Mini will make a version of the Paceman concept vehicle that is on display at the Detroit Auto Show, according to Ian Robertson, a member of BMW AG's board.
He said that this vehicle will come after sales of the Countryman coupe begin later this year and after the Roadster, which will start selling in 2012. The Paceman is built on the Countryman platform.
Robertson said that the Paceman will soon enter the engineering phase and that in the next few months, the company will be able to determine how soon it could be launched.
He said that the production version won’t be exactly the same but that there will be a “very, very strong” resemblance. The Paceman was introduced by Mini during the 10th anniversary of its relaunch. The Paceman is a two-door, four seater sports activity coupe.
Robertson said it is too early to make a sales prediction but he thinks that the Paceman will appeal to buyers who want four-wheel drive, but prefer a sport coupe product over a four-door sedan.
Robertson said that Mini aims to sell more vehicles in 2011 than in 2010 but he declined to say the exact target. However, he said that he is convinced that the Mini product line will have another record year in 2011. In the U.S., Mini sold about 45,000 vehicles in 2010.