May’s Fastest and Slowest Selling Cars

Posted on 11. Jun, 2012 by in Auto News

The Toyota Prius may have left the Top 10 Best-Sellers last month, but buyers still grabbed the latest additions to the Prius family: Prius Plug-in and Prius c subcompact. Both are among the fastest-selling cars since they hit Toyota dealers earlier this spring.

Speaking of Spring, played the hottest on record for Mercedes-Benz. The first complete redesign in a decade for the iconic SL-Class Roadster requires only eight days per car to sell on average. The car starts at $ 106,405 including destination.

Another droptop the updated Ford Mustang convertible, sold quickly, but its crosstown rival, the Chevrolet Camaro Convertible, sat at the Chevy dealer on average 119 days. It joins a list of losers, which remains largely unchanged, with a scattering of posh – but slow-selling – nameplates.

Total new car required an average of 50 days to sell in May. This is slightly longer than April's 45 days, but it keeps up with the last few years, which saw an upward trend from April to May – in this case from 48 days to 54 days.

The Mustang, Lexus RX 350 and BMW X5 saw big rate hikes under Cars.com buyers last month, all three end up on KickingTires' Buzz Index. All three are among the movers, the X5 makes a repeat appearance.

Updated or revised cars often populate the movers, but the X5 and Kia Soul joined them. The Soul came three years ago, and the current X5 is from November 2006. The sales results were mixed: Soul sales by 9% in May, while the aging X5 by 39%.

Nevertheless, Hyundai-Kia had a banner month – six movers, with large players such as the Hyundai Sonata sedan and Kia Optima sedan and Sorento SUV in less than 20 days to sell. So why increase the Korean automaker sales rank last among the Big Seven May? Inventory could be to blame. Hyundai and Kia dealers started the month with less than half of the cars in stock to the rest of the industry, according to Automotive News.

Here are May's Movers and Losers:

Movers

  • 2012 Toyota Prius c: 8 days
  • 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in: 8 days
  • 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL550: 8 days
  • 2012 Kia Soul: 9 days
  • 2012 Subaru Impreza Hatchback: 9 days
  • 2013 Hyundai Elantra Sedan: 9 days
  • 2013 BMW X3: 10 days
  • 2013 BMW X5: 10 days
  • 2013 Infiniti JX35: 10 days
  • 2013 Lexus RX 350: 10 days
  • 2012 Hyundai Veloster: 11 days
  • 2013 Acura RDX: 11 days
  • 2012 Hyundai Accent Hatchback: 12 days
  • 2012 Hyundai Accent sedan: 12 days
  • 2013 Ford Mustang Convertible: 13 days
  • 2013 Kia Rio sedan: 13 days

Loser

  • 2012 BMW 650i Convertible: 146 days
  • 2012 Mercedes-Benz S350 Bluetec: 140 days
  • 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander: 136 days
  • 2012 GMC Savana 3500 cargo van: 135 days
  • 2012 BMW 740 Li: 129 days
  • 2012 Infiniti EX35: 126 days
  • 2012 Lexus IS F: 125 days
  • 2012 Infiniti M56: 125 days
  • 2012 Nissan NV cargo van: 119 days
  • 2012 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible: 119 days

Cars.com recommendations

  • 2012 Acura TL: 60 days
  • 2012 Volvo S60: 63 days
  • 2012 Kia Forte hatchback: 64 days
  • 2012 Chevrolet Traverse: 69 days
  • 2012 Mazda3 Sedan: 85 days

The lists
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.

We changed the title of our Movers and Losers in the last month. But it will still be called the lists Movers and Losers.

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