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All I Want For Christmas Is A Mini Rocketman!

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On: Thu, Dec 29, 2011 at 2:36PM | By: Chris Weiss


All I Want For Christmas Is A Mini Rocketman!

I'm about the farthest thing from a Mini fan as there ever was, but even I appreciated the interesting, true-to-form nature of the Rocketman concept. Bucking the not-so-mini trend of other current Mini cars like the Countryman, the Rocketman was a refreshing return to small, a return to Mini's roots. The concept car, which debuted at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, also included a number of interesting design elements. The car hasn't been officially green-lighted just yet, but if one Mini designer gets his Christmas wish, it will be.

In a dinner conversation with Inside Line, Mini design chief Anders Warming called the Rocketman a car that could "claim the true heritage of the brand," and went on to say that the car is "on my Christmas list."

While past reports have hinted that Mini would incorporate some design elements from the Rocketman into its production line, Warming's words are the clearest indication yet that Mini is considering a production version of the Geneva concept.

The Rocketman simultaneously brought the 'mini' back to Mini and showcased some new technologies and components. It was nearly a foot shorter than the Cooper and just a few centimeters longer than the original Mini, offering a unique, configurable 3+1 seating layout. Meanwhile, elements like its double-hinged doors, versatile interior and slide-out storage rack ensured that the little space that the car did offer could be put to the best use.

If it does get the go-ahead, the Rocketman is likely to see a lot of change from concept to production. The production version was designed to showcase new components that may or may not work out in production versions. Some of those components included a rear slide-out storage drawer and a removable infotainment control module designed to be updated with music, directions and information via computer and then reconnected to the car. We're pretty sure the glass Union Jack will also disappear, save perhaps for limited edition variants. And we're guessing the carbon fiber spaceframe won't prove financially viable.

If they do indeed launch the Rocketman, at least it will have a more logical tie-in to the Elton John mega-classic than that annoying VW Passat commercial. It was funny once or twice, but now I just get the wrong Rocketman lyrics stuck in my head every day. Enough, VW. Enough.




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Stephy21 | 9:32AM (Fri, Dec 30, 2011)

I think its great that Mini is trying to come out with some new lines in their cars. From what i read in the article the Rocketman seems to be very nice and has some upgrades in it to.


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dwalter | 10:50AM (Fri, Dec 30, 2011)

Pretty cool to see Mini going back to its roots



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