CORRECTED-Decision to build BMW's new electric Mini months away

martes 9 de septiembre de 2014 16:05 GYT

(Changes "coupe" to "roadster" in second paragraph)

By Costas Pitas

OXFORD, England, Sept 9 (Reuters) - An electric version of the Mini that will move the classic British car further away from its original design will have to wait at least six months for a possible green light, a BMW board member said on Tuesday.

The new car, known as the Superleggera, was on show last week in Britain. It is a two-door roadster, longer and sleeker than the traditional compact Mini.

Peter Schwarzenbauer, who sits on the BMW board and is responsible for the Mini and Rolls-Royce brands, said a decision on whether to build the model, which would be Mini's eighth variant, was some months away.

"To really investigate seriously ... you look into several different options, you come to the question: do we produce it ourselves, do we give it to somebody else."

"To evaluate all of this, I would say six months at least," he told Reuters at the company's Cowley Oxford plant.

The Mini has undergone several reincarnations and changed ownership since it first came on the scene in 1959. The brand was relaunched in 2001 under BMW's ownership at the Cowley plant, which has just produced its 3 millionth Mini.

BMW produced 303,177 Minis in 2013 at sites in Oxford, southern England, the Netherlands and Graz in Austria.   Continuación...