How Kim Kardashian made minivans hip



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When style-conscious millennial mom Tiffany Herr realized she and her three children had outgrown her chic 2021 Mercedes-Benz GL550, she did something that surprised those who knew her: she got a minivan.

But not just any old family car. Herr, whose children range from 2 to 8 years old, was one of the first mothers in her community in Avon, Ind., to get their hands on the state-of-the-art Kia Carnival SX Prestige 2022 last spring. The pimped out minivan, which set the online style influencer about $48,000, offers electrically adjustable, heated seats with footrests and came complete with a plush leather interior, two built-in televisions, self-driving features, Wi-Fi, phone charging ports, and indoor and outdoor cameras.

“I wanted something sleek and cool, but that was also comfortable and roomy for my kids,” Herr, 31, told The Post. “My Kia is so tough and so practical at the same time. I don’t even miss my Benz.”

A mother of three and a digital fashion influencer, Herr happily traded her Mercedes-Benz for a Kia Carnival when she realized her growing brood had outgrown the luxury car.
Tiffany Herr

Long maligned and cast aside for massive SUVs, the minivan is making a stylish comeback. Automakers such as Kia, Toyota and Chrysler are offering new versions with luxurious details, state-of-the-art technologies and cool style that draw comparisons to hipper cars like the Land Cruiser.

Volkswagen is teasing a modern, electric version of its classic minibus called the ID Buzz, which will finally hit the US market in 2024 after years of breathless anticipation.

The highly anticipated all-electric Volkswagen Buzz will be equipped with three rows of seats, vegan materials and a lane-keeping system that uses
The highly anticipated all-electric Volkswagen ID Buzz will be equipped with three rows of seats, vegan materials and a lane-keeping system that uses “swarm data” collected from other vehicles to guide the vehicle into a lane.
Volkswagon BUZZ concept electric vehicle

Meanwhile, popular car YouTuber Freddy Hernandez, better known as Tavarish, is currently… rebuild and supercharge a Chrysler Pacifica at the Classic Car Club in Manhattan.

And, in no surer sign of the minivan’s comeback, Kim Kardashian simply opted for one for her latest wheels. Not just any carrier and Cheerio collector, it’s a Maybach with a $400,000 price tag.

Kardashian's cool $400,000 mom minivan comes complete with signature Maybach seats and lighting, a flat-screen TV, Wi-Fi, and more.
Kardashian’s cool $400,000 mom minivan comes complete with signature Maybach seats and lighting, a flat-screen TV, Wi-Fi, and more.
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“It took us about six months to build that minivan for her,” luxury car dealer RD Whittington, 38, told The Post of Kardashian’s new ride, the only one of its kind in the US.

Whittington and his team at Wires Only in Beverly Hills, California, collaborated with Kardashian to create a black interior attraction that features a special room divider, a built-in flat screen TV that rolls up and down, hidden seats that fold out with the press of a button, two Maybach-style reclining seats with massage options, a mini-fridge, cordless phone charging stations, and Wi-Fi. And her fashionable vehicle had its world premiere on Monday in the Discovery+ series “Million Dollar Wheels”.

Whittington and his team of specialists at Wires Only spent six months customizing a pimped out minivan for Kim Kardashian and her four children.
Whittington and his team of specialists at Wires Only spent six months customizing a pimped out minivan for Kim Kardashian and her four children.
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“Kim is an amazing mom who loves to drive her kids where they need to go,” Whittington says of the toddlers the reality star shares with her estranged husband Kanye West. “She wanted a cool car – not a Sprinter or a regular minibus – that was adapted to the specific needs of her busy family.”

The car beautifier — who has also decked out vehicles for celebrities such as musician J Balvin, 36, and Oscar winner Jamie Foxx, 54 — says parents of all tax brackets are now in the market for chic, yet practical minivans.

“Moms and dads want to take their kids to school, games and events in something cool and comfortable,” he said. “And they want that same car to show their personal styles after they drop off their kids.”

The 2022 Toyota Sienna Woodland is billed as:
The 2022 Toyota Sienna Woodland is billed as “the monster truck of minivans,” offering a seven-passenger seating configuration, foot-operated electric sliding doors, a 12-speaker JBL audio system, and a 1,500-watt power system with two outlets. †
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