BMW: third generation of MINI‘s model range will be smaller, with five ‘super hero’ vehicles
Mini brand’s chief, Peter Schwarzenbauer, said yesterday that the decision was to ensure each new Mini really stands with its own personality and capabilities “Like a superhero.”
However, over the past 13 years the range has slowly swollen and there are currently eight different Minis available plus limited edition models. But rather than diluting the brand, the expansion has worked — Mini is enjoying record sales — and has led to some imitation, most notably from Fiat with its equally retro-styled 500 being stretched into a range including a five-door model, a people carrier and a crossover miniature SUV.
Although Schwarzenbauer wouldn’t be drawn on specifics, the cars most likely to get the chop will be the Paceman, Coupé and the Roadster. Slimming down the range will also give Mini the space to add new levels of customer care and individual service. Bringing a premium touch to the mass market car buying experience is a growing trend.
Schwarzenbauer said that Mini intends to open up access to its cars and its dealers on a 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week basis and to put a greater focus on transparency, informing its clients on how cars are made, how the materials are sourced and sustainability.