is a small car brand now owned by BMW and originally owned by Morris Motor. BMW purchased the Mini brand as part of the Rover Group acquisition. Through the 1970s and 1980s, the Mini brand was being marketed as a fashionable icon, stepping away from its previous mass-market status. Mini cars up to the last one built in 2000 are considered collectibles and classics. Most of these never came to the United States, where stricter safety laws kept them from being easily imported.
Today, the Mini marque, under BMW, still builds cars in its historic Cowley, Oxford, UK location, but the vehicles have little to do, outside of design elements, with the originals in terms of chassis or engine. Six models of the Mini are built, including the Hatch/Hardtop Cooper, Clubman, Convertible, Coupe, Paceman, and Roadster. All are popular cars on American roads and noted for their style and retro looks.
All of these models are popular on the secondary used car market. The original Hatch is the easiest to find and the most-recognized of the group. It is noted for its small size, original look, and was made popular in the Austin Powers films.
Other models differ only in some interior layout, wheelbase, and engine options. Most are largely identical to the Hatch version of the Mini with those exceptions or design elements marked by the model's name (the Coupe is a 2-door, the Roadster a convertible, etc).