While the Cooper started selling in 1959, Mini didn't become a brand in its own right until 1969. It became part of BMW in 2000, where it remains to this day. Currently, the automaker produces several variations of bright-eyed small cars, including hatchbacks, wagons, convertibles and crossovers.
The brand could, for the first time, allow non-BMW dealers to open Mini dealerships.
With a starting retail price of $29,900, the Mini makes a somewhat surprising argument for itself on value alone.
It has between 146 and 168 miles of range by European estimates.
The two-door hardtop gets a single electric motor for nearly 200 pound-feet of instant torque.
A right-hand-drive vintage Mini and a brand-new 60 Years Edition Cooper S meet in Monterey, California, for a day of spirited driving.
The original Mini set out to challenge other European microcars, but it did much more.
The potent little hatchback is nevertheless a fun alternative to your traditional small hatchback.
While the Mini John Cooper Works Clubman isn't the last word in hot hatch thrills, it should appeal to those who want a fast alternative to the plethora of small crossovers on the market.