Mini sold 301,526 cars in 2012; BMW sold 1.54 million of its own models. According to a piece in Autocar, analysts say the coming UKL1 platform that will form the skeleton of the third-generation Mini Cooper and coming front-wheel drive BMW 1 Series could be responsible for "more than 900,000 cars per year" all by itself.

That sale fire is fueled by the UKL1 wearing up to twenty-three bodies in total between the two brands, 11 for Mini and 12 for BMW, rendering hatchbacks, sedans, coupes, convertibles, wagons, crossovers and people-haulers from about 12.5 feet to 14.5 feet. In April the VP of Mini USA said we might find some current models don't make it to a next generation, but a graphic accompanying the Autocar story has them all there. If it's correct, then those 23 models will only base model lines and don't account for different engines and four-wheel-drive options for each model.

The big changes that would perhaps mean big sales for the Mini line are a five-door hatch with two smaller rear doors for children, the sedan talked about last year for Asian markets and an MPV perhaps wearing the "Traveler" name that could send the Countryman in a more SUV-like direction.


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      mopyouup
      • 1 Year Ago
      More overpriced BMW junk! If you have to have the badges then keep them 'til the warranty runs out then "Run Forest"
      Fat man
      • 1 Year Ago
      BMW and FWD in the same article......................sad
      knightrider_6
      • 1 Year Ago
      FWD has worked well for Audi. 60% of Audis sold here have FWD.
      jtciti
      • 1 Year Ago
      They should keep all the FWD cars on the mini platform... there are a lot of things you can do to innovate and drive down costs that don't taint BMW's heritage... but moving to FWD shouldn't be one of them.
      Scooter
      • 1 Year Ago
      Dilute the namesake? Please don't. We have enough "universal cars".
      knightrider_6
      • 1 Year Ago
      90% of BMW owners don't even know the difference between FWD and RWD. This wouldn't hurt their sales a bit.
      Rich
      • 1 Year Ago
      While sales will increase, the reason to buy a BMW is getting smaller and smaller with each production change. Pick a market, make the car for that market.
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