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 |  Feb 17 2012, 6:01 PM

Someone spilled the beans on a MINI concept car coming to Geneva. They released a story that doesn’t actually have specifications, but confirms the Clubvan name and March 6 Geneva Auto Show premier.

We reported on the first details behind this concept in early January, but at the time guessed it would be called the MINI Cargo.

Essentially, the car is a foray into the commercial market with an emphasis on businesses like pizza delivery and will compete with the Fiat 500 Giardinetta Wagon.

No further details are available now, but we’ll have coverage as more information becomes available.

[Source: In Auto News]

 |  Jan 02 2012, 1:45 PM

MINI will make its way into the commercial vehicle market soon when it releases a cargo-oriented version of the Clubman.

The car, officially called the MINI Cargo, is set to debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March and will essentially be the same as the Clubman (pictured above), but with the back seats replaced by a cargo bed and blacked out rear side windows. The release represents offers by parent company BMW to remain competitive and preempt the similarly-minded Fiat 500 Giardinetta Wagon.

Small commercial vehicles are already popular in Europe, other examples include the Ford Transit Connect, a compact panel van introduced in Europe in 2002.

While not particularly useful for large cargo, having small, efficient and delivery-specific vehicles is useful for small businesses that hinge on such a service. Expect more details to come on the 13-foot wheelbase bread truck soon.

[Source: World Car Fans, Auto Motor Und Sport]