The MINI is a B segment car produced by the German automaker BMW since 2001. Its retro design created by American Frank Stephenson is inspired by the original Mini, which was launched in 1959. The new Mini is not sold under the BMW brand, but independently with the Mini Countryman, and is manufactured in Oxford, England. The prototype was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show 1999.
The restyling of the MINI was presented to the public in November 2006, so in addition to aesthetic changes meant a replacement for all engines and improvements in passive safety. While the previous line received 25 points and four stars in the test of protection to adults in shocks of EuroNCAP, the new range was awarded with 33 points and five stars shorter to receive the latter after the Fiat 500, currently the second tourist.