• Mar 8, 2011
Mini Rocketman Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

This year's Geneva Motor Show was as packed as ever with new concept cars that point the way forward for the world's automakers. And with their debuts now behind us, reports are pouring in on their prospects for production.

First came word that the Alfa Romeo 4C Concept is destined for U.S. showrooms, then reports surfaced of Jaguar passing on Bertone's design pitch. Now sources from across the pond are indicating that Mini plans to go ahead with production of its Rocketman concept.

The subcompact show car aimed to pacify purists who bemoan the enlargement of the modern Mini range, and the new model could bridge the gap between the original Mini and the contemporary iteration.

According to Autocar, Mini plans on producing the Rocketman based on the BMW Group's new front-drive platform and i-initiative technologies. Rather than replace the existing three-door hatchback, however, the production Rocketman would slot in below it (at least in terms of size) in the company's rapidly expanding range.




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[Source: Autocar]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      This car is smarter than Smart.
      • 3 Years Ago
      BMW is definitely " all in" with the MINI brand. How many more models are we gonna see before we finally get a timing chain tensioner recall for the Prince motor?
      • 3 Years Ago
      I thought those doors were clever, but now that I look at them again it appears they swing out at least as far as normal doors. In that case it's nothing but a gimmick.

      I like the overall size and the wheels, but that's about it.
      • 3 Years Ago
      You have the Alfa and Jaguar links tagged to the wrong text.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ok so this car does look cool and the doors are novel but not really needed but lets face all these items are typical concept car items and will never make it to the production model, so it will just be another mini.
      • 3 Years Ago
      A small new mini, preposterous! BMW Minis are only supposed to grow all the way until theyre crossover SUVs! (Oh wait)

      Kidding aside, I like the idea of a small mini (not necessarily this concept though), I was gonna whine about all the ridiculous variants of the mini that I could see no one buying, but I think this is a move in the right direction.

      Watch it be for Euro only
      • 3 Years Ago
      But not for the US, right?