Mini Beachcomber concept
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Mini Beachcomber concept

Munich, Germany – Mini will showcase its Beachcomber Concept and electric Mini E at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The company said the Beachcomber offers a further outlook at a future model from Mini. It features four seats, each with its own door, and four-wheel drive. The Mini E, in turn, represents ultra-clean and efficient driving qualities, and is involved in a field test that began in the U.S. and is now being conducted at various locations in Europe.

Because the U.S. remains the world’s single largest market for Mini, the brand will continue to consistently expand its dealer network in the U.S. and in 2010 will compromise more than 100 American dealers for the first time.

Mini had already announced that it will introduce a crossover model. The Beachcomber sets the foundation for the new model with newly-developed four-wheel drive. The concept carries forward the classic features of the open Mini Moke of the 1960s to a modern concept appropriate for today’s world.

The Mini E also offers a new and future-oriented rendition of Mini’s characteristics, with an electric motor delivering 204 horsepower and fed by a lithium-ion battery. The Mini E accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 8.5 seconds and has a maximum cruising range of 250 kilometres.

Mini’s first all-electric car was built in a small series of 600 units, pioneering the development of alternative drive concepts within the BMW Group. The car is currently undergoing real-world testing in California, New York and New Jersey.

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