The new MINI Clubman made its world debut at this year’s Frankfurt Auto Show. For 2016, the Clubman has grown substantially over the previous generation, now giving owners an actual usable rear seat. MINI claims the Clubman will now actually seat five comfortably, as it now has three seats in the rear as opposed to the previous Clubman’s two. Both exterior and interior dimensions have grown on MINI’s new shooting brake.

To learn more about the Clubman and the direction of MINI design, we met up with Anders Warming – the charismatic chief designer of the MINI brand.

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Warming has been one of our favorite people to interview over the years. The Danish-born Warming started with BMW at its DesignworksUSA design studio in Newbury Park, CA. Graduate of the prestigious Art Center College of Design school, Warming designed the first generation E85 Z4 Roadster. Warming also designed the GINA Light Concept, Mille Miglia 2006 Coupe Concept and was involved in the X1 Concept design.

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Since December 2010, Anders Warming has held the post of Head of MINI Design. His career path has been the realization of a childhood dream: Warming never wanted to do anything else but design cars, and the MINI brand gives him more than just an opportunity to design cars – an opportunity to define the future of the British automotive marque.

Click play to watch one of the most interesting interviews we’ve put together this year.