TURIN — Nearly 42 years ago, Alec Issigonis' Mini redefined small cars. The new, reincarnated Mini model may not inspire generations of imitators, but neither is it just another small car. This is BMW AG's Mini, a German-conceived and developed baby that's packed with contemporary technology and far from the simplicity (sliding windows, wire door handles, push-button starter) and packaging miracle of the primitive original. Yet, BMW seriously wants the public to believe this is the car ...

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