The Mini is a small economy car made by the British Motor Corporation (BMC) and its successors from 1959 until 2000. The original is considered a British icon of the 1960s.

Its space-saving transverse engine front-wheel drive layout – allowing 80 percent of the area of the car’s floorpan to be used for passengers and luggage – influenced a generation of car makers.

In 1999 the Mini was voted the second most influential car of the 20th century, behind the Ford Model T, and ahead of the Citroën DS and Volkswagen Beetle.

The vehicle is in some ways considered the British equivalent of its German contemporary the Volkswagen Beetle, or the Italian Fiat 500.

This distinctive two-door car was designed for BMC by Sir Alec Issigonis.It was manufactured at the Longbridge and Cowley plants in England, the Victoria Park / Zetland British Motor Corporation (Australia) factory in Sydney, Australia, and later also in Spain (Authi), Belgium, Chile, Italy (Innocenti), Malta, Portugal, South Africa, Uruguay, Venezuela and Yugoslavia. The Mini Mark I had three major UK updates – the Mark II, the Clubman and the Mark III. Within these was a series of variations, including an estate car, a pick-up truck, a van and the Mini Moke – a jeep-like buggy.

The sporty versions, Mini Cooper and Cooper “S,” were successful as rally cars, winning the Monte Carlo Rally three times from 1964 through to 1967. In 1966 the Mini was disqualified after the finish, under a controversial ruling that the cars had an illegal combination of headlamps and spotlights.[14]

On introduction in August 1959 the Mini was marketed under the Austin and Morris names, as the Austin Seven and Morris Mini-Minor.

The Austin Seven was renamed to Austin Mini in January 1962  and Mini became a marque in its own right in 1969.[16][17] In 1980 it once again became the Austin Mini and in 1988 the Rover Mini.[18]

Mini (marque) (styled as MINI) is a British automotive marque owned by BMW specializing in small cars resembling the original Mini. BMW acquired Rover Group(formerly British Leyland) in 1994, and sold most of it in 2000, but retained the rights to build cars using the MINI name.



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