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Mini will maintain its pre-TRAIN prices until June 15th

And buyers from May 11 to 13 get to fly to the UK for free

Can't decide whether to get a Mini? This might convince you. PHOTO FROM MINI

British United Automobiles, which belongs to the Autohub Group, wants customers to know that it is keeping its pre-TRAIN (Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion) pricing for all Mini models until June 15, 2018. The implied selling point here is that BUA isn’t yet charging the added cost brought about by the excise tax revision—presumably because the units had been imported before the TRAIN Act was officially implemented.

Well, as we showed in our sample computations in December, the excise-related price increase is only true among vehicles with a net manufacturer’s price of less than P2,000,000. At the P2,000,000 to P4,000,000 net manufacturer’s price levels, the excise tax is actually now lower compared to pre-TRAIN taxation.

So if you think about it, some of Mini’s higher-priced models (for example, the Mini Countryman John Cooper Works) should have more affordable price tags as you read this. That’s based on the assumption that their net manufacturer’s prices fall within the above-mentioned range. The lower-priced models are okay (meaning interested buyers would indeed benefit from their pre-TRAIN pricing).

For your guidance, here is the complete list of Mini’s pre-TRAIN prices:


  • Mini One – P2,080,000
  • Mini Cooper – P2,350,000
  • Mini Cooper S – P2,800,000
  • Mini John Cooper Works – P3,700,000


  • Mini One – P2,180,000
  • Mini Cooper – P2,450,000
  • Mini Cooper S – P2,900,000


  • Mini Cooper – P2,880,000
  • Mini Cooper S – P3,400,000
  • Mini John Cooper Works – P4,150,000


  • Mini Cooper D – P2,980,000
  • Mini Cooper SD – P3,500,000
  • Mini John Cooper Works – P4,250,000

To sweeten the deal, customers who will purchase a unit from today (May 11) to May 13 will automatically get a free United Kingdom trip package that includes a tour of London as well as Mini’s manufacturing plant in Oxford. So if you’re planning on buying a Mini anytime soon, you might as well do it now.

Vernon B. Sarne

Vernon is the founder and editor-in-chief of VISOR. He has been an automotive journalist since July 1995. He became one by serendipity, walking into the office of a small publishing company and applying for a position he had no idea was for a local car magazine. God has watched over him throughout his humble journey. He writes the ‘Spoiler’ column.