Over the first 11 months of 2015, 53% of the Minis sold in America are of the four-door variety.
That figure includes 13,942 Mini Cooper Hardtop 4-Doors and the Mini Countryman’s 14,538 sales.
That figure is about to rise, as the number of sales produced by the upcoming wagon-like Clubman, itself a four-door model, hits the market. The Clubman will steal sales from the Cooper 4-Door and Countryman, but not so many that it won’t increase the overall number of sales produced by Mini’s bigger models.
The Cooper 4-Door’s arrival late last year has certainly had a huge impact on sales of the 2-Door Cooper. Consider November’s results, as sales of the Cooper Hardtop 4-Door jumped from 235 in 2014 to 1325 in November 2015, while U.S. sales of the Cooper Hardtop 2-Door plunged from 2633 units – as the 4-Door launched – to 1460 units in November 2015.
BMW, the maker of Britain’s Mini brand, relies on Mini for 15% of the automaker’s U.S. volume. BMW’s U.S. sales are up 4.4% to 311,398 so far this year. Mini sold 53,505 cars in the first 11 months of 2015, an 8% increase. Rolls-Royce, another BMW brand, is up 4% to 775 year-to-date sales.
Timothy Cain is the founder of GoodCarBadCar.net, which obsesses over the free and frequent publication of U.S. and Canadian auto sales figures. Follow on Twitter @goodcarbadcar and on Facebook.