The Minissima -- a new type of economical small car -- was unveiled at the British Motor Show in London in October.
CU Minissima along road towards camera
CU INT Driver at the wheel, and changes gear
CU Speedometer with built in temperature gauge also fuel gauge
SCU Driver operates heater controls alongside gear change controls
SV Rear of car showing only door as it travels along
GV Car drives up alongside standard Mini to show size
GV Car drives up to shops, and reverses into small gap to park.
SV Car stops: Man and woman plus dog get out of car
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Background: The Minissima -- a new type of economical small car -- was unveiled at the British Motor Show in London in October. At that time it attracted little interest, and Sir Donald Stokes, head of British Leyland, who bought the manufacturing rights, said he had no immediate plans for production.
Since then there's been a fuel crisis in the industrialized countries based on the shortage and rocketing price of oil. There's been renewed interest in the British Leyland car, the 'Mini', on which the Minissima is based. As parking space in city centres becomes more scarce, the tiny Minissima -- seven and a half feet long (2.3 metres) -- has added attraction.
The Minissima is 19 inches (0.4 metres) shorter than the Mini. It can be parked either sideways or frontways to the kerb. The rear seats are at the side of the car, so there's plenty of space for children and luggage. The only door is at the rear.