MINI chronology


date MINI event
1994 BMW buys the Rover Group. BMW begins work on the E50 project to replace the Mini.
October 17, 1995 BMW and Rover design teams present designs for the Mini replacement. Rover designs the Spiritual and Spiritual Too as Mini replacements.
May 22, 1996 BMW hands responsibility for the E50 project to the Rover Group which becomes the R50 project.
September 1997 The MINI makes its first official showing at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Also, the Anniversary Concept Vehicle 30 (ACV30) appeared as a concept.
August 1998 A MINI Cooper prototype is shown to John Cooper.
June 1999 BMW takes the MINI project back to Germany.
March 15, 2000 BMW sells the Rover Group but retains the MINI brand.
May 9, 2000 The deal to sell the Longbridge facility is finished, MINI production would be moved to Oxford.
September 28, 2000 MINI is unveiled live on the Internet at MINI.com.
September 30, 2000 The MINI is officially launched at the Mondial de l’Automobile International Auto Show at Paris Salon. On October 4, 2000 the last Mini came off the assembly line.
January 2001 The MINI makes its US debut at the Detroit Motor Show. The first pre-production MINIs are built in Oxford.
February 27, 2001 The MINI One makes its world debut at the Geneva International Motor Show.
April 26, 2001 The MINI goes into full production in Oxford, England.
July 7, 2001 The MINI goes on sale in the United Kingdom.
July 11, 2001 The BMW Plant Oxford production facility official opens to visitors.
August 2001 The first recall for the MINI to fix a problem of potential sparks by installation of a ground wire.
August 14, 2001 MiniMania imports the first MINI into the United States on a Research and Development permit.
August 16, 2001 MINI debuts its first print advertisements for the new MINI Cooper in the August 20 edition of AutoWeek.
September 8, 2001 The MINI goes on sale in Europe.
October 2001 The MINI Cooper S makes its world debut at the Tokyo Motor Show.
November 2001 The John Cooper Works Tuning Kit for the MINI Cooper goes on sale. It increases the horsepower from 115 to 132.
January 16, 2002 The limited edition Launch Edition MINI Cooper goes on sale in Canada. It is limited to 500 cars available for online purchase only, with a $100 donation to charity to guarantee a purchase.
March 2, 2002 The MINI goes on sale in Japan and Australia.
March 22, 2002 The MINI goes on sale in the United States. The first MINI sold is at MINI of Peabody near Boston. The MINI Cooper is $16,850 and the MINI Cooper S is $19,850 (including destination charge).
March 26, 2002 The MINI goes on sale in Canada. The MINI Cooper is CAN$24,950 and the MINI Cooper S is CAN$29,600 (including destination charge).
May 30, 2002 The 100,000th MINI (Electric Blue MINI Cooper S) is built in Oxford, England.
June 8, 2002 The MINI Cooper S goes on sale in the United Kingdom. Also in June, the MINI Cooper S goes on sale in Australia.
November 13, 2002 MINI scores highest among imports at the Japan Car of the Year Awards.
December 16, 2002 The 200,000th MINI (Chili Red / White MINI Cooper) is built in Oxford, England. MINI donates the car to the Oxford Children’s Hospital Campaign.
December 31, 2002 MINI sells 144,119 cars in 2002.
January 5, 2003 The MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S selected as North American Car of the Year at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) press preview in Detroit.
March 2003 200,000 MINIs sold.
March 4, 2003 The MINI One D (diesel) makes its world debut at the Geneva Auto Show.John Cooper Works Tuning Kit debuts at the Geneva Auto Show.
May 23, 2003 MINI preview screening of “The Italian Job”. Over 500 MINI fans in 250 MINIs attended the screening at the Paramount Pictures Studios lot in Los Angeles, California.
June 2003 The 250,000th MINI is built in Oxford, England and delivered to the customer.
June 7, 2003 The MINI One D (diesel) goes on sale in the United Kingdom.
October 2003 MINI sells its 50,000th car in the United States.
December 31, 2003 MINI sells 176,465 cars in 2003, an increase of 22.4% over 2002.
January 1, 2004 MINI raises the price of the MINI Cooper S to $20,449 (including destination charge). The MINI Cooper remains at $16,999 (including destination charge).
February 4, 2004 The MINI Cooper Monte Carlo Rally Commemorative Edition (MC40) makes its debut at the Chicago Auto Show. Production is limited to 1,000 individually numbered cars, all for the US Every MC40 is Chili Red
and White with special markings.
