Canadians get the shaft in the name of safety. Here’s an excerpt from an internal MINI Canada document:
In bulletin PB2006MY MINI-04, details were provided regarding the MINI Cooper S with John Cooper Works GP Kit. The bulletin provided information regarding product highlights of the special edition kit and the latest Canadian status. It was communicated at that time that the redesigned front and rear aprons were a key challenge in meeting Canadian safety regulations.
After thorough evaluation, MINI Canada would like to inform you that the MINI Cooper S with John Cooper Works GP Kit will not be available for sale in Canada. While the redesigned front and rear aprons will meet US standards, they do not meet the tougher Canadian safety regulations and therefore the John Cooper Works GP Kit will not be homologated for Canada.
MF Analysis: I suppose the one piece of good news in this annoucement is that the aprons will indeed meet US safety standards. Not sure what that says about the differences between the US and Canadian safety agencies.
In related news, expect illegal cross-border trafficking of front and rear MINI JCW GP approns to increase in 2006.