When questioned about the arrival of the production Coupe and Roadster, Mini Communication Manager Nathalie Bauters told autoblog that the Coupe "will go on sale in the fall, probably as a 2012 model year. The Roadster will come six months later as a 2012 or 2013 model."
This is a very smart (no pun intended) move they are making in our opinion, as the models could easily become popular. The MINI Cooper is a car usually bought for its style and luxury feel above all else. So what would you rather be seen in, a high-end hatchback or the Coupe/Roadster?
The other important piece of news is that the MINI E will get the axe. "It will not go on sale, it was for research," also Nathalie Bauters stated. The car was leased to customers and some of the loans on the first year trial models have been extended to a second year, but at the end of the second year the program will be phased out. A similar program will follow with BMW’s 1 Series-based Active E, meant to gather information on electric cars for the arrival of the BMW Megacity. As is the case with most electric programs undertaken by large automakers, the lesson seems to be that only long term investment will prove fruitful in the end.