What is it about Mini that makes it so popular?

Aug 3, 2013 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Globe and Mail

Not even Professor Dumbledore could have envisioned a spell so powerful that here in 2013 we have not just a Mini Cooper hatchback and convertible, but a three-door Mini , a roadster Mini, a cargo van Mini , a two-seat coupe Mini, a two-door SUV-like Mini and a four-door SUV Mini .

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supersonic boom wrote:
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You're not gonna like this Rio but I actually agree with you on both your points here.
I'm going for a coffee.
What is topix coming to when when Rio and SB agree on something! I prefer it if they stick to a USA type Republican/Democrat style of disagreeing even when they agree if only semantically
Milkman Dan

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Jan 19, 2014
 
rio wrote:
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The old Mini wouldn't satisfy any of the current safety regulations, in terms of crumpling zones at both ends, airbags, etc... The new MINI is definitely a safer car.
The Old Mini had a pushrod iron-cast carburator engine with a common gearbox unit ; it was unrealiable and inefficient. It dated from the pre-war era.
The new BMW-designed MINI engine is a very efficient fuel injected multi-valves DOHC aluminium block with separate gearbox that meets all the current and future emission regulations.
Compared to the new MINI, the old one is like chalk and cheese.
of course it wouldn't The old Mini wouldn't " satisfy any of the current safety regulations, in terms of crumpling zones at both ends, airbags, etc..." and neither would ANY car made back then , you taxi expert.
"The new BMW-designed MINI engine is a very efficient fuel injected multi-valves DOHC aluminium block with separate gearbox that meets all the current and future emission regulations." and so are most other cars on the road. next you'll be saying that because mobile phones are so good, old style phones were not. why not neaxt tell us what the "car of the future" will be like.
Daniel Boone

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Jan 19, 2014
 
rio wrote:
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In 1959, the Mini was made by the BMC (Morris & Austin), and still used a pre-war 3 bearing iron cast engine. It kept the same technology until its demise under Rover.
The name MINI was acquired by BMW which launched a completely new model, inspired by the original, but correctly executed and with good up-to-date engineering.
It was a clever marketing ploy to use the name MINI, but there is (thanks God) nothing in common between the two cars, apart that they are both made in Britain.
Satisfied?
Same ploy to use the name TRIUMPH to launch a new make of motorcycles which has nothing in common with the Meriden junk of old.
Same for Bentley or Rolls-Royce engineered in Germany, etc ...
so what was BMW's latest car in 1959?
Daniel Boone

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Jan 19, 2014
 

The 700 was BMW's first unitary construction car. The 700 used the twin-cylinder engine of the R67 motor cycle. Giovanni Michelotti provided the chic, Italian styling. The 700 Coupe entered production in August 1959, and the 700 Saloon joined it at the end of the year.

The 700, BMW's first unitary construction car, was BMW's best selling car since 1945.


The 503 is one of the most overlooked of the classic BMW models. Introduced at the same show as the 507, the 503 was not as elegant and was more expensive.



Only 412 503's were ever built.

The BMW 507 had its debut at the 1955 Frankfurt Motor Show. The beautiful light alloy bodywork was attached to a strong frame, and the engine was the then new aluminum 160 hp V8.



Only 252 507's were ever built.

Introduced in 1955 and nicknamed the "rolling egg", the Isetta was designed for cheap, short distance transportation.



The Isetta was designed by Renzo Rivolta of Iso Rivolta and licensed to BMW. It was powered by a 1-cylinder air-cooled BMW motorcycle engine.

Introduced in 1955, the BMW 600 was intended as an enlarged Isetta three-wheeler with more power and a more conventional four-wheel configuration.



The 600 had the 582 cc twin engine from the R67 motorcycle. Top speed was 64 mph.

oh dear , in 1959 , BMW were making a rival to the Mini - a little car with a two cylinder PUSHROD carburettor engine form a motorbike.

oh and some bubble cars.
Milkman Dan

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#51
Jan 19, 2014
 
Mercedes are the best saloon cars ever, but for a 4 wheel drive, a Jap like a Toyota Landcruiser, a JEEP Cherokee, or any jap or US pickup with four wheel drive.

RangeRover is absurdly overpriced and unreliable.
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hoff wrote:
Peugeot 205 1.9/1.6 gti in the 80s put the the Leyland Cooper in the shade.
Yes,,, and a modern family diesel saloon can put a seventies formula one in the shade.
terry

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Jan 19, 2014
 
Daniel Boone wrote:
The 700 was BMW's first unitary construction car. The 700 used the twin-cylinder engine of the R67 motor cycle. Giovanni Michelotti provided the chic, Italian styling. The 700 Coupe entered production in August 1959, and the 700 Saloon joined it at the end of the year.
The 700, BMW's first unitary construction car, was BMW's best selling car since 1945.
The 503 is one of the most overlooked of the classic BMW models. Introduced at the same show as the 507, the 503 was not as elegant and was more expensive.
Only 412 503's were ever built.
The BMW 507 had its debut at the 1955 Frankfurt Motor Show. The beautiful light alloy bodywork was attached to a strong frame, and the engine was the then new aluminum 160 hp V8.
Only 252 507's were ever built.
Introduced in 1955 and nicknamed the "rolling egg", the Isetta was designed for cheap, short distance transportation.
The Isetta was designed by Renzo Rivolta of Iso Rivolta and licensed to BMW. It was powered by a 1-cylinder air-cooled BMW motorcycle engine.
Introduced in 1955, the BMW 600 was intended as an enlarged Isetta three-wheeler with more power and a more conventional four-wheel configuration.
The 600 had the 582 cc twin engine from the R67 motorcycle. Top speed was 64 mph.
oh dear , in 1959 , BMW were making a rival to the Mini - a little car with a two cylinder PUSHROD carburettor engine form a motorbike.
oh and some bubble cars.
nicest bmw ever has got to be the old 2002tii , beautifull car and , i think the first production turbo in europe.
terry

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Jan 19, 2014
 
2002 turbo i meant ....
rio

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Jan 19, 2014
 
terry wrote:
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been on wikipedia?
What? To discuss about Minis?

Mates had them, my kids had them, one of my wives had an old one.

I don't need to go to Wiki to know about Minis!
LOL

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Jan 19, 2014
 
Car is junk.
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Jan 28, 2014
 
I Am Truth wrote:
What is it about Mini that makes it so popular?
I DON'T KNOW, BECAUSE IT'S A TURD.
My Mini is the most "fun" car to drive. It is like driving a go-cart. It is fast and easy to get around in. Haven't had one problem since buying it new in '06. It's an "S" model and gets a consistent 30 mpg and even a little better on long trips. I live in northern Idaho and it is even good in the winters here. Love,love,love it! Never been a turd!
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I Am Truth wrote:
What is it about Mini that makes it so popular?
I DON'T KNOW, BECAUSE IT'S A TURD.
bit late with this post .its been around for 50 years

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