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Mini is a British brand and was originally a model in the Morris line of cars under the parent company British Motor Corporation LTD (BMC).
The model, Morris Mini-Minor designed by Alec Issigonis, was first introduced in 1959 as an inexpensive and fuel efficient small car, with a transverse 4-cylinder 850 cc gasoline engine, 4-speed transmission, 80" wheelbase and easily recognizable with its four 10" wheels pushed out at each corner.
The Mini was later offered as a beach buggy (Mini Moke 1964-89), a pickup-up truck (1961-82) and a station wagon (Traveller & Countryman 1961-69). The model remained in production until 2000. The new Mini was launched in 2001 after being developed for six years.
The Mini brand was acquired by the German auto maker BMW in 1994 as part of the Rover Group.