Mini has temporarily halted construction of vehicles equipped with manual transmissions due to supply chain-related problems. The company has decided to prioritize the production of automated vehicles, which sell stick-shifted models at a wide range, and the move could be sustainable.
“The current situation, including the war in Ukraine and the shortage of semiconductors, is constraining the supply chain across the global automotive industry. Autocar. Mini added that this is the best way to avoid delivery delays.
Influential models include two- and four-door variants of hardtop, convertible and front-wheel-drive Cooper S Clubman. This isn’t the first time that the Mini just goes automatic; It temporarily stopped importing stick-shifted cars in early 2019 due to calibration-related issues. With the return of the manual, it is unclear whether the Mini will resume building cars with three pedals at this time.
Similarly, what effect this decision will have on the American market (beyond the apparent lack of a manual transmission option) remains to be seen. Pricing can have an effect. It cost $ 1,500 to add a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission to the 2022 Hardtop Cooper Two-Door, while the Cooper S model auto was priced at $ 1,750, so it’s not unreasonable to assume that the price will go up.
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