As befits a leader of the Baby Industrial Complex, the Dorel booth here is one of the old-school, enclosed, "do you have an appointment?" variety, not the wide open, "PLEASE PLEASE look at my little invention and help me pay my second mortgage!" set up favored by the majority of exhibitors.
But inside, whoa, it was a sweet, sweet showroom of products that I didn't think I'd see for sale in the US any time soon. And I would be wrong.
Quinny is planning to launch redesigned-but-instantly recognizable Buzz and Zapp strollers some time in 2007 [which I take to mean later].
The US Zapp has four wheels--the front wheel has been split to widen the stance [and cut down on the tipping over sideways.]
The US--and soon, all--Buzzes will get a sleeker redesigned seat and some other tweaks. Looks nice.
The Maxi-Cosi line will include an infant carrier/car seat based on the French version of the Cabrio; slightly wider, slightly longer, but also very familiar. This seems like it'll be coming later in 2007 than the strollers.
What does this mean? In a sense, nothing. With launch dates 12-15 months away, the people buying these rigs might not even be having sex yet. But when they do, they can rest assured that the Baby Industrial Complex was expecting them.