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The Mini is a small economy car that was owned by the British Motor Corporation (BMC) and its successors from 1959 until 2000. Mini first emerged as a distinct small car, called as the Morris Mini-Minor and the Austin Seven, established by the British Motor Corporation in 1959. Mini car was considered an icon in 1960.

Mini Cooper and Mini Cooper S are sports versions that were successful as rally cars. They have four wins in the Monte Carlo Rally from 1964 to 1967. Despite In 1966, Mini was disqualified as soon as the finish, along with six other British vehicles, which was questioned and consequently found that the cars had used illegal combination of headlamps and spotlights. Brand Mini, originally belonged to Motor Company, which in 1966 became a division of British Motor Holdings (BMH).

BMH merged with Leyland Motors in 1968 to form British Leyland. In 1988, Mini was taken over by British Aerospace. In 1994, Rover Group was acquired by BMW. In 1999, Mini was elected the second most influential car of the 20th century, after the Ford Model T. In 2000, BMW split with Rover Group but remained Mini brand of BMW. Production of two-door Mini continued until 2000. The development of a successor started in 1995, and the new generation car was launched in 2001. The vehicle is considered as the British equivalent of the modern German Volkswagen Beetle, which enjoyed similar reputation in North America. In 1999, the Mini was nominated the second most influential car of the 20th century, behind the Ford Model

The original version of the two-door Mini has sold about 5.3 million vehicles, making it the most popular British car of all time. Sales in 2006 were about 189000, and  2008 reached 233000. In 2009, the number was nearly 217,000 cars. In 2010, Mini is set to a seventh place in Britain. Thanks to BMW, Mini entered the list of top 10 best-selling cars.