It's no secret that the Mini Cooper isn't as small as it used to be, and while the redesigned car is better in a lot of ways, it's not necessarily a better Mini. But a new report says the brand recognizes the need for smallness, and could turn to Toyota to make a new tiny city car. Hooray small things!
Like their corporate parent BMW, Mini has been on an expansion binge in recent years, adding new cars and SUVs to their lineup as if the automobile itself is somehow on the way out and they need to make as much money as they can before they have to find new jobs. Now they're realizing they may have gone too far.
The automotive industry keeps teasing the public with interesting concept cars that were never intended for production, and that is fine. We say wow, they feel special, and than sell you an Accord instead of an NSX. It's okay, as the Accord is better for transporting your kids, and tree huggers won't bother you…
Concept cars, in all their finicky detail, are not the high points of waterproofing. They also need to be revealed with dramatic flair every so often. Hence the need for custom tarps. This one is used by Mini to waterproof and to occasionally reveal with dramatic flair their Rocketman concept, a car so close to yet so…
It's the Mini of the Future, if the future is smaller and lighter than the present, and only seats three. Actually, it's the mini of the past too, since it's only a few centimeters off of the 1959 original.
The Mini Rocketman concept goes where no modern Mini's gone before: backwards in size. Yep, this Mini fights model bloat and chops some notches off the brand's ever-expanding belt. It's definitely not the Mini you think you have at home.