The turn signals on the Mini are confusing. The left signal blinks an arrow pointing to the right, and the right signal blinks an arrow pointing to the left.
Did not a single person at Mini notice this? It's baffling.
Drivers who are behind a Mini with this "Split Union Jack" design will be especially confused if the can see only one of the lights.
Jason Torchinsky of Jalopnik called Mini to get their thoughts:
A Mini representative spoke to me on the phone, and this was the gist of our conversation:
Mini has chosen the Union Jack lights to highlight Mini's British heritage, and has been using them for a while. With regard to the turn indicator light pattern, there should be no trouble at all for a driver to understand, when seeing the full rear of the car, which direction is being indicated.
Mini has not heard any concerns from customers regarding the rear turn indicators, and has in fact received positive feedback about the taillight design.