Arlena Sawyers, Automotive News Europe, 11th January, 2011
MINI will build a production version of the Paceman Concept vehicle which has just been unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show, said Ian Robertson, member of BMW AG’s board.
Robertson said the vehicle will debut sometime after the Countryman Coupe that will go on sale later this year and the Roadster, which is to go on sale in 2012. The Paceman is built on the Countryman platform.
“We’ will take this car into engineering now and over the next few months we’ll firm up the exact launch date for it,” Robertson said of the Paceman. He said the production version won’t be exactly the same but “you’ll find the resemblance very, very strong.”
MINI introduced Paceman as it celebrated the 10th Anniversary of MINI’s relaunch. Dubbed a ‘Sports Activity Coupe’, the Paceman is a two-door, four seater. Robertson said it is too early to predict how many Pacemans MINI will sell. He said he believes the Paceman will find an audience among buyers who are interested in four-wheel drive, but wants a sport coupe product rather than a four-door sedan.
Robertson said MINI expects sell more vehicles in 2011 than in 2010 but would not give a target. MINI sold about 45,000 vehicles in the U.S. in 2010. He added: “I’m convinced the 2011 will be another record year for the MINI product line.”
[Source: Automotive News Europe]
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