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U.S. Gets Shut Out of New All-Wheel-Drive Offerings for Mini Coopers


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Just the Facts:
  • Mini has extended its range of all-wheel-drive models to include the Mini Cooper Countryman and Mini Cooper Paceman.
  • But the all-wheel-drive cars won't be available in the U.S., Mini's U.S. spokeswoman told Edmunds.
  • "Given the unique driving conditions and driver expectations in the U.S., Mini will not offer ALL4 Cooper engine models in the U.S. for either the Countryman or Paceman," wrote Yvonne Malmgren, in response to an Edmunds query on Monday.

MUNICH, Germany — Mini has extended its range of all-wheel-drive models to include the Mini Cooper Countryman and Mini Cooper Paceman.

The ALL4 all-wheel-drive system will be available starting next month for those models. This increases the number of all-wheel-drive versions within the Mini model range to 10 models.

But the cars won't be available in the U.S., Mini's U.S. spokeswoman told Edmunds.

"Given the unique driving conditions and driver expectations in the U.S., Mini will not offer ALL4 Cooper engine models in the U.S. for either the Countryman or Paceman," wrote Yvonne Malmgren, in response to an Edmunds query on Monday.

ALL4 will only be available as an option for the Cooper S and is standard on John Cooper Works models, as has been the case since their respective launches, Malmgren noted.

Malmgren said 2014 Mini pricing will be posted this week on the brand's media Web site.

Edmunds says: Hard to believe Mini buyers in the northern U.S. wouldn't be interested in this option.

Comments

  • ks55 ks55 Posts:

    Edmunds says: Hard to believe Mini buyers in the northern U.S. wouldn't be interested in this option. Oh, I'm sure they are...Its just another example of a market as big as the USA .....but still not mattering to the product planners. Its not just BMW/MINI ...there are several manufacturers with this attitude. I suppose Subaru will be quite pleased by this news.

  • ks55 ks55 Posts:

    Edmunds says: Hard to believe Mini buyers in the northern U.S. wouldn't be interested in this option. Oh, I'm sure they are...Its just another example of a market as big as the USA .....but still not mattering to the product planners. Its not just BMW/MINI ...there are several manufacturers with this attitude. I suppose Subaru will be quite pleased by this news.

  • jeffinoh jeffinoh Posts:

    This article is so unclear, so I went right to miniusa.com to see what's what. The models you say are not available are listed on the site. Is there a nuance I'm not seeing? My first thought was- why would one offer a crossover on which awd is not available. But there they are on mini's site. Dunno who wants a maxi-size mini coupe-crossover at all, but, hey...its America. So what exactly are you saying is not offered on what version of what or what???

  • rooster86 rooster86 Posts:

    lame

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