From movie stars to racing drivers and all and sundry in between, everybody absolutely loves to drive a Mini Cooper. This car has started out as a vehicle designed for the masses and metamorphosed over time to the other extreme of the motoring spectrum – automotive haute couture. The only flip side is that you might actually need to be a movie star or a racing driver to buy a Mini Cooper, with the asking rates for one of these well north of the Rs. 30 lakhs mark. But Mini has come to India at a good time because the spending power of Indian car buyers is at one of its peaks and the appreciation and awareness of possessing luxury items is steadily on the rise.