Austin is a former British automaker, best known for producing a range of popular and well-regarded cars from the mid-20th century. Founded in 1905, Austin was one of the leading players in the UK car market for several decades, producing a wide range of vehicles, from small city cars to larger family vehicles and commercial vehicles. Austin was also involved in motorsports, and its cars were successful in various races and rallies.
One of Austin's most famous models was the Mini, introduced in 1959, which became a cultural icon and a best-seller in the UK and beyond. Austin merged with the British Motor Corporation (BMC) in 1952, and the combined company later became British Leyland, which produced cars under the Austin and other marques. However, the company struggled in the 1970s and 1980s, and the Austin brand was eventually phased out in the 1990s.