Tuesday, January 27, 2015
BMW And Toyota To Collaborate To Produce Next MINI; May Actually Be Small
The MINI brand of cars has become, well, not so MINI. There's the Countryman CUV, the upcoming four-door, and the strangely sized Paceman. Well, it looks like MINI's next offering might just be, well, small.
The Rocketman concept has been tossed around for a few years, but according to Automobile magazine, there will be a smaller MINI on the horizon, possibly called the MINI Minor. The "big" news comes from the fact that there might be an odd partner involved: Toyota.
Toyota and BMW are supposed to be collaborating on a host of other automotive endeavors, such as Supras, new Z4s, and who knows what else. But apparently a new, smaller MINI Minor is also in the works. Could its platform replace the Aygo? Will it come to the U.S. to battle the Fiat 500? How big will it be? We're not sure. What we do know is that it's apparently happening.
The MINI brand seemes to have lost its way recently. Sales have been down and the lineup is a bit of a mish-mash of hardtops, convertibles, coupes and roadsters, all using similar platforms. Apparently, MINI will be revamping its lineup and the MINI Minor will be a part of it. I'd love to see it come to the U.S., but I wouldn't be surprised to see it relegated to European city car duty.
With the increasing size of MINI models, a "smaller" breath of fresh air might just help the brand. Frankly, I'm glad it's going this way and not to a seven-passenger crossover.