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The Mini started out as a small economy car initially produced by the English-based British Motor Corporation (BMC).

It featured a transverse engine, front-wheel drive layout and was voted the second most influential car after the Ford Model T and ahead of VW's Bettle.

The Mark I Mini was sold between 1959 and 1967, but the car was sold under the banner of BMC's two principal brand names - Austin and Morris - until 1969.

For example, North America and France knew the car as the Austin 850 and Morris 850, while in Denmark it was marketed as the Austin Partner and Morris Mascot.

The Mark II Mini carried on the legacy from 1967 to 1970. 429,000 Mk II models were made, with each and every one featuring a new grille, larger rear window and a plethora of tiny visual mods.

From 1970 onwards, the Mini Cooper and the Cooper S hit the streets. They were spawned in collaboration with F1 genius John Cooper and had their power output boosted from 34 to 55 hp.

Mark III and Mark IV Minis started to lose ground in the popularity race due to being outdated and less practical that their competitors and the following Mark V, VI and VII did nothing to improve that, despite being fitted with brake discs and plastic wheel arches.

In 1994, BMW took over the Rover Group (which included Mini at that time). But things didn't improve, and BMW got rid of the brands revolving around the Rover Group in 2000 but decided to keep the Mini name and launch a new model.

From 2000 onwards, all Mini models were split between the following variants: the entry-level One, slightly sportier Cooper, Cooper S, and the hardcore John Cooper Works (JCW).

2005 saw the introduction of the Mini Cabrio while the Mini Clubman came in 2008 followed by the Countryman in 2011 and the Mini Coupé and Roadster one year later.

In 2013, Mini launched the slow-selling Paceman, while 2016 saw the brand launch their first hybrid under the Countryman S E ALL4 banner.

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