New MINI claims Clubman name

Today at the International Automobile Salon in Geneva, MINI has announced that the next derivative in its model range will be called MINI Clubman. Based on a concept first shown in Frankfurt in 2005, a ‘Shooting Brake’ body-styled car will be on sale in the UK before the end of 2007.

The new car promises to be distinctive, yet authentically embody the MINI character. Offering more versatility without compromising the revered chassis of current Hatch models, the production version of the car is further evidence of MINI’s aim to break boundaries in car design.

Historically, ‘Shooting Brake’ models are so-called due to a combination of premium two-door styling, with added interior flexibility for owners leading active lifestyles. The new car takes inspiration and styling cues from the Morris Mini Traveller, which experienced widespread success between 1960-69.

The eagerly awaited unveiling of the new MINI One and MINI Cooper D will also take place in Geneva. Both cars offer a dynamic drive and excellent fuel economy, with the latter being the most frugal and environmentally friendly MINI produced to date. The MINI One will cost £11,595 on the road, and the MINI Cooper D will be £14,190. Both models will be on sale from 14 April 2007.

MINI Convertible Sidewalk completes MINI’s presence at the Geneva show. The new Sidewalk model is on sale from 14 April 2007, and offers a host of exclusive and additional options available on the One, Cooper and Cooper S.

It includes a choice of four paintwork colours, Malt Brown English Leather upholstery, 17” Night Spoke light alloy wheels, bi-colour leather steering wheel and gear knob and special ‘Sidewalk’ interior trim, floor mats, badges and door inserts. On the road prices are as follows:

MINI One Sidewalk £16,910
MINI Cooper Sidewalk £17,960
MINI Cooper S Sidewalk £20,235

Should a customer wish to specify these options on any other MINI Convertible, the cost of the extra kit would be approximately 25 per cent higher than if purchased as part of a standard package on the Sidewalk edition.

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