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Mini Roadster Takes Aim at Mazda Miata

Pure 2-seat fun.

by on Jan.09, 2012

Mini adds its sixth model with the 2-seat Roadster.

It may soon be difficult to tell all the new players in the affordable roadster segment without a sports car, what with new offerings like the Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S ready to take on the venerable Mazda Miata.  Now, add in the Mini Roadster, making its U.S. debut at this week’s Detroit Auto Show.

The first open-top 2-seater in the British brand’s line-up, it offers a counterpoint to the 4-seat convertible that’s been a Mini staple since 2009.  But, say company officials, it offers a “spontaneous, unadulterated recipe for urban driving fun.”

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Add in simple and basic, like the original Miata, the new Mini Roadster holds down weight, complexity – and cost – with a purely mechanical canvas top; no fancy motor drive, you simply reach back and pull it up if the clouds start to threaten.


Beachcomber Offers Clues to Mini’s Future

BMW brand intends to move a bit bigger, add more models.

by on Jan.12, 2010

The Mini Beachcomber concept and Mini's U.S. boss, Jim McDowell.

There’s more than a faint resemblance between the new Mini Beachcomber concept vehicle and a classic dune buggy.

The show car is missing a roof and the removable doors are little more than frames.  So, it takes a little imagination to recognize that Beachcomber is the starting point upon which a variety of future products could be built by the British brand, says Jim McDowell, head of Mini’s U.S. subsidiary.

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“You can assume Beachcomber has a lot in common with the crossover we have coming,” suggests McDowell, during a conversation on the automaker’s stand at the 2010 North American International Auto Show.  And, he adds, “even more things” could follow, sharing the new platform, “a lot of fun products you could make.”


Mini May Add as Many as Three New Models for ’11

R60 CUV a definite, but Coupe and Roadster may follow.

by on Dec.09, 2009

Could Mini launch production of the Coupe and Roadster concept vehicles next year? A CUV is definitely in the pipeline.

Could Mini launch production of the Coupe and Roadster concept vehicles next year? A CUV is definitely in the pipeline.

Tucked into the far corner of the L.A. Auto Show sit two Mini concept cars that have been generating some serious buzz.  Now, sources say, the Mini Roadster and Mini Coupe could find their way into production in the very near future.

As’s Henny Hemmes reported, last week, from Staples Center, in downtown Los Angeles, the two show cars have a decidedly more aggressive look than current Mini products, starting with their steeply raked windshields.  (Click Here for the complete story.)

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Up to the A-pillars, the Roadster is similar to that of the current Mini Convertible. The windshield, though, is 60 mm lower and raked at a sharper angle, providing the look of a ‘baseball cap’, said Ian Robertson, Mini’s sales and marketing chief.