Sir Alec Issigonis designed the original MINI in 1959. MINI wants to celebrate that achievement by introducing the newest MINI on November 20th at the Tokyo Motor Show and the Los Angeles Auto Show within one hour of each other (Japan gets to unveil the new MINI first, followed by one hour in Los Angeles). November 20th 2013 is also the 107th birthday of Sir Alec Issigonis.
A swinging celebratory party is set for London on the same evening.
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“The world premiere will pay tribute to MINI’s origins and the creator of the original icon. With the introduction of the Mini in 1959, Alec Issigonis revolutionised the automobile industry. A transversely mounted engine, front wheel drive, wheels set in all four corners and an advanced undercarriage not only delivered unparalleled cabin space for passengers and luggage on a small footprint, but also exceptional driving agility.
The concepts Issigonis introduced in the Mini became the foundation for many generations of small and compact cars. In their most modern form, those principals will continue to live on in the new MINI. Completely new engines and chassis technologies, MINI Connected innovations and refined premium quality will make it the new benchmark for driving enjoyment in its class.” – – MINI Media
Between leaked photos and the MINI Vision (pictured above) we get a pretty good idea as to what the next MINI will look like. The question is: has MINI/BMW increased quality and reliability while maintaining MINI’s fun spirit? Gosh, I hope so.
The Fast Lane Car is covering the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show and we’ll post the new MINI’s unveiling as soon as we can!
Here’s a fun MINI video as I test one in Nederland, Colorado!