Latest Mini about to be unveiled

Latest Mini about to be unveiled

The latest version of the Mini is about to go on show to coincide with the birth of the car's designer, Sir Alec Issigonis, 117 years ago.

Dubbed "the classless car" when it appeared in 1959, the Mini is believed to be the most popular vehicle ever produced in the UK.

BMW, which now makes the model, will unveil the latest Mini at its Cowley factory in Oxford.

The German manufacturer took over production of the Mini in 2001, by which stage a total of around 5.3 million units had been shifted. BMW then started building a larger, more powerful version, commanding slightly highercar insurance costs as a result.

The new Mini will also make an appearance at the Los Angeles motor show in the US this week.

It will be available to buy early next year, BMW says.

RAC's head of external affairs Pete Williams said: "The much-loved Mini is familiar to everyone in the UK and many of us have our own tales of good times we have enjoyed in a classic or a modern Mini. It is great to see the Mini brand going from strength to strength and that such a great British-built vehicle continues to be at the top of new car sales."

The RAC is offering the chance to win an iconic 1965 Mini, with 12 months' RAC Breakdown cover and up to £500 contribution towards RAC Classic Car Insurance .

The Morris Mini 850 received a Cooper S-style makeover for the RAC's stand at Goodwood Revival (13 - 15 September 2013) from Johnathan Lewis, multiple British Champion in Minis, and the team atSnetterton Speed Shop .

Williams added: "Classic Minis have grown significantly in value in recent years. This is a fantastic opportunity to own a classic British Mini - an endearing investment which has the potential to grow in value for years to come."

As well as the anniversary of Sir Alec's birth, another milestone is being marked by the Oxford factory as it celebrates a century of building cars. A Bullnose Morris Oxford, the first vehicle to be built there, came off the production line on March 28, 1913.

Workers at the Oxford plant have built a total of 11.65 million vehicles over the last 100 years; including 2.2 million Minis and various models for Austin Healey, Rover, Riley, Triumph, Wolseley, MG and Austin.

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