New 4x4 Mini may not be launched until the Geneva motor show
27 October 2009

The launch of the Mini 4x4 has been delayed again, according to reports.

Originally scheduled to be shown at this September's Frankfurt motor show, the 4x4's launch was put back to next January's Detroit motor show.

However, reports suggest that it has now been delayed until March's Geneva motor show, as the production facilities for the car are not yet in place.

The Mini, which is rumoured to be called either the Crossman or Countryman, will be built at Magna's plant in Austria.

However, in order to free up the capacity to do this BMW has to move its X3 production facilities to Spartanburg, South Carolina. This move has not yet been completed.

Nobody from Mini was available for comment.

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27 October 2009

Well they can keep delaying it as I wont be missing a munter like this.

27 October 2009

[quote Old Toad]Well they can keep delaying it as I wont be missing a munter like this.[/quote]

Yep, can it and get on with making the production of the 'normal' MINI more efficient

27 October 2009

It doesn't matter how many people say they do not want it (and nobody I've talked to thinks it's a good idea) BMW think they know best and will deliver it unto the world anyway a la X6. Tis is shame but I'd wager that most of the yummy mummys and vacuous fashionistas that will besiege MINI dealers to buy this thing won't give two hoots about what the press or motoring enthusiasts think, they'll be more concerned if it moves them up a rung on the social ladder or compliments their Prada bag.

In the late 70's and early 80's nobody admitted watching The Dukes of Hazzard but it frequently made the US TV top ten. This is the same thing, no one says they want it but you watch them all rush out to buy one.

27 October 2009

[quote spoolio]

It doesn't matter how many people say they do not want it (and nobody I've talked to thinks it's a good idea) BMW think they know best and will deliver it unto the world anyway a la X6. Tis is shame but I'd wager that most of the yummy mummys and vacuous fashionistas that will besiege MINI dealers to buy this thing won't give two hoots about what the press or motoring enthusiasts think, they'll be more concerned if it moves them up a rung on the social ladder or compliments their Prada bag.

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Don't quite follow! On one hand you suggest that having conducted your own personal poll "nobody" you've talked to wants this car and on the other, those you consider "yummy mummys" (whatever that means) will buy this car like hot cakes, meaning that there will be quite a demand for it!

Anyway, why should those you (somewhat condescendingly I might add) dismiss as yummy mummys or vacuous fashionistas give a two hoots about so called press or motoring enthusiasts? Should one make his/her purchase decision, on whatever product, based on the views and, therefore, prejudices of others (especially those they look down on them, as you seem to be doing) or based on one's own personal preference? And where did you get the idea the press has already decided this car should not be built?

27 October 2009

[quote Autocar]However, reports suggest that it has now been delayed until March's Geneva motor show, as the production facilities for the car are not yet in place.[/quote] No great loss - why would anyone want a car like this? I just don't see that it does anything better than several other cars and seems to be a compromised mix just for the sake of it. I guess many suburban types will buy it because they think it's "trendy" but it just leaves me cold,; a complete waste of time, effort and materials.


Enjoying a Fabia VRs - affordable performance

27 October 2009

I suppose the nub of the matter is MINI as a brand has run out of ideas . I mean if they make the car any bigger the could call it a Maxi but it isnt innovative enough for that . I am old enough to remember the first Maxi was well ahead of its time. Tranverse engine hatchback 5 speed gearbox and a most amazing speedo that looked like a thermometer.

Oops I digress weve had the Clubman and First etc and an electric one . Maybe BMW needs a rethink and to design one as space efficient and light and comparitively cheap to run as the original.

I well know who yummy mummies are they are the buggers who try to knock me off my bike outside the village school when they deliver their kids the colossal 400yds or less from home . Actually I am wrong on that I clocked one who did a whole 180 yds.

Sorry folks I'm wandering off the point here but nearly being killed by bad yummy mummy drivers tends to focus the mind .

27 October 2009

The whole MINI brand is a fashion brand. As small 4x4 crossovers are the current trend it makes perfect sense for MINI to make one. If they were 'staying true' to the original they would have made something like the Spiritual concepts of the late 90's rather than a car that looked like an original mini scaled by 1.5.

27 October 2009

[quote Autocar]The launch of the Mini 4x4 has been delayed again, according to reports.
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What on earth are we to do ! What a tragedy .How will we get to Tesco?

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