Editor's note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly referred to the Countryman's classification. It is a four-dour crossover.
DETROIT -- Mini will build a version of its Paceman concept vehicle it unveiled at the Detroit auto show, said Ian Robertson, member of BMW AG's board.
Robertson said the vehicle will debut sometime after the MINI coupe that will go on sale later this year and the Roadster, which is to go on sale in 2012. The Paceman is built on the platform of the MINI Countryman, a four-door crossover vehicle.
“We' will take this car into engineering now and over the next few months we'll firm up the exact launch date for it,” Robertson said of the Paceman. He said the production version won't be exactly the same but “you'll find the resemblance very, very strong.”
Mini introduced the Paceman as it celebrated the 10th anniversary of its relaunch. Dubbed a sports activity coupe, Paceman is a two-door, four seater. Robertson said it is too early to predict how many Pacemans Mini will sell. He said he believes the Paceman will find an audience among buyers who are interested in four-wheel drive, but wants a sport coupe product rather than a four-door sedan.
Robertson said Mini expects sell more vehicles in 2011 than in 2010 but would not give a target. Mini sold about 45,000 vehicles in the U.S. in 2010.
He adds: “I'm convinced the 2011 will be another record year for the Mini product line.”