February 28, 2004 The limited edition 2nd Anniversary MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S go on sale in Japan. The MINI Cooper is limited to 300 cars and sells for 2,498,000 Yen. The MINI Cooper S is limited to 200 cars
and sells for 2,798,000 Yen.
March 2, 2004 The MINI Convertible (Cabrio) makes its world debut at the 74th International Motor Show at Palexpo, Geneva, Switzerland. The MINI One Convertible and the MINI Cooper Convertible are shown.
March 26, 2004 The MINI Convertible makes its North American debut at the Pacific International Auto Show in Vancouver, Canada.
April 2004 The MINI Convertible makes its US debut at the New York Auto Show.
June 26, 2004 The MINI Convertible (Cabrio) will go on sale in the United Kingdom.
July 1, 2004 Production of the model year 2005 refreshed MINI begins.
September 1, 2004 The MINI Convertible officially goes on sale in the United States.
October 7, 2004 The 500,000th MINI is built in Oxford, England. It is sold to an American from California.
December 31, 2004 MINI sells 184,357 cars in 2004, an increase of 4.5% over 2003.
January 1, 2005 New model year 2005 options offered such as a limited slip differential and automatic transmission for the MINI Cooper S, rear fog lamp, and others.
January 9?, 2005 The MINI Cooper S with automatic transmission makes its official US debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
February 2005 The John Cooper Works Sound Kit for the 2005 MINI Cooper is introduced. MINI USA sells its 100,000th to a customer in Florida.
February 24, 2005 The MINI is introduced in Korea.
April 15, 2005 The end of MG Rover, the previous parent company which developed the MINI.
June 21?, 2005 MINI announces three special 2006 models: MINI One Seven at £12,565, MINI Cooper Park Lane at £15,260, and MINI Cooper S Checkmate at £17,635.
July 2005 MINI sells its 10,000 John Cooper Works Tuning Kit (for the MINI Cooper S).
August 20-21,2005 Let’s MINI is held in Loreley, Germany, officially attended by 2,237 MINI enthusiasts.
September 2005 Model year 2006 begins production. The Cooper is $17,500, Cooper Convertible is $22,000, Cooper S is $21,150, and Cooper S Convertible is $25,400 (all include destination charge).
September 10-17, 2005 A JCW MINI Cooper S sponsored by MINI Canada/MINI USA wins the Targa Newfoundland in Class 1 Unlimited. The MINI was driven by Jim Kenzie, with navigator Brian Bourbonniere.
September 12, 2005 The MINI Concept Frankfurt is shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
October 2005 The 700,000th MINI is built in Oxford, England for a customer in Hong Kong.
October 20?, 2005 The MINI Concept Tokyo is shown at the Tokyo Motor Show.
October 28-30, 2005 MINI United 2005 takes place in Misano, Italy and over 6,000 MINI fans attend. The MINI Cooper S with John Cooper Works GP Kit was first presented to the public
at MINI United. The GP is a lighter-weight two-seat MINI Cooper S with a JCW Kit which produces 218 bhp.
November 2005 The John Cooper Works Tuning Kit for the MINI Cooper S is available as a factory option. It includes the JCW Sport Brake Kit and Limited Slip Differential and sells for $6,300 in the US and £3,600 in the UK.
December 2005 A Pepper White MINI Cooper S Convertible (destined for Australia) was the 200,000th MINI built in 2005 (766,290th vehicle since production started in April 2001).
December 14, 2005 The first MINI LOUNGE opens in Madrid, Spain. The bar, restaurant, and nightclub is located at Paseo de la Castellana, 123, Madrid.
December 31, 2005 MINI sells 200,428 cars in 2005, an increase of 8.7% over 2004.
January 8?, 2006 The MINI Concept Detroit is shown at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
March 1, 2006 MINI USA raises prices of all models: MINI Cooper is $18,000, MINI Cooper S is $21.450, MINI Cooper Convertible is $22,500, and MINI Cooper S Convertible is $25,950 (all prices include a $550 Destination and Handling charge).
March 2006 The MINI Concept Geneva is shown at the Geneva Auto Show. The 2007 (R56) MINI debuts at Plant Oxford.
