Faced with ongoing consumer reticence in key sales markets, the MINI brand also delivered 20.8% fewer vehicles in the month under review than the previous year (15,103 / prev.yr.: 19,078). This is mainly due to the model change in the MINI Convertible, which ceased production in August. In November 2007, 1,829 units of the MINI Convertible had been delivered. The new MINI Convertible will be launched in late March 2009. Preparations for the production change-over at the MINI plant in Oxford are well advanced. However, in November, MINI was still ahead of the field in the United States, where the brand climbed 43.1% to reach a total of 4,545 (prev.yr.: 3,177) vehicles sold. Globally, MINI grew 7.6% between January and November 2008 compared to the previous year to 217,405 (prev.yr.: 202,075) cars.