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Old 09-12-2005, 08:40 AM
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MINI Concept Frankfurt 2005

Mini Concept Frankfurt
Exactly 45 years after the launch of the Mini Traveller in September 1960, Mini is presenting the MINI Concept Frankfurt at the 2005 Frankfurt Motor Show - a design study re-interpreting the philosophy of the little Traveller from Great Britain through a new concept of "Travelling in Style" befitting the beginning of the 21st century.

In its overall look and appearance, this concept car with numerous design features in the meantime acknowledged as genuine icons is typical of Mini all the way. And numerous innovations both inside and outside are equially typical of the brand: wide-opening doors with paraellolgram kinematics characterise this very special car in the same way as its coupé-like look without a B-pillar, the new silver metallic paintwork and exquisite materials within the interior. The MINI Concept Frankfurt also quotes the classic Mini Traveller also through its elegant Estate design boasting a symmetrically split double door at the back as well as split rear side windows.

Coupé-Like Appearance
In its overall appearance the MINI Concept Frankfurt is sleek and smooth, while nevertheless placing the emphasis on important features such as the wheel arches, the shoulder line and the powerdme. So the MINI Concept Frankfurt makes a clear visual statement - this is a car full of class, muscle and elegance all in one.

The Overall Concept - Clever MINI Style All the Way
The fundamental idea in developing MINI Concept Frankfurt was to make loading and entering the car as simple and convenient as possible. This is why all four doors (the driver/front passenger and rear doors) come with parallelogram kinematic joints and springs: to allow optimum access and entry into the car, the doors swivel to the side and at the same time to the front in one single movement, ensuring maximum opening space leading into the interior. The rear sliding windows open electrically, the front section moving parallel beneath the rear half. With the windows fully open, MINI Concept Frankfurt thus provides a particularly impressive feeling of style and generosity otherwise to be found only in a coupe and convertible. And thanks to the long wheelbase, the two rear seats are easy to reach while at the same time the exterior of the car offers a particularly dynamic and sporting impression.

Cargobox in the luggage compartment, large loading area in the roof
The MINI Concept Frankfurt comes with an adjustable Cargobox within the luggage compartment with its loading cover moving out to the rear for easy and convenient access at all times. A further convenient feature is the transparent cover on the Cargobox moving up and thus serving as a partition between the passanger area and the luggage compartment. The rear section of the roof, finally opens up just as conveniently for easy loading.

Satellite silver metallic paintwork and neoprene contour
MINI Concept Frankfurt stands out in its beautiful silver paintwork in the light, all points not directly in the beholder's line of vision being kept in a more discreet grey. Soft, resilient neoprene is featured on the black side band so characteristic of the car, extending along the side-sills and wheel cutouts.

Interior desing characterised by "Floating Elements"
The "Floating Elements" concept consistently takes up and continues the car's exterior statement within the interior: Right from the start when getting into the car, MINI Concept Frankfurt makes a generous and open impression enhanced by the completely free accessible floor of the car, the foot area covered only by the central "insular element" of the centre console holding the "suspended" seats in position to provide a particularly generous foot area with a very advantageous impreesion of space.

This impression is further accentuated by the free-hovering dashboard with its speedometer in the middle.
It almost goes without saying that MINI Concept Frankfurt offers adequate space for four. The rear-seat backrests tilt down individually to form a flat surface flush with the floor of the luggage compartment, while the centre armrest lying between the two seats is integrated in the flat surface and offers additional storage space.

Leather, chrome, aluminium as the principal of materials
Throught the interior, white leather underlines the impression of modern style and generous space, adding a strong touch of sophisticated class and stylish flair. The colour white emphasises the clear line of the MINI Concept Frankfurt, top-quality leather being used on different surfaces, the warm, natural surfaces being supplemented by cool-looking, metallic trim at all appropriate points. An aluminium-coated glass-fibre structure, for example, accentuates the door panels and linings inside the car, while a special carbon-fibre look highlights the foot area in combination with nylon texture carpeting adding a particular touch of sporting style.

Forty five years of the MINI Traveller
The four-seater MINI with its extra-large luggage compartment was launched in September 1960 in the guise of the Austin Seven Countryman and the Morris Mini Traveller. The term "Traveller" alone clearly proved that this special version of the Mini was intended from the start for an active target group. Sales of the Mini Traveller from 1960 to 1982 amounted to more than 400,000 units, including special version of the Mini Clubman as of 1969.
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Old 09-12-2005, 08:45 AM
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Old 09-12-2005, 08:47 AM
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Old 09-12-2005, 09:00 AM
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That car gives mixed emotions... I find it very good looking, and at the same time I don't. Also it doesn't seem to come with an engine, according to the press release . Rear doors is a nice touch, I must say. I wouldn't mind some scenery shots, something other than just the white background. Hmmm...
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Old 09-12-2005, 09:21 AM
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It needs the "tasteful" wood of the "Countryman" Mini

NOT.

U-G-L-Y !!!!
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Old 09-12-2005, 09:25 AM
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WTF!?!?!?

the mini is supposed to look like the mini, not some oversized american concept, which is what it looks like.
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Old 09-12-2005, 10:09 AM
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It looks awesome and Mini should really consider to produce it.
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Old 09-12-2005, 11:18 AM
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WTF!?!?!?

the mini is supposed to look like the mini, not some oversized american concept, which is what it looks like.
thats the problem the last mini was i think thw most revolutionary mini that can be produced and in order to keep the company mooving they got to evolve with their design
i kinda like it verry different
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Old 09-12-2005, 01:03 PM
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They're just stealing from the Mini heritage anyway.
Even the rear door - NO imagination !!!




I still want to see the woody though

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Old 09-12-2005, 01:06 PM
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****ing cop out. I find it ironic that they still call it the 'Mini'.
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Old 09-12-2005, 01:12 PM
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The front end is horrible, if they feel there's a market for a bigger 'Mini' I guess that's the best they could do with the rest of it.
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Old 09-13-2005, 12:33 AM
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Sigh, why imitate the PT Cruiser?
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Old 09-13-2005, 03:04 AM
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Sigh, why imitate the PT Cruiser?
?eh?
see http://www.ultimatecarpage.com/forum...16&postcount=9

they're stealing from 40 years earlier
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Old 09-13-2005, 03:33 AM
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They're just stealing from the Mini heritage anyway.
Even the rear door - NO imagination !!!
I remember my father having 2 Morris Marina Van with those doors. They were excellent for entertaining those who can't afford a stereo...

The problem with retro based new cars is that the market keeps asking for more, and the car needs to evolve. Then, onde day, it will have to slowly get more and more distant from it's inspiring lines until it doesn't look like a Mini at all.
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