Concept cars serve as a “creative playground” for car designers. All
have a focus on the future in common and visionary potential comes as
standard. From innovative lighting concepts and novel door mechanisms to
the creative realisation of specific thematic areas, concept cars offer
an open-door policy to ideas of every kind. Some concept cars are
conceived to aid the development and implementation of new technologies,
others showcase an innovative design language or visualise how a future
series-produced model might shape up.
MINI Rocketman Concept.
This new edition of the MINI Rocketman Concept was conceived in 2012 and
combines innovative ideas for personal mobility in major cities with
classical, unmistakably British design features for the interior and
exterior. Decked out in the colours of the British national flag, the
concept car features eye-catching details such as a distinctive lighting
design for the Union Jack in the roof area. The MINI Rocketman Concept
embodies sporting elegance in typical British form.
MINI Rocketman Concept.
This well received concept car fused traditional values with innovative
technology to redefine MINI’s core principle of the creative use of
space. As a 3+1-seater with 3 doors, an exterior length of just over 3
metres (approx. 10 ft.) and a unique space utilisation concept up its
sleeve, this concept car shone a spotlight into the future. Its
visionary character was defined by the systematic application of
lightweight design principles on a carbon spaceframe canvas.
MINI Paceman Concept.
MINI positioned this concept car – a classical crossover concept based
on the MINI Countryman – as the first Sports Activity Coupé (SAC) in the
premium segment. The study’s dynamic and powerful, yet at the same time
luxurious, appearance sent out a message of exclusive sportiness.
Visually it had an air of the muscle car about it, showing off its
dynamic credentials impressively from every angle.
MINI Beachcomber Concept.
This precursor to the MINI Countryman focused on maximising driving fun
and boasted a radical, open-air body concept. A very masculine concept,
it referenced the legendary Mini Moke from the 1960s and focused on
highlighting various interior design features. At the heart of the
action was the versatile Centre Rail, to which a MP3 player, mobile
phone, additional light sources, a cool box, a laptop or GPS tracker, a
stopwatch, a glasses case, a bottle holder or a food box could be
MINI Scooter E Concept.
This electrically driven study took cues from the MINI E, a Germany-wide
test project for emission-free driving. The MINI Scooter E Concept saw
MINI Design transferring the brand’s central design language from four
wheels to two for the first time, demonstrating in the process the
potential of MINI. Hallmark MINI details were reflected in three
different design variants: one focused on “Britishness”, another on the
Mod movement which is such an important part of scooter culture, and the
third model adopted the appearance of the MINI E.
MINI Roadster Concept and MINI Coupé Concept.
In their own distinctive ways, the “Oxford Twins” showcased a wealth of
exciting features offering a fresh interpretation of the traditional
values, individual style and innovative character of MINI. The Coupé
delivered undiluted driving fun wrapped up in an ultra-sporty coupé
skin, while the unadulterated, elegant Roadster positively exuded
stylish open-top motoring.
MINI Crossover Concept.
A model variant without any historical reference points and measuring
over four metres (13 ft.) in length, this taster concept for the MINI
Countryman offered plentiful space for rear passengers and unprecedented
load capacity for a MINI. The flexible interior layout and an
innovative stowage system similar to the Centre Rail allowed the
interior to be adapted widely to individual requirements.
MINI Concept Frankfurt / Tokyo / Detroit / Geneva.
This series of four concept cars was shown at the world’s most important
motor shows over a two-year period, each variant tailored to the venue
for its presentation. The four variations on the theme acted as previews
for the upcoming MINI Clubman and each borrowed cues from MINI history.
The Concept unveiled in Frankfurt was billed “Travel in style” and
played the elegance card to resounding effect, while in Tokyo the car’s
British origins were brought to the fore. A winter sport theme
highlighted the versatility of the “Sports Equipment Carrier” shown in
Detroit, and in Geneva the MINI Concept reprised the role of the service
car in the Monte Carlo Rally, thus recalling the brand’s legendary
All four versions impressed most prominently with an innovative door
concept that revolutionised the utilisation potential of the interior.
The split rear doors offered extremely generous access to the luggage
area of the MINI Concept – and would soon do likewise in series-produced
MINI models, starting with the Clubman.
MINI Concept Monte Carlo Rallye.
This right-hand-drive two-seater recalled the victory of the classic
Mini in the 1967 Monte Carlo Rally. Design icons such as the hexagonal
radiator grille and circular headlights were given a fresh
interpretation for this concept car for the 21st century, MINI design
having remained pretty much unchanged since 1959. This concept car was
followed in 2001 by the arrival of the first MINI of the modern