Back in July a report popped up from Automobilwoche that BMW is working on a front-wheel-drive car. Being a pretty slow day here in the automotive industry, we were out looking to bring you something fresh and we came across more information on BMW’s A1 rival.
What we know: The car will be a front-wheel-drive MINI that will make its debut around 2010 or 2011. The car is expected to measure 3.75 meters, sharing the basis of the MINI Cooper. CO2 emissions are to remain well under 100 g/km. The car will arrive at the end of 2010 after the next-generation Audi A1 makes its debut in 2009.
What we learned: The car will be the most efficient MINI ever and will be priced below the current MINI One by a 2000 to 3000 English Pounds. That means we could see an ultra-compact MINI priced as low as 8500 Pounds ($17,109). The timeframe may be delayed to correspond with EU law-makers are proposing, but 2011 or 2012 seem likely. No plans for the car to make it to the United States.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: It”s scary what these CO2 emissions standards are causing auto makers to do.
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