Lodging Planner for Lake Tahoe Weekend Run - May 18 - 19, 2024

Saturday and Sunday overnight run to South Lake Tahoe. Enjoy the backroads, less traveled, and even more scenic than your usual run up the f...

MINI Panders To The Mid-East Motoring Masses With Auto JCW

Many recent articles bemoan the fact that rowing your own gears is becoming a lost art as less than 20% of drivers can drive a manual transmission vehicle.  MINI has not offered, until now, John Cooper Works models with automatic transmissions.  This AMEinfo.com article advises MINI will now offer a six speed automatic transmission and implies it is because of the preference of Middle Eastern buyers:
Commenting on the new automatic transmission MINI John Cooper Works models, Sarah Klippert, MINI Manager in the Middle East, said: "Currently the MINI John Cooper Works models are only available with a manual gearbox - and with Middle East customers having a preference to drive cars with automatic gearboxes, we are confident that the introduction of this new automatic gearbox will attract a whole new target audience to our MINI John Cooper Works sub-brand."