Movers and Losers: March 2009

Share March may not have been the best month for car sales, but there was a decent rebound from a completely moribund February. Sales were definitely helped by all-new models, as our Movers and Losers list clearly shows. Six of the top 10 are brand-new models with only one or two months of sales under their belts.

Two new models that barely missed the list’s sales threshold were the 2010 Honda Insight and 2010 Volvo XC60. Both were only on sale during part of March, so their days-to-sell numbers were artificially high. We expect both to make the top 10 Movers list in April.

The Losers list is pretty understandable, containing many outgoing models that will soon be replaced.

The average selling days for new 2008, 2009 and 2010 models was 152 days. For 2009 and 2010 models, the average was 68 days. These numbers are higher than they were in February, which were 110 and 63 days, respectively.

Remember, the Movers and Losers list reports the average number of days it takes to sell a model from the day it arrives on the lot until the final paperwork is signed by a buyer. This is not a days of inventory list like you may find on other sites.

The full lists are below.

Top 10 Movers

  • 2010 Kia Soul: 8 days
  • 2010 Mazda3 sedan: 10 days
  • 2010 Lexus RX 350: 12 days
  • 2009 Audi Q5: 13 days
  • 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe: 13 days
  • 2009 Toyota Venza: 17 days
  • 2009 Nissan 370Z: 19 days
  • 2009 Toyota Tundra crew cab: 19 days
  • 2010 Mercedes-Benz GLK350: 20 days

Top 10 Losers

  • 2009 Mitsubishi Galant: 175 days
  • 2009 Pontiac G6 sedan: 160 days
  • 2009 Kia Spectra5: 158 days
  • 2009 Pontiac G6 convertible: 157 days
  • 2009 Mazda RX-8: 154 days
  • 2009 Hyundai Accent sedan: 149 days
  • 2009 Dodge Caliber: 148 days
  • 2009 Ford Mustang coupe: 147 days
  • 2009 Chevy Cobalt: 146 days
  • 2009 Saturn Aura: 142 days

Car Buying Movers and Losers


Former managing editor David Thomas has a thing for wagons and owns a 2010 Subaru Outback and a 2005 Volkswagen Passat wagon.  Email David

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