Mini to Move into Commercial Vehicle Sector


It would seem that Mini is set to enter the commercial vehicle market with their compact Mini Cargo panel van offering. On the face of it the Cargo will basically be a Mini Clubman with the rear seats removed and a flat rear deck in place instead. The rear windows will also be replaced by sheet metal.

Mini’s creators, BMW, are recycling a classic idea from the 1960s when Leyland built a panel van version of the Traveller. Meanwhile, Fiat is also planning to convert their hugely popular 500 into a panel van.

Mini’s Competition

Mini’s panel van is set to launch at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show and is, according to Mini, aimed at being a true, tough, little van designed to haul around heavy loads.

They have targeted competition from the Ford Transit Connect, the Citroen Berlingo, the VW Caddy and the Fiat Doblo. These small vans are proven in Europe and the UK to be very popular as compact mobility is a high priority for many, and so Mini are expecting high volumes of sales for their Cargo panel van.

Mini Cargo will be No Slouch!

The Mini Cargo is to be powered by a 1.6 litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine, which is the same engine that can be found in the current Mini Cooper D, and is therefore no slouch! The Mini is therefore also aimed at being reliable, and fuel efficient.

The panel van will be fitted with a sporty six speed transmission, whilst Mini has also hinted that an automatic 2.0 litre petrol version of the Cargo is in the pipeline. I don’t know about you, but I would certainly prefer the petrol version!

History Repeating Itself

Full details are yet to be released, and with the Geneva Motor Show beginning on 8th March, those looking for a new compact van may well wait with baited breath.

When insuring your new Mini Cargo, you will of course need a commercial vehicle insurance quote rather than the standard car insurance that the other Mini vehicles will need.

It almost seems odd referring to a Mini as a commercial vehicle, but the Austin Mini Van of course ran from 1960 to 1982, and so they are certainly not a newcomer to the commercial vehicle market. History is once again repeating itself.




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