Official Release: MINI USA reported sales of 4,872 automobiles, with minus 3.8 percent almost on par with the 5,063 cars sold in the same month of 2008. Year-to-date, MINI USA also reported sales of 25,757 automobiles, a decrease of 18.1 percent, compared to the 31,463 cars reported in the first seven months of 2008.
â€œWhile not out of the woods yet, we are witnessing a gradual recovery in the marketplace,â€ said Jim McDowell, Vice President of MINI USA. â€œWe saw a significant up-tick in showroom traffic throughout the country, especially in the last week of July, with some help from the â€˜Cash for Clunkersâ€™ initiative and the Western and Central Regions exceeding July 2008 results.â€
The BMW Group in the U.S. (BMW and MINI combined) reported July sales of 21,253 vehicles, a decrease of 26.7 percent from the 28,977 vehicles sold in the same month of 2008. The BMW Group also reported a year-to-date sales volume of 135,701 vehicles, down 27.4 percent, compared to 186,890 vehicles sold in the first seven month of last year.