MINI Rocketman Concept: Carbon Spaceframe City Car Gets 94-MPG [Geneva Preview]

When the new MINI Cooper debuted back in 2001, it was impossible not to note how much larger the car was than its classic predecessor. The less-than-mini size of the vehicle is even more obvious in Europe, where the majority of cars on the road share roughly the same dimensions. It comes as little surprise then that the brand famous for thinking small is preparing to unveil a new more-mini MINI at the Geneva Auto Show next week.

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BMW Sub-Brand Set To Launch Monday

While rumors of the new BMW sub-brand have been floating around for months, February 21st has been marked as the official announcement date for details the sub-brand, and the apparently revolutionary MegaCity electric vehicle.

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BMW MegaCity May Be Offered On Lease Only Basis

BMW is looking for an alternative to traditional purchasing options for their upcoming MegaCity urban vehicle, as the high cost of developing substantially new technology may result in the vehicle becoming prohibitively expensive for consumers. Among the projects being considered are a car-sharing service similar to the one operated by Daimler for their Smart car EVs. “More and more people in large cities are looking for an alternative to the ownership of a vehicle,” said Ian Robertson, BMW’s sales chief, in an interview with Automotive News.

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BMW Megacity To Cost A Fortune Due To Advanced Technology

A report from Britain’s Autocar magazine is claiming that BMW‘s Megacity electric car will exceed the Nissan Leaf’s sticker price of £23,350 (or about $37,000 USD) due to both the advanced technology used on the Megacity and BMW‘s premium positioning.

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Mercedes-Benz Planning Rival To BMW MegaCity

Not one to let its long-time rival capitalize on every niche, Mercedes-Benz is apparently working on a small city car to rival BMW’s MegaCity project.

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BMW Launches Project-i Website to Launch Dialogue on Electric Vehicles

BMW is making strides and pushing forward with their Project i, a concept launched in 2007 to push sustainable mobility solutions. They’ve now launched a website, dubbed Project i Beta, which will ultimately become a sub brand for BMW, offering products and services for sustainable mobility.

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BMW To Launch EV Trial Programs In Coastal Cities

BMW will allow consumers to try out their ActiveE electric car, based on the 1-Series Coupe, in certain markets, prior to a broader rollout of electric vehicles, culminating in the Megacity EV’s debut in 2013.

The ActiveE will be offered for lease starting next summer. The ActiveE will be offered in New York City, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, Boston and Connecticut – all places where an electric car is likely to be well received.  With a range of 100 miles and a top speed of 90 mph, the ActiveE is likely suited to these locales, where distance driving is not as crucial and having a BMW badge on the hood goes a long way in the status rat race.

Hit the jump to see the official press release

[Source: BMW]

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BMW Breaks Ground On Carbon Fiber Plant

BMW‘s new joint venture with SGL Group on a carbon fiber plant in Washington state got underway, as the two companies broke ground on the factory.

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BMW's Carbon Fiber X5 Prototype Sheds 440 Pounds

One element of automotive design that most folks fail to appreciate is the lead times required to build a new vehicle. It’s not uncommon for car makers to start developing the next generation of a model immediately after they launch an all-new car.

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BMW Megacity Electric Car Teased as Fist Mass-Produced Carbon Fiber Vehicle

BMW has just released the first teaser sketches of its Megacity electric vehicle, which it claims will be the first mass-produced car to use complete carbon fiber construction. That’s right, not only will the body panels be made of the light-weight carbon fiber weave, but so will the entire structure. Up until now, the only vehicles that use such a light-weight and expensive chassis are the McLaren MP4-12C, the Lexus LFA and the Aston Martin One-77.

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BMW Reveals Hints About Future Plans; New Sports Car In The Cards, Megacity To Play Big Roles

A new 400-horsepower sports car is in the works at BMW, but if you ask executives at the German car company, they’ll tell you that the most promising new product is at the other end of the spectrum.

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BMW Megacity Electric Sports Car Under Consideration

With BMW set to launch its revolutionary Megacity electric mini car in the next few years, there’s now word that the new sub-brand could include more models – like an electric sports car. In an interview with AutoCar, BMW’s sales and marketing boss Ian Robertson admitted to as much, commenting that the Megacity brand won’t be limited to, “just one format.”

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Report: BMW To Expand Carbon Fiber Use Across Model Range

BMW‘s M3 coupe can be ordered with a roof panel made from carbon fiber, but the German auto maker has plans to expand its use of the exotic material. In addition to the upcoming MegaCity electric car, BMW is building a new plant on Washington state to manufacture carbon fiber parts. Carbon fiber is not only light weight but also incredibly strong, which makes it ideal for meeting safety requirements.

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Report: BMW Confirms Megacity Electric Car Will Launch in 2013

The Ultimate Driving Machine is set to introduce the ultimate commuter vehicle, as BMW announced Wednesday that its new Megacity electric car will launch in 2013. BMW’s Megacity is set to be a revolutionary design, featuring a carbon monocoque chassis (similar to the McLaren F1 supercar), a rear-engine layout and aerodynamic exterior styling with carbon fiber bodypanels.

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