MINI (New)
In 1994 under Bernd Pischetsrieder, a nephew of Issigonis, BMW took control of the Rover Group, which included the Mini, fitting an airbag to comply with European legislation.  By 2000, Rover was still suffering massive losses, and BMW decided to dispose of most of the company.  MG and Rover went to Phoenix, a new British consortium, Land Rover went to Ford.  BMW kept the Mini brand name and now sells a completely new Mini, technically unrelated to the old car.  Launched in 2001, the new MINI is built in Cowley in Oxford, United Kingdom. 
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Historically this was the Morris car plant.  The new MINI has a Brazilian built Tritec engine.  Like the original, this is a transverse four-cylinder unit, driving the front wheels.  The styling of the car, like that of the new VW Beetle, is deliberately reminiscent of the original. 


The car has been criticized for its poor space efficiency compared with the original, but it has quickly become a sales success in Europe and (from 2002) in the US.  It comes in 4 models: the MINI One, MINI One D (with a Toyota-built diesel engine), MINI Cooper, and MINI Cooper S.  In the US market, only the MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S are sold.  The car is featured in the 2003 remake of The Italian Job.  New for 2005 production are the MINI Cooper (and S) convertibles, as well as a redesigned front and rear fascia for the hardtop models. 


Source: Wikipedia.
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