We’ve held off reporting until we had all the facts. But it makes the reality no less disappointing to would-be owners. Due to the EPA certification of 2015 F56 models, MINI USA is targeting 10/1 as the deliver date for model year ’15 F56 MINIs.

What’s the deal with the delay of a car that hasn’t even changed (outside of auto-climate control becoming standard)?

Unfortunately this is the way the EPA does business. Every car must be certified every year for sale the US. There are whispers that the cars could be released to dealers sooner to October 1 but MINI USA isn’t promising anything given that this delay is 100% out of their hands.

The good news is that there is a healthy amount of 2014 models that were produced in June on the way to dealers now.

We’ll have more via an official statement soon.