During the debut of the Mini Paceman Concept at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show, BMW confirmed that it will produce the coupe crossover. According to newspaper Kleine Zeitung, the Mini Paceman will be produced by Magna Steyr, which already builds the Mini Countryman. The paper quoted BMW development head Klaus Draeger as saying that Magna Steyr has won a contract to build the Paceman model.
“Yes, we will have the Paceman built in Graz too,” he said. “As the auto is technically based on the Countryman it makes sense to go to Graz for this as well.”
Production of the Mini Paceman will start in late 2012 with sales to start in 2013. While annual production capacity has yet to be finalized it is reported that Mini will produce 20,000 units a year.
Refresher: Power for the Mini Paceman Concept comes from a John Cooper Works 1.6L twin-scroll 4-cylinder turbocharged engine making 211 hp and 192 lb-ft of torque. Torque can be increased to 207 lb-ft with the Overboost function.
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Source: Automotive News