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Ferrari’s founder Enzo Ferrari was a big fan of Mini. It was one of his favorite cars to drive during the 60s, and reportedly his first Austin Mini Cooper was delivered to him personally by the designer Alec Issigonis. One of the most popular and successful British car brands in history, the idea for the Mini was born out of the need for more fuel-efficient cars due to the fuel shortage caused by the 1956 Suez crisis. Alec Issigonis was tasked by the head of the British Motor Corporation to create a proper Miniature car that would save on gas and be affordable for everyone. Read More...

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Mini, the famous British brand that owes its foundations to Sir Alec Issigonis, is now part of the BMW group and has manufacturing facilities in a variety of locations like Magna-Steyr in Austria, Oxford in Britain among the others.

The first Mini, called the Mini Mark1, was officially introduced to the public on 26 august 1959. The Mini was marketed under two names, Austin and Morris until Mini became the official marquee name in 1969. The car was an instant hit, and sales took off not only in Britain but in countries around the world. The iconic Mini soon became a favorite with a number of celebrities and royalty. The Mini Cooper and Cooper S were also successful on the racing circuit, winning the Monte Carlo rally in 1964, 1965, and again in 1967.

BMW acquired the Mini brand when it became the owner of the Rover group in 1994. Although they sold off most of the Rover group in 2000, they retained the rights to build cars using the Mini name. The production of the original Mini ended in 2000, and BMW released the first of the new generation of many vehicles that same year. Modern Mini models include the Mini hatch, the Mini Clubman, Countryman, coupe, roadster, paceman, John Cooper Works, and the Mini electric hybrid.

Mini has earned its place as being one of the most iconic, distinctive, and enduring car brands in the world. It’s no surprise that Mini has maintained its popularity over the decades of production. 

Mini designer Alec Issigonis drew the original design of the car on a napkin while dining in a restaurant. The fairly detailed sketch included some notes as well. The fact that the car should be able to fit into a ten by four-foot box is crucial to the distinctive design of the brand. 

The first electric Mini was created for one of the more recent films, the 2003 film the Italian job. When production was told that they would not be allowed to use cars with gas-powered engines in the metro tunnel, they had to get creative and ended up producing the very first electric-powered Mini. 

In 1999 Mini received the great honor of being named by the global automotive elections foundation as the second most influential car of the 20th century. The international award for the car of the century was presented after an elaborate decision-making process in which 700 car models were carefully considered. After its introduction in 1959, Mini stands as the first British automobile model ever to sell more than 1 million cars.

The eventual fate of the Mini brand is by and large drastically reexamined as its BMW parent rolls out significant improvements to its designs. The plans for another fourth-age Mini have been pushed back, and any new model won't show up before 2023. Indeed, even the significant makeover booked for the present Mini range in late 2019 may be canned as a feature of BMW's arranging update. One arrangement for the Oxford-based brand would be BMW and Chinese vehicle producer Great Wall collaborating to design another front-wheel-drive platform, which would be utilized for an all-new Mini to be launched from 2023.

The fourth-generation Mini range is probably going to recoil. Sources additionally state doubts on future production of the cabriolet and the three-door hatchback. The disengagement of the Mini brand comes after BMW's choice to move on to using only two platforms for its future models. These have been named FAAR for front-wheel-drive cars and CLAR for rear-wheel-drive ones. This vital move has left Mini's future in doubt because the FAAR platform being costly and large to support future Mini models.

BMW stated that both FAAR and CLAR platforms are designed to enable vehicles to support all the drivetrain options such as gasoline engines, plug-in hybrids, and pure-electric. The future electric models are expected to be having an all-wheel-drive drivetrain. With regards to Mini's future, if the brand is to fit, BMW needs to fix the real thing that it broke and position Mini vehicles again as reasonable, enjoyable to-drive European little cars that are ideal for traffic-gagged streets.

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