What Car? (a UK car mag) shows that the US isn't the only place that has long wait times and high residuals for the new MINI. Here's an excerpt:

Waiting times (in the UK) are already as long as six months. Convertible buyers face particularly long delays because it accounts for just 25% of Mini production.

What Car's team of mystery shoppers is still unable to find any discounts, despite the fact that the Mini has been on sale since July 2001. Residual values are excellent, with Minis retaining between 66% and 71% of their value after three years depending on the model.

You can read the entire article here.