Mini News The Getaway Cars: MINI unveils three new overnight solutions for the weekend warrior.

Discussion in 'MINI News and Articles' started by Nathan, Jul 19, 2013.

  1. Nathan

    Nathan Founder

    Mar 30, 2009
    25,144
    10,033
    113
    Writer
    Short North
    Ratings:
    +10,050 / 0 / -0
    [​IMG]

    The trio each reflect different aspects of the rise in popularity of camping and festivals, creating a choice of premium home-from-home options for the enthusiastic traveller.

    * The MINI Clubvan Camper is the world’s smallest luxury camper van, packed with practical solutions that make it ideal accommodation for an individual on a weekend away.

    [​IMG]

    * The MINI Cowley is a compact yet comfortable caravan for two people, equipped with a twin-ring gas stove, fridge and sink.

    [​IMG]

    * The MINI Countryman ALL4 Camp with its innovative roof-top tent is the getaway car for an adventurous couple, evoking images of African safari and expedition vehicles.

    [​IMG]

    All three models have been styled with MINI’s much-loved design cues to the fore. They display the character and fun personality which motorists have come to associate with MINI, and which have made the brand such a global success.

    The cars have been developed around the ‘maximum touring pleasure with minimal footprint’ philosophy, and illustrate the principle of creative space utilisation for which MINI is renowned.

    They have been created as concept vehicles to showcase the depth of the MINI range, as well as the creativity and skill within the company’s design and engineering staff. There are no plans to offer them as production vehicles at this stage.

    The MINI Clubvan Camper: good things come in small packages

    The freedom of the open road, a dynamic driving experience and everything you need with you – the MINI Clubvan Camper has it all.

    It’s arguably the world's smallest luxury camper van, a MINI Clubvan which has been transformed into a versatile home on wheels. Behind the solid side windows there is a spacious sleeping berth for one person, plus a small, extendible kitchenette complete with propane stove and chest fridge.
    On-board facilities includes the MINI Navigation Portable XL sat-nav, which will help drivers find their way to the most remote spots. If the weather is unkind a television can provide entertainment and chilly mornings can be made more comfortable thanks to an auxiliary heater.

    A particular highlight is the Clubvan Camper’s roof. The small glass panel can be opened for ventilation or star-gazing, while the storage rack above means owners can travel with equipment for outdoor pursuits.

    Hygiene is always a key part of any weekend away and MINI’s ingenious design engineers have even got that covered. The Camper’s generous specification also includes an integrated hand-held shower, with a water tank housed underneath the load floor.

    Clubvan Camper Gallery

    The MINI Cowley: a new style benchmark in compact towing

    The pleasure that millions of caravanners around the world enjoy is the ability to stop and stay anyway in comfort and safety. Now it’s possible to do that MINI-style with the Cowley caravan.

    The compact tourer has been named after the historic factory – today known as Plant Oxford – which is home to much of the current MINI range. It was also where the classic BMC/Austin Mini was built and is this year celebrating a centenary of car manufacturing.

    The Cowley caravan is a luxurious overnight solution and all the mod cons are fitted, including two comfortable sleeping berths, a twin-burner gas stove and a water tank complete with pump and sink facility. A solar module charges the on-board battery and there’s a 230-volt connection to power the fridge, TV/DVD and audio equipment.

    Styled with typical MINI flair, the teardrop-shaped trailer is a genuine head-turner. In silhouette it’s reminiscent of the curved lines of the MINI panels, and the doors have sliding windows on both sides – a standard feature in the classic Mini up to 1969. The sumptuously trimmed veehicle is only 12 centimetres wider than a MINI Clubman including exterior mirrors and weighs just under 300 kg.

    With exceptional manoeuvrability, the MINI Cowley ensures that the hallmark MINI driving fun can still be enjoyed while towing, irrespective of the distance travelled.

    MINI Cowley Gallery

    The MINI Countryman ALL4 Camp: safari-style accommodation for the adventurous spirit

    Finding overnight accommodation can be a real headache, especially for drivers who have taken a spontaneous trip to a festival or beach. But there’s no need to worry about finding the perfect place to bed down when travelling in this MINI. Even when completely off the beaten track, all the owner has to do is head upstairs.

    The innovative roof-top tent is showcased above a MINI Countryman which, thanks to its intelligent all-wheel drive system ALL4, is well-suited to travelling over rough terrain. But this simple and practical sleeping solution can easily be mounted on a MINI or MINI Clubman. The upper half of the tent is simply folded out of its storage box. Plump up the pillows and two occupants are ready to relax, then wake up to a perfect view of the ocean, mountain or valley.

    How about an early morning ride out to buy breakfast? It’s easily done because a mountain bike can be easily transported on the specially fitted bicycle rack.

    The roof-top tent quickly folds away into its box when it’s not needed. The exterior has been painted in Absolute Black metallic with white stripes to match the car beneath.

