By David Thomas on May 6, 2010
Our monthly list of swift-selling models is back. And it seems that new cars and trucks from the 2010 and 2011 model years sold pretty rapidly in April, staying on lots an average of 46 days.
We’ve extended the Movers list to 20 models, while losers remain just 10 deep. But we’ve added some of our own personal picks of solid buys that take a much higher average number of days to sell; shoppers may want to take advantage of these models' dust-gathering abilities.
The lists and our methodology are below. We know this list often leads to debate, and there are a variety of reasons why a car may have a short stay on lots, but we welcome you to voice your opinions in the comment section.
About 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 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. We’re now focusing on only the 2010 and 2011 model years.
For Movers, we only list vehicles that pass a certain threshold of sales in order to weed out limited editions, ultra-high performance cars and others that might skew the numbers or otherwise inaccurately portray popularity. For Losers, we have removed any threshold to now reflect phased-out models because many shoppers might be looking for an outgoing model year to match with a greater incentive.
Managing Editor David Thomas has a thing for wagons and owns a 2010 Subaru Outback and a 2005 Volkswagen Passat wagon. Email David