BMW's little Mini brand came up big in May, but started June with a full-sized dose of bad news.
The brand had the biggest U.S. sales increase, on a percentage basis, of any brand in May, up 52.8 percent from May 2007. Although that was only 6,312 sales, it's still a sign of progress.
Then came the bad news: Mini had the second-worst ranking in the 2008 J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Study released last week.
The study tallies problems reported by owners of new vehicles in the first 90 days of ownership. Mini owners reported 163 problems per 100 vehicles; only the Jeep brand was worse, with 167.
Mini wasn't included in the study last year because of a small sample size and was well below the industry average in 2006.