Demand for MINI brand automobiles in April was robust . MINI USA reported that April 2005 sales jumped 31 percent, with 4,310 cars compared to 3,290 sold a year ago. Sales of MINI automobiles in the first four months of 2005 are up 25 percent with sales of 14,494 cars over the 11,561 cars reported in 2004.

For those curious, here are the full numbers for the BMW Group in North America:

BMW of North America, LLC reported a 10 percent decrease in April sales of automobiles and Sports Activity Vehicles, to 21,072 vehicles compared to the 23,419 reported last April. This decrease was due primarily to the successful build-out of the 2005 3 Series sedans, in preparation for the launch of its successor, resulting in lower inventory of these high volume models. The all-new 2006 3 Series sedans will go on sale this Friday, May 6th. ??>Year-to-date, sales of BMW brand vehicles were slightly higher than last year, for sales of 76,424 vehicles compared to 76,389 vehicles sold in first four months of 2004.