Townsville Bulletin - - Cars Guide -

THE real re­vival of the ev­ere­volv­ing Mini is on the hori­zon. Af­ter bring­ing the Bri­tish baby back from the dead and run­ning through two gen­er­a­tions of the new-age Mini, BMW Group is now down­siz­ing in the search for some­thing new. The re­sult is the Rock­et­man, a con­cept car that could eas­ily point to a new direc­tion for Mini. The brand is ex­pand­ing in all di­rec­tions and a smaller car is one of the ob­jec­tives. The Rock­et­man is only 3.3m long, as well as be­ing wider and lower than to­day’s show­room Mini, and of­fers a three-seater cabin to max­imise the us­able space in­side. It’s front doors and roof are mo­tor show trick­ery — with dou­ble hinges for the doors and a full glass roof — but the ba­sic de­sign and ap­proach could eas­ily be mor­phed into a pro­duc­tion car to com­pete with a range of world­wide ba­bies in­clud­ing the Smart ForTwo and Toy­ota iQ. There is even talk from the US of a BMW Group tie-up with Citroen-Peu­geot to cre­ate a com­pact car struc­ture to help carry the Rock­et­man onto the road. with a 2.0-litre tur­bod­iesel en­gine but it could

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