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Originally a line of cars produced by the British Motor Corporation from 1959-2000 and marketed under the Morris and Austin marques. In 1994, BMW acquired the Rover Group and from 1994 to 2000 set about creating a "new" Mini, beginning production in October 2000.  The first-letter capitalized Mini is acceptable for the older versions, but the new BMW version's name is stylized in all capital letters as MINI.

The "Cooper" model is actually a performance version of the base model MINI One.

Vehicle names used by Mini currently and throughout history include:  Clubman, Clubvan, Cooper, Countryman, E, John Cooper Works, One, Paceman, and Rocketman.

Dealerships include:
Braman MINI (West Palm Beach, Florida)
Irvine MINI (Irvine, California)
MINI of Ontario (Ontario, California)


The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Mini (marque) page on 27 July 2016, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Mini (stylised as MINI) is a British automotive marque owned by BMW which specialises in small cars.

The original Mini was a line of iconic British small cars manufactured by the British Motor Corporation from 1959 until 2000. Its models included the Morris Mini-Minor and the Austin Seven, the Countryman, Moke, 1275GT and Clubman. Performance versions of these models used the name Cooper, due to a partnership with racing legend John Cooper. The original two-door Mini continued in production until 2000. Development of a successor began in 1995 and the new generation car was launched in 2001. The current Mini range includes the Hardtop/Hatch/Convertible (three-door hatchback), Clubman (estate), Countryman (five-door crossover), Coupe/Roadster and Paceman (three-door crossover based on the Countryman).

The Mini was originally a product of the British Motor Corporation, which in 1966 became part of British Motor Holdings. British Motor Holdings merged with Leyland Motors in 1968 to form British Leyland. Mini became a marque in its own right in 1969. In the 1980s, British Leyland was broken-up and in 1988 Rover Group, including Mini, was acquired by British Aerospace. In 1994, Rover Group was acquired by BMW. In 2000, Rover Group was broken up by BMW, with BMW retaining the Mini brand. Jochen Goller of BMW currently serves as the managing director of the Mini division.

The Mini Hatch/Hardtop, Clubman, Convertible, Coupe and Roadster are assembled at BMW's Plant Oxford in Cowley, England, and the Countryman and Paceman are assembled by Magna Steyr in Austria. A total of 301,526 Mini vehicles were sold worldwide in 2012. Mini vehicles have been active in rallying and the Mini Cooper S won the Monte Carlo Rally on three occasions, in 1964, 1965 and 1967. Mini has participated in the World Rally Championship since 2011 through the Prodrive WRC Team.

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17 August 2002MINIUSA Division of BMW of North America Selects Reynolds and Reynolds Automark Web ServicesReynolds and Reynolds
23 April 2007Special Announcement!White Roof Radio
10 July 2008Kehrtwende bei BMW: Elektro-Mini soll getestet werden Wikinews
5 May 2009Mighty MINI, TheRonnie Tanner
9 July 2012BMW pours £250m into the UK Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
6 June 2013The Mini congratulates the Porsche 911 on its 50th birthday Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
26 March 2015BMW of North America, LLC; Proposed Consent Order To Aid Public CommentFederal Register: Federal Trade Commission (Donald S. Clark)
18 January 2017BMW Group of America, LLC, Incorporated, Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential NoncomplianceFederal Register: NHTSA (Jeffrey M. Giuseppe)


Robert Soundseeing the MINI DNA Party
April 18, 2007
Duration: 23:31

It’s been a long time coming, but here is the first of 3 new soundseeing tours that Robert has sent in!
He hangs out at the MINI DNA Party in Toronto with his Wife and co-host of his other podcast. Sounds like a great time! And check out these cool new roof graphics.
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