Before everyone gets too excited about the headline, this should be old news to most MotoringFile readers. We reported almost three months ago about the base price changes for US cars wholesaled to dealers from 1/05 on. And we've also reported on the spec changes (including a new option package) this past summer.

However, this MINIUSA press release is at the very least, a nice recap for those that might have missed the news the first time around. (From MINIUSA PR):

MINI USA announces a price adjustment effective for models wholesaled to dealers from January 1, 2005 onward. The base MSRP for the MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper Convertible increases by $501. The MINI Cooper S and MINI Cooper S Convertible base MSRP both increase by $500. With new product enhancements for the 2005 models, MINI continues to offer customers a compelling price/value combination and premium positioning.

New enhancements available for January, 2005 models onward include; a new 17″ Web-Spoke alloy wheel and performance run-flat tire package. The package is a $1,100 stand-alone option on the MINI Cooper S and MINI Cooper S Convertible, or is a $500 upgrade when the sport package chosen on the S models.

A number of new convenience items are available, including an auto dimming interior rear view mirror for $200 and rain sensing front windshield wipers with automatic on/off headlights – also for $200. These features are also packaged together with the universal garage door opener – which also remains an independent option for $200 – to create a new convenience package, available for $400.

Please refer price sheets (below) for additional changes and the latest 2005 pricing and option packages effective January 1, 2005.

2005 Individual Options
2005 Package Pricing