Project i starts with the MINI-e

BMW’s CEO, Norbert Reithofer, announced that Dr. Friedrich Eichiner will head a new department, codenamed Project i, which will focus on designing minicars with advanced technology. Dr. Friedrich Eichiner unveiled the MINI e on the rooftop of the Beverly Wilshire the day before the start of the 2008 Los Angeles auto show

I spoke to Dr. Friedrich Eichiner at the unveiling of the first project i, the MINI e. The main focus of Project i will be to comply with strict emission requirements by creating advanced technology.

Eichiner hinted that there is a possibility that a fourth brand could be formed, but nothing only if an advanced technology didn’t fit in a Rolls-Royce, BMW or MINI.

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Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and the Concept Car of the Year, and former member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year #NACTOY. She is a guest contributor for Via Corsa magazine and Vicarious magazine.