they not take the time to upgrade the bike portion while they were at it.

      The fact that China builds most of the worlds bikes and they still ride around on those is amazing.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Somewhere there is some guy wondering how those dragons would look on a standard mini clubman.
      • 6 Years Ago
      so cool.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The New Hybrid Mini.
      s13hybrid
      • 6 Years Ago
      Cool, and very nice pictures.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Seems like it would be a little heave to peddle around.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Whoa, that's actually pretty cool. I wonder if it's heavy since it's the rear half of a car chassis...
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