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It seems that once again, government regulations here in the US have taken their toll on the automotive enthusiast.

The second generation MINI promised to be more of everything, and it is. More power, better handling, and more space inside. Unfortunately, as on the first generation, drivers in the US will have to deal with a much less supportive front seat cushion and no English Leather option. It seems that the regs governing placement of the airbag sensor mandate a simpler, less aggressive (boring) front seat cushion.

While we understand the need for placement of the sensor to meet US safety regs, that doesn't make us any less disappointed that everyone else gets better-looking seats. Come on.

See the English Leather "rest of the world" interior pic after the jump

[Source: Motoring File]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      MarkWeb has it, were it the regulators then my GTI would have shit for seats and the R8/Gallardo/everything but the kitchen sink would also have crap seats - lame.
      • 8 Years Ago
      BMW's fault.


      Zero blame for the US govt. The regs are there and posted, and have been for YEARS.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I agree with the above. If MINI really wanted the seats shaped correctly they could do it. Instead they're going to blame the government.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Would it be possible to special-order the English seats and...shhh...replace the boring ones yourself?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Had auto manufacturers demonstrated the slightest interest in the safety and survivability of their products government intervention would not have been necessary. Remember Ford's 5-passenger crematorium, the Pinto?
      • 8 Years Ago
      #1 - those seats do have airbags, you can even see the tag on the seat... this has something to do w/ a sensor, probably a seat occupancy sensor; the author does not explain well.

      Those are nice, very Ferrari-looking seats.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Why blame government regs? Plenty of manufacturers, including BMW themselves, have figured out a way to include airbags across a wide variety of seat types.

      As the other poster points out, it's just laziness, or perhaps increasing cheapness on BMW's part.

      • 8 Years Ago
      Give me a break. MINI dropped the bill, not the regulators.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The first (new) Mini's seat was terrible to begin with. So even the plain version of the 2nd generation is better than the first.

      • 8 Years Ago
      13's got it right. It's BMW's fault because (I assume) these regulations are not new at all. It boggles the mind why BMW didn't design one seat for both markets from the beginning if these regulations have been in place for years.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #15 Zo -

      First you say it was about the money, THEN blame the regs?

      Oh, I see. You own a mini and believe BMW can do no wrong.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Note to the person(s) who posted this article: You've got a several points that are incorrect in the article. You may want to re-check the original MotoringFile piece.
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