BMW Brand MINI
Despite any enduring arguments we may have about this icon of the sixties, the MINI - owned by BMW - it's probably best to console ourselves with the fact that it's still an icon on the road.
In fact, it'll take something way better than the feisty three-door to take that 'iconic' image away from the Greek-British designer of cars, now remembered chiefly for the groundbreaking and influential development of the MINI - Sir Alexander Arnold Constantine Issigonis.
After the launch of the new Mini in 2001, Frank Stephenson (designer new MINI) told automotive magazine Autocar:
“We wanted the first impression when you walk up to the car to be it could only be a MINI".
While it may not bear much in common with its iconic predecessor, the 2012 Mini Cooper retains all the charm and panache buyers have come to expect since the brand's rebirth just a few years back, and the added improvements just sweeten the deal.
There aren't any cars currently available that can match the size, fun and refinement offered by the 2012 MINI.
And even in it's current form, we have a feeling Sir Alec would approve.