As many MotoringFile readers surely know, MINIUSA initially offered the anthracite headliner as a no cost option on the Cooper S for the 2005 model year. However in mid July they decided that September allocations would be the last US spec MINIs to have this option and from there on out it would not be available in the US. Yet it remains available throughout the rest of the world as a paid option. Obviously this didn't sit well with quite a few soon to be owners. So in a response to this decision an online petition has been started in an effort to get it back on the options list in the US. You can view the petition here.

Many of you might remember a similar thing happening with the MIIN's rear foglights. Initially they weren't available in the US at all. MINIUSA cited no demand for such an option and thus eliminated them from the car in an effort to reduce cost. An Autoweek article and a huge online petition later and we got our foglights.

As side note I've also sent an email to someone I know at MINIUSA on behalf of the site and all of it's visitors. I'm hoping to hear some news on this soon. Stay tuned…