MINI has ended production of the first generation Clubman, even though the successor is still about a year away.

MINI has ended production of the first generation Clubman, even though the successor is still about a year away.

The Clubman went on sale in 2008 and now six years later production of the more practical MINI derivative has been terminated according to Dutch publication Telegraaf. The report doesn't specify whether the Clubvan has been axed as well but taking into account it's basically a utilitarian variant of the Clubman, MINI has probably discontinued this model as well.

The announcement comes somewhat as a surprise taking into account a new Clubman won't be out until sometime next year. Although a near-production second-gen Clubman concept was showcased back in March at the Geneva Motor Show, that car isn't expected to reach the assembly lines until next year. A new report says we won't see it this October at the Paris Motor Show as the vehicle will be unveiled next March in Geneva, with sales to commence shortly thereafter.

Based on the concept's dimensions, the new Clubman will be 26cm longer and 17cm wider than the outgoing model and promises to offer enough space to comfortably seat five adults. Unlike the current Clubman which has only two doors, its successor will feature rear doors while the split rear door will be retained since MINI says it grants easier cargo loading.

There's no word on whether there will be a new Clubvan but chances are the model has been axed for good since sales of the "world's first premium compact delivery van" have been quite poor. We remind you the model exited U.S. market in approximately a year after being introduced because only "around 50" cars were sold in that period.