Mini Coupe and Mini Roadster concepts

Mini is calling them the Oxford twins, two Mini concepts built on the same platform, one a coupe and the other a two-seat convertible. Oxford comes from the location of the Mini factory, where the concepts were designed and built.

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Mini Coupe

Downsizing the already small Mini isn't an obvious idea, but that's just what Mini did with its new concepts. The Coupe emphasizes sporting performance by using the 1.6-liter turbocharged engine from the John Cooper Works model, giving the tiny car 211 horsepower.

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Mini Coupe

Along with the typical gauges we're used to seeing in Minis, this Coupe concept also employs what look like a couple of watches, a crown sticking out of the top. These are chronometers, included for timing laps.

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Mini Roadster

The Mini Roadster is virtually the same car as the Coupe, yet this one gets a soft top. Unlike the current Mini Cooper convertible, the Roadster's top is manual, but shouldn't require much effort to raise and lower.

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Mini Roadster

The interior configuration of the Roadster is the same as current Mini Coopers, with the driver-focused tachometer and the oversize central speedometer.

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Citroen Revolte

Citroen shows off a small car concept, intended to be powered by a hybrid drivetrain. Past Citroen hybrid concepts have used a gas engine on one set of wheels and an electric motor on the other. This concept looks a little small for that type of architecture.

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Citroen Revolte

Echoing classic Citroen style, the sunroof is a piece of canvas that can be rolled back.

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Citroen Revolte

The interior shows the sorts of features that always appear in concepts, but never make it to production. Suicide doors and a couch-like rear seat are the kinds of appointments that only show up in Roll-Royces.

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Hyundai ix-metro

The ix-metro is another city car concept, this one intended to have a 1-liter gas engine coupled to a hybrid system.

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Hyundai ix-metro

The short wheelbase and high stance suggest a practical interior. The latch placement suggests that the doors open suicide-style.

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Mazda Superlight

Commemorating 20 years of the Miata/MX-5, the Superlight is a stripped-down version of the popular roadster. It's lack of top, windshield, and side mirrors should go a long way toward throwing off the image of being a chick car.

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Mazda Superlight

With no roof or windshield, the rearview mirror has to go somewhere, so Mazda mounted it on the dashboard, giving it a particularly stylish and retro look.

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