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Welcome to the MINI Register! The MINI, whose first generation was designed by Frank Stephenson draws inspiration from the original Mini, which was manufactured by the British Motor Corporation and its successors from 1959 to 2000. The name of the car's brand, MINI, is all-capitalized to distinguish it from its predecessor, development of the first generation had been done between 1995 and 2001 by Rover Group in Gaydon, United Kingdom and BMW AG in Munich, Germany and was accompanied by continual contention between Rover and BMW, especially the positioning of the car was contended, Rover wanted an economy car, whilst BMW supported a small sporting car and finally prevailed.
In 1999 BMW assumed total control over the whole project after BMW's CEO Bernd Pischetsrieder had left the company. When BMW divested itself of Rover in 2000, BMW decided to keep the MINI project and to move the planned production of the car, from Rover's Longbridge plant, the former production plant of the traditional Mini, to BMW's Oxford plant in Cowley, Oxford, United Kingdom, in what was historically the Pressed Steel Company body plant.
The 2001 to 2006 model years included four hatchback models: the basic "Mini One", the diesel engined "Mini One/D", the sportier "Mini Cooper" and the supercharged "Mini Cooper S". In 2005, a convertible roof option was added. In November 2006 BMW released a re-engineered version of the Mini which is unofficially known as the second generation, which is currently available as a hatchback, Clubman and convertible body variants.
The MINI Register is a UK-wide Club tailored to the needs of the Modern MINI owner; we attend events hosted by the BMW Car Club, regional MINI/Mini clubs and national MINI/Mini clubs such as the British mini Club & Nottinghamshire MINI Club around the UK.
Currently MINI Register members get subscription to "Modern MINI" magazine as an alternative to the excellent BMWCC magazine "Straight Six" included in their MINI Register membership.