MINI

News : MINI confirms UK electric car production

MINI has confirmed that it will build an electric car in the UK, supporting the announcement made at the F56’s launch that it would continue to ‘invest substantially in Cowley’ and other British manufacturing installations. The new car, which is set for launch in 2019 will be an e-version of the current car in facelifted form.  […]

When BMC led the world

History : The BMC story – Part Four : 1962 – Big Brother arrives

Ian Nicholls, AROnline’s historian-in-residence, recounts the history of the British Motor Corporation (BMC). He follows up his excellent run-down of the British Motor Holdings and British Leyland stories with an eight-part study of BMC from 1959 to 1966.  Here, in part four, we look back at 1962 – the year of the BMC 1100 – and set the scene with what appeared to be huge and unstoppable success for its maker… […]

When BMC led the world

History : The BMC story – Part Six : 1964 – The full Monte

Ian Nicholls, AROnline’s historian-in-residence, recounts the history of the British Motor Corporation (BMC). He follows up his excellent run-down of the British Motor Holdings and British Leyland stories with an eight-part study of BMC from 1959 to 1966. Here, in part six, we look back at 1964 – the year the Mini Cooper took overall honours in the prestigious Monte Carlo Rally… […]

One millionth Mini rolls off the line
When BMC led the world

History : The BMC story – Part Seven : 1965 – Zenith

Ian Nicholls, AROnline’s historian-in-residence, recounts the history of the British Motor Corporation (BMC). He follows up his excellent run-down of the British Motor Holdings and British Leyland stories with an eight-part study of BMC from 1959 to 1966.  Here, in part seven, we look back at 1965 – the year BMC literally had the world at its feet… […]

BMC, Leyland and Rover engines

Engines : H and K-Series prototypes

About 15 years before the K-Series engine was launched in the Rover 214, Austin’s Engineers had produced another one with the same name – this would have powered a new generation of Mini which, in the end, never saw the light of day. […]