2012 Geneva Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- Mini describes its latest concept as a "compact lifestyle van for business and leisure."
- The Clubvan concept is based on the Mini Clubman.
- The Clubvan was inspired, to some extent, by the original Morris Mini Van.
WOODCLIFF LAKE, New Jersey — The Mini Clubvan Concept, which debuts in early March at the 2012 Geneva Auto Show, is described by Mini as a "compact lifestyle van for business and leisure."
Inspired to some extent by the original 1960 Morris Mini Van and based on the current Mini Clubman, the new Clubvan aims to address a different sort of market in Europe — one for compact city delivery vehicles, such as the Renault Kangoo, that are typically owned and operated by small businesses.
Emulating the "panel delivery" look of the 1960 Mini Van, the Clubvan concept features opaque rear side windows, split rear doors and a large load area behind the front seats. The polycarbonate rear windows are painted body color, which provides a large canvas for commercial signage.
Mini says the Clubvan also can be adapted easily for business, consumer and leisure use, with such features as a reconfigurable load compartment with a choice of made-to-measure drawers or shelving units, as well as attachment loops with elasticized straps to hold cargo securely in place.
The exterior is painted British Racing Green — naturally.
Edmunds.com says: The Mini panel-delivery concept could catch on here with weekend DIYers.