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2005-09-13 08:00

The MINI Traveller concept car was launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show - exactly 45 years after the launch of the original Mini Traveller in September 1960.

According to MINI the design study is re-interpreting the philosophy of the little Traveller through a new concept of "Travelling in Style" befitting the beginning of the 21st century.

In its overall appearance the MINI Concept Frankfurt is sleek and smooth, while boasting an almost coupe-like look.

It also shows what to expect from the next generation MINIs as it features numerous styling enhancements such as a newly designed nose and headlights.

MINI says that the fundamental idea in developing MINI Concept Frankfurt was to make loading and entering the car as simple and convenient as possible.

Therefore all four doors (the driver/front passenger and rear doors) come with parallelogram kinematic joints and springs.

This allows optimum access and entry into the car, the doors swivel to the side and at the same time to the front in one single movement, ensuring maximum opening space leading into the interior.

The rear sliding windows open electrically, the front section moving parallel beneath the rear half.

The MINI Concept Frankfurt comes with an adjustable Cargobox within the luggage compartment with its loading cover moving out to the rear for easy and convenient access at all times.

A further convenient feature is the transparent cover on the Cargobox moving up and thus serving as a partition between the passanger area and the luggage compartment. The rear section of the roof, finally opens up just as conveniently for easy loading.

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