Mini Clubman, Big on Design

Can the British automaker continue its winning streak with a sporty new model? Added legroom, storage space, and pep won't hurt

Will it be love at first sight—again? BMW (BMW) gave the world a sneak peek at its new Mini Clubman wagon July 29, releasing photos and a host of details about the eagerly awaited variant, which includes asymmetric "butterfly" doors on the right side of the car and distinctive split doors in the rear that open from the middle out. "It's the sporty, big brother of today's Mini, with a coupe-type look," says Gerd Hildebrand, Munich chief designer at Mini.

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