Mini shows how to camp in style

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The Getaway Cars: MINI unveils three new overnight solutions for the
weekend warrior.
19.07.2013
The trio each reflect different aspects of the rise in popularity of
camping and festivals, creating a choice of premium home-from-home
options for the enthusiastic traveller.
- The MINI Clubvan Camper is the world's smallest luxury camper van,
packed with practical solutions that make it ideal accommodation for
an individual on a weekend away.
- The MINI Cowley is a compact yet comfortable caravan for two people,
equipped with a twin-ring gas stove, fridge and sink.
- The MINI Countryman ALL4 Camp with its innovative roof-top tent is
the getaway car for an adventurous couple, evoking images of African
safari and expedition vehicles.
All three models have been styled with MINI's much-loved design cues
to the fore. They display the character and fun personality which
motorists have come to associate with MINI, and which have made the
brand such a global success.
The cars have been developed around the 'maximum touring pleasure with
minimal footprint' philosophy, and illustrate the principle of
creative space utilisation for which MINI is renowned.
They have been created as concept vehicles to showcase the depth of
the MINI range, as well as the creativity and skill within the
company's design and engineering staff. There are no plans to offer
them as production vehicles at this stage.
The MINI Clubvan Camper: good things come in small packages
The freedom of the open road, a dynamic driving experience and
everything you need with you ? the MINI Clubvan Camper has it all.
It's arguably the world's smallest luxury camper van, a MINI Clubvan
which has been transformed into a versatile home on wheels. Behind the
solid side windows there is a spacious sleeping berth for one person,
plus a small, extendible kitchenette complete with propane stove and
chest fridge.
On-board facilities includes the MINI Navigation Portable XL sat-nav,
which will help drivers find their way to the most remote spots. If
the weather is unkind a television can provide entertainment and
chilly mornings can be made more comfortable thanks to an auxiliary
heater.
A particular highlight is the Clubvan Camper's roof. The small glass
panel can be opened for ventilation or star-gazing, while the storage
rack above means owners can travel with equipment for outdoor
pursuits.
Hygiene is always a key part of any weekend away and MINI's ingenious
design engineers have even got that covered. The Camper's generous
specification also includes an integrated hand-held shower, with a
water tank housed underneath the load floor.
The MINI Cowley: a new style benchmark in compact towing
The pleasure that millions of caravanners around the world enjoy is
the ability to stop and stay anyway in comfort and safety. Now it's
possible to do that MINI-style with the Cowley caravan.
The compact tourer has been named after the historic factory ? today
known as Plant Oxford ? which is home to much of the current MINI
range. It was also where the classic BMC/Austin Mini was built and is
this year celebrating a centenary of car manufacturing.
The Cowley caravan is a luxurious overnight solution and all the mod
cons are fitted, including two comfortable sleeping berths, a
twin-burner gas stove and a water tank complete with pump and sink
facility. A solar module charges the on-board battery and there's a
230-volt connection to power the fridge, TV/DVD and audio equipment.
Styled with typical MINI flair, the teardrop-shaped trailer is a
genuine head-turner. In silhouette it's reminiscent of the curved
lines of the MINI panels, and the doors have sliding windows on both
sides ? a standard feature in the classic Mini up to 1969. The
sumptuously trimmed veehicle is only 12 centimetres wider than a MINI
Clubman including exterior mirrors and weighs just under 300 kg.
With exceptional manoeuvrability, the MINI Cowley ensures that the
hallmark MINI driving fun can still be enjoyed while towing,
irrespective of the distance travelled.
The MINI Countryman ALL4 Camp: safari-style accommodation for the
adventurous spirit
Finding overnight accommodation can be a real headache, especially for
drivers who have taken a spontaneous trip to a festival or beach. But
there's no need to worry about finding the perfect place to bed down
when travelling in this MINI. Even when completely off the beaten
track, all the owner has to do is head upstairs.
The innovative roof-top tent is showcased above a MINI Countryman
which, thanks to its intelligent all-wheel drive system ALL4, is
well-suited to travelling over rough terrain. But this simple and
practical sleeping solution can easily be mounted on a MINI or MINI
Clubman. The upper half of the tent is simply folded out of its
storage box. Plump up the pillows and two occupants are ready to
relax, then wake up to a perfect view of the ocean, mountain or
valley.
How about an early morning ride out to buy breakfast? It's easily done
because a mountain bike can be easily transported on the specially
fitted bicycle rack.
The roof-top tent quickly folds away into its box when it's not
needed. The exterior has been painted in Absolute Black metallic with
white stripes to match the car beneath.

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