A Brief History of MINI
Whether you are driving in Boise, Eagle, Garden City, Meridian, or Nampa, your MINI is sure to stand out on the road. The first MINI Cooper was released in 1959 in England by Sir Leonard Lord and Alec Issigonis of the Morris Company. Issigonis had a goal to reach: design and build a small, fuel-efficient car capable of carrying four adults that is also affordable. As demand for affordable and fuel-efficient cars skyrocketed due to rising fuel prices, Issigonis worked hard to design a car for the market demand. He made more room in the car’s cockpit by pushing the wheels all the way out to the corners and turned the engine sideways giving the car more stability in tight turns, as well as more passenger space on the inside.
Throughout the 1960s, the MINI has been a notable British style. The MINI played a huge role in creating the youthful culture of the 60s. Whatever your personality type, the MINI offered a vehicle that appealed to the masses. MINI models are known for its nimble performance and stylish design. By 1969, over 2 million MINIs had been sold all around the world. Pickup and station wagon versions of the MINI were introduced and proved to be very durable. By 1977, over 4 million MINIs had been sold.
MINI has created a dedicated fanbase for their vehicles. By 1999, over 5 million classic MINIs had been sold and the MINI was selected to be the European Car of the Century! The MINI also managed to win the North American Car of the Year Award. Today’s MINI Cooper line has expanded, including available ALL4 all-wheel drive, three models with more seating and four doors, spirited two-seaters, and topless motoring. Their latest vehicles are equipped with many standard safety features and advanced technological features. MINI does not fail to produce iconic vehicles.
We at Oscar’s Automotive can take care of your MINI, bumper to bumper. In addition to specializing in engine repair and preventative maintenance, we also do MINI brake repair, transmission repair, and servicing. The models that MINI has on the market today are:
- MINI Cooper Hardtop 2-Door
The mini that started it all. Today’s versions come with four-wheel independent suspension, LED headlights, and leather upholstery. This model is equipped with MINI’s latest technological and safety features such as Lane Departure Warning.
- MINI Cooper Hardtop 4-Door
The MINI Cooper Hardtop 4-Door is similar to the MINI Cooper Hardtop 2-Door but comes with double the doors, a little more leg room, a little more cargo room and a little more elbow room. This model can also be equipped with a manual transmission too if so desired.
- MINI Countryman
The biggest, most adventurous MINI yet, the MINI Countryman is an ALL4 all-wheel drive that boasts generous space for cargo and passengers. Five adult passengers and cargo can easily fit in the Countryman with no issue.
- MINI Clubman
With split rear doors, a refined, spacious interior and available ALL4 all-wheel drive, the MINI Clubman ushers in a new era of sophisticated versatility. The cabin is larger compared to other MINI models and it has a spacious and practical trunk
- MINI Convertible
With a 3-in-1 convertible roof, the MINI convertible comes with rollover protection, a rain warner and a touchscreen navigation system. The MINI convertible can also fit four adults comfortably. The driving dynamics of this car is incredible; it is equipped with MINI’s TwinPower Turbo engine.
Your Auto Shop for MINI Repair
When your MINI needs repairs, you can bring your car to Oscar’s Automotive in Boise. We’ve been fixing cars since 2002 and our owner Oscar makes sure that their highly trained mechanics receive ongoing training in automotive technology and auto repair services, and will offer you dealer quality knowledge and experience without dealership pricing. Your car will go through an inspection and safety check, and all needed repairs will be thoroughly explained for your approval. Some of our key services include general auto repair, maintenance, and MINI engine repair. We will never recommend repairs that aren’t absolutely necessary. So why not give us a try? If you are in Boise or surrounding areas, schedule an appointment at Oscar’s Automotive today! You can schedule an appointment with us online or give us a call at 208-595-2258. Oscar’s Automotive – Quality you can trust.