A little new flash for you this morning. The 2007 MINI, originally planned for a early December debut at the LA Autoshow, will now have it’s US coming out party at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in early January instead. It would seem that the reasoning behind this move is fairly straight-forward. For one the Detroit Autoshow has by far more press from around the world attending. It’s also more economical for MINI USA to ship and set-up the extra-large display that is seen at other major international shows like Geneva and Paris.

Expect the LA show to feature the M600 Drag-car and a number of accessory heavy 2006 MINIs.

This change of plans has no bearing on the delivery dates of the R56 MINI to the US scheduled for late January and early February.