MINIUSA has out paced last year's sales numbers by a mere 22 cars. While most car companies would be happy to equal the numbers of a previously successful year one has to feel MINIUSA could have sold more cars if it wasn't for the supply problems that plagued the '04 to '05 model year change over. Here's the official release from MINIUSA:

MINI USA reported its strongest year to date, with sales of 36,032, compared to the 36,010 sold in 2003. For the month of December, MINI sales were down 5 percent, to 3,810 automobiles versus 4,005 sold a year ago.

The BMW brand as a whole in the US also had a record year:

The BMW Group (BMW and MINI brands combined) reported robust sales for 2004, breaking past annual sales records for both brands, to record a total of 296,111 vehicles, an increase of 7 percent over the 276,869 in 2003. The Group also reported record December sales of 29,292 vehicles, up 18 percent over the 24,915 vehicles sold in the same month in 2003, for an all-time monthly sales record.

You can read more about MINIUSA sales to date over at Ian Cull's weblog:
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