    MINI Countryman ALL4 Camp Gallery
     
  2. FranticFreddy

    FranticFreddy Drive-N-Eat
    Lifetime Supporter

    May 4, 2009
    435
    325
    63
    Some Where between here and there.
    Ratings:
    +328 / 0 / -0
    Does this mean the Clubvan will hang around for awhile longer?
     
  3. Nathan

    Nathan Founder

    Mar 30, 2009
    25,144
    10,033
    113
    Writer
    Short North
    Ratings:
    +10,050 / 0 / -0
    Not in the US. MINI US said they are done with it. They only sold 50 cars and feel the Chicken Tax has priced it out of the market.
     
  4. FranticFreddy

    FranticFreddy Drive-N-Eat
    Lifetime Supporter

    May 4, 2009
    435
    325
    63
    Some Where between here and there.
    Ratings:
    +328 / 0 / -0
    I guess the questions is if MINI sells this as a camper as depicted it would be exempt from the "Chicken Tax" would it not? Just askin'....:idea:
     
  5. Nathan

    Nathan Founder

    Mar 30, 2009
    25,144
    10,033
    113
    Writer
    Short North
    Ratings:
    +10,050 / 0 / -0
    They have been created as concept vehicles to showcase the depth of the MINI range, as well as the creativity and skill within the company’s design and engineering staff. There are no plans to offer them as production vehicles at this stage.
     
  6. Apok

    Apok New Member

    Jun 15, 2013
    776
    357
    0
    Sadly, finance. The most boring job in the world.
    Columbus, Ohio
    Ratings:
    +357 / 0 / -0
    I don't think poor Sally would enjoy my chubby ass sleeping on top of her
     
  7. Jason Montague

    Jason Montague New Member
    Lifetime Supporter

    Jan 5, 2010
    6,134
    1,587
    0
    Physician Assitant (retired)
    Sherman,Tx
    Ratings:
    +1,587 / 0 / -0
    :cornut: Remember when the term 'weekend warrior' meant that you were in the Guard or Reserves?:Thumbsup:

    Jason
     
  8. Apok

    Apok New Member

    Jun 15, 2013
    776
    357
    0
    Sadly, finance. The most boring job in the world.
    Columbus, Ohio
    Ratings:
    +357 / 0 / -0
    I for some reason feel the need to apologize for some of my generation. I don't know where we went wrong. But I think that is our fault. But at least we aren't the current generation. They are freaking worthless.
     
  9. Crashton

    Crashton Club Coordinator

    Jun 4, 2009
    19,178
    9,731
    113
    Retired old fart
    Hooterville Ohio USA
    Ratings:
    +11,125 / 2 / -0
    Also meant you were a club racer..... :wink:
     
  10. Metalman

    Metalman Well-Known Member
    Lifetime Supporter

    Sep 29, 2009
    12,608
    7,505
    113
    Owner of a small custom metal fabrication company,
    Columbus, Ohio
    Ratings:
    +7,607 / 1 / -0
    Soooo..... MINI is saying....

    Look what we can make with the Clubvan and you can't have it....:prrr:

    And in the US.... We said.... Ummmm.... We will has only.... Ummmmm... 50 :rolleyes5:
     
  11. JackMac

    JackMac Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2010
    399
    251
    63
    PA
    Ratings:
    +256 / 0 / -0
  12. Nathan

    Nathan Founder

    Mar 30, 2009
    25,144
    10,033
    113
    Writer
    Short North
    Ratings:
    +10,050 / 0 / -0
    They changed the tag

    [​IMG]
     
  13. Steve

    Steve Administrator
    Staff Member Articles Moderator

    Apr 23, 2009
    12,156
    3,162
    113
    Maryland, USA
    Ratings:
    +3,164 / 0 / -0
    :biggrin5:
     
  14. rum4

    rum4 Club Coordinator
    Lifetime Supporter

    Aug 17, 2011
    4,568
    1,475
    0
    SC
    Ratings:
    +1,478 / 0 / -0
    The Cowley looks a lot like one of these that a friend of mine pulls with her R53, so I guess the April Fools were MINI as she had it MOTD 2012! Little Guy Teardrop Trailers - Home
     
  15. Dave.0

    Dave.0 Helix & RMW Powered
    Lifetime Supporter

    May 4, 2009
    25,023
    13,491
    113
    Burbs of Philly, PA
    Ratings:
    +14,637 / 10 / -4
    Sorry but all they need now in the MINI line is the MINI AZTEK. :p
     
  16. Jason Montague

    Jason Montague New Member
    Lifetime Supporter

    Jan 5, 2010
    6,134
    1,587
    0
    Physician Assitant (retired)
    Sherman,Tx
    Ratings:
    +1,587 / 0 / -0
    :cornut: Hopefully the MINI Clubvan Camper was able to get past the 'chicken tax'.:Thumbsup:

    Jason
     

Share This Page