Mini’s story begins in 1912, when William Morris graduated from producing bicycles in addition to repairing, renting and selling cars in England to actually building them. After passing through a variety of owners over the years, the company eventually came to be owned by BMW.
The contemporary Mini Cooper automobiles were introduced in 2001.
The first model to appear under BMW ownership was called the Mini Cooper. A more powerful Cooper S model and an even higher performing John Cooper Works model soon followed it. This was in homage to John Cooper, of the Cooper Car Company who made his name tweaking the original Mini automobiles for more performance.
Cooper was also a very successful racing driver. His name licensed to BMW to adorn the resurrected BMW Mini vehicle, Cooper was also a consultant on the development of the BMW version of the car.
Today’s Mini Cooper lineup includes a two-seat coupe and a two-seat convertible. The traditional hatchback model is also offered in a variety of performance tunes. There’s the crossover-inspired Countryman, and a station wagon-ish model called the Clubman. The most recent Mini Cooper vehicle to be offered (as of June 2013) is a two-door version of the Countryman called the Paceman.
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