MINI USA reported September sales of 3,762 automobiles, down 6.7 percent from the 4,031 cars sold in September 2007. Year-to-date, the division reported sales of 40,694 automobiles, an increase of 27.4 percent, compared to the 31,936 cars reported in the first nine months of 2007.

“Tight inventories restricted September MINI sales, which were 269 units below prior year levels,” said Jim McDowell, Vice-President of MINI USA. “Despite high gas prices, limited credit opportunities, and concern about the overall economy, more and more Americans are rethinking automotive choices they have always made. We think this is the reason why we ended the month with only a six day supply of cars in our retailers’ showrooms. In the coming month, we look forward to increased production for our market to help replenish our dealer stocks.”