Didja notice that the latest MINI
, the ClubMan
, does not exactly live up to the mini moniker? Over the years, as vehicle sizes in general have enlarged, the MINI has followed suit. But, according to Motoring File, there is a possibility that BMW
has decided a smaller MINI - and actual mini - should become part of the marque's lineup in 2011 or 2012. There's a good chance that, if this is accurate, this mini-MINI is being designed to give BMW some low-CO2 sales that would meet the EU's upcoming regulations. According to Motoring File
, the tiny car might cost just £8,500, which is quite a few quid (about £2,000 to £3,000) cheaper than the current low-end MINI.
One of the main disappointments of the current MINI is the poor mileage (for a car of its size). The MINI Cooper S
Convertible, for example, gets just 21 mpg in the city and 28 on the highway. A more-classically-sized MINI should do much, much better. Now, would you buy one?
[Source: Motoring File via Autoblog