Mini boss hints that a new super-small city car concept will be shown at the Geneva motor show

Mini is likely to show a super-small city car at the Geneva show next March, according to hints from the brand’s boss, Wolfgang Armbrecht.

The long-rumoured concept is expected to be the same size as the original Mini, competing directly with the Toyota IQ. It’s likely to be based on a version of today’s Mini platform, making it a candidate to be built in the UK.

Armbrecht was also quoted in a Financial Times Deutschland interview as saying that another, larger, Mini concept would be shown at the Detroit show in January.

Mini: "We won't overdo it"

However, industry reports say that BMW’s development chief Klaus Draeger has warned that the Mini brand should not build too many large cars, because of the potential risks to the brand.

Autocar sources have said that some in BMW’s senior management are cautious about the likely success of the Countryman project.

The five-door model would need to be judged a successful addition to the brand if it is to survive and become part of the next-generation Mini family based on the upcoming BMW group front-drive drive platform.

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14 December 2010

Perhaps this will be the car the Mini should have been in the first place. Wonder what the interior space will be like.

14 December 2010

Next to none - given what the current 'mini' has on offer.

Would be better as a strict two seater

14 December 2010

[quote thebaldgit]Perhaps this will be the car the Mini should have been in the first place[/quote]

Exactly

14 December 2010

So in a nut shell mini is making a mini because the current mini isn't mini enough. You just couldn't make it up.

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