Mini Clubvan Goes Commercial, So to Speak

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Freight can be loaded either through the split rear door or via a right-side door of the Clubvan.

In its latest marketing move for the successful Mini line, BMW is offering a commercial version of the sub-compact small car. With two seats and five doors the Mini Clubvan is said to be the world’s first premium priced delivery van. The concept comes from the original Morris Mini  van introduced in 1960, albeit at a down market price point back then.

Whether there is now a  market for this extension of the high-priced Mini line remains to be seen. Preferential tax treatment for commercial vehicles in virtually all European countries might create enough of a market, whether or not the Clubvan ever hauls cargo.

Nevertheless there a closed-off load area extending from the rear doors up to a wire partition behind the front seats. Freight can be loaded either through the split rear door or via a right-side door.

Clubvan comes in three versions: the 72 kW/98 horsepower Mini One Clubvan, the 90 kW/121 horsepower Mini Cooper Clubvan and the 82 kW/112 hp Mini Cooper D Clubvan with all models due in  showrooms this fall. In the U.S., the Clubvan will only be sold with the 121 hp Cooper gasoline engine option

Clubvan’s dimensions – length of 3,961 mm, width of 1683 mm, height of 1,426 mm and a wheelbase of 2,547 mm – are the same as those of the Mini Clubman.

About Kenneth Zino

Ken Zino is an auto industry veteran with global experience in print, broadcast and electronic media. He has auto testing, marketing, public relations and communications expertise garnered while working in Asia, Europe and the U.S.
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