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Mike Stevens | Mar, 17 2014 | 2 Comments

MINI’s unique Coupe, Roadster and Paceman models may be resigned to just one page in the company’s history book, according to reports out of Europe.

Speaking at the Geneva Motor Show, MINI product boss Oliver Friedmann discussed the brand’s goals and priorities - and noted that the future of some models remains undecided.

According to industry paper Automotive News, Friedmann described the Cooper hatch and Countryman models as “strong pillars” of the company’s range, with the new Clubman concept likely to join them.

"Our first priority is to roll out a portfolio that has strong pillars and to be absolutely clear what each stands for,” Friedmann said, adding that the new Clubman would be “a separate strong pillar”.

As for the Coupe and Roadster twins, launched in 2011, Friedmann said that while the future of both models is undecided, “it is most probably not a priority” for the brand.

Likewise, the Paceman - a three door variant of the high-riding Countryman - could also struggle to make the cut in MINI’s future plans.

"The Paceman is also not a first priority” Friedmann told Automotive News.

Of course, this could all mean that MINI is merely prioritising core models, with new versions of the Coupe, Roaster and Paceman still a chance to appear further down the road.

All three models have always been positioned as niche models for the brand, with each line selling far fewer units globally than their ‘main line’ stablemates. It is not unusual, then, that MINI would not prioritise development of their replacements.

As for the regular Cooper hatch range, watch for the all-new 2015 model to hit Australia next month.

Above: the new Clubman concept.
Above: the new Clubman concept.

 
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