This report comes courtesy of BB Mykal and an unamed Chicago radio station:

The radio spot announced that the MINI was “Retro Modern” (if that's possible).

“The car that is turning heads” A special deal of $199/mo Lease, and $16,075 for the Cooper. I guess they may have a number of Coopers in stock.

Wow – this is an interesting turn of events. I had talked with another Chicago dealer that told me things were a little slower during the colder months but that was to be expected. He assumed things would pick up once the warmer weather hit. Judging by the couple times I've been by the dealer since I would have to conclude he was correct. But this new radio ad would seem to indicate that not all dealers are seeing the same sales.