A great little Marketing Vehicle
We can’t help but love our Mini Clubvan. It has been in our fleet since 2013 when we were toying with the idea of a branded company vehicle that we could use for home surveys and site visits. The Mini Clubvan was the perfect choice due to it’s historic background and surprisingly it’s practicality. The Mini Clubvan is one of them that seems to get better with age and always brings a smile to my face when I see her pull up at the office or if I get to drive her myself. Due to low sales back then they weren’t on the market for long so today there aren’t many left on the road and makes a nice icebreaker when she pulls up on a potential client’s driveway.
What is a Mini Clubvan?
The Mini Clubvan is basically a Mini Clubman but without the rear seats and the tailgate is replaced with double rear doors just like a normal van. So the space in the back is very generous and perfect for carrying our box of stair part samples like Handrails and Newel Caps to show potential clients. Basically a showroom on wheels. We also use the van to visit job sites and deliver things like glues and screws to our fitting teams if they are running short.
What makes it different?
The rest of our fleet is silver but when we bought the Mini Clubvan it was a bit like the old Model T Ford being famously advertised as “you can have any colour you want, as long as it’s black.” This was pretty similar when we was in the dealer and they only had white available, although I have since seen black and blue ones on the road. But one thing that is different from the rest is that she has an Automatic gear box, which is by all accounts extremely rare with this model.
Greater Manchester Clean Air Zone
Unfortunately her days on the road might be numbered due to the new clean air zones that are heading to Greater Manchester next year. As it is the oldest van in our fleet the Clubman falls into the category of vehicles that will be charged £10 a day, even though it has the exact same engine as the Mini Clubman (because it is classed as a van and not a car). If this was the case it wouldn’t be practical enough for us and we would have to find a new marketing vehicle that has the same effect the Mini Clubvan does. I like the idea of the Maxus e Deliver 3 to take us into the next generation of having a green electric fleet of vehicles. Either way the Mini Clubvan is a van that we will never part company with and if the day sadly comes then she would be retired into storage instead of the scrap heap.