The Mini Clubman is disappearing from the production lines. It will make room for more desirable classics and electric cars.
Over the past two decades, the Mini model range has grown, but in the modern world there is no longer room for everyone. The world can get by with derivatives of hatchbacks and SUVs, so an intermediate step in the form of a station wagon ceases to make sense. The British car manufacturer has therefore decided to end production of the Clubman series after seventeen years.
The model has been in the offer since 2007 as a more spacious alternative to the five-door Mini, which today is represented by the Countryman. At the Oxford plant, the Clubman will free up capacity for all Mini body variants with an internal combustion engine and the Aceman electric car, which is a five-door Mini. The three-door drawer unit is already sold together with the Countryman. Their time will not come until 2030, when the automaker will become fully electric. This will require an investment of almost CZK 14 billion in the expansion of the body shop, the construction of a battery assembly center and the construction of a new logistics center between Oxford and Swindon.
The first station wagon derived from the Mini premiered in 1970, although designer Roy Haynes started working on it already in 1967. He extended the body of the original Mini by 10 cm and created a spacious “barn” at the back. Interestingly, the first station wagons were called Morris Mini Traveler and Austin Seven Countryman. They had the same front part as the classic Mini, but the wooden rear part including the side decor gave them exclusivity. Later years were only tin. The station wagon was controversial from the beginning. Some could not get used to it, for others the style combined with practicality was irresistible.
The Clubman brought the same values to the new world in 2007. In addition to the audience divided into two camps, it even kept the vertically divided rear doors. These remained even for the second generation introduced in 2015. The current model has been sold since 2001, when it grew in size and also adopted the brand’s latest technology.
The advantage of the Clubman remained the choice of various powerful gasoline and diesel engines, including the dynamic John Cooper Works version. This belonged generally to the top thanks to the turbocharged two-liter with 306 horsepower.
The original Mini was a British icon of the 1960s. In the eighties, the production of the original Mini was discontinued, and in 1994, the brand belonging to the Rover Group came under BMW.
In 2001, a new generation appeared in the form of the Mini One and sporty versions of the Cooper.
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