A British automotive marque, Mini (stylized as MINI) was founded in 1969. It is owned by BMW, a renowned German company since 2000. The term was used to connote that the company produced small cars, which up to these days, appeal to a lot of car lovers. It replaced the name given to car models, the “Austin Mini”, and “Morris Mini”.
In 1966, three years before it went under BMW ownership, Mini became part of British Motor Holdings. This eventually merged with Leyland Motors, thus the name British Leyland. Among the more popular models that the brand carries these days is the Mini Cooper, which was named after its partnership with no less than the racing legend, John Cooper.