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Old 06-11-2014, 03:16 AM
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Agreed....the MINIs just feel far less like their original roots. That's the thing that bothers me the most.

BMW started as a classy sports car and they still are no matter how many new options they provide.

MINI started out as a small, quirky, and unique automobile with go kart handling. IMO it's losing the quirkiness and uniqueness as it becomes more and more like other companies...and modern times have dictated that it can no longer be small.

I'm really just sad that the clubman is 4 door I was really hoping I'd like the newest clubman so I could buy it....but I have no need for a full wagon. That's why I loved the clubman to begin with.
Ze Germans just don't get it.
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Old 06-11-2014, 02:47 PM
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I had to laugh at myself going home yesterday, there was a dark green Countryman in front of me and I mistook it for an F56 at first

I never noticed how similar the Countryman tail lights are to the F56.
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Old 06-11-2014, 08:41 PM
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The first time I saw the F56 on the road I thought it was a countryman.
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Old 06-12-2014, 04:55 PM
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I'll reserve judgement on the 4-door Clubman. Could be interesting. I had to get rid of my R53 because it was a nightmare getting the kids in and out of it with 1 rear-facing & 1 forward-facing car seat. I thought club doors would be a good alternative, but after having 4 doors on my VW, I know I really need the extra space for the kids and their book bags and other things.

I may reconsider when the kids are out of car seats
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Old 06-12-2014, 06:42 PM
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I know your pain, B.J. Our Taurus was OOC for a bit and trying to get the youngest in the rear facing seat on the passenger side was a real pain in the ass. A four door Clubbie is really looking like a solid option (especially since by that time Lily will probably be in a front facing seat.)
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Old 06-12-2014, 08:18 PM
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Egads...... Soooo you guys are the ones forcing MINI to come out with larger models....

May a pox be on yous...


Keep MINI mini......
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one could hope for a entirely new smaller & basic MINI that would be added to the bottom of the line, I think that would make plenty of people really happy but based on the current direction I doubt it will happen.
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Old 06-12-2014, 09:51 PM
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Aren't they still tossing the Rocketman idea around?
http://www.motoringfile.com/2014/05/...mall-city-car/
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It's still in the cards....but it's an unlikely one
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Unfortunately, the automaker also reiterated that the Rocketman wonít see production any time soon, if at all, due to the fact that MINI would need to develop a completely new platform for such a compact model. With such a high cost in developing a new platform, it isnít in MINIís best interest.
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Old 06-12-2014, 10:22 PM
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What they should do is base the rocket man on the i3 structure....but that'd make way too much sense

(realistically that'd probably be just as expensive)
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I think a bigger issue is that bottom line, even though a lot of people complain about how big MINIs have gotten, if they made a small city car no one would buy it. The market just isn't here in the States.
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I think a bigger issue is that bottom line, even though a lot of people complain about how big MINIs have gotten, if they made a small city car no one would buy it. The market just isn't here in the States.
The US is just one of many markets that they are present in. The i3 probably won't do that well here in the states but they still made it because Europe isn't obsessed over massive vehicles.

I was in constant awe while driving around Italy...99% of the regular cars driving around were small hatchbacks. I've never seen that many hatchbacks and most of them were small enough to make the R56 look spacious. All of a sudden, cars like the i3, fiat 500, and smart car made sense.
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Old 06-13-2014, 01:41 AM
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Oh I know, overseas it would probably do well. Europe is crazy for those things. But we'd likely never get it over here.
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Most Americans seem to just like to have a bunch of unnecessary space they don't need just to say they have it. Same applies to real estate in the US.
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