Mini / Hatch / S
IF you can imagine a housebrick with wheels - really big wheels - then you've
got an idea of the concept underlying the latest Mini.
The new car takes the
visual appeal of the original, wraps it up in totally contemporary technology
and struts out onto the market with a pricetag well in excess of much larger,
more comfortable cars.
But cheeky charm is something the Mini oozes, and the
driving experience is, in the Cooper S version, very much a modern
interpretation of the original.
As a space-efficient hatch the Mini doesn't cut
it, but as an irresistibly appealing two-door sports car it has the sort of
charisma others only dream about.
Retro with a rationale.
Model release dates: May 2002 - February 2007
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THE original Mini, designed by Sir Alec Issigonis (pictured at left), was
released in Australia as the Morris 850 in 1961 and by 1963 was the third
best-selling car in Australia.
Local production began in 1961, the Mini Cooper
was launched in October, 1962, and the Cooper S in 1965.
In 1971 the Mini was
facelifted with the square-front Clubman treatment.
Mass production ceased in
Australia in 1978 and in the UK in 2000.
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