MINI Clubvan shock

4 Jul, 2012 4:14pm Luke Madden

Our reader wrote to MINI in 2009 to suggest it build a new Clubvan

Could this be Britain’s youngest car designer? His friends may be struggling to believe him, but it looks like this schoolboy could be the brains behind the all-new MINI Clubvan!

Car enthusiast Alexander Goldsmith, of Lewes, E Sussex, contacted us after spotting official pictures of the newcomer on autoexpress.co.uk last week, explaining he’d come up with the original idea for the van variant of the Clubman three years ago.

He told us he’d written to MINI back in 2009 to suggest it produce the car – and he even named it the Clubvan!

Better still, Alexander, now 15, had the letter to prove it, and MINI’s enthusiastic response. In it, the General Manager’s PA said it had passed his suggestions on to its Product Department “who read your letter with great interest”.

But she added: “I am not too sure whether we would produce a Clubvan seeing as we already have the Clubman. It requires an awful lot of money to put a car into production.”

However, much to Alexander’s delight, it went on to do exactly that. And while he was struggling to get friends at school to believe him, he was proud of his part in creating this MINI: “It’s amazing that even a 12-year-old can get a huge corporate business to produce a car,” he said.

When Auto Express called MINI, its spokesman said: “The new MINI Clubvan has been in the pipeline for several years and it was inspired by the classic Mini van. However it’s terrific to see such perceptive design foresight from kids such as Alex. Talented young people like him will help ensure a healthy future for the UK automotive design and manufacturing industry.”

The MINI Clubvan is based on a Clubman and goes on sale this autumn priced £11,175.

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He looks so happy!

Blocked out the windows and called it a van???

I must get my design book out...

Chevette.....ermmm....Chevanne..... oh yes.

Happy Camper isn't he!

pretty amazing prediction if you ask me. See I predicted the Countryman would have a wheel at each corner...I was correct....should have got in touch with AE ;)

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I have no doubt that the bosses at Mini had the idea for the Minivan eight or nine years ago, it would take a few years to design and bring it to the road.. BUT... Here is a kid who also had that idea at the age of 12! He actually sent it to Mini and has a letter to prove it!

Perhaps if you are going to detract from this guy, you would like to post the letters YOU have received from manufacturers after sending in YOUR ideas?

You would have a face like smacked arse if someone had stolen your idea wouldn't you?
admittedly the idea of a mini van isn't new, but....

Mini One started life in 2001 and it's taken them best part of 12 years for BMW to come up with an idea thought of by a 12 year old, give the boy credit for trying to keep the work in the UK albeit for a German company
it's probably why this country is on it's knees,,because of cynical, sarcatic no get up and go idiots like you.

You would have a face like smacked arse if someone had stolen your idea wouldn't you?
admittedly the idea of a mini van isn't new, but....

Mini One started life in 2001 and it's taken them best part of 12 years for BMW to come up with an idea thought of by a 12 year old, give the boy credit for trying to keep the work in the UK albeit for a German company
it's probably why this country is on it's knees,,because of cynical, sarcastic no get up and go idiots like you.

I drove a minivan back in 1966. What next a mini pick up?

See what i mean

yeah.. why not a pickup

http://www.autofashion.co.uk/p... albeit not as an official product.

I for one believe that young Alex is truely inspirational to the youth of this generation, he will grow up full of great ideas and will keep the motor industry in Britan.
I was once in a magazine for my hotel and i was directed to look moody by the photographer because someone stole my idea, so maybe this is the case with Alex's moody expression.
so bog off.

Marion again,
You're all well jel

Whoever disliked my comment can go to hell, Estibun will not be happy.

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