I just go an email from Carsource:
"A big Mini adventure Stateside
Remember our report on the Mini's ambitions in the USA? The transatlantic hop has paid off big time: BMW reports that a year's supply (yes, you read that right) of the cars has been sold in America in only eight weeks! That's 10,000 cars since the end of March – a demand that saw queues outside Mini dealers across the country. Some analysts reportedly put the boom down to the current Anglo-friendly atmosphere in the US following Britain's support after 11 September. "
Did the Beetle do so well when it first reached America?