Oh, Sir Alec! New Mini Production Delayed

The latest iteration of Issigonis' revolutionary little icon of a hatchback has been postponed due to the necessity to retool some fuel-pump bits due to leaks affecting at least 3,000 turbo'd Cooper S models. The plant's currently shuttered for the holidays, and neither the Germans in Munich nor the Brits in Oxford have announced a date for full resumption of production. Still, better a late Mini than a potentially-asploding one, non? Also, Willie Nelson's Read Headed Stranger is a really, really good record. We just thought we'd throw that out there.

Major R56 Cooper S Production Delay [Motoring File via Autoblog]