We are in the midst of a time of change and that means saying goodbye to models with charisma and a lot of history behind them to make room for the arrival of others. He MINI Clubman, although it has always been in a secondary place, it is one of the most important that the brand has had. In fact, its origins date back to the 1960s and it has managed to sell more than 1.1 million units since then. Now the end of its production is announced definitively, leaving many followers with a bittersweet taste.
The truth is that it was confirmed news since the Clubman Final Edition was launched last 2023, which already anticipated the death of the model. The last one leaves Oxford plant production line, which has given life to more than 550,000 units of modern Clubman for 18 years, together with the Swindon factory. A purely British example loaded with character as it is one of the most different compacts on the market. He says goodbye to make way for a purely electrified range which is headed by the MINI Aceman.
The history of the MINI Clubman began in 1967 still under the hand of British Motor Holdings (formerly BMC), who wanted to make a longer model than their original MINI. The debut came in 1969 with several versions, including the conventional one, a family Clubman Estate and even the 1275 GT. Although the acceptance was very good, they decided to do without it for a quarter of a century. In 2007 it was reborn like a modern compact loaded with new features. It was the first to offer capacity for five passengers and much more.
Some stood out, such as Clubdoor, with asymmetric opening to facilitate access for rear passengers. Also that trunk lid divided into two parts. It even iterated to such striking versions as the MINI Clubvan before the third generation improved in practically all its aspects. Now he says goodbye after having been exported to more than 50 countries and having surpassed seven figures in sales with the mentality of focusing on SUVs like the new Countryman and complete electrification.