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August 08, 2012
2010 - MINI Scooter E Concept
This electrically driven study took cues from the MINI E, a Germany-wide test project for emission-free driving. The MINI Scooter E Concept saw MINI Design transferring the brand’s central design language from four wheels to two for the first time, demonstrating in the process the potential of MINI. Hallmark MINI details were reflected in three different design variants: one focused on “Britishness”, another on the Mod movement which is such an important part of scooter culture, and the third model adopted the appearance of the MINI E.
2009 - MINI Roadster Concept and MINI Coupé Concept
In their own distinctive ways, the “Oxford Twins” showcased a wealth of exciting features offering a fresh interpretation of the traditional values, individual style and innovative character of MINI. The Coupé delivered undiluted driving fun wrapped up in an ultra-sporty coupé skin, while the unadulterated, elegant Roadster positively exuded stylish open-top motoring.
2008 - MINI Crossover Concept
A model variant without any historical reference points and measuring over four metres (13 ft.) in length, this taster concept for the MINI Countryman offered plentiful space for rear passengers and unprecedented load capacity for a MINI. The flexible interior layout and an innovative stowage system similar to the Centre Rail allowed the interior to be adapted widely to individual requirements.
2005/2006 - MINI Concept Frankfurt / Tokyo / Detroit / Geneva
MINI Concept Frankfurt
This series of four concept cars was shown at the world’s most important motor shows over a two-year period, each variant tailored to the venue for its presentation. The four variations on the theme acted as previews for the upcoming MINI Clubman and each borrowed cues from MINI history. The Concept unveiled in Frankfurt was billed “Travel in style” and played the elegance card to resounding effect, while in Tokyo the car’s British origins were brought to the fore.
MINI Concept Tokyo
A winter sport theme highlighted the versatility of the “Sports Equipment Carrier” shown in Detroit, and in Geneva the MINI Concept reprised the role of the service car in the Monte Carlo Rally, thus recalling the brand’s legendary sporting exploits.
MINI Concept Geneva
All four versions impressed most prominently with an innovative door concept that revolutionised the utilisation potential of the interior. The split rear doors offered extremely generous access to the luggage area of the MINI Concept – and would soon do likewise in series-produced MINI models, starting with the Clubman.
1997 - MINI Concept Monte Carlo Rallye
This right-hand-drive two-seater recalled the victory of the classic Mini in the 1967 Monte Carlo Rally. Design icons such as the hexagonal radiator grille and circular headlights were given a fresh interpretation for this concept car for the 21st century, MINI design having remained pretty much unchanged since 1959. This concept car was followed in 2001 by the arrival of the first MINI of the modern generation.