I was talking to T about her car "Tobi" and she told me Tobi was short for Tobias. haha so I just joked with myself (I do this all the time) and thought "hmm..well then Mini is short for....Minimus.....MINIMUS MAXIMUS (in a low baritone voice)". success!
And Minimus Maximus generates a whole slew of nicknames: M n' M, Max, Maxi, Maxi Cab,
On further note, the name seems more suited for the MINI's overgrown buffoon of a brother the Countryman:
I dono about this one MINI...acquired taste much?
Although an AWD MINI is pretty sweet, why must you SUV-ize everything!?
Thanks to Tobi (Gary's car jr.) for his inspiration