Report: BMW and Toyota could extend cooperation and create entry-level Mini image

According to a recent report coming from reputed German auto magazine Autobild, BMW Group and Toyota Motor Corp. might expand their outlined cooperation plans to include a jointly developed new Mini product.

The German automaker is the world’s largest premium producer and the Japanese counterpart is the biggest carmaker globally – and the two forces announced a coalition that would extend to many levels of their businesses. Autobild claims that cooperation might expand towards the introduction of an entry-level car for the Mini brand – dubbed the Mini Minor. Toyota, which already has a successful collaboration of this type with PSA Peugeot Citroen (the Aygo, 108 and C1 triplets) might also consider unveiling its own take on the platform – called the Starlet. Automobile magazine also reported on the matter, believing the upcoming entry-level Minor to be one of Mini’s five core models n the future.

If the Minor does enter production, the model would be even smaller and cheaper than Mini’s core three-door hatchback. The new addition would be based on the Mini Rocketman concept showcased at the 2011 Geneva auto show, being 3450 mm long, a full 370 mm smaller than the three-door hatch. Proposed with a price starting at around 13,500 euros, the Minor would also be almost four thousand euros cheaper. The moniker is also a nod to the early days of the car, when the UK brand Morris was labeling it as the Mini Minor in the early 1960s. Set to arrive in 2018 or 2019, the Minor could then be featured with an electric powertrain alongside the conventional engines.

Via Automotive News Europe