As of 1994, Mini Cooper cars are made by BMW. Prior to its acquisition by BMW, the Mini Cooper was made by the British Motor Corporation, and later by British Leyland and the Rover Group.Continue Reading
Designed by Sir Alec Issigonis, the cars were sold as the Mini with the Cooper being added as part of a performance version designed in cooperation with auto-racing legend John Cooper. When BMW sought to introduce a line of compact cars in the 1990s, they acquired the Rover Group and turned their attention to the Mini Cooper line. In 2001, BMW launched the new generation of Mini, available in three variations, the Cooper, Cooper S, and One versions.
In 2004, they launched the Mini convertible which replaced the hatchback of the previous model with a drop-down tailgate. In 2007, BMW introduced the first diesel Mini known as the Cooper D. Changes to the 2008 model included a longer body style and wheelbase which increased cargo space and rear leg room. In 2011, the company released of the first Mini crossover SUV, the Mini Cooper S Countryman, which included four doors and an optional all-wheel-drive powertrain. BMW continues to experiment with the Mini Cooper design with the introduction of two-seater coupe models, roadsters and more.Learn more about Manufacturing
Mini Cooper models feature twin-power turbo engines that deliver high torque at engine speeds as low as 1,250 revolutions per minute. A flat panel under the engine works to minimize resistance and reduce overall fuel consumption, while the electric-powered assisted steering system only activates when needed to modulate fuel consumption and operating efficiency. Minis also feature high-strength steel front and side panels, reducing body torque, vibrations and cabin noise, anti-lock brakes and a crash sensor system.Full Answer >
A Mini Cooper with a manual transmission may have a clutch that is more prone to failure than a Mini Cooper with an automatic transmission, which may affect repair costs. Additionally, this car's electric door locks and electric power steering pump are prone to failure.Full Answer >
The combined highway and city mileage estimate for the standard hardtop Mini Cooper is 34 miles per gallon, according to Mini USA. The supercharged "S" version of the hardtop Mini Cooper carries a 29-mile per gallon estimate.Full Answer >
A Mini Cooper can comfortably seat either two, four, or five passengers, depending on the model. For example, the Cooper Roadster can seat two adults, the Cooper Convertible can seat four adults, and the Cooper Countryman can seat up to five adults.Full Answer >