Official Release: The MINI brand achieved a slight increase in sales of 0.3% for the first time since September 2008, with 19,281 (prev.yr. 19,224) deliveries worldwide in July. The new MINI Convertible (3,695 units / +48.5%), which has been available since late March, and the MINI One models (available as Hatch and Clubman, with sales of 3,670 vehicles / + 78.4%) in particular contributed to the gains. In Germany the brand reported its best July sales ever (3,207/ +16.1%), while in its domestic U.K. market (2,819 / +20.7%) and in traditionally high-volume Western European markets such as Italy (1,700 / +20.2%) and France (1,521 / +3.1%), MINI also made major gains in July. For the year to the end of July, 120,813 MINI cars were sold (prev.yr. 146,040 / -17.3%).