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In an interview with WhatCar, BMW sales chief Ian Roberston commented that, “The Rocketman was a concept and we have no plans to take it further, but features of it will appear on future Minis.”
Chances are then that the clever doors and lightweight carbon fiber technologies will likely appear on future models. A £500 million investment was approved to produce the third generation MINI at the Oxford factory in 2013. The new models produced out of the Oxford plant will be built on a new platform named UKL and front-wheel drive BMW hatches may also be produced at the factory.
In other news, the MINI Coupe is due to arrive later this year, with a Roadster version hitting dealerships in 2012. MINI has also promised to build a Coupe version of the Countryman crossover.
[Source: What Car?]