DETROIT - The company that makes Minis is bowing to U.S. owners' demands for rear fog lights.
"You will see a rear fog light on the Mini in the not-so-distant future," says Jack Pitney, general manager of Mini USA. "And we will come up with a retrofit rear fog light for existing customers."
Pitney made the promise during a speech to the Automotive Press Association in Detroit on May 7. He was not specific about the solution and did not reveal the cost of a fix.
The decision to add the safety feature is in response to an online petition by more than 700 U.S. Mini owners requesting that Mini parent company BMW AG activate the rear fog lights on their cars. Many owners say they want the feature because they fear trucks won't see their small cars in bad weather.
The decision reverses an earlier policy. A Mini spokesman had said the company had no plans to make rear fog lights available in the United States.
Fog lights are standard on Minis sold in Europe.
Pitney also says Mini sales are exceeding expectations and that Mini brand recognition is climbing. Through April, BMW had sold more than 35,000 Minis in the United States - 13 months after its introduction.