Mini’s product family will be restricted to 5 models – Report


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BMW executive believes “less is more”.

In an interview with Automotive News, BMW Group board member, Peter Schwarzenbauer, has stated that the Mini product family will be kept short and restricted to five “superhero” models in the foreseeable future, despite the common belief that “more models = more sales”.

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The Mini Paceman will be discontinued by the end of this year with no successor in sight.

Mr Schwarzenbauer believes that concentrating on a small number of models, each appropriately spread across the range with respect to bodystyle and features, and better understanding of each model’s value and purpose, will help prove the opposite.

He said:

Each of Mini’s ‘superheroes’ has a strong and independent character, intended to allow a customer to be easily matched to the ideal model. By concentrating on a smaller range we can be more focused. I’m quite convinced of this. Now we will prove that this strategy works.

2016 Mini Clubman top rear quarter official gallery surfaces
Mini’s future product range will include the 2016 Mini Clubman, which will debut at 2015 IAA.

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Mini’s future product range will include the 3-door and 5-door 2014 Mini Cooper, the 2016 Mini Clubman the next generation Mini Countryman crossover, and, reportedly, the production-spec Mini Superleggera sports car.

So far, Mini has already discontinued the Mini Roadster and Coupe models, while the 3-door derivative of the Countryman, a la Mini Paceman, will not get a successor.

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[Source: Automotive News]

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