From 1959 to 2000, the small car Mini by various licensing partners such as the British car manufacturers Austin, Morris or Rover was built. It was developed by Sir Alec Issigonis Mini Cooper for the British Motor Corporation ( BMC). Mounted transversely mounted engine and just below the flange mounted gear allowed a very compact design. 1994 BMW secured the rights to the brand and distributes since 2001 a new Mini Cooper. In addition to the classical model, there is a convertible, the Clubman and the new Mini Countryman. 2014, the third launched by BMW generation of small car goes on sale. Shortly after the introduction of the three-door will be the British cult car as a five-door hatchback.