How Kim Kardashian made minivans hip
When style-savvy millennial mom Tiffany Herr realized she and her three kids had outgrown their swanky Mercedes-Benz GL550 in 2021, she did something that surprised everyone who knows her: she got a minivan.
But not just any old family car. Herr, whose children range in age from 2 to 8, was one of the first moms in her Avon, Indiana, community to snap up the ultra-modern 2022 Kia Carnival SX Prestige last spring. The pimped up minivan that the set Online style influencer back about $48,000, offers power heated seats with footrests, and came complete with plush leather interior, two built-in TVs, self-driving functions, WiFi, phone charging ports, and interior and exterior cameras.
“I wanted something sleek and cool but this was also comfortable and roomy for my kids,” Herr, 31, told The Post. “My Kia is so badass and so practical at the same time. I don’t even miss my Benz.”
Long maligned and discarded for huge SUVs, the minivan is making a comeback in style. Car manufacturers like Kia, Toyota and Chrysler offer new versions with luxurious details, cutting-edge technologies and cool style. Draw comparisons to hipper cars like the land cruiser.
Volkswagen teased a modern, electric version of his classic minibus called ID Buzz, which after years of breathless anticipation will finally come to the US market in 2024.
Meanwhile, popular auto YouTuber Freddy Hernandez, better known as Tavarish, is currently on board Conversion and supercharging of a Chrysler Pacifica at the Classic Car Club in Manhattan.
And no sure sign of the minivan’s comeback, Kim Kardashian opted for one for her latest wheels. No mere van and Cheerio collector, but a Maybach with a $400,000 price tag.
“It took us about six months to build this minivan for her,” luxury car dealer RD Whittington, 38, told the Post of Kardashian’s new vehicle, the only one of its kind in the US.
Whittington and his team at Wires Only in Beverly Hills, California, worked with Kardashian to create a black-interior ride complete with a custom divider, built-in flat-screen TV that rolls up and down, and hidden seats that move with unfold in the press, is equipped at the touch of a button, two Maybach-style reclining seats with massage function, mini-fridge, mobile phone charging stations and Wi-Fi. And her stylish vehicle celebrated its world premiere in the Discovery+ series “Million Dollar Wheels” on Monday.
“Kim is a great mom who loves to drive her kids where they need to go,” Whittington said of the little ones, which the reality star shares with estranged husband Kanye West. “She wanted a cool car – not a Sprinter or your run-of-the-mill minivan – that catered to the unique needs of her busy family.”
The car beautifier, who has also decorated vehicles for celebs including musician J Balvin, 36, and Oscar winner Jamie Foxx, 54, says parents of all tax brackets are now in the market for stylish but practical minivans.
“Mums and dads want to take their kids to school, games and events in something cool and comfortable,” he says. “And they want that same car to reflect their personal style after they give up their kids.”
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