This just in: The MINI SUV is not just in. So… what are we waiting for?
For crying out loud! The MINI Countryman – tall, jacked and handsome – that was supposed to debut as a production car at the Detroit Auto Show in January is now being pushed back to the Geneva Motor Show in March. They’ve got some lame excuse about how production couldn't begin at Magna International's Austrian assembly plant until assembly of the BMW X3 was moved from the Magna plant to the BMW facility in South Carolina.
Like that’s my problem?
And, to make matters worse, MINI's first-ever crossover could be delayed by up to a year here in the States, with first deliveries pushed to early 2011.
Why? Like the man said, “it’s the economy, stupid.” But you can’t tell me that MINI's expanding U.S. dealer base wouldn’t be thrilled to have some additional help on the showroom floor; especially with a bigger, more weather-capable MINI model to lasso those customers back in who were starting out the door with their growing families.
But, that’s where we’re at. Just… waiting.
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