Movers and Losers: May 2010

By David Thomas  on June 10, 2010

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More 2011 model years arrived on lots last month, and, not surprisingly, they sold pretty quickly. But we saw some trends developing in May.

Twelve of the top 20 Movers were SUVs, crossovers or trucks, and for every small, thrifty crossover on the list, there’s a heavy-duty pickup truck.

A number of luxury marquees fill the Losers list, and it looks like if you’re shopping for a 2010 luxury car, this may be a good time to start looking. 

Again this month we’re picking a few models that are taking well beyond May’s average of 50 days to sell from the day they arrive on the lot that are also highly regarded by our editorial staff.  These are cars that dealers may be more apt to deal on for no other reason than not being popular with the masses.

The full lists, along with our methodology, are below.


May Movers
  • 2011 BMW X5: 6 days
  • 2011 Mercedes-Benz E350 Cabriolet: 7 days
  • 2011 Ford Mustang coupe: 9 days
  • 2011 Toyota Avalon: 10 days
  • 2011 Ford F-350 crew cab: 12 days
  • 2010 GMC Terrain: 13 days
  • 2010 Toyota Highlander: 13 days
  • 2011 Scion xB: 13 days
  • 2010 Chevy Equinox: 14 days
  • 2010 Hyundai Tucson: 14 days
  • 2010 Toyota RAV4: 14 days
  • 2010 Audi Q7: 15 days
  • 2011 Ford F-250 crew cab: 15 days
  • 2010 Subaru Outback: 16 days
  • 2010 Audi Q5: 17 days
  • 2010 Toyota 4Runner: 17 days
  • 2011 Honda Pilot: 17 days
  • 2011 Hyundai Sonata: 17 days
  • 2010 Audi A5: 19 days
  • 2010 Lexus LS 460: 19 days
 
May Losers
  • 2010 Jaguar XFR: 222 days
  • 2010 Volvo C70: 188 days
  • 2010 BMW X5 M: 175 days
  • 2010 Hyundai Sonata: 168 days
  • 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback: 166 days
  • 2010 BMW 750 Li: 166 days
  • 2010 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder: 138 days
  • 2010 BMW 535i: 137 days
  • 2010 BMW 128i coupe: 133 days
  • 2010 Ford Mustang coupe: 132 days
 
May Cars.com Picks
  • 2010 Scion xD: 108 days
  • 2010 Mini Cooper Clubman: 99 days
  • 2010 Mazda MX-5: 94 days
  • 2010 Volvo S80: 89 days
  • 2010 Nissan Cube: 84 days

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


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