While no new car can be considered an actual investment many of us have always believed the MINI is one of the best buys in the automotive world.

Now that notion has been proven correct: the MINI Cooper has just been named to have the highest retention rating of all new vehicles by N.A.D.A. Here's the BMW/MINI press release:

Woodcliff Lake, NJ, April 11, 2003 … The MINI Cooper has scored highest in the N.A.D.A official Used Car Guide Value Retention Ratings for model year 2002 vehicles. The MINI Cooper listed a 117.06% value retained and beat out the Acura MDX (102.91%) and the Porsche 911 Carrera Cabrio (102.69%).

Full details can be found at www.nada.com. N.A.D.A. is the National Automobile Dealers Association. N.A.D.A. Appraisal Guides is the worlds largest publisher of value guides and has been an industry leader for over 69 years.

So as it turns out the MINI is a great choice for more the driving dynamics.