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BMW unveils new Mini

Monday - 11/18/2013, 1:48pm  ET

Members of the media and dignitaries look at the new Mini car as it is launched at the Mini Plant in Oxford, England, Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

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LONDON (AP) -- Car maker BMW has unveiled the newest version of its popular Mini -- a quieter, longer and taller version of the iconic vehicle.

Prime Minister David Cameron has called the Mini a "classic British icon," and BMW is pumping 750 million pounds ($1.2 million) into the car's production in the U.K.

BMW -- which has been manufacturing the Mini since 2001 -- unveiled the new model on Monday in England, saying it is more spacious and safer, and offers drivers a "more dynamic and performance-oriented" experience.

The new car will go into production this week and be on sale in the U.K. in spring 2014 starting at around 15,000 pounds ($24,000). It will be offered in three versions: basic, diesel engine, and the Mini Cooper S.

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