As you can plainly see the image is attributed to Auto Motor und Sport, a German car mag that has been around as long as I can remember. (On looking it up the mag has been around since 1946 and started as Das Auto). Anyway, I digress...
BMWBlog also links to the article in Auto Motor und Sport. Translating it from the German, thanks Google, there is not a word about the MINI Mini Van. So where did that image come from and what do you think about MINI building a Mini Van?
I'm of two camps about this. One the one hand I'm screaming at the picture, which I'm sure is a photoshop job, wondering how in the heck the MINI management could even think along these lines. But then I think more about it and think it could be a great thing too. Granted, it will not have the go cart handling but for a Mini Van would probably be a heck of a lot better in a driving experience than say a Dodge Caravan. The world does need it's Mini Vans, we have seen that niche does well with a subset of consumer, so why not a MINI version.
Thats my 2 cents for the day...
Common sense really isn't common.
If they are going to make a minivan, they should make it a 7 seater, like a real minivan. This one looks like it has just 5 seats + cargo. It would be nice to have a reasonably good handling minivan since I need to drive one occasionally!
Yeah... both that link above and the story on Motoring File say that the new MINI Van to be featured in Geneva is a Clubman that has a flat rear interior surface (no rear seats) and metal instead of the rear side windows. It's an urban delivery vehicle (think delivery services, florists, pizza delivery, etc.) for Europe... not sure if it's coming to the USA.
The pic at the top is not only very ugly, but is also a complete fabrication.
I suspect this thread has got mixed up because of the difference between the British and American uses of the word 'Minivan'. In Britain it means the van version of the classic Mini shown below - what the US calls a 'minivan' is a 'people carrier' or 'MPV' here.
So I think a Clubman with no rear side glass is what a new Minivan implies.