In a shocking development MINI has killed the manual transmission on all models due to supply constraints. What does that mean for those ordering a MINI with a manual and will we ever see the option back? Let’s dissect.
The global semiconductor shortage and the Russian invasion of Ukraine has forced MINI into the decision in an effort keep production flowing. What that means is that MINI has simplified its product process and focused on options and components that can be more easily maintained in its parts inventory. In MINI’s own words this move was made to “ensure production stability” for the entire range.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen manuals get axed. In 2019 MINI had to stop offering the option in the US due to slow EPA testing. In that scenario the end date for the stoppage was simple – whenever the new cars were validated MINI could begin importing them again.
In this situation MINI has little control over the timing of the option returning. While we’ve heard that supply chain issues were improving, the war in Ukraine has thrown a wrench in that planning.
“In order to secure maximum production output to meet increasing customer demand, our product offer needs to be simplified. This solution is the most effective way to ensure production stability so that we can continue to supply all our customers with new Minis.”
Could this move end up being permanent? We doubt MINI would end such a storied tradition like the manual in this manner. Especially given it has planned to offer the option on the refreshed 2024 F56 for years to come.