May 2006 Plant Oxford completes its conversion to the Integrated Paint Process (IPP) which increases production efficiency by completely eliminating the primer coat application and oven stage.MINI USA delivers the 150,000th MINI in the US, a Pepper White MINI Cooper, sold to a customer at Sandia MINI in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
June 2006 MINI Financial Services launches its MINI Platinum Visa Card, a customizable VISA credit card that allows cardholders to apply online and design their own credit card image using website configurator.
July 1, 2006 MINI USA launches MINI Next, a Certified Pre-owned MINI program.
July 7, 2006 MINI turns 5. MINI was launched on July 7, 2001 in the UK.
July 17?, 2006 The first MINI Cooper S with John Cooper Works GP Kit (GP 0002) is delivered to a customer in the UK by Mike Cooper.
July 27?, 2006 MINI releases the first official press release with photos of the 2007 (R56) MINI.
August 4, 2006 John Cooper Works closes shop.
August 11?, 2006 The 200,000th MINI is sold in the UK. Worldwide sales are over 800,000.
August 14, 2006 The 2007 MINI line is officially revealed to the press and public.
August 18, 2006 The first group of MINI Cooper S with John Cooper Works GP Kits are delivered to their owners in Monterey, California. Mike Cooper and MINI USA Vice President, Jim McDowell, are on hand to give the keys over to the buyers.
August 21, 2006 –
September 4, 2006
MINI Takes the States, “The 2006 MINI TransAmerican Motortastic Road Trip to End All Road Trips Rally” begins in Monterey, California and travels over 15 legs, ending in Limerock, Connecticut. Over 3,000 MINI enthusiasts participated in at least one leg of the 4,000 mile cross-country trip.
September 2006 Production begins on the 2007 (R56) MINI at Plant Oxford. New Prince engines are supplied from nearby Plant Hams Hall and Swindon provides MINI pressings and sub-assembly.
September 9-16, 2006 A JCW MINI Cooper S sponsored by MINI Canada wins the Targa Newfoundland in Class 1 Unlimited for the second year in a row. The MINI was driven by Jim Kenzie, with navigator Brian Bourbonniere.
September 28, 2006 The 2007 (R56) MINI makes its world debut at the Paris Auto Show.
November 5, 2006 Last day to order a 2006 (R50 and R53) MINI in the US.
November 18, 2006 The 2007 (R56) MINI goes on sale in the UK. The MINI Cooper costs £12,995 and the MINI Cooper S is £15,995 on-the-road.
November 28, 2006 Full production for the 2007 (R56) MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S, along with the 2007 R52 MINI Convertibles, begins.
December 11, 2006 MINI agrees to acquire John Cooper Works effective January 2007.
December 31, 2006 MINI sells 188,077 cars in 2006, a decrease of 6.2% from 2005.
January 6, 2007 The 2007 (R56) MINI makes its American debut at the North American International Auto Show.The special edition 2007 MINI Convertible Sidewalk debuts at the North American International Auto Show. Prices in the UK are: MINI One Sidewalk at £16,910, MINI Cooper Sidewalk at £17,960, and MINI Cooper S Sidewalk at £20,235.
February 17, 2007 The 2007 (R56) MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S go on sale in the US. Prices are MINI Cooper at $18,700, MINI Cooper S at $21,850, MINI Cooper Convertible (R52) at $22,600, and MINI Cooper S Convertible (R52) at $26,050 (all prices include a $550 Destination and Handling charge).MINI USA launches Hammer & Coop online episodes.
March 8, 2007 The 2007 (R56) MINI One and MINI Cooper D debut at the Geneva Auto Show.
April 2007 The 2007 (R56) MINI One and MINI Cooper D go on sale in the UK. The MINI One costs £11,595 on the road and the MINI Cooper D is £14,190.
April 4, 2007 The 1,000,000th MINI is built in Oxford, England. It is Pepper White with an Almond Green roof displaying a graphic which consists of one million little MINIs.
June 22-27, 2007 MINI United 2007 takes place in Zandvoort, The Netherlands. More than 8,000 MINI enthusiasts in more than 3,000 MINIs attended.
August 30, 2007 MINI USA delivers the 200,000th MINI in the US, a Chili Red MINI Cooper Convertible, sold to a customer at Prestige MINI in Mahwah, New Jersey.MINI USA announces the availability of the John Cooper Works Tuning Kit for the 2007 (R56) MINI Cooper S (hardtop).
November 10, 2007 The MINI Clubman goes on sale in the UK. On-the-road prices: MINI Cooper Clubman is £14,235, MINI Cooper D Clubman is £15,400, and MINI Cooper S Clubman is £17,210.
