Who Makes the Mini Cooper?

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The iconic British brand Mini has a long history, both in the U.S. and across the pond. Its history in the U.S. market started in the 1960s with the importation of tiny cars manufactured by British Motor Corp. After a long hiatus, the brand was purchased and modernized by BMW and reappeared in 2002 with the compact Cooper two-door hatchback. 

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Since then, Mini’s lineup has expanded to include larger vehicles, including a compact SUV. The brand now sells a four-door version of the Cooper, which is now known as the Hardtop, as well as a convertible version. It also offers the four-door Clubman hatchback and Countryman compact SUV. The Countryman is also available in plug-in hybrid form. 

Mini was an early experimenter with battery-electric drivetrains, having fielded hundreds of modified Mini Es in test fleets. The brand currently offers the all-electric Mini Cooper SE, which has an estimated range of 110 miles on a full charge.  

On the performance side, Mini also offers regular and sporty S trim levels of many models as well as the higher-performance John Cooper Works versions. 

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