Autoblog's James Baggott reports from the Frankfurt Motor Show
MINI bosses confirmed that its two smart Frankfurt concept cars WILL go into production at its Oxford plant.
BMW board member Ian Robertson said: 'The best news for MINI fans is that we will produce both of these cars.'
Robertson was referring to the Roadster two-seater and Coupe concept cars that wowed crowds at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
'I can't give out full details, but they will both be built at Oxford,' said Robertson. 'The MINI product family will now grow to six!'
The concepts are based on a platform that is ready to be integrated at the MINI Plant in the UK now – meaning production will be easy to ramp up when the final detail of the new cars is in place.
The Coupe features MINI's most powerful engine – the 1.6-litre turbocharged unit from the John Cooper Works model – and the Roadster will come with the powerplant out of the Cooper S. Both are said to have startling performance and handling.