MINI sales are up worldwide, except for the United States. For November, MINI USA reported 4,038 vehicles sold, a decrease of 10.4 percent from the 4,507 sold in the same month a year ago. Year-to-date, MINI USA reported a total of 42,494 vehicles sold, a decrease of 10.3 percent from 47,372 vehicles sold in the first 11 months of 2016.

Gas prices and the shifting tastes of Americans towards small crossovers have certainly been a big part of this sales shift. You can look no further than MINI’s own sales figures for evidence as the Countryman is now the best selling vehicle by a wide margin.