The MINI Superleggera Vision Concept was introduced earlier this year at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este as company’s first electric vehicle. Still, it appears that a production version of the concept car is still far away and a decision will be taken at least after six months. These words came from Peter Schwarzenbauer, a BMW board member responsible for the MINI and Rolls-Royce brands.
Schwarzenbauer said that the company needs to investigate this seriously and decide if it will produce it itself or it will give it to somebody else. The current MINI lineup includes seven models, but the British carmaker owned by the BMW Group needs to make a big decision: to increase its lineup to 10 models or reduce it to five.
Last year, BMW built 303,177 MINI vehicles at its factories located in England, Netherlands and Graz. Schwarzenbauer believes that less is better and it is better to concentrate on five models.
"I think, slightly on the emotional side, that concentrating on five superheroes has a great appeal to me," he said but didn’t tell anything which of the models could be dropped. [source: Reuters.com]