The solar is about to set on the current-generation MINI fashions however there’s nonetheless time for another celebration. Following an announcement made in mid-April about assembling the one-millionth three-door hatch from this technology, the milestone F56 has been handed over to its rightful homeowners. MINI Calgary from Alberta, Canada had the privilege of organizing a ceremony for the particular occasion throughout which Steve and Kerry Lockhart acquired the automobile.
It’s a totally electrical Cooper SE assembled again at dwelling in Oxford, which is celebrating its one hundred and tenth anniversary in 2023. To focus on its significance, MINI has added particular badges and particulars all through the automobile, and the homeowners additionally had the pleasure of watching a video message from none aside from Charlie Cooper. The grandson of firm founder John Cooper advised Steve and Kerry Lockhart:
“You’re going to have a variety of enjoyable together with your MINI. I bear in mind getting my first MINI – it wasn’t my first automobile…as a result of my dad stated you’ve obtained to EARN getting your MINI Cooper, which I obtained after I was 18. You’re now a part of the household.”
The third technology of the fashionable MINI hatch was launched in late 2013 and is months away from being retired to make room for the brand new iteration. The zero-emission model gained’t be constructed anymore within the UK as its direct alternative goes to be assembled in China. Dad or mum firm BMW Group has arrange a 50:50 three way partnership with Nice Wall Motor referred to as Highlight Automotive to construct the electrical hatch. It’s going to be made at a brand new plant situated in Zhangjiagang within the Jiangsu Province the place the Aceman can also be going to be assembled beginning in 2024.
The Cooper SE has been bought primarily as a hatchback however a restricted run of solely 999 convertibles provided solely in Europe was introduced again in mid-February. It’s unclear whether or not the next-gen EV will spawn a droptop spinoff however even when it is going to, we’re not going to see it later this yr when the hatch goes to be totally revealed.