The Rebirth Of An Icon
Although the Mini was originally launched by BMC in 1959, BMW bought the rights to the iconic marque in 1995, and by 2001 had launched their own take on the ultimate super mini. Wherever possible BMW have stayed true to the original Mini design brief, and even kept the same variants, producing a Countryman, Clubman, and Cooper variants of the model.
A Tough Act To Follow
The original Mini became an icon of sixties London, and not only provided the masses with an affordable option, but proved to be the coolest little car around. This iconic status is something BMW have tried to appeal to when building the new Mini, and its success shows many people still have a soft spot for the marque, even in its new guise. BMW are yet to establish the same motorsport heritage the original enjoyed, but who knows what the future holds.