OK, so this evening i saw the classic Mini cooper driving ahead of me, and i was super happy i got to see it. I got really excited because I LOVE classic mini, and i had not seen it since i left Japan on August. anyways, so i think I am going to talk about mini cooper and its design…..well, Mini cooper was designed in 1959 as ADO15 (ADO=Austin Drawing/Design Office) and first model was called AUSTIN SE7EN.
It has small and more box-typed shape and this design of the car continues and this eye catching, interesting and fun designed car became really popular in early 90’s. I think this design has more a character to the car and states more than a car…and it is SOO CUTE!
so Classic mini was loved and was an British icon for a 40 years. However, In the late 90’s, BMW company started being involving with ROVER company and getting more rights from them, and in early 2000, BMW(with ROVER) announced and introduced the Mini cooper and its all new designed body.
It has been a long time, but when i somehow heard that Classic mini is going to be all renew designed, i was pretty happy to hear. It is because I drive classic 95′ mini when I’m back home in Japan… It is such a tiny car! I’m about 5′ 6′ but my leg joints get pretty sore when i drive long time, and i doubt if anyone who is over 6 feet would fit in and be able to drive for 30minutes without feeling pain in their legs. ALSO, the steering wheel is so stiff!!!…..SO. I was happy when i heard about this news. BUT when i first saw the design, I was very disappointed how its design turned out.
Well, it might be the people’s opinion but i was very sad they changed A LOT of design and it looks nothing like mini… But i am sure they had a lot challenge making this design and introducing the NEW mini cooper. The company have to make the car efficient and usable( like easy to get in to the car, easy to drive long enough..etc) but still have to have its trend. All the new cars are more sleek and more streamlining than Box typed cars are not as popular. I believe Design is fun but also its about challenging and evolve and improve yourself. I think it is like you take a walk on the edge and see if you can push more limit. (hopefully this make sense..)
i hope you guys don’t mind my grammar and weird English!