The latest version of the Mini Cooper is well on the way to overtaking the sales figure achieved by the original model, it has been stated.
Writing for the Sun, Ken Gibson remarked that BMW were "shrewd" to keep the Mini name when it sold Rover in 2000 and has significantly cashed in on the decision.
He indicates that the original Mini Cooper sold just over four million units in its lifetime, thanks to the positive impression it made on celebrities and royalty back in the day.
Among those to climb on board the Mini bandwagon were pop star Lulu, film star Peter Sellers and Lord Snowden, the husband of Princess Margaret.
However, sales gradually began to dwindle and eventually the car was scrapped because it failed to fit in with the needs of the modern motorist.
Mr Gibson reveals that the latest Mini Cooper passed the 1.5 million sales mark and has maintained the "classy" nature of the original car.
The new Mini Cooper gives drivers the chance to complete 52.3 miles per gallon of fuel, while generating 129g/km of carbon dioxide.