Mini creates the Urbanaut concept


When the first Mini came onto the market in 1959 it clearly put practicality ahead of tradition. It was not your typical car. Now the current Mini brand has a new concept vehicle the Urbanaut.

It is a small car with a people mover shape and rounded corners and edges. It is not unlike the early models of the Daewoo Matiz. That’s not a compliment.

Mini say that modern technology such as autonomation can improve the exterior and interior design, well they actually said it “improves the enclave of personal space”.

They also said the MINI Vision Urbanaut uses three curated MINI moments –for usage scenarios. There’s “Chill” when you relax. “Wanderlust” when you work as you are being driven, and “the Vibe” when you socialise.

The road test of the future will have a whole new approach and language.

Im David Brown

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David’s boyhood passion for motor cars did not immediately lead to a professional role in the motor industry. A qualified Civil Engineer he specialised in traffic engineering and transport planning. What followed were various positions including being seconded to a government think-tank for the planning of transport firstly in Sydney and then for the whole of NSW. After working with the NRMA and as a consultant he moved to being an independent writer and commentator on the broader areas of transport and the more specific areas of the cars we drive. His half hour motoring program “Overdrive” has been described as an “informed, humorous and irreverent look at motoring and transport from Australia and overseas”. It is heard on 22 stations across Australia. He does weekly interviews with several ABC radio stations and is also heard on commercial radio in Sydney. David has written for metropolitan and regional newspapers and has presented regular segments on metropolitan and regional television stations. David is also a contributor for AnyAuto