Mini is a small economy car that was produced between 1959 and 2000 by the British Motor Corporation(BMC).
The original Mini is regarded to be a British icon of the 1960s. Its space-saving front-wheel drive layout allowed 80% of the area of the floor plan to be used for passengers and luggage. The Mini has hugely influenced many generations of car makers. The vehicle is in some ways considered the British equivalent to its German contemporary the Volkswagen Beetle.
In 1999 the Mini was voted the second most influential car of the 20th century.
The Mini Cooper and Cooper "S" are sportier versions of the Mini. It was very successful as rally cars, winning the Monte Carlo Rally four times from 1964 through to 1967.
Initially, Minis were marketed under the Austin and Morris names, as the Austin Seven and Morris Mini Minor, until Mini became a marque in its own right in 1969. The Mini was again marketed under the Austin name in the 1980s.
One of the biggest changes to the modern Mini came in 2007 when the Cooper S hardtop was redesigned. The newer hardtops featured an all-new engine that improved fuel efficiency.