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Next-gen Mini unveiling set for original designer's birthday

New Mini to debut on November 18, the 107th anniversary of Sir Alec Issigonis’ birth

Published: August 10, 2013, 6:00 AM

New Mini teaser

The next-generation Mini is scheduled to make its debut on November 18, 2013 – the 100th anniversary of Sir Alec Issigonis' birth. Issigonis was the designer of the original Mini, which was introduced in 1959 and continued in production with just evolutionary changes until 2000.

That first Mini was revolutionary in concept, with a transversely-mounted engine, front-wheel-drive and wheels out at the corners that enabled exceptional interior roominess for its exterior dimensions.

The current-generation Mini, introduced by BMW at the Paris auto show in 2000 as a 2001 model, follows the same pattern. And the next-generation model, previewed recently by the Mini Vision Concept, won't break that mold.

The plant where Minis are built, in Oxford, England will host the world premiere of the new model and a launch party will be held in London the same evening.

Later the same week, the new Mini will make its auto show debuts with near-simultaneous unveilings at the Tokyo Motor Show on November 20 and, a few hours later at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

The new Mini is scheduled to go on sale in the first quarter of 2014.