A number of years ago, MINI began diversifying its portfolio with the larger Clubman, Countryman, Paceman, as well as the sporty Coupe and Roadster. Now it appears that aggressive expansion will be curtailed, as the latter duo cease to exist in the immediate future. “The Coupe and the Roadster will actually go out of production next year,” confirms Patrick McKenna, MINI USA’s product planning manager, said to AutoGuide at the recent LA Auto Show. “They’ve run their life cycle.”
Both vehicles experienced a fair bit of criticism due to their similarities to the hardtop and convertible MINI Cooper models, as well as shared interior and powertrain options at a higher cost.
The product change comes at a time when the MINI brand is feeling the weight of sluggish US and global vehicle sales. While parent company BMW’s annual North American sales jumped 12 percent in October to 267,193 units, the MINI brand slid a steep 19.6 percent year to date with only 44,488 sales.