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.
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.
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.