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The 10 Coolest Front-Wheel-Drive Cars Ever

BMC Mini

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Although it wasn’t as popular or long-lived as the Volkswagen Beetle, the original BMC-developed Mini had an exponentially greater impact on the evolution of the automobile. The decision of designer Alec Issigonis (who was knighted just 10 years after the Mini’s 1959 introduction) to turn the tiny inline-four engine sideways not only allowed more interior space (Wheels placed right near the corners and the use of a compact rubber cone suspension system also helped in that regard.), but also allowed for the exterior dimensions to be minimized as well. It’s no accident that nearly every front-drive automobile made today – including every modern BMW-developed Mini product – uses the transverse engine layout pioneered by the diminutive British icon.

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