By David Thomas on August 11, 2008
July's Movers and Losers are in. This month we've added more data to the lists to answer concerns from readers that we weren't presenting an accurate portrayal of which cars are movers and which are losers.
We had originally hoped that our own data of how many days it takes to sell a specific model would tell the whole story of these clever designations, but no, readers demanded more. So here it is. We've added each car's percentage sales increase or decrease from the same month last year (unless it's a new model), and the total number of units sold in July 2008.
Be warned: The unit numbers are deceiving. A number that may represent a horrendous month of sales for a midsize sedan might still dwarf a successful month of sales for a large luxury SUV.
In most cases, we think these added numbers prove we were correct to not include them at first, as all but two of our overall top movers and losers panned out accurately. Those were the Suzuki XL7 and Mitsubishi Endeavor, which took 165 and 176 days to sell, respectively, yet saw sales increase in July 2008 compared to last year. This is probably due to heavy incentives moving 5-month-old models off lots in July.
Sales losses by the 2008 Toyota Prius and 2009 Toyota Camry Hybrid were due to decreased supply thanks to rabid demand.
Are you better off for the explanations? Is the extra effort worth it? Check out the lists below and let us know in the comments.
We list how many days they spend on the lot, provided by Cars.com, and how sales measure up compared to July 2007 plus total units sold in July 2008, provided by manufacturers.
*Also at 10 days: 2009 Hyundai Genesis and 2009 Scion xB.
Managing Editor David Thomas has a thing for wagons and owns a 2010 Subaru Outback and a 2005 Volkswagen Passat wagon. Email David