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MINI compact car to debut at Detroit Auto Show

MINI could be unveiling its new MINI compact at the upcoming North American International Auto Show in Detroit next month, as development for the model comes closer to production. Rumour has it will be called the new MINI Minor.
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The new variant will be a strict two seater and is said to be smaller than the current MINI Cooper in every way. It's unknown what platform the new car will use, or whether it will be one shared with an upcoming BMW model. But it looks like we might find out next month. Wolfgang Armbrecht, MINI brand chief, said in a recent report,

"We have always been motivated by the idea to build a small spacious car", hinting, "keep a close eye on the coming months."

It's no secret that MINI has been wanting to expand its range to more than one model for some time now. Not only is there over 10 different variations of the standard MINI Cooper, we've also seen the introduction of the Clubman and Countryman, as well as the Cabrio soft top version, in the last few years. A smaller, even more compact car would fall in underneath all these models and be the new entry-level MINI.

The new car will rival the likes of the Smart ForTwo. We can't wait to see just how small this new car will look officially. We'll be sure to provide any previews prior to the show, to start January 10. Keep an eye out.