SAN FRANCISCO – The unexpectedly strong U.S. sales pace in the first two months of 2002 has caught BMW of North America Inc. by surprise and left the importer with a continuing tight supply of vehicles in the U.S. "I was too pessimistic because business turned out better than I thought it would be in December,” BMWNA Chairman and CEO Tom Purves says here at a press introduction for its new Mini line of small cars. "We've seen our floor traffic increase, and there's a steady improvement.” ...

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