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The Mini: the story of an icon!

For over fifty years, the Mini has been the world’s favourite small car and it’s still selling well. In fact, it’s the bestselling British car of all time with over five million models sold! But what does the future hold for the car?

The original Mini was potential! our designed in the 1950s by Sir Alec Issigonis, a Greek-British car designer. At the time, Issigonis was working for the British Motor Corporation (BMC) when he was asked to design three different cars: a large comfortable car; a medium-sized family car; and a small one for cities. At first, Issigonis concentrated on the two bigger models, but when petrol became scarce following the Suez Crisis of 1957, Issigonis began to develop the smallest model. The car was launched in 1959 and had two names: the Morris Minor Mini, and the Austin Seven. However, as the car became popular, the two names were dropped and the car became simply, the Mini.

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The latest issue of Hot English (201) is out now! Learn over 1,000 useful words and expressions and improve your listening skills with Learn Hot English! This month: 14 jokes to improve your listening skills and teach you lots of useful words. Plus, 8 useful words and expressions for talking about the bathroom, 10 useful words for driving in the road, idioms, phrasal verbs... plus: • Jokes – jokes in English. • Functional language – making conversation • Grammar – must / should • Work – poor excuses. • Business – supermarkets. • Architecture – famous castles. • Culture – how British are you? • Cinema – True Grit. • History – Native Americans. • Psychology – mind control. • Sport – sponsorship. • Cuisine – easy curry. • Cars – the Mini. AND LOTS, LOTS MORE! By reading and listening to all this great content, you'll improve your English reading and listening skills and learn up to 1,000 useful words or expressions. Plus, you'll get a better job and pass English-language exams more easily. Guaranteed!