Is it true (see Auto Express this week) that "dealers are finding it hard to sell the concept of the Clubman to enough buyers"? Can one do better deals on Clubbies that Minis?
I like thes black wheels? What are they? And dlpruk - what a classy spec!
I haven't seen the article yet but are Auto Express saying that not enough people are buying the clubman or not many Mini buyers are sold on its "more practical mini with loads more room, useful clubdoor and rear doors for loading" spiel that they are being encouraged to spout?
Looking back at some internet reviews last year, it seems that Mini were being pretty conservative in how many clubmans they were expecting to sell anyway and so production figures were much smaller than the hatch - and those cars last year all sold very quickly. Personally, I think it's a bit of a "love it or hate it" car and I suspect that the hatch will always be more popular. My local dealer says that it is selling pretty well (although they would they say that anyway!!!) and certainly, the models in their showroom do not seem to hang around too long - although I'm still not seeing too many on the road. As for discounts, I doubt you would be able to get too much off any Mini whether it's a clubman or not - I searched with the fairly big car broker that I have used for previous cars and the very most they could offer me was £300 off a reasonably well specced Cooper S.
I am personally "stepping down" from a 4x4 to a more economical clubman - our second car is a Mini and we love it so I figured, why not have two Minis? We were lent a clubman as a courtesy car and although the boot isn't huge(but bigger than the hatch) and the clubdoor is a pretty useless gimmick, it does offer more rear legroom and overall is more practical than our hatch whilst retaining the same driving qualities. My local dealer says with the high fuel costs and road tax increases due next year, lots of people in my position are showing increasing interest in downsizing to a Mini. I have noticed used prices on the Range Rover brigade and big executive saloons have plumetted recently. In the face of that, I guess there is no reason for Mini dealers to discount - not that they ever really have done or needed to!
I too was looking at the Cooper D at first but as dlpruk says a decent spec one will set you back quite a lot of money. By the time I specced one up, it was close enough to a Cooper S that I went with the S - I went for pepper white and black like most people here too!