Mini's history goes all the way back to 1959 when the Morris Mini-Minor and the Austin Seven first went on sale in the United Kingdom. The brand was responsible for manufacturing a wide range of small cars w …
Mini's history goes all the way back to 1959 when the Morris Mini-Minor and the Austin Seven first went on sale in the United Kingdom. The brand was responsible for manufacturing a wide range of small cars which also included the Countryman, Moke and Clubman.
After first going on sale in the late 1950s the original two door Mini went on to be developed up until the start of the new millenium and developed legendary status across the world.
In 2000 the New Generation Mini cars were introduced, bringing the small car icon right up to date with 21st century designs and manufacturing techniques.
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The MINI is a car with perhaps the most devoted following in the world. They're cute, they're gutsy and they have style. The original MINI is considered an icon of 1960s British popular culture. But today's MINIs are very different from the older models, which were often seen as ideal as first-time drivers' cars. Today's MINI cars pack a punch and have aggressive styling by the bucket load.
Us Brits can't get enough of the MINI. And who can blame us? This iconic car is part of our DNA. A lot of us have grown up with MINIs. And they just keep getting better. The latest developments have brought MINI up to date without taking away a shred of the original charm.
The MINI is manufactured by BMW and has been since 2002. It was originally a British company but sold to the German giant in 1994, when it became part of Rover Group. This meant that production came to an end in 2000 at the original Oxford factory - which had previously produced every single MINI ever made.
In 2001 the factory was reopened for one last series of cars. The first new MINI to roll off the line in Oxford since it closed in the year 2000 didn't look a lot like its predecessors, but it had plenty of character and sold well - so much so that BMW decided there was room for an entire range made up from this car.
There are three body styles: Hatchback 5 door (F55), Convertible (F57) and Clubman (F54). The latter is a four-door car with an opening rear end so there's plenty of room for extra luggage. In fact, you easily take the family away for the weekend in the MINI Clubman - that's a far cry from the compact, space-limited older models.
All MINIs now benefit from BMW engines in a range of configurations, including electric and hybrids. This means that your MINI will be refined and smooth to drive, with excellent acceleration, superior handling and overall robust performance.
Have a look at the range of MINI Hatchbacks LeaseCar has available on our website. If you’re already a MINI fan, we can guarantee there will be something to excite you. If you’re new to this iconic, now-grown-up gem, you’re in for a real treat.
If you find a MINI you can picture yourself behind the wheel of, the good news is: you could be there sooner and easier than you might think. LeaseCar are experts on car leasing and car contract hire, we’ll get you a deal that promises to have you driving your dream MINI in no time at all. And with a leasing deal that suits your budget.