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Mini Rocketman Concept to Influence Future Models

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On: Mon, Mar 14, 2011 at 9:48AM | By: Chris Weiss

Mini Rocketman Concept to Influence Future Models

Don't expect to see the Union Jack-adorned roof on the road, but Mini is planning on siphoning some of the construction and technological elements of its recent Rocketman concept into its production line. The return to small previewed by the Rocketman concept will be a theme that appears in new production models over the next several years.

The design language of the Rocketman is expected to influence new coupe and convertible models that will debut in 2013.

Ian Robertson, sales and marketing boss at BMW, Mini's parent company, said of the concept: "The themes in the car are not just about a smaller Mini. Lightweight construction and new types of components will go on to Minis."

The Rocketman concept featured a variety of such "new types of components" including the double-hinged doors; the pull-out storage drawer in back; a removable control unit that would allow drivers to update directions, music and other settings from the comfort of their personal computers, and the highly configurable, four-seat interior layout. In terms of lightweight construction, the Rocketman was based on a carbon fiber spaceframe.

Robertson hinted at an alternatively-powered, Rocketman-based Mini: "The BMW i-concept will be available to all members of the group."

Launched last month, BMW's i sub-brand is its alternative powertrain line, which will feature a full line of clean vehicles ranging from the sporty, Vision EfficientDynamics-based i8 down to the MegaCity Vehicle-based i3.

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