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Beachcomber-based Mini Moke rumoured to go into production

Both Autoblog and MotoringFile are reporting that the Beachcomber Concept that was presented at the Detroit Autoshow this year may get the green light. It makes sense to assume that a production version micht be called "Moke", after the not-so-off-road classic-based funcar. From MotoringFile:

We can indeed confirm this having shared a similar conversation over dinner with the good Dr. [Dr Wolfgang Armbrecht, head of Mini brand management] at the Countryman launch last week. As he told Autoexpress, MINI has been blown away by the reaction to the concept and is studying the...

Countryman vs classic Mini: how small is "mini"?

Wowzers. I knew that the new Mini Countryman was really quite big for something called "mini". I also realize that cars need to become bigger due to safety and all that, and that when you compare it to modern day "small" cars (the countryman is no larger than the Kia Soul, another modern, small cros-over), the Mini can't be called "large" (although there are smaller cars out there - and quite  a lot of them too). Also, I know that when car makers try and keep a car smaller than it really should be, the driving fun suffers coughFiat 500cough.