Movers Losers: March 2012

Posted on 10. Apr, 2012 by in Auto News

The Hyundai Elantra and Toyota Prius were in high demand in March, with the just-released 2013 Elantra sedan at dealers remain just three days before shoppers take them home – proof that when a car is running right, it can quickly even sell in the third year.

There are still almost twice as many Elantras 2012 compared to 2013s in 's national new-car inventory, and the 2012s drew strong, too. They averaged just 10 days on dealer lots March. This is significantly below the monthly 41-day moving average, which was a tad slower than the February 39-day moving average, but it is faster than in March 2011, as a new car took 48 days to sell.

Toyota ramped up supply for its long-awaited Prius variants and buyers lined up for the hybrid as the "Hunger Games" of cars was. The original Prius almost made the list movers leave dealer lots in only 13 days. Shoppers snapped the Prius c, which makes up 9% of the Prius new car inventory on, in just six days. The Prius Plug-in is trickling into dealerships – it's only 1.3% of 's Prius inventory nationwide – but when gas prices hovered around $ 3.90 per gallon nationwide buyer could not buy it fast enough. It was only four days on dealer lots. Everything together, and it's easy to see why Prius sales jumped 54.3% in March, the car landed on the monthly top 10 best sellers for the first time since October 2009.

Media criticism and declining quality surveys Ford MyFord Touch system did little to the Explorer and Edge, who remained on dealer lots less than 10 days each blunt. And sales – for both SUVs Ford EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder, the EPA highway ratings of 28 mpg is in the Explorer and 30 mpg on the Edge may have blown some wind in the sails. Less than 10% of the 2013 Explorer on the EcoBoost four-cylinder, but more than 20% of the edges of the engine.

The rest of the winners are known nameplates: Subaru Impreza, Honda CR-V, BMW 328i, Lexus GS. A total of nine winners of March 17 were on the list in February. It's still flummoxes us why the 6-year-old Audi Q7 flew many – without written incentives also. The smaller Q5, now has his fifth appearance. It was a mover since last November.

A mild winter with record temperatures in March ended, but – strangely – to accelerate the sales did little convertible. Droptops made seven of March 10 losers. That surpassed February, when four convertibles made up the lower 10th Perhaps in a sigh of relief for Fiat, escaped the slow-selling 500, the losers list, where it has been since last December. Still, it was a close shave: The 500 hatchback averaged 87 days on dealer lots, which left only two places in the list.


  • 2013 Hyundai Elantra Sedan: 3 days
  • 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in: 4 days
  • 2012 Toyota Prius c: 6 days
  • 2013 Ford Explorer: 7 days
  • 2012 Audi Q7: 8 days
  • 2013 Ford Edge: 8 days
  • 2012 Porsche Cayenne: 9 days
  • 2012 Subaru Impreza Hatchback: 9 days
  • 2012 Hyundai Elantra Sedan: 10 days
  • 2013 Mazda CX-5: 10 days
  • 2012 Honda CR-V: 11 days
  • 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque: 11 days
  • 2012 Audi Q5: 12 days
  • 2012 BMW 328i sedan: 12 days
  • 2012 Hyundai Veloster: 12 days
  • 2012 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen: 12 days
  • 2013 Lexus GS 350: 12 days


  • 2012 Infiniti M56: 232 days
  • 2012 Porsche Boxster: 169 days
  • 2012 Porsche 911 Cabrio *: 131 days
  • 2012 BMW 650i Convertible: 109 days
  • 2012 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible: 107 days
  • 2012 Nissan NV Van: 105 days
  • 2012 Infiniti EX35: 100 days
  • 2012 Volkswagen Eos: 98 days
  • 2012 Jaguar XKR Convertible: 98 days
  • 2012 Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG: 95 days Picks

  • 2012 Chevrolet Volt: 46 days
  • 2012 Acura TL: 48 days
  • 2012 Volvo S60: 53 days
  • 2012 Ford Fusion: 54 days
  • 2012 Dodge Durango: 58 days
  • 2012 Infiniti G37 Sedan: 58 days
  • 2012 Dodge Challenger: 59 days
  • 2012 Mazda3 Sedan: 84 days

* As we have seen in recent times, including the Porsche 911, the outgoing car (997, Porsche enthusiasts) and new (991) versions under its 2012 models. It is difficult to quantify how many 997S slow the car sales pace, but either way, the. 911 rows at the bottom

The lists are:
The Movers and Losers list reports the average number of days it takes to sell models from the day they arrive on the property until the final paperwork is signed by a buyer. This is not a day-of-inventory list like you may find on other sites. We are now focusing on only 2012 and 2013 model years.

Movers for us. Only list vehicles that pass a certain threshold of sales in order to weed out limited editions could, ultra-high-performance cars and others that skew the numbers or otherwise misrepresent Popularity For Losers, we have removed any limit to 2012 models, which reflect the greatest incentives.