The original MINIInternational magazine began in 2001 with issue #1. Published in Germany, it was available in German, English, French, and Italian. Rather than focusing on MINI automobiles, MINIInternational was an urban lifestyle magazine. Each issue featured a different city; issue #1 covered Antwerp, Belgium. Inside each magazine was a CD devoted to artists and bands from that city. The CD in issue #1 contained five tracks from Carlo Peters.
Beginning with #39 in 2009, MINIInternational was replaced by THE MINI INTERNATIONAL. But the first issue will always be the one to collect.