November 14, 2007 The MINI Clubman makes its North American debut at the Los Angeles International Auto Show.
December 31, 2007 MINI sells 222,875 cars in 2007, an increase of 18.5% from 2006.
January 13, 2008 The MINI Clubman is featured at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.
January 22, 2008 MINI shows the newly designed John Cooper Works brand logo.
February 16, 2008 The MINI Cooper Clubman and MINI Cooper S Clubman go on sale in the US. The MINI Cooper Clubman is $20,600 and the MINI Cooper S Clubman is $24,100 (including a $650 destination charge).
March 6, 2008 Two John Cooper Works (JCW) models make their world debuts at the International Automobile Salon in Geneva, The John Cooper Works MINI Cooper S and the John Cooper Works MINI Cooper S Clubman. These are the first two models to be launched by MINI under the brand MINI John Cooper Works.
March 20, 2008 The John Cooper Works MINI Cooper S and the John Cooper Works MINI Cooper S Clubman make their North American debuts at the New York International Auto Show. The John Cooper Works MINI Cooper S will
be priced at $29,200 and the John Cooper Works MINI Cooper S Clubman will be priced at $31,450 (including a $650 destination charge).
June 13-15, 2008 MINI Takes the States 2008 begins in Miami with the first of four weekends featuring parties, rallies, and track events.
June 20-22, 2008 MINI Takes the States 2008 in Boston for the second of four weekends featuring parties, rallies, and track events.
July 4-6, 2008 Let’s MINI held in Hildesheim, Germany.
July 2008 The MINI John Cooper Works Hardtop and MINI John Cooper Works Clubman go on sale in the UK and US.
July 18, 2008 The one millionth MINI built for export leaves Plant Oxford.
July 25-27, 2008 MINI Takes the States 2008 in Chicago for the third of four weekends featuring parties, rallies, and track events.
August 1-3, 2008 MINI Takes the States 2008 in Los Angeles for the last of four weekends featuring parties, rallies, and track events.
August 7, 2008 MINI announces the last R52 MINI Convertible comes off the production line. The final R52 MINI Convertible is a White Silver Metallic MINI Cooper S Sidewalk for a customer in the US.
November 19, 2008 The MINI E makes its world premier at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
December 31, 2008 MINI sells 232,425 cars in 2008, an increase of 4.3% from 2007.
January 9, 2009 The 2009 (R57) MINI Convertible makes its world debut at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.
March 28, 2009 The 2009 (R57) MINI Cooper Convertible and MINI Cooper S Convertible go on sale in the UK and US. The MINI Cooper Convertible is $24,550 and the MINI Cooper S Convertible is $27,450 (including a $650 destination charge).
May 22-24, 2009 MINI United 2009 takes place in Silverstone, England.  MINI unveils the John Cooper Works World Championship 50 special edition model and two 50th anniversary limited
editions: the MINI 50 Camden and the MINI 50 Mayfair.
June 10, 2009 MINI announces a special edition MINI John Cooper Works World Championship 50 limited to 250 vehicles (later changed to 500).  This MINI was previewed at MINI United 2009.
July 2, 2009 MINI announces the MINI One D, an entry-level diesel, to go on sale in September 2009.
July 6, 2009 The 1.5 millionth MINI is produced in Oxford, England.  The Chili Red MINI Cooper S Clubman is built for a British customer.
August 26, 2009 On MINI’s 50th birthday, MINI announces the MINI Coupé Concept (R59).
September 17, 2009 The MINI Roadster Concept (R58) and the MINI Coupé Concept (R59) make their world debuts at the Frankfurt Motor Show.  The MINI One D, an entry-level diesel, also makes its world debut.  The MINI 50 Camden and MINI 50 Mayfair special editions make their public debut with the MINI 50 Camden debuting Mission Control, a new in-car entertainment system.
January 16, 2010 The MINI Beachcomber Concept makes its world debut at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.
January 20, 2010 The MINI Countryman (R60) is officially announced.
August 5-8, 2010 MINI Takes the States 2010 launch parties in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco.
August 13-15, 2010 MINI Takes the States 2010 main festival in Denver.
September 18, 2010 The refreshed 2011 MINI goes on sale worldwide.  The MINI Countryman (R60) goes on sale in the UK, Germany, and other countries outside North America.
September 23, 2010 The MINI Scooter E Concept is announced.
October 2, 2010 The MINI Scooter E Concept makes its public debut at the Paris Motor Show 2010.
January, 2011 The MINI Countryman (R60) goes on sale in the US.
June 25-26, 2011 The MINI John Cooper Works Coupé Endurance competes in the 24-Hours Nürburgring. MINI Motorsports enters two cars which finish 106th and 118th.
October 1, 2011 The MINI Cooper Coupe, MINI Cooper S Coupe, and MINI John Cooper Works Coupe go on sale worldwide. The MINI Cooper Coupe is $22,000, the MINI Cooper S Coupe is $25,300, and the MINI John Cooper Works Coupe is $31,900 (including a $700 destination charge).
December 31, 2011 MINI sells 285,060 cars in 2011, an increase of 21.7% from 2010.
January 5, 2012 MINI launches in India with three models: Hardtop (Cooper and Cooper S only), Convertible (Cooper only), and Countryman (Cooper S only). MINIs will be sold from three dealerships, two in Delhi and one in Mumbai.
January 15, 2012 X-raid Team driver Stéphane Peterhansel and co-pilot Jean-Paul Cottret won the 2012 Dakar Rally in South American in their No. 302 MINI ALL4 Racing, based on the MINI Countryman.
January 19, 2012 MINI announces the design models MINI Baker Street, MINI Bayswater, and MINI Highgate Convertible.
January 22, 2012 Dani Sordo driving his MINI John Cooper Works WRC Countryman finishes 2nd at the Rallye Monte-Carlo which ran from January 18-22, 2012.
February 18, 2012 MINI announces the MINI Clubvan Concept which has its world premier at the Geneva International Motor Show on March 6, 2012.
February 25, 2012 The MINI Roadster (R59) goes on sale worldwide.
February 28, 2012 The MINI John Cooper Works Countryman (R60) is officially announced.
March 6, 2012 MINI debuts the MINI Clubvan Concept at the Geneva International Motor Show. Design models making their debut are MINI Baker Street, MINI Bayswater, and MINI Highgate Covertible.
March 22, 2012 MINI USA celebrates 10 years since the launch of the MINI on March 22, 2002.
April 4, 2012 MINI USA announces the special-edition MINI 10 Years Anniversary edition MINI Cooper.  The car makes its debut two days later at the New York International Auto Show on April 6, 2012.  It is available only in three exterior
colors: Red, White, and Blue.
April 19, 2012 MINI announces two design models: the MINI Green Park and the MINI Hyde Park. Both are available as MINI Hardtop and MINI Clubman models. The MINI Green Park is Pepper White with a British Racing Green roof. The MINI Hyde Park is Pepper White with a Hot Chocolate roof.
May 11-13, 2012 MINI United 2012 takes place in at the in Le Castellet in France. The MINI John Cooper Works GP is displayed publicly for the first time.
May 12, 2012 MINI officially announces the limited-edition 2013 MINI John Cooper Works GP.  MINI offers limited performance details and no interior photographs.  The press release says that the MINI JCW GP lapped the Nürburgring
Nordschleife in 8:23, nearly 19 seconds faster than the original 2006 MINI Cooper S with John Cooper Works GP Kit.
June 14, 2012 MINI officially debuts the “new look” MINI Rocketman for the London 2012 Olympic Games.  The updated Rocketman is displayed at the BMW Group Pavilion during the games.
June 23, 2012 The MINI Clubvan is officially introduced.  It will come in three models: MINI One Clubvan, MINI Cooper Clubvan, and MINI Cooper D Clubvan.  The US will only offer the MINI Cooper Clubvan.
July 4-15, 2012 MINI Takes the States 2012 cross-country rally begins in New York (actually Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey) and travels over 11 legs, ending in Los Angeles, California. Over 3,000 MINI enthusiasts participated in at least one leg of the nearly 4,000 mile cross-country trip.
September 8-9, 2012 A MINI John Cooper Works Challenge from Besaplast Racing Team wins its class (A2) at the 24 Hours Barcelona.  Five MINIs from four teams entered the endurance race.
October 1, 2012 VDL NedCar announces that it has signed a contract to build some future MINI models in Born, The Netherlands.
December 13, 2012 The MINI John Cooper Works Paceman (R61) is officially announced.
December 31, 2012 MINI sells 301,526 cars in 2012, an increase of 5.8% from 2011.
March 16, 2013 The MINI Paceman (R61) goes on sale in the US.
November 18, 2013 The 2014 (F56) MINI makes its world debut at Plant Oxford.