The Mini Superleggera concept was unveiled nearly two years ago and there have been countless rumors about a production variant. However, it appears the company is now favoring a new sedan instead. In an interview with Automotive News, BMW Board Member and MINI boss Peter Schwarzenbauer revealed a production version of the Superleggera concept is still a possibility but it's hard to make a business case for the model because it would be expensive and have a relatively low volume. Schwarzenbauer went on to say "Halo cars are economically not always great. It is a trade-off: How much does it do for the bran, and how do you make it feasible?"

The Mini Superleggera concept was unveiled nearly two years ago and there have been countless rumors about a production variant.  However, it appears the company is now favoring a new sedan instead.

In an interview with Automotive News, MINI boss Peter Schwarzenbauer said a production version of the Superleggera concept is still a possibility but it's hard to make a business case for the model because it would be expensive and have a relatively low volume.  Schwarzenbauer went on to say "Halo cars are economically not always great. It is a trade-off: How much does it do for the brand and how do you make it feasible?"

The executive went on to suggest a sedan is more likely as he noted it has the "biggest potential, volumewise."  A decision will be made later this year and the winning model will become the fifth vehicle in Mini's lineup.

Besides hinting at a new model, Schwarzenbauer confirmed plans for a plug-in hybrid variant and an electric vehicle.  The plug-in hybrid is slated to arrive in the next two years, while the electric vehicle is a little further off as it's still in the planning stage and the company wants to see how far battery technology comes in the next few years.

Source: Automotive News

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