Mini Cooper Convertible introduced in 2005
Sales falling to just over 30,000 globally last year
We think that a convertible option makes any vehicle better, and yes that includes the Murano Cross Cabrio and the various flavours of Chrysler front-drive sedan-based options. But as car sales fade, so do the number of convertibles offered and it looks like the latest to get the axe will be the only one that offers a gauge to tell you how long the roof has been open.
The Mini Cooper convertible is that latest to disappear, Automotive News reports. The automaker sold just 4,031 convertibles in the U.S. last year, down 25 percent from the year before. Globally, Mini sold just 30,426 convertibles last year, down 14 percent from the number sold in 2016. It was the lowest-selling model the company made after the Clubman, said the report.
Mini won’t be chopping the topless model immediately, says the report. Instead expect it to disappear in 2024 when the current-generation is set to end production, AN says, quoting sources in the automotive supply chain.
A spokesperson for the automaker declined to comment on the car’s future plans, AN said, saying just that “the convertible remains an appealing model in Mini’s lineup.”
The convertible Mini arrived to market here in 2005, boasting the Mini’s sharp handling with an open-air feel along with the Openometer gauge pod that showed you, in hours, how long the top had been in the proper, open position.