• Jul 9th 2010 at 2:09PM
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Earlier this year, Mini USA Vice President of Marketing Jim McDowell was quoted as saying that we "shouldn't wait for a hybrid." Well, we're not exactly on pins and needles or anything, but it would seem that Mini is indeed working on hybrids of one kind or another.
How do we know? Spy shooters in Germany have spotted a rather conspicuous Mini Cooper Clubman out and about with a gigantic Hybrid Drive sticker plastered across its flanks. So, either this vehicle is a hybrid mule or Mini is doing its darnedest to distract the motoring world from something... else.

In any case, other interesting tidbits festooned upon this Mini are the JCW-esque front fascia (behind which an intercooler can be seen), lowered suspension and new rear bumper. Most curious, though, are the odd flares ahead of the rear wheels... Could those have something to do with a hybrid battery? We have no idea, but we do notice that this Mini is riding pretty low to the ground. See for yourself.

[Source: World Car Fans]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      This is fine, as is the EV version. But if EITHER arrives before the existing diesel engine is offered, BMW is foolish.

      Smart is in the same boat with the fortwo, only WORSE. Mini at least provides an excellent
      driving experience with more style and utility. Any ICE in the Smart means you are still stuck with that AWFUL transmission, but at least you'd get better efficiency with the diesel.

      I hope you're listening Fiat! You have enormous experience with diesels, LPG, CNG, and a SWEET new gas two cylinder. Offer the US a TRULY efficient power-train as an option for the 500. You need more than amazing Italian design to overcome the poor reliability reputation you have in North America.

      Mini HYBRID? There are better ways to be fuel AND cost efficient BMW, and you MUST know that.

      Who else has been watching the Auto X Prize? Electric powered entries are at the top as most efficient, followed by ICE's. The hybrid entries as a whole are actually the least efficient propulsion system, as well as the most complicated. Both shocking and obvious at the same time.

      Can't we at least start with a cleaner diesel that can use bio fuel BMW? Efficiency is efficiency, and sooner is better than later...
      • 5 Years Ago
      BMW: Don't wait for a mini hybrid, the mini will never change, it is perfect as it is, buy one now!... (so that we can sell you a new and improved mini-hybrid in two years)
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