The BMW Group's Mini in a few short years has surpassed sales and production projections and paved the way for other auto makers' super-small cars. Mini production and sales are about two years ahead of schedule because of demand. A Southern California resident lays claim to the distinction of purchasing the 500,000th Mini made since BMW AG took over production in 2001. California is one of the largest markets (18% of sales) for Mini worldwide. More Minis are purchased in the state ...

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