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Mini Cooper Facts

by Rob Wagner

The BMW-owned MINI is a successor to the hugely popular Mini Cooper produced between 1959 and 2000, but is technically unrelated to the original model. Many Mini Cooper enthusiasts object to the MINI--spelled with all capital letters--being compared to the original because it possesses none of the characteristics other than a similarity in body design. More than 1 million MINIs have been sold since BMW took over production.

History

The original Mini Cooper inspired the new generation of MINIs.

The original Mini Cooper enjoyed an exceptionally long run with various models until the cash-strapped Rover Group, the car's owner, halted production in 2000. Almost immediately, BMW picked up the concept and introduced the BMW MINI. The new version is bigger, more powerful and employs more safety features. In 2007, it was redesigned with its mechanical components updated.

Significance

The new generation embodies the iconic features of its predecessor.

The MINI is a high-performance car in a small package that is based on the historic European version with an auto racing pedigree.

Function

The MINI cabriolet .

The vehicle is marketed directly to the American consumer as a fuel-efficient, relatively low-cost alternative to European sports car imports.

Types

The MINI

The vehicle is offered in a hatchback, convertible and the Clubman, with the "S" model being a supercharged package.

Features

Interior of the 2007 MINI.

The lasting advantage of the MINI is the sculpted interior that makes the most of limited space, and a large, centrally mounted speedo pod.

Size

The MINI moves along the assembly line towards completion.

The base Mini Cooper measures 145.6 inches in length with a 97.1-inch wheelbase, and is powered by a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine generating 118 horsepower.

Fun Fact

A assembly process for the convertible.

The Mini in all its variations was named European Car of the Century by a panel of 130 international automotive journalists.

About the Author

Rob Wagner is a journalist with over 35 years experience reporting and editing for newspapers and magazines. His experience ranges from legal affairs reporting to covering the Middle East. He served stints as a newspaper and magazine editor in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Wagner attended California State University, Los Angeles, and has a degree in journalism.

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