Several Mini models are going automatic-only for 2020

Several Mini models are going automatic-only for 2020

Even Mini buyers prefer an automatic.

Mini remains committed to the manual transmission, but it's dropping the option on some of its models due to a lack of demand. The ones keeping the stick will be automatic-only for several months while the BMW-owned brand waits to receive the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) emissions certification.

Every model in the 2020 Mini line-up will be available with a manual transmission. However, some of the sub-models currently offered with three pedals will lose the feature during the next model year. Enthusiast website Motoring File learned the Cooper and Cooper All4 variants of the Clubman, the John Cooper Works-badged Convertible, and every version of the Countryman with the exception of the entry-level Cooper will be only offered with an automatic transmission.

Even Mini buyers are no longer interested in shifting their own gear. For example, 41 percent of two-door Hardtop buyers who select the John Cooper Works trim order a manual transmission, but only 11 percent of Hardtop Cooper buyers get the stick.

Buyers who want a Mini with a stick will need to wait. The firm needs to stop offering a manual transmission in the United States while it waits for emissions certification, a process taking longer than expected. Motoring File spoke to one of the company's executives, and learned it's too early to tell how long the delay will last.