The history of the brand MINI / MINI
In 1959, Englishman Alec Issigonis, a talented engineer concern British Motors creates a minicar Austin Sever MINI and Moms MINI Minof, which became very popular. Cars were subcompact, had a drive to the front axle and the engine crankcase was merged with the clutch housing. The center of gravity of the motor was in front of the front axle that has become standard in the future for all front wheel drive cars. In the years 1960-1964 are born new MINI cars in the station wagon van, pickup and luxury design. MINI cars are the most fashionable and popular. In 1961, there is a sports model MINI Cooper, which became the best-selling mini car.
The most powerful in its class car MINI Cooper S is made in 1963. This model has an engine with a volume of 1.071 liter. Since 1964, the car MINI Cooper S for three consecutive years won the first prize at the Monte Carlo Rally. In 1969 he became an independent MINI brand cars of concern for British Lsyland Corp, which came a year earlier British Motors. In 1987, the globe becomes 5 million cars MINI. In 1990, repeatedly upgraded model, but remains recognizable by basic design decisions and exterior design in 1959 received a new name Rover MINI.
In 1998, the car MINI recognized as the most successful in the history of the automobile industry, is entered in the Guinness Book of Records, he was awarded the title of “European Car of the Century”. Issue MINI car lasted until October 2000, and all the time it was created 5.5 million cars this brand. In the same year the rights to produce MINI pass to concern BMW. In 2001, the MINI brand is born again, but in a new form and with new content. New car MINI Cooper S appears in European countries and in North America in 2002. Manage ambitious new MINI is now a prestigious and fashionable.
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