Movers and Losers: November 2010

By David Thomas  on December 15, 2010

November was a strong sales month as dealers start to turn around more and more 2011 models versus 2010. The 2010s are almost all extinct, and we’re seeing some trends emerge for the 2011s on the dawn of the new year.
Sixteen of the top 20 fastest sellers are SUVs or crossovers, and the Honda Odyssey brings the total non-car group up to 17. The three actual cars on the list are luxury models. The fastest-selling non-luxury car was the Chevy Cruze selling in 16 days, which wasn’t fast enough it seems.

However brisk some sales of new models may be, the lingering 2010s have slowed the average time it takes to sell a new car to 83 days on average for 2010 and 2011 models. That’s up from 69 days in October and is the slowest of the year. In fact, finding 2010 models for the Losers list was quite hard, as most had to compete with new 2011s on lots or had been taken out to automotive pasture, like the Jeep Commander. Both are factors that we exclude from the Losers group.
Our Picks all come from the luxury side, with good deals on relatively new designs, and a couple of convertibles as winter sets in.

2011 Hyundai Santa Fe: 7 days
2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport: 8 days
2011 BMW 535i xDrive: 9 days
2011 Nissan Juke: 9 days
2011 VW Touareg: 10 days
2011 Subaru Forester: 11 days
2011 Mercedes-Benz S550: 11 days
2011 Lincoln MKX: 12 days
2011 Honda Odyssey: 12 days
2011 Audi Q5: 12 days
2011 Infiniti QX56: 12 days
2011 Toyota Venza: 12 days
2011 Audi A5 coupe: 13 days
2011 Nissan Murano: 13 days
2011 Toyota 4Runner: 14 days
2011 Chevy Equinox: 14 days
2011 Jeep Patriot: 14 days
2011 Audi Q7: 14 days
2011 Land Rover Range Rover Sport: 15 days
2011 GMC Terrain: 15 days
2010 BMW ActiveHybrid X6: 311 days
2010 Jaguar XK8 coupe: 246 days
2010 BMW 650i convertible: 181 days
2010 Lexus HS 250h: 167 days
2010 BMW 650i coupe: 155 days
2010 VW New Beetle convertible: 140 days
2010 Mazda MX-5 Power Retractable Hardtop: 136 days
2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: 130 days
2010 VW Routan: 114 days
2010 Acura ZDX: 112 days Picks
2011 Volvo C30: 89 days
2011 Jaguar XF: 87 days
2011 BMW Z4: 83 days
2011 BMW 335is convertible: 76 days
2011 Infiniti M56: 64 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.

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Managing Editor David Thomas has a thing for wagons and owns a 2010 Subaru Outback and a 2005 Volkswagen Passat wagon.  Email David