It might be getting bigger with each new generation, but the MINI is also getting better, to the extent that now it truly feels like a cut-size BMW. In the car underwent a mid-life update consisting of tweaked exterior styling, more technology fitted and even more ways to personalise it — a key part of the MINI's appeal ever since the car was revived by BMW in The MINI is an upmarket and fashionable hatchback that combines attractive retro styling with a great driving experience. To some extent, the Fiat and its Abarth relative also stand as retro-styled competition, but these are much smaller. Introduced in , the MINI Mk3 is longer, wider, and has a slightly longer wheelbase than its predecessor, which improves accommodation for rear passengers and luggage space.
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Indeed, all these innovations underline the individual character and premium standard of the MINI. And while each and every detail has been changed or modified, the new model naturally retains all the proven and unmistakable features of the MINI clearly recognisable at very first sight. Ford Fiesta ST Vs. Mini Cooper S.
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The launch of the Metro — which was meant to replace the Mini — led to the year old legend being reduced to just three models: the base City, the upgraded HL and the HL Estate, the last retaining the Clubman front end. Vans and pick-ups were still built for fleets, and Moke production carried on in Australia, then Portugal from The Mini continued to make profits during the dark BL days, and demand, especially in Japan, kept it alive. Minis are still actively raced in series such as Mighty Minis, Mini 7 and Mini Miglia, and they have an enormous following with superb spares availability, clubs and forums.