Although BMW would liked to have airbrushed out Rover’s contribution to the New Mini project, but the fact is that this input was considerable by BMW. However, re-establishing the brand, sorting out production, installing fabulous, state-of-the-art production machinery at Oxford, and selling the new model all over the world was totally to BMW’s credit. Therefore nowadays most of the car lover called it as “BMW Mini”.
By mid of 2005, the 500,000th new generation Mini had been built. This has included Mini One, Mini Cooper, Mini Cooper S and Mini Clubman. With production edging up towards 4,000 cars every week, the success of the project looked assured. BMW assured everyone that the Mini was a unique project, and that it had no intention of introducing other front wheel drive cars, but rumours persist that some sort of “cross-over” engineering might follow the appearance of the second-generation models in the late 2000s.