Paceman to go into Production

Posted: January 31, 2011 in News
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The latest Mini creation, the Paceman, has been given the go-ahead for production.

Personally, I don’t get the appeal behind buying a large car that is supposed to give off a small feeling at the same time, but obviously the people at Magna-Steyr disagree with me.  The specialist automaker will build around 20 000 a year in Graz, Austria, starting in 2012 with world release being aimed at 2013, according to BMW head of research and development Klaus Draeger.

The Paceman concept is quite similar to the Countryman All4, with the largest difference being two doors rather than four.  It also sports a new grille, a tapered bonnet and roofline and runs on 19” rims.  The Paceman will also come with the Countryman’s signature multifunction centre rail.

For what it’s worth, I think the Countryman is already catering to a fairly specific market with its urban chic and gadgetry (that I’m yet to be convinced has any real off-road value), and BMW run the possible risk of over-saturating that small market with the introduction of the Paceman.  Only time will tell, of course.

Source: IOL Motoring

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Comments
  1. Anzet says:

    I test drove the Countryman this week, and was rather impressed. While, at first glance, the Countryman seems unnecessarily overcomplicated, it’s a bit like changing from Windows to Mac. Once you immerse yourself in Mini’s ‘gadgetry’ (as you call it), it becomes a rather pleasant experience. To not be too much of a spoiler, I’ll stop there – read the article on the Business Day/Motor News website next week Thursday.

  2. Stuart Thomas says:

    Is it just me or is the door/roof/window concept strangely similar to that of the Renault Avantime?

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