With nearly 165,000 drivers around the world having a sweet spot for the MINI Cabrio, the BMW owned MINI brand has announced an end to production of the topless Mini.
The three models: the high-performance MINI Cooper S and John Cooper Works Cabrios and (which unfortunately never found its way to Australia) as well as the the MINI One Cabrio became an instant topic of discussion upon their release in late 2004.
The last Cabrio to roll of the production line (Plant Oxford) was a Cooper S Cabrio Sidewalk finished in metallic White Silver, a MINI collector in the USA will be taking delivery of the car shortly.
The biggest market for the car was the UK, followed by the USA. Other big markets included Germany, Italy and Japan. Australia also ranked among the model’s top ten markets.
Despite what the folks over at marketing and research might have initially said, some countries simply preferred the Cabrio more than others. For example in chilly Scandinavia almost twice as many people purchased MINI Cabrios as fair-weathered Greece. The same story repeated in Austria, where there are at least five-times as many MINI Cabrio drivers as in sunny Portugal.
The factory will now focus all of its energy on the MINI hardtop and the MINI Clubman.