Mini is a brand of small cars designed in the UK by British Motor Corporation in 1958 and has been manufactured by various automotive associations and holdings until 2000. In 1994, as a part of Rover Group was sold to the concern BMW. Since 2000, the MINI is a subsidiary of the company, a separate legal entity located in the United Kingdom and producing updated versions of cars. According to the survey held in 1996-1999 126 experts from around the world to identify the “car of the twentieth century”. Mini took 2nd place, having yielded the palm to only Ford Model T.
In 2000, due to regular losses BMW sold Land Rover division to the American Ford company and moved the Mini production area into a separate, newly formed subsidiary.