Well, that didn't last long. According to Green Car Reports, Mini has discontinued the Clubvan from its model range in the United States.

Nathalie Bauters, Mini's US communications manager, cited "relatively low demand and the effect of an excessive 25-percent tax on vehicles for commercial use (known as 'the Chicken Tax')" as the key reasons for axing the Clubman Clubvan from our market, GCR reports. The 2013 Clubvan launched in the US earlier this year, and to date roughly 50 examples have been sold.

The Clubvan, based on the Clubman model, features a flat load floor behind the two front seats, with blacked-out (well, body-colored) side windows. This nifty little cargo wagon could carry up to 33 cubic feet of goods, which while useful, pales in comparison to more capacious offerings like the Ford Transit Connect van.

Bauters told Green Car Reports that "sales of the Mini Clubvan have been strong in other markets worldwide, many of which benefit from tax advantages," meaning the model will likely carry on elsewhere in the world.

Correction: In the second paragraph, we meant to indicate that the "Clubvan" not the "Clubman" was leaving the US market – a confusion of clubs.


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      Wetstuff
      • 1 Year Ago
      These cheeky buggers seem to be able to sucker yuppie rubes into thinking a fender flair and larger tires makes a whole new 'gotta have' model. Guys who carry tools look at this and say; "I ain't bending over to look for a F'ing wrench in there?!" Jim
      Justin Shaw
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is anyone suprised?
      • 1 Year Ago
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      tump
      • 1 Year Ago
      I checked this out in the dealer with a friend of mine. The friend had no interest in MINI until he saw this one and liked it - strictly as a two seater utility wagon (that you can park in SF). You can also shag in it.
        The Wasp
        • 1 Year Ago
        @tump
        No -- you clarified long ago that this car is way too large to park in SF. Get your facts straight. Also -- shagging in this? Maybe if you're alone.
      bootsnchaps60
      • 1 Year Ago
      If I wanted a smaller panel van I'd pick an HHR, a Dodge Tradesman, or a transit Connect.
        Quen47
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bootsnchaps60
        The Mini would be a whole lot more fun to drive than any of them.
        aatbloke1967
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bootsnchaps60
        Boots chaps, which encapsulated your entire choice in North America. Well done.
      Steve
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ford gets around the 25% tax by importing the Transit Connect as a passenger wagon with seats and windows, and then modifies them at the port of entry to remove rear seats and replace some of the glass with metal panels. BMW couldn't figure this out too? What happens to all those extra seats and glass? They go back to the factory in Turkey, of course, to be used again.
        Kumar
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Steve
        You've almost got it: http://www.autoblog.com/2009/09/22/report-all-ford-transit-connects-arrive-in-u-s-with-full-inter/ As of 2009, they shred/destroy/recycle the parts that they take out. I'm not sure if it's due to the cost to ship them back, or some obscure part of the law.
      G8
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nathalie Bauters, Mini\'s US communications manager, cited \"relatively low demand and the effect of an excessive 25-percent tax on vehicles for commercial use (known as \'the Chicken Tax\')\" as the key reasons... Did BMW/Mini not know about this tax? Or were they somehow thinking they would be able to get around paying it?
        The Wasp
        • 1 Year Ago
        @G8
        It seems like they didn't think their customers would notice an extra 25% tacked on the price. Kind of incredible, really.
          aatbloke1967
          • 1 Year Ago
          @The Wasp
          Assuming it was passed on. The likelihood is that they tried swallowing it an soon realised they were making either no unit margin or, more as likely, a unit loss.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @G8
        [blocked]
        aatbloke1967
        • 1 Year Ago
        @G8
        Of course businesses pay taxes. They pay property tax, business privilege tax, sales tax, excise duty, VAT if you're in Europe, income tax if you're unincorporated, and corporation tax if you're a company.
      RGT881
      • 1 Year Ago
      Our glorious US leaders and their infinite wisdom...
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      sampson
      • 1 Year Ago
      It should've been like 3 feet longer
        RetrogradE
        • 1 Year Ago
        @sampson
        That's what your wife said about you last night. Can't blame her, really. Seems I was okay for her.
      dal
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hell the mini is useless as a car much less a work vehicle.
        rbnhd1144
        • 1 Year Ago
        @dal
        Maybe its just of no use to you, plenty of Minis have been sold in the USA.
      dude
      • 1 Year Ago
      those are really kool , all they needed was a good color/ paint job, "******* TAXES"
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