MINI shows new London inspired Rocketman concept

MINI HAS UNVEILED a new version of its Rocketman concept car which pays tribute to the city of London.

The original Rocketman concept was shown at the 2011 Geneva Motorshow and demonstrates a new, smaller MINI which would sit below today’s standard MINIs in the range and is supposed to take MINI back to its roots.

The three-door, three-plus-one seater car uses the colours of the union jack flag on its bodywork and 18-inch alloy wheels as well as featuring a full-length glass roof which has the lines of the flag etched into it. These lines can then be illuminated at night using fibre optics.

Other exterior features are carbon fibre sections on the wings and wheel arches, a new front grille design which is made up of MINI logos, a split-opening bootlid and “trapezoidal stirrup” tail lights.

The union jack theme is carried into the interior design too, where red, white and blue mix with more carbon sections. Also inside the cabin, to celebrate the upcomming London Olympics, is the name of every Olympic host city of the modern era.

There is still no official word on production of the Rocketman but a new, smaller MINI would certainly be a good move for parent company BMW who, despite strong sales of all MINI models, are keen to make the brand more profitable.

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