By David Thomas on June 10, 2010
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.
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