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Moke On Its Way Back?
This is what happens when you let designers off the leash! BMW has encouraged stylists on the new MINI project to let their pens run wild – and the results are so exciting they'll be considered for production. Computer-generated images of a cabrio, Clubman estate and pick-up versions of the MINI gained a positive reaction at October's Paris Motor Show. And since then, designers have been busy reviving other variants of the classic Mini – including the Moke. The original stripped-down version of the Mini was never a huge hit in Britain, although it was popular in sunnier Mediterranean countries – and it's these markets a new Moke would aim for again. It would also be a potential winner in the US, where the new MINI will be sold officially for the first time. The proposed Moke isn't as radical as its boxy predecessor. Maintaining structural integrity means roll bars and doors have to be retained.