New MINI prepares for November debut
The third generation version of the MINI will be unveiled on 18th November at a ceremony in Oxford, where it is built.
MINI is ignoring the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, traditional venue for major new car reveals, and instead choosing the 107th birthday of Sir Alec Issignois, the man who created the original Mini in 1959.
The unveiling at Plant Oxford will be followed by a party in London on the same evening, and then on 20th November, the new MINI will star at the Tokyo Motor Show, Japan, followed just hours later by the Los Angeles Motor Show in California, USA.
The new MINI is due to go on sale in the first quarter of 2014 and will be built at Plant Oxford like the current car.
It will be built on a new BMW Group-designed modular platform, and while no official pictures have yet been released pictures circulating on the Internet show significant styling changes particularly at the front end which has a prominent grille and larger headlamps.
Words by: Andrew Charman