UK-built MINI debut for Motor Show

26 June 2006 #SMMT News

MINI is to unveil the most powerful, production MINI ever; the MINI GP (MINI Cooper S with John Cooper Works GP kit) at the British International Motor Show.  There will only be 444 GPs available in the UK and number 001 will be on display at ExCeL London in July.

In addition to all these, the British International Motor Show will also see the UK debut of the MINI Concept that hints at a third MINI model which is confirmed for production at Plant Oxford. The concept, unveiled at the 2006 Geneva motor show, celebrates Paddy Hopkirk’s famous 1964 Monte Carlo victory.

The BMW Group Plaza, consisting of BMW, MINI, and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, will line-up in an 11,000 square metre area directly in front of the ExCeL entrance alongside the Royal Victoria Dock.

As part of the Plaza, MINI owners will be invited onto the MINI BARge, a purpose-built floating hospitality venue dedicated to all things MINI. Owners will enjoy a MINI Fake Invaders game where they battle against fake MINIs from inside a real MINI.

Andy Hearn, MINI UK’s General Manager said, ‘At the NEC in 2002 and 2004 we presented MINI Adventure Live and MINI Open Air Theatre and introduced a new and exciting concept for motor shows. Just what MINI fans expected. It was always going to be a tough act to follow, but I am sure this year’s show-goers will get a great buzz from visiting MINI. They may even get to destroy a few aliens.’

Since July 2001, when the first MINI One and MINI Cooper cars took to the roads, almost 190,000 MINIs have been sold in the UK. The MINI family now consists of: MINI One, Cooper and Cooper S; MINI One D; MINI One, Cooper and Cooper S Convertible; MINI One Seven, MINI Cooper Park Lane and MINI Cooper S Checkmate; MINI GP.

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