Today I had the pleasure of heading to the Los Angeles Auto Show and sitting in on the press conference where they unveiled the 2014 MINI to everyone (not just to the lucky few that were at the amazing launch party last evening.)
The New Original was still traveling incognito and sporting his cheeky pair of shades whilst every seat in the presser was being filled up quickly.
While we all waited with baited breath, we were able to view some awesome clips from past MINI Events like MINI Takes The States 2012… (Not for nothing, but, I am certainly looking forward to MTTS ’14 when we will be trekking along with The New Original.) In one of the clips, I spotted a Yorkshire Terrier named Maggie who belongs to my friend Nancy Homer who is a member of the SoCal MINI Maniacs club… I met her on MTTS 2010 — not for nothing, it tickled me to see friends (and pups) who I haven’t seen since trekking across the country in our MINIs…. it really IS a family who has a unique bond with one another.
Of course, there were clips of people and their MINIs as well!
The future is bright and the MINI had to wear shades, but it was time to take them off and show himself to the world!
We found out that as of this year MINI has reached a milestone…. that you will find out about in this clip:
Anders Warming stepped forward to say a few words about the design and assured everyone that the “character of the design has been maintained” and that the “soft, friendly view of the bonnet and the hexagonal-shaped grill is still building a face but is something that is new.”
The Body, The Greenhouse and the Roof of the MINI are still iconic as the greenhouse cascades down to the body. The side view of the new MINI still maintains its silhouette while having a longer wheelbase and a front end that is just a touch longer than previous MINI iterations.
The interior of the new MINI features an array of new materials from plaid to really soft and sustainable material.
After the chat concluded, you would’ve thought that [insert the name of whatever celebrity you would run towards and attempt to photograph and touch] had graced the stage. People started leaping out of their seats and running towards the New MINIs to check ‘em out.
The siblings of the New MINI were also at the Auto Show today…
Near & dear to my heart is the MINI Convertible (my own 2005 MINI convertible, “Phooka” is back in New Jersey waiting for me to come home)
One of the really cool features of the MINI exhibit at the Auto Show is the larger-than-life MINI Connected center instrument that is a giant replica of the one that is found in the New MINI. When you are at the Auto Show this week, you can play around with it and see what happens!
Jim McDowell was on hand and speaking with the press…. so I had to eavesdrop. First of all, let me say this, if you know the secret handshake, go up to him and say hello!
What I overheard him say (and it made my heart grow 3 sizes with happiness and pride of being a MINI owner) was:
MINI owners are the greatest! They haven’t lost their inner child. They are quirky, extroverted and know what they want.
Of course, I did schlep through the other parts of the L.A. Auto Show…. I’m not gonna lie, I’m a little biased towards my MINI folks…
I mean… MINI didn’t need to have a fish tank installed to have people say “ooooooooh”
Personally, I prefer the MINI’s “wings” & grill over Bentley’s any day of the week. (uhhhhhhh…. no offense, Bentley)
The past couple of days have been spectacular! Being able to be a part of The New MINI. The New Original. Launch Party last night and then hanging at the Auto Show and hearing everyone’s positive comments about the newest edition, it’s something that I will never forget.Share on Facebook