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CarsMini Rocketman resurrected as compact electric car

01:40  15 july  2019
01:40  15 july  2019 Source:   autocar.co.uk

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Compact city car to be produced in China in a joint venture with Great Wall Motors. But while the original Rocketman was planned around a range of three-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, the Mini model being developed by Spotlight Automotive is set to use electric power exclusively, as part of the

Rocketman city car to be built exclusively in China by Mini -Great Wall JV. Nothing has been made official yet, though the production version of the China-built Rocketman likely will share elements of its underpinnings and electric driveline with the Ora R1, an urban-based compact hatchback launched

Mini Rocketman resurrected as compact electric car © Autocar Rocketman was initially revealed in 2011

Mini's parent company BMW has given the green light to a heavily reworked electric-powered production version of the Rocketman - the British company’s ultra-compact urban-based concept, first displayed in 2011.

Set to be launched in 2022, the three-door hatchback is planned to be an electric powered entry-level model within a realigned Mini line-up, with production set to take place at Spotlight Automotive - a newly established joint venture operation run by BMW and its partner Great Wall Motors in Jiangsu, China.

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BMW and Mini will reportedly revive the Rocketman Concept as a production electric vehicle in a new joint venture with Chinese automaker Great Wall Motors. “We’re advancing plans for a model along the lines of the Rocketman . It’s a car we have been looking at for a long time, but to build it profitably

Wednesday 10 July 2019. Mini Rocketman : Compact EV coming in 2022. Original plans for the car included a range of efficient three- and four-cylinder internal-combustion powertrains, but the reborn Rocketman will be a part of BMW's goal to have 25 plug-in hybrid and pure- electric cars on sale by

“We’re advancing plans for a model along the lines of the Rocketman. It’s a car we have been looking at for a long time, but to build it profitably at the price point we think customers are prepared to pay,  you need a joint venture partner to share costs.

Great Wall Motors has provided that opportunity with a shared electric car platform that will be used by Mini,” a senior BMW official revealed to Autocar.

Mini Rocketman resurrected as compact electric car © Provided by Haymarket Media Group Designed by a team working under the guidance of former Mini design director Anders Warming, the original 3419mm-long Rocketman was conceived to extend the Mini line-up into the city car segment, as a rival to the likes of the Smart Forfour.

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BMW is looking to produce an electric Mini for 2022 based on the Rocketman concept it first revealed years ago, according to a new report. The news comes on the heels of Tuesday’s official introduction of the Mini ’s all- electric Cooper SE.

MINI is bringing back the Rocketman Concept. That’s how Autocar is phrasing it with the latest news Great Wall Motors has provided that opportunity with a shared electric car platform that will be used by The R1 is a four door city car that has a striking similarity in overall silhouette to the original Mini .

But despite a favourable response from potential buyers, its development was halted when talks broke down between BMW and Peugeot on a possible platform and engine sharing deal.

Mini Rocketman resurrected as compact electric car © Provided by Haymarket Media Group Through its joint venture with Great Wall Motors, BMW has reignited plans for the entry-level Mini model, which is planned to be produced exclusively in a joint venture factory in China for global markets, including the UK.

Mini Rocketman resurrected as compact electric car © Autocar Mini Rocketman resurrected as compact electric car But while the original Rocketman was planned around a range of three-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, the Mini model being developed by Spotlight Automotive is set to use electric power exclusively, as part of the German car maker’s plans to launch 25 plug-in hybrid and pure electric models by the end of 2023.

It is planned to compliment Mini’s first ever electric model, the upcoming Cooper SE, in an expanded line-up.

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Mini will finally see the production of the Rocketman in 2022 with the help of Great Wall and only in electric guise. The mini part of Mini was missing until the Rocketman concept appeared in 2011. But the business case never made sense until now.

electric cars in China, where costs are lower than Mini 's traditional home of the United Kingdom, means the Rocketman is once again a possibility. The car will reportedly arrive in 2022 as a new entry-level model for Mini to target a future minicar from Smart, which will also be sourced from China.

Mini Rocketman resurrected as compact electric car © Autocar Mini Rocketman resurrected as compact electric car News of Mini’s move to build a production version of the Rocketman in China comes close on the heels of Mercedes-Benz’s decision to sell 50 per cent of its Smart city car division to Chinese car maker Geely, which intends to develop a whole new generation of urban-based Smart models.

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