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Official MINI USA Clubvan Pricing: $25,985

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MotoringFile readers have a few FAQs when it comes to MINI’s industrial version of the Clubman, dubbed the Clubvan. We’ve scoured through our previous reporting and reached out to our contacts at MINI USA to confirm the information you’ve been asking for, starting with the asking price: $25,985.

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The asking price isn’t the only question we’ve received, however, and the price itself has related questions that come with it.

  1. Does that price include the “chicken tax” on commercial vehicles? Yes it does. It also includes a $700 destination and handling charge, same as all other MINIs.
  2. Can I get a Cooper S or JCW Clubvan? No. Right now the Clubvan is Cooper only.
  3. Can’t I just take the seats out of a Clubman and have the same thing? Not really. The Clubvan features steel side panels, not just vinyl covering the glass. It also features a fully flat loading floor and front safety cage.

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The Clubvan was created in response to something that already exists in the marketplace. We’ve all seen them — small, interesting little cars with small business graphics all over them. They’re either doing actual business duty, or serving simply as advertising so that the expense of the vehicle can be written off. Either way, the Clubvan now brings a little actual utility to this already common practice. Between its barn doors, flat floor and long flat panel sides, it’s pretty much perfect as a small business hauler. Is it a true industrial vehicle? Of course not, but it’s certainly viable as a commercial vehicle — that is, a vehicle used for commercial purposes. It’d better be, at least, given that it’s subject to the dreaded “chicken tax” after all.

How about you? Any small business owners out there interested in the Clubvan for your commercial needs? Personally, I could see it as a great dog hauler!

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Written By: Nathaniel Salzman

  • AMS

    If this were a few years ago, before my shooting rig shrunk a lot because of the advent of HDSLRs and the much lower levels of light they require to achieve good video, I would be seriously interested. But these days, I can haul everything I need for 90% of shoots in the trunk of a Roadster.

  • b-

    Thanks for the numbers but unforntuly it is too expensive with a $26000.00 base price. Yes, for a company that couldn’t make a flat folding floor and do some vinyl work it may be an option but a buyer could do a conversion on the cheap. I still like the concept of a delivery wagon, always have but this is not something I will be buying for my business.

  • John McLauchlan

    Since MINI is making the GP-specific bits available, then can we expect the same for the Clubvan? That way you could have an S or a JCW version.

  • Kurtster

    I love this car. DJ’s should buy these. I’m not sure they’re marketing it at that audience though.

  • GPov

    I wonder if they will make available the screen barrier for Clubman owners with a dog?

  • that.guy

    “We’ve all seen them — small, interesting little cars with small business graphics all over them.”

    With their rear seats and rear windows removed? Sorry but no, I have not seen them. And maybe I’m not in the Mini loop, but doesn’t the standard Clubperson have “barn doors”?

    • http://www.nathanielsalzman.com/ Nathaniel Salzman

      I’m referring to all the small cars used as advertising for small businesses. They include MINIs, Fiat 500s, Chevy HHRs, and many others. Businesses are already using small cars in this way, and MINI has come out with a package expressly for that purpose.

      • that.guy

        Brilliant!

  • glangford

    Seems inflated in price relative to just a clubman.

    • http://www.nathanielsalzman.com/ Nathaniel Salzman

      That’s because of an obscure federal tariff on foreign-built “commercial vehicles” that had to be rolled into the price. The “chicken hauler” tax or just “chicken tax.”

      • BimmerFile_Michael

        The chicken tax briefly-The import tariff on foreign built commercial vehicles was implemented to counter the import tariff European countries (France, W. Germany etc.) had placed on US Chickens back in the 1960s. This 25% tax continues today. Ford imports the Connect into Baltimore as a “wagon” then converts them to commercial duty to avoid this massive tax. This tax seemed to come as a surprise to MINI……

        • les

          This would be a good topic for White Roof Radio to talk about.

        • http://www.nathanielsalzman.com/ Nathaniel Salzman

          We have!

        • BimmerFile_Michael

          I think I brought this up when they said it was coming stateside and some people thought I was nuts!

        • http://www.nathanielsalzman.com/ Nathaniel Salzman

          Well we still think you’re nuts, but yeah, good call. From what we can tell, this caught MINI completely off guard. In the end though, the people who would be purchasing this vehicle are going to be writing it off anyway, so the extra bit of tax probably won’t mean much.

  • ulrichd

    Wow, this site has been quiet. I guess we are all waiting for F56.

  • HeyWuWu

    The price actually starts at $25,995. Just $10 different from your article’s price, but $25,995 is the accurate price.

    • http://www.nathanielsalzman.com/ Nathaniel Salzman

      Not sure where you’re getting your information, but our twice-confirmed pricing directly from MINI USA is an MSRP of $25,985. Dealer pricing may vary.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Woolman/1457822510 Chris Woolman

    I’m a little late here, but I think it could make a great mobile detailing vehicle. Probably would need to pair it up with a small teardrop trailer, but it would be eye-catching on the road. Too bad it isn’t available as an “S”.


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