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Two world premieres for MINI at Geneva

John Cooper Works Countryman headed for production

Published: February 29, 2012, 1:00 PM
Updated: June 7, 2015, 12:10 PM

MINI John Cooper Works Countryman - Front

BMW’s MINI brand offers two world premieres at the 2012 Geneva auto show – the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman production model and the MINI Clubvan Concept. The MINI John Cooper Works Countryman is the first model in the brand’s line-up to combine John Cooper Works tuning with all-wheel drive. It is powered by a newly developed four-cylinder engine boasting a twin-scroll turbocharger, gasoline direct injection and variable valve control, producing 218 hp.  It comes standard with an aerodynamic kit, lowered sports suspension, 18-inch light-alloy wheels and exclusive design features.  This is also the first John Cooper Works model to offer a six-speed automatic gearbox as an option. BMW says it will accelerate from 0-to-100 km/h in 7.0 seconds, with a top speed of 225 km/h. The MINI Clubvan Concept weds the established MINI persona with an added capacity for business and leisure use. It differs from the MINI Clubman, on which it is based, with a two-seat layout, large and flat load compartment and opaque rear side windows, potentially opening an additional target market in the commercial sector. The Concept is described as a contemporary, lifestyle-focused interpretation of the compact delivery vehicle concept. The Morris Mini Van, based on the original (1960) Mini is said to be a historical precursor; opening up of additional target groups in the commercial sector; Also featured at the Geneva show are three new interpretations of established models: the MINI Baker Street, the MINI Bayswater and MINI Highgate Convertible.  The MINI Baker Street is said to embody the youthful, fresh and innovative trendsetting style of the brand. The MINI Bayswater focuses primarily on the sporting character and agile handling of the MINI. The MINI Highgate Convertible displays a modern interpretation of British style. No production plans have been revealed for the MINI Clubvan Concept, nor was there any word as to if or when the production models would be available in Canada.