The 2010 Paris Motor Show was a big event for scooter lovers and gadget nerds alike. It saw a number of futuristic design explorations, and two in particular were of note for scooter fans. Both Smart and MINI each came to the show with a small-frame scooter concept. Both machines were electric, both were futuristic in their design, and both inspired considerable enthusiasm from fans of their respective brands.
This is a pretty recent share on YouTube, but we’re not sure when it was produced. If it’s leftovers from the Paris Motor Show, then that’s still cool, but if it’s actually new content around the Scooter E then does that mean we’re on the road toward production? You’ll know when we know.
We love seeing new production and concept vehicles from the clever folks at MINI. Last month’s Paris Motor Show saw the reveal of the MINI Scooter E and the Countryman WRC race car. But can there be too much of a good thing? According to Autocar, Design leads Gert Hildebrand and Adrian van Hooydonk say yes. In fact, they’ve got more fun stuff to show us in the future, but they’re giving us all a chance to “get used to” the current crop of new MINIs, especially the Countryman, before we see anything else. continued →
With a few of us covering BMW racing for a title in ALM this weekend at the Petit LeMans, we couldn’t quite make it to Paris this week to cover MINi at the Mondial de l’Automobile. However we’ve still got you covered. We’ve partnered with Kilometer Magazine to bring you exclusive photos of of everything MINI at the show. Enjoy.
And for a look at the show in it’s entirety head over to Kilometer.
Ian Robertson, Board Member for Sales and Marketing at BMW Group, introduced MINI’s exhibit to the Paris Motor Show yesterday. Below is the transcript of his remarks, introduced by Philippe Dehennin, President of BMW Group France.
“Bonjour and thank you for joining us at MINI!
My name is Philippe Dehennin and I am the President of BMW Group France.
Ten years ago, MINI stole the show here in Paris when the long-awaited new MINI was unveiled.The new MINI was greeted warmly in Paris and by fans all over the world.
As the worldâ€™s first premium small car, the MINI has been an unparalleled success since then.
In France, people love the MINI because of its unbeatable urban â€œchicâ€: a brand which knows how to combine authenticity with novelty, and style with excitement.
And Parisians love its extroverted and likeable character! MINI has this little â€œquelque-choseâ€ as we Frenchmen like to say, that can make even the most stressed out Parisian smile. continued →
We know MINI can throw a heck of a party, and the Scooter E Concept unveil in London looks like no exception. With BMW Head of Design Adrian Van Hooydonk doing the introductions, the reaction of the crowd seems understandably enthusiastic. Here’s hoping these scooters aren’t relegated only to London’s clubs, but find their way onto London’s streets.
To round out today’s coverage of the Scooter E we’re happy to present you a thorough look at the concept with an extended interview with Adrian Van Hooydonk and a close look at the little design details and features that make these scooters so interesting. If you’ve missed some of our previous coverage of the concept, check out all the details on the Scooter E section of MF.
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