When the 2011 Countryman goes on sale later this year, it will be the largest offering from Mini, boasting four doors, raised ground clearance and all-wheel drive. And while the Countryman proves that Mini isn't so, well, mini anymore, Auto Express is stirring the rumormill by reporting that the automaker is working on an even larger version of the Countryman, complete with a longer whe
According to the know-it-alls (in a good way, naturally) at MotoringFile, America's second-smallest brand plans to debut a new R60 Countryman-based soft-roader called the Mini Moke at the Detroit Auto Show next month. What's more, if public reaction is favorable enough, the Moke could be in production by 2012.
When the new Mini was introduced by BMW a few years ago, there were quite a few that thought it should deliver better fuel economy for its size. Really, they were right, the fuel mileage was not really anything to write home about, as other cars in its class, size-wise, did better. But sales hardly seem to have been affected, as buyers flocked to the retro design in droves. My wife is quite an admirer of the little cars, as a matter of fact.