Minny is a character in Cars and Cars 2.

Official Description

"Mini and her husband Van love to go out and see the world. Unfortunately they rarely see their exit. Getting lost on vacation has become somewhat of a tradition for the couple. Mini enjoys the unplanned detours. They allow her to see interesting places and folks that she would never have planned on visiting. She just wishes that her husband could enjoy that time to stop and smell the roses -- and if not, then at least stop and ask for directions."[1]


Minny is the wife of Van. They were first seen driving towards Radiator Springs while looking for an on-ramp to Interstate 40. She tells Van that maybe they should ask for a map, but he says he has a GPS and never needs a map again. Minny mentions that Van did the same when they were heading up to the "Crazy Days" (a parody of Derby Days) in Shakopee. When Sally tells them that she has a map inside the Cozy Cone Motel (she said this to get them to stay), Minny suggests that Van should read the map. Van says "I don't need a map! I have the GPS." When they were about to leave, Lizzie puts a sticker on Van's bumper as something to remember the residents, and Sally says to them to tell their friends. After Lightning McQueen begs Van and Minny to call for help, they just stand for a few seconds of silence. Then their car alarms go off, and they just leave the town (they dismissed McQueen's plea as madness).

In a post-credits scene, they are lost in the middle of the desert still looking for an on-ramp. They are covered in dust and had tumbleweeds stuck to their tires (as well as inside Van's luggage carrier). Minny arguably asks Van if they can ask someone for directions, but Van, almost driven to insanity, still refuses and says that there is an on-ramp close ahead.

Cars 2

Minny appears near the end of the sequel with her husband Van. She listens to Mater's story about being a spy, and states that she likes it. Van however didn't believe it until Holley Shiftwell arrives to confirm it. Later, Minny and Van were seen attending the Radiator Springs Grand Prix.


In Spinning, Minny makes a cameo in the crowd watching Guido perform his tricks with a sign.


  • Minny and Van's names together are "minivan", a type of car.
  • Minny's license plate reads "SL1-19".
  • Minny also appeared in the 2011 Target commercial. Mater calls her a "mom on a mission", which implies that she and Van may have at least one (so far unseen) child.
  • Both Van and Minny appear in Cars Land at the Radiator Springs Racers ride. After you almost crash into Mack, you will run into Van and Minny, who get out of the way.
  • According to Car Finder, Minny is a Chauncey Motors Cavalcade Touring 200 HP 3.8-Liter V6. She is also based on a 1996 Dodge Caravan.
  • Car Finder refers to her as "Mini".


"Oh, for the love of Chrysler, can we please ask someone for directions?!"
—Minny asking Van if they could ask someone for directions while lost in a desert.



  1. "Car Finder" (supplementary material on Blu-ray Disc release of Cars). 2007. Blu-ray Disc. Walt Disney Home Entertainment, 2007.
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