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We’re pretty big fans of the MINI around here – as much as you can be by admiring them from afar, my wife especially lusting over them since they made their entry into the U.S. market back in 2002. While we’ve yet to own one, I check them out every year at the Chicago Auto Show, and have been known to have a toy or two around.  This week, MINI USA is unveiling two new models out at the Los Angeles Auto Show, with a new Convertible and Clubman set to roll into the L.A. Convention Center. Here’s a preview…

MINI Clubman:

Mini Clubman

“Grown up in size and maturity compared to its predecessor launched in 2007, the new MINI Clubman has been completely redesigned and engineered from the ground up. The new MINI Clubman features premium quality and craftsmanship in every detail, creating a sleek and sophisticated interpretation of the brand’s iconic style. For the first time since the Clubman name was introduced in 1969, the new MINI Clubman has been developed as a separate model from the iconic MINI Cooper Hardtop, taking the legendary MINI sporting feel into a larger class of vehicle. The new MINI Clubman continues in the tradition of renowned British estate cars, offering a rare combination of passenger comfort and elegant styling while being fun to drive. It will go on sale in the U.S. in January 2016”

MINI Convertible:

Mini Convertible

“As the first open top MINI powered by BMW Group engine technology, the new MINI Convertible is a premium four-seater soft-top convertible that is both practical and customizable for unlimited open-air motoring fun. Like all other MINI models in the product portfolio, the new MINI Convertible is made for individualization, setting the new standard in the premium convertible market. The newest member of the MINI family will go on sale in the U.S. in March 2016”

I’d have to dig it up, but there was a matte black MINI Clubman that I really liked at one of the recent auto shows. Black-on-Black is always a good look for me – with a dash of red, of